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Dr. Mark Khorsandi
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Finger Numbness (Definition)

Finger numbness is a clinical finding in which there is loss of ...Read more


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I've been writing with a pencil for the past 10 hours straight and now the tip of my right index finger is numb, could I have caused nerve damage?

I've been writing with a pencil for the past 10 hours straight and now the tip of my right index finger is numb, could I have caused nerve damage?

Likely mild: You could have temporarily compressed a small digital nerve on the finger, or this could be a presentation of a carpal tunnel syndrome. This might well reverse over the next few days, but if more fingers get involved, or symptoms worsen, would be useful to have your doctor examine this. ...Read more

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The tip of my index finger has been numb since using it to start a grill lighter. 24 hours later it is still numb. Could I have damaged a nerve?

The tip of my index finger has been numb since using it to start a grill lighter. 24 hours later it is still numb. Could I have damaged a nerve?

Digital nerve: Likely injured a small nerve branch called a digital nerve, which should readily, spontaneously resolve over next few weeks at most. ...Read more

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The tip of my index finger has been numb and tingling for the past three days now--what could it be?

The tip of my index finger has been numb and tingling for the past three days now--what could it be?

Pressure symptoms: Mainly the symptoms will occur from compression of digital nerve (finger nerve), or possibly median nerve at wrist. Because symptoms are so localized, problems localized to finger are most likely. Small arteries to finger might be compromised. Local trauma to the tip is frequent in certain jobs or hobbies (or even abusing your remote control). ...Read more

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I woke at 4am with the tip of my right index finger numb, 7 hrs later, no different. Seems the inside (next to middle) is worse than outside?

I woke at 4am with the tip of my right index finger numb, 7 hrs later, no different. Seems the inside (next to middle) is worse than outside?

Median nerve: It is the median nerve that supplies tip of the index finger. Median nerve must be getting compressed or damaged somewhere from your neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist. Did you have a recent injury to your wrist or arm? Anything compress your elbow? Any shoulder or neck injury ? You said you woke up that way, did you sleep in an unusual position? ...Read more

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The tip of my right index finger has been numb for a few days. Could it be because I bite my nails and skin around my nails?

The tip of my right index finger has been numb for a few days. Could it be because I bite my nails and skin around my nails?

Finger numbness: Unlikely to be from biting. Could be carpal tunnel or other nerve compression like holding groceries with your finger too long, or cervical spine disc disease, rarely may be vascular or MS. Would seek medical attention this week ...Read more

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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. ...Read more