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A 29-year-old female asked:

I've have numbness/tingling in my middle finger for 24+hrs. i also have a shooting pain from my forearm to my shoulder at random times. could it be carpal tunnel? who should i go to first for this issue?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Start with your primary care provider for an assessment of your general health and an evaluation of your symptoms to determine if you need to see a specialist. In the meantime, start exercising. Begin with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity so that you sweat profusely. It may take a few months for the full effect. Wish you good health!
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Dr. Deborah Josefson
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
I recommend going to a neurologist and getting an EMG/NCS and an mri as well if these symptoms persist. The problem may lie in the cervical spine and be related to disc herniation. vs carpal tunnel/
May 2, 2022
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Since this is recent, a physical exam by your physician will help. Yes, it could be the start of carpal tunnel syndrome, but could solely involve local digital nerves, and location might point to C7 radicular problem. Since different management approaches will be needed for the correct diagnosis, get this clarified and then approach solutions.
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Last updated May 2, 2022


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