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Dr. Gary Pess
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What does it mean if my finger pads go numb?

Dr. Gary Pess
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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What does it mean if my finger pads go numb?

Carpal tunnel: It certainly could be carpal tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve in your wrist which makes your fingers go numb. See a hand surgeon for an examination and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more


Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
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What exactly does it mean when your finger goes purple and numb?

Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
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What exactly does it mean when your finger goes purple and numb?

Vessel spasm: Sound like raymaud's phenomenon. This is a temporary spasm of the artery which reduces blood flow to the finger. This can cause a bluish/purplish coloration and some finger numbness. Try warming the hand up when this happens. If you are a smoker you must stop to help this. If it keeps up get it checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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What does it mean if every once in awhile your fingers tingles and goes numb?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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What does it mean if every once in awhile your fingers tingles and goes numb?

Carpal tunnel: Most frequent is carpal tunnel where nerve is temporarily pinched at the wrist, but you can hit your "funny bone", and cause tingling and numbness due to the ulnar nerve at elbow. Monitor activity, and see if problems come from computer activities or leaning on elbow. If persistent symptoms, see your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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What exactly does it mean when your middle finger goes numb and pale?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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What exactly does it mean when your middle finger goes numb and pale?

See details: It may be the first sign of raynauds disease. There are other causes as well including a small blood clot or embolus. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Prem Gupta
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What does it mean if i hold something with my hands my fingers and hands start to go numb. Sometimes my hands move like twitch on there own?

Dr. Prem Gupta
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What does it mean if i hold something with my hands my fingers and hands start to go numb. Sometimes my hands move like twitch on there own?

Possible CT Syndrome: If symptoms are confined to hands and fingers then carpal tunnel syndrome ( pinched nerve at wrist) is likely. Twitching seems a separate issue. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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What exactly does it mean when the tips of your fingers are numb?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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What exactly does it mean when the tips of your fingers are numb?

See details: It may be carpal tunnel syndrome. A peripheral neuropathy is less likely. There are other possible causes as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
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What does it mean when your fingers are numb?

Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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What does it mean when your fingers are numb?

Carpal Tunnel : Syndrome can be a culprit as can pinching of the ulnar nerve at your elbow. In carpal tunnel symdrome typically your thumb, index, middle and ring finger are numb, in ulnar nerve entrapment your pinky and ring finger are numb. If your whole hand is numb it could be both or a metabolic issue like diabetes (most common). ...Read more

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Dr. Prem Gupta
Board Certified, neurology
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Supposing your wrist, for example is anaesthesized, does that mean that your fingers are completely numb as well?

Dr. Prem Gupta
Board Certified, neurology
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Supposing your wrist, for example is anaesthesized, does that mean that your fingers are completely numb as well?

Yes: Assuming you were given an anesthetic injection in the wrist, it can affect median nerve and or ulnar nerve which allow fingers to feel all sensations. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Pess
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What does it mean if you have no pain in your wrist but yur fingers are numb nd tingling?

Dr. Gary Pess
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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What does it mean if you have no pain in your wrist but yur fingers are numb nd tingling?

Pain: Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Use vit b6 100mg / day and a night splint. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Cohen
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My 50 yr. Old husband has tingling and numbness feeling in his left arm mainly in his fingers and goes up to his shoulders , what does this mean?

Dr. Stephen Cohen
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Need evaluation: Difficult to determine without an examination. Agree with others who suggest need for medical evaluation to rule out cardiac causes. However, can also be peripheral nerve entrapment such as carpal tunnel syndrome (not uncommon for cts pain to travel up the arm), cubital tunnel syndrome, or cervical radiculopathy. Would highly recommend evaluation. May need emg/ncv testing. ...Read more

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