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Why is my thumb numb after playing guitar?

Why is my thumb numb after playing guitar?

Constant: trauma to the small nerve endings will cause numbness. Eventually these tiny nerves will "die" leaving a less sensitive but equally effective "pick" Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Heart pounding all over, hand shakes, left hand finger twitch, when i talk feels like my tongue sticks out, leg shakes when standing?

Heart pounding all over, hand shakes, left hand finger twitch, when i talk feels like my tongue sticks out, leg shakes when standing?

Need more history: Are these symptoms recent? How did they start? Do you have any reason to be under stress? You can benefit from a visit to an urgent care or a live consult. ...Read more

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What causes numb finger tips? All fingers no thumb same hand. Already had carpal tunnel release.

What causes numb finger tips? All fingers no thumb same hand. Already had carpal tunnel release.

Nrv compression : Previous ctr does not preclude you from recurrence .... However it is rare i would advise evaluation by a neurologist this eval.May include cervical spine x-rays and possible a mri. ...Read more

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I get wrist and thumb pain/tingling/numbness when playing clarinet, piano, writing, typing etc. I really can't stop playing these instruments. Advice?

I get wrist and thumb pain/tingling/numbness when playing clarinet, piano, writing, typing etc. I really can't stop playing these instruments. Advice?

Carpal tunnel. Is : One of the most common peripheral entrapment nerve disorder. However more detail is needed for a potential dusgnosis. Perhaps a consult with a hand surgeon. Use of a store bought splint not too tight and over the counter. Aniinflmatory medication may help ...Read more

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Stiff fingers, hand feels weak, dizzy, tingly hands/feet, tremors all over, muscle twitching, trouble finding words. Had MRI's&Bld tsts. ALS?

Stiff fingers, hand feels weak, dizzy, tingly hands/feet, tremors all over, muscle twitching, trouble finding words. Had MRI's&Bld tsts. ALS?

Many issues: You describe a multitude of symptoms, and may possess a peripheral neuropathy. Unlikely that you have ALS, which is quite rare. An EMG study might help, but better yet, see a neurologist, and uncover your diagnosis. ...Read more

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Uncontrollable eye, thumb, and mouth twitching with random llimbs going knumb. Randomly.Any thoughts?

Uncontrollable eye, thumb, and mouth twitching with random llimbs going knumb. Randomly.Any thoughts?

Low potassium: Cramping often due to low potassium and many medical conditions can cause this or side effect of diuretic blood pressure medication. Can also cause numbness. Also anxiety with disrupted breathing a main cause. ...Read more

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Smashed finger nail in iron door.Black nail right away.finger sensitive painful and others fingers feel weird but they weren't smashed.

Finger pain: You probably have a subungual hematoma where there is blood under the nail which appears black. If you don't have a fine hole drilled through the nail quickly it will lift the nail off of the nail plate and you will lose the entire nail. If you feel uncomfortable doing it, go to the ER.The other fingers were probably just bruised. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have heard people break their hand or wrist when drunk but don't feel it until sober, why?

I have heard people break their hand or wrist when drunk but don't feel it until sober, why?

150 years ago: alcohol was used as an anesthetic for surgeries, before we had chloroform and ether. Alcohol in high doses, when you make someone very drunk, has analgesic and anesthetic effects. However, it is very toxic and is no longer used for that purpose, since we have many safer and more effective agents for both those purposes. ...Read more

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Arms, elbows & palm fingers pains slightly, feeling uncomfortable age 24, height 5.5, weight 100, depressed, uneasiness stomach, moodless morning,help?

Arms, elbows & palm fingers pains slightly, feeling uncomfortable age 24, height 5.5, weight 100, depressed, uneasiness stomach, moodless morning,help?

Full Eval: Sounds you are quite underweight with a number of varying symptoms. If you haven't had a comprehensive assessment for this cascade of symptoms - then it is time to do so. Take care. ...Read more

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Sometimes wrist and hand hurts while playing games?

Sometimes wrist and hand hurts while playing games?

Stop playing! :): Sorry, but it was too easy to respond by saying to stop doing the thing that causes pain! seriously, if playing games (i assume video?)causes severe pain, it is likely related to overuse and irritation of nerves, tendons or muscles. Trying a different grip, the other hand or decreasing use could help. If more pain or symptoms change get checked. Do get some outdoor exercise though! ...Read more

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Cracking my neck makes electric jolt in pinky, ring finger + middle finger?

Cracking my neck makes electric jolt in pinky, ring finger + middle finger?

Neck Crack Jolt: When you are cracking your neck, are you extending it back or turning it to the side- the side corresponding to the involved hand? Could be structures in your neck like bone spurs or the facet joints are hitting the lower nerves- C6, C7, and C8 nerve roots. Facet joints can thicken from arthritis and push posteriorly on the nerves. Avoid neck cracking if only this triggers these symptoms. ...Read more

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Binge drinker,.5 gal vodka/2 days.Withdrawals anx,tremors, anger etc.How can I stop without hurting myself? Tired of being an addict

Binge drinker,.5 gal vodka/2 days.Withdrawals anx,tremors, anger etc.How can I stop without hurting myself? Tired of being an addict

Alcohol Withdrawal: Your life is precious Go to emergency room for treatment of Alcohol withdrawal. Followed by Inpatient psychiatric treatment for diagnosis and treatment of Bipolar Disorder/ Major Depression, Alcohol and Drug Dependence, and Peptic ulcer Followed by Rehab program for Alcohol and Drug Dependence or Residential Dual diagnosis Program with Seeing a Psychiatrist for treatment-Therapy, Medication, ...Read more

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Why do my lips, tongue and gums get numb when i'm drinking alcohol?

Why do my lips, tongue and gums get numb when i'm drinking alcohol?

Side effects: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and can have a host of side effects on your body. If not metabolized fully, it can result in toxins being released and can have short term effects such as these. You may be more sensitive to this than others. See the following sites for more information: http://www.Niaaa.Nih.Gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body. ...Read more

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Heart racing after sniffing hand sanitizer?

Heart racing after sniffing hand sanitizer?

Don't do it: Addiction to toxic fumes and substances found in ordinary over the counter household chemicals can be potentially lethal. Recently, I am finding many people coming to my practice asking for "prescriptions" for for example, "Rubbing Alcohol" and it is distressing to find out they do not know the potential dangers. ...Read more

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Arms and hands going completely lifeless numb at night when asleep all fingers and thumb. When wake can't lift arm for 30 seconds. Advice please?

Arms and hands going completely lifeless numb at night when asleep all fingers and thumb. When wake can't lift arm for 30 seconds. Advice please?

Consultation,EMG/NCT: Bilateral hand numbness can be commonly caused by either systemic issues like diabetes, vitamin deficiencies etc or can be due to peripheral causes like nerve compressions in the neck, elbow or hand. See your pcp who will refer you to a neurologist. After the investigations you will get referred to a hand specialist if you have ulnar or median nerve compressions for surgical release procedures. ...Read more

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