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My left pointer and middle finger tips are numb / tingling what could it be?

My left pointer and middle finger tips are numb / tingling what could it be?

Nerve irritation: Depending on whether you have other symptoms, and what is found on your neurological exam, tingling may be an indication of nerve irritation anywhere along the path of the nerve, from your neck down to your hand. Your doctor can help you make a diagnosis and treat your condition appropriately.

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Dr. Mark Khorsandi
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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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I severed the tendon in my pinky a month ago. I have to have surgery but canr right now of financial situation. But the tip my pointer finger is numb?

I severed the tendon in my pinky a month ago. I have to have surgery but canr right now of financial situation. But the tip my pointer finger is numb?

Tendon injury: The compartment in your finger are very small. Along the lateral aspects run the nerve bundle that supply sensation to the finger tip. Any injury/irritation to the nerve bundle, swelling can result in the symptoms you are experiencing. The ultimate treatment is surgery to fix the tendon and the nerve if it was damaged along with the tendon.

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I am experiencing finger numbness in my right pointer finger for two days now. It happened after an art project with using an Xacto knife to cut.?

I am experiencing finger numbness in my right pointer finger for two days now. It happened after an art project with using an Xacto knife to cut.?

It should resolve: Hello Lauren. Assuming you didn't actually cut the finger with an Xacto knife? The numbness is likely from compression of the digital nerves that exist at your fingertip. This likely started from the constant pressure on that fingertip making them "fall asleep". The nerve should wake up on its own. It may even 7-10days. Avoid putting pressure on that finger directly until it does.

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My left index finger is numb throughout the morning and turns black! What could be causing this?

My left index finger is numb throughout the morning and turns black! What could be causing this?

Vascular disease: Numbness in the hands is most often nerve issues in your age group. However, if there is actual discoloration then a vascular cause is more likely. You may need a duplex exam to assess your blood flow and ensure a blood clot is not causing this.

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Hello. My dad says that his left pinky finger is numb. He's 57, and has no communicable illnesses. What would cause one's finger to go to sleep?

Hello. My dad says that his left pinky finger is numb. He's 57, and has no communicable illnesses. What would cause one's finger to go to sleep?

Ulnar nerve: Pressure on the ulnar nerve could be the source of the numbness, often at the level of the elbow, but could be anywhere from the spine to the hand on the same side as the numbness. The pressure could be the result of something as common as resting ones arm against the car door while driving. Ones doctor can help assess the problem.

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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.

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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.

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Only the lower part (between knuckle and next joint) of left index finger is numb twice, but just the back of hand. Movement normal. How can this be?

Only the lower part (between knuckle and next joint) of left index finger is numb twice, but just the back of hand. Movement normal. How can this be?

Branch of radial ner: This section of hand is supplied by radial sensory nerve. It seems that a branch of this nerve is either injured or diseased. If there is no obvious reason you can wait for its improvement. After 3 months you can see a neurologist if no relief.

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Can anaemia causes finger numbness?

Not usually: Anemia is too few red blood cells. This lowers your oxygen carrying capacity of your blood. As a result of this your heart and lungs need to work harder to circulate your blood. This should not cause finger numbness. However is you are breathing faster than normal, this can cause some extremity numbess. If this keeps up get it checked out.

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My finger is numb, what is that a sign of?

My finger is numb, what is that a sign of?

Nerve: You have numbness because somewhere there's either inflammation, compression or damage to the nerves that are going to your finger. This could be due to trauma, poor circulation, medicine side-effects (but it shouldn't be limited to just 1 finger), diabetes (more longterm). If this is new, make sure you see your doc for a thorough checkup!

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My finger is numb all the time. Whhat should I do?

My finger is numb all the time. Whhat should I do?

Many possibilities: Numbness can occur from various reasons. Some potential causes include vitamin deficiency, nerve damage, nerve compression, and alcohol over consumption, side effects of different medications, or as a result of different systemic medical conditions such as diabetes. Get evaluated by a professional to determine the diagnosis. Treatment is based on the diagnosis.

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What can be done about finger numbness from tennis?

What can be done about finger numbness from tennis?

Well depends: On how transient that numbness is. If it persists more than an hour or two you might also want to see a neurologist.

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How could I relax a knot in my upper back, causing finger numbness?

Not sure: You probably need be examined. Start with your regular doctor. An osteopathic physician might also be helpful.

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I have diabetes and I heard that could affect finger numbness. What do you think I should do?

I have diabetes and I heard that could affect finger numbness. What do you think I should do?

Education: Know the possible complications and how to avoid each. Watch your sugar and carbohydrate intake. Eat in moderation. Exercise. Take you medications as recommended. Monitor your sugar levels. Follow up with you doctor regularly and follow their guidance.

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How can I address finger numbness?

See a Doc: There can be several causes of this so the easiest way to diagnose this would be see your doc for a physical exam, possobly some blood work.

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How can I alleviate finger numbness?

Diagnosis: You have to find out why it is happening. It can be from some general medical problem or from something mechanical such as resting on your funny bone, a carpal tunnel syndrome or a pinched nerve in your neck. You can't treat it until you have a diagnosis.

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