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Numb in bottom 3 fingers left hand up to elbow. Thumb index finger numb rt hand. Both feet have no reflexesblood work and mri normal what test is next?

Numb in bottom 3 fingers left hand up to elbow. Thumb index finger numb rt hand. Both feet have no reflexesblood work and mri normal what test is next?

NCV/EMG : Usually an NCV/EMG is done. It is not a structural test like an MRI, but rather checks the nerves themselves. It can help distinguish between a problem coming from the spine, the arms themselves ( such as carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes), or more of a neurological condition such as in a neuropathy. ...Read more

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Finger Numbness (Definition)

Can be from a general or a focal conditon. Thyroid disease, diabetes nutrition, neuropathy, circulation and others in the genrela category . Focal tings include neck issues, peripheral nerve compression (likecarpal tunnel) and many other things. It may be better to start with a pcp., then it can be determined whether a neurologist, hand surgeon, endocrinologist ...Read more


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My arm from elbow to fingers feel numb as i hit my elbow , however not hit my elbow. Together with this get cramps on back, and lower chest side?

My arm from elbow to fingers feel numb as i hit my elbow , however not hit my elbow. Together with this get cramps on back, and lower chest side?

Cubital tunnel is : Compression of the ulnar nerve. Often it feels as you hit your funny bone. The ulnar nerve at the elbow if affected gives tingling little ring fingers. The small intrinsic muscles of the hand and flexor tendons little and ring and the fcu a strong wrist flexor can also be affected. Back or chest can also be due to more proximal nerve compression neck or thoracic outlet. Chest pain? Check on! ...Read more

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I have sle, fibromyalgia, and depression i'm on meds but now i'm having pain in elbow and baby finger getting numb. I don't know what kind of doctor to see. Please advise?

I have sle, fibromyalgia, and depression  i'm on meds but now i'm having pain in elbow and baby finger getting numb. I don't  know what kind of doctor to see. Please advise?

Primary Care: Start with your primary care. They can look at your symptoms from the perspective of your complete health. They could then refer you to a specialist they trust if you need additional care. ...Read more

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Can elbow tendonitis or bursitis cause finger numbness?

Can elbow tendonitis or bursitis cause finger numbness?

Usually not: "tennis elbow" which is tendonosis of the lateral or outside of the elbow (the most common "tendonitis" of the elbow) usually doesn't cause any numbness in the hand or fingers medial elbow tendonosis (golfers elbow) will occasionally irritate the ulnar nerve about the elbow and cause some numbness in the ring and small fingers. ...Read more

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What causes shoulder pain and finger numbness? The pain is really bad and my arm is almost immobile.

What causes shoulder pain and finger numbness? The pain is really bad and my arm is almost immobile.

Shoulder instability: Due to a variety of causes, previous trauma, muscle weakness or injury. Loose ligaments are some causes. An unstable shoulder can give a feeling of apprehension when in certain positions and make the arm feel " dead". There are other explanations too. See an orthopedic surgeon . It's not normal for a 22 year old to feel this. ...Read more

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What can cause pain along the length of my arm and thumb/finger numbness?

What can cause pain along the length of my arm and thumb/finger numbness?

Cervical spine disea: Problem in the neck (cervical spine disc ?C5/c6) could do it ulnar nerve entrapment can be the cause an EMG (electromyogram) will settle the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Sudden arm & finger numbness. Locked up on me. Felt it coming on but could not stop it. Was super dizzy. Help me?

Sudden arm & finger numbness. Locked up on me. Felt it coming on but could not stop it. Was super dizzy. Help me?

Emergency room: You need emergent evaluation by a health care professional. There is a long list of possibilities most of which are harmless, but it is the dangerous diagnosis that you need to be urgently evaluated for. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache (worst ever), finger numbness and arm weakness. The following also describe me: Numbness or tingling, Finger tingling, ...

I am experiencing  headache (worst ever), finger numbness and arm weakness. The following also describe me: Numbness or tingling, Finger tingling, ...

Worst ever headache: Anytime someone complains of their "worst ever headache" it requires an evaluation in the emergency room. There are many reasons that someone can have headaches, but some of them can be very severe. Go right away. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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55 yrs old male with diabetes .ECG was normal .having pain on left arm and finger numbness what could be the reason??

55 yrs old male with diabetes .ECG was normal .having pain on left arm and finger numbness what could be the reason??

Hard to know: If only on one side, then the problem is usually due to compression of blood vessels or nerves. In rare cases, this could be related to blood clot in the arm or inflammatory disease affecting nerves or blood vessels (vasculitis, mononeuritis multiplex, or others). An examination is required to further differentiate potential causes. ...Read more

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Left shoulder and arm pain with hand and finger numbness can't raise arm above shoulder?

Left shoulder and arm pain with hand and finger numbness can't raise arm above shoulder?

Rotator cuff: If you can't move the arm above the shoulder you probably have a rotator cuff syndrome and if you have numbness and tingling you have nerve compression- these two may or may not be related. You should see your pcp or orthopedics. ...Read more

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Index and middle finger numb. Emg normal. Tricep painful when I push betwen tricep and bicep have numbness from there down arm to fingers.?

Index and middle finger numb. Emg normal.  Tricep painful when I push betwen tricep and bicep have numbness from there down arm to fingers.?

Could be C7 nerve: Tricep pain and pain in the index/middle fingers follow the c7 nerve and the EMG may have been performed too early to detect the problem. You should still have your dr. Get an MRI and look for c7 nerve root problems. If the MRI is negative but the pain persists, you may need a myelogram with post-myelogram ct of the cervical spine to look for abnormalities. A neurosurgeon should be able to help. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroid present as finger numbness and stiffness, with slight decrease in reflexes in one arm? Such as if Synthroid (thyroxine) needs adjust in dose?

Can hypothyroid present as finger numbness and stiffness, with slight decrease in reflexes in one arm?  Such as if Synthroid (thyroxine) needs adjust in dose?

Unusual: Hypothyroidism can present as carpal tunnel syndrome, which can cause numbness in fingers. Reflexes become slowed in hypothyroidism, but should remain symmetric, so it should not occur in just one arm. It is easy to find out if you are on enough synthroid (thyroxine) by getting a free T4 and TSH level done. ...Read more

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I have leg and arm pain pain finger numbness leg stiffness which affects my walking, and balance my fingers shake and i always feel tired ms?

I have leg  and arm pain pain finger numbness  leg stiffness which affects my walking, and balance my fingers shake and i  always feel tired  ms?

Cannot be Localized: Chronic fatigue syndrome insufficient sleep syndrome polymyalgia rhumatoid depression and anxiety parkinson's stiffman syndrome and many more in the list including ms. So better check with a doctor. Your doctor will take a proper history of your syptoms. You may have quite a few tests including MRI of brain and blood work up. ...Read more

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I've had upper right arm tingling/pulsing sensations which has turned into ring/pinky finger numbness as well as hand numbness on that side.

I've had upper right arm tingling/pulsing sensations which has turned into ring/pinky finger numbness as well as hand numbness on that side.

Ulnar nerve: The finger numbness you describe corresponds to the distribution of the ulnar nerve. The lack of any real specific information in your post does not allow any more helpful response. Your post is just the beginning of a clinical history, not the end. If you're concerned, in your case HealthTap (or Dr Google) is no substitute for a flesh & blood doctor in a brick & mortar office. ...Read more