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I have neck pain and stiffness. I have tingling and numbness in hands and fingers and some tingling in buttocks area. I also struggle with anxiety/p attacks. Xrays show degen. In neck. What to do?

I have neck pain and stiffness. I have tingling and numbness in hands and fingers and some tingling in buttocks area. I also struggle with anxiety/p attacks. Xrays show degen. In neck. What to do?

Your best bet: Is to review these issues with your primary care doctor. They could be anxiety related but may also be related to another process. A good formal neurologic evaluation is necessary to make sure further evaluation beyond the x-rays you report, if any other testing is warranted. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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I've had numbing tingling in right arm&hand, along with hand and wrist stiffness for 8 days now what can cause this and what dr should I see?

I've had numbing tingling in right arm&hand, along with hand and wrist stiffness for 8 days now what can cause this and what dr should I see?

See your doctor: Your symptoms could be due to any number of things, from carpal tunnel syndrome to tendonitis, a nerve problem or maybe even a temporary pain from bad arm positioning during sleep. Many other possibilities. See your regular doctor who can ask you more questions and examine your muscles and nerves. Your doc should be able to determine if you need to see a specialist, and if so, which kind. ...Read more

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What could my night wrist pain be? I have pain in my wrist that I only experience while sleeping (it wakes me) but I feel wrist stiffness throughout the entire day. I'm 23 years old and in good health. What could this be?

What could my night wrist pain be? I have pain in my wrist that I only experience while sleeping (it wakes me) but I feel wrist stiffness throughout the entire day. I'm 23 years old and in good health. What could this be?

Likely carpal tunnel: Night time pain in the wrist and hands can be caused by many things, but carpal tunnel symptoms are commonly more prominent at night. Best to be evaluated by an orthopaedic or hand specialist. ...Read more

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I have knee, ankle, wrist stiffness pain, tingling been to a neuro who says it isn't neurological and refer me to an ortho/rheu idk what it could be?

I have knee, ankle, wrist stiffness pain, tingling been to a neuro who says it isn't neurological and refer me to an ortho/rheu idk what it could be?

Joint and/or paresth: This could be joint, this could be paresthesia, could be myofascial pain, and the fact that it's not neurologic makes it more likely to be paresthesia. We can see this in a variety of settings including fibromyalgia. You need to discuss this with your physician and see a rheumatologist to help clarify if it's joint, paresthesia or a combination. ...Read more

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What could be causing stiffness and pain mainly in the joints in the fingers and toes that is also affecting wrists, ankles, and knees?

What could be causing stiffness and pain mainly in the joints in the fingers and toes that is also affecting wrists, ankles, and knees?

Arthritis.: There are many different kinds. Some occur after a significant trauma to a joint, or with gradual wear-and-tear over time, but if you're having pain and swelling in multiple joints on both sides of your body, you may have an autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or psoriatic arthritis. Check with your doctor to see if blood tests need to be run for confirmation. ...Read more

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Normal rheumatiod blood tests, I have a lot of joint pain & stiffness in my fingers, knees, wrists, elbows, neck...What could be causing this pain?

Normal rheumatiod blood tests, I have a lot of joint pain & stiffness in my fingers, knees, wrists, elbows, neck...What could be causing this pain?

Other arthritis?: You are describing symptoms of arthritis, and not all arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, so normal blood tests for RA don't exclude other types of arthritis. You are a little young for osteoarthritis. You might have an unusual version of lyme disease, or another type of immune-mediated arthritis. Get a referral to a rheumatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What does regular stiffness, fatigue and discomfort in the shoulder blade, elbows, wrist and sometimes fingers mean?

What does regular stiffness, fatigue and discomfort in the shoulder blade, elbows, wrist and sometimes fingers mean?

Arthritis!: Multiple joints involved almost certainly indicate a systemic arthritis. See a rheumatologist! If your pcp cannot diagnose a multi-joint problem! ...Read more

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Can an anxiety disorder cause weakness in left hand pinky/ring fingers? I have had health anxiety for als, my gp says no, but I have not see a neuro.

Can an anxiety disorder cause weakness in left hand pinky/ring fingers? I have had health anxiety for als, my gp says no, but I have not see a neuro.

Health anxiety: Anxiety can cause all kinds of symptoms, less often one-sided. There can be muscle weakness, plus numbness and tingling in extremities. You could also possibly have a neck issue impinging on nerves that lead to your hand; a neurology consult could help. Being generally very anxious about your health could also merit seeing a psychologist for assistance managing this. Good therapies are available. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause fingers or hand to tingle? I've been diagnosed with anxiety, but fear als. I have no weakness or motion problem

Can anxiety cause fingers or hand to tingle? I've been diagnosed with anxiety, but fear als. I have no weakness or motion problem

Anxiety & tingling: Yes, anxiety can cause your fingers or hands to tingle. Rapid, shallow breathing associated with anxiety can lead to these physical symptoms. With no weakness or motion problems, ALS is very unlikely. Work with your doctor to take good care of your overall health. Please also consider consulting with a psychologist and/or psychiatrist about anxiety symptoms -- effective help available! ...Read more

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I have depression and anxiety im am getting small pin pricks in my finger nails also pains in my hand and and ankles does this still cause this pain?

I have depression and anxiety im am getting small pin pricks in my finger nails also pains in my hand and and ankles does this still cause this pain?

Please get checked: By your doc to rule out possible physical causes for your symptoms. Then you can see a psychologist. You may be the type of person who manifests his/her anxiety/depression in bodily symptoms, like guitar strings that vibrate to strumming. There are effective treatments for this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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While waiting several weeks to get into a hand specialist, what should I do to alleviate the morning extreme pain and stiffness in my fingers? Been tested for ra. If tendons should I wear wrist guard? Already tried voltaren (diclofenac) gel.

While waiting several weeks to get into a hand specialist, what should I do to alleviate the morning extreme pain and stiffness in my fingers? Been tested for ra. If tendons should I wear wrist guard? Already tried voltaren (diclofenac) gel.

Early am stiffness: A common problem for joint issues in the hand. No matter what the cause the important thing is make sure that you work out the stiffness each and every day. Warm soaks warm showers and exercises such as the classic hand six pack exercises especially working on making a full fist and working on flexing the joints fully remember warm to warm up at the beginning of the day and ice after activity. ...Read more

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Pain and stiffness in my neck that is causing me headaches and tingling pain in my hand and pinky finger.

Pain and stiffness in my neck that is causing me headaches and tingling pain in my hand and pinky finger.

Neck disk: Most likely you have a pinched nerve in your neck causing the neck pain, headaches and finger numbness. See a spine surgeon to start conservative treatment first. ...Read more

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I have neck pain and stiffness. I have tingling and numbness in hands and fingers and some tingling in buttocks area. I also struggle with anxiety/p attacks. Xrays show degen. In neck. What to do?

Your best bet: Is to review these issues with your primary care doctor. They could be anxiety related but may also be related to another process. A good formal neurologic evaluation is necessary to make sure further evaluation beyond the x-rays you report, if any other testing is warranted. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I broke my finger 3 months ago and now I often have numbness and stiffness in my hand. Why?

I broke my finger 3 months ago and now I often have numbness and stiffness in my hand. Why?

Many reasons: You probably had your finger splinted or pinned. The immobility would stiffen your joint, particularly with the trauma to the bone. Fractures and injure the digital nerves, of which you have lateral and medial nerves running on either side of the joint. ...Read more

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I'm having stiffness from my elbow along the forearm, which is worse in the hand and middle and ring fingers. Stretching helps, but just temporarily.

I'm having stiffness from my elbow along the forearm, which is worse in the hand and middle and ring fingers. Stretching helps, but just temporarily.

A chance of: Carpal tunnel. Please see your family doc for starters. He/she may suggest splints to sleep with if that's what it is. Small surgery is used for more advanced cases. ...Read more

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Numbness from hands to my elbow. Numbness in my shoulders. Especially when sleeping. Hand and finger stiffness. What could it be?

Numbness from hands to my elbow. Numbness in my shoulders. Especially when sleeping. Hand and finger stiffness. What could it be?

Arthritis: Hand and finger stiffness is commonly associated with arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis can make people more prone to nerve entrapments. Peripheral neuropathy is also something to consider. You should be evaluated by a neurologist and may also need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more