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Why do my fingers and hands tingle/go numb while I am sleeping? This has been going on for a year.

Why do my fingers and hands tingle/go numb while I am sleeping? This has been going on for a year.

Anxiety, see a PCP: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the "flight or fight" response which gives rise to many physiological changes include chest pains, parasthesia, dry mouth, aphasia, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment and Vicodin is not one of them. ...Read more

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Paresthesia (Definition)

Weird or abnormal feeling including numbness, tingling sensation, pins-and-needles in skin area or body part. One example is when someone hits his elbow "funny bone", he may get the tingling and numbness at the elbow and forearm, this ...Read more


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What causes numbness in my fingers with tingling?

What causes numbness in my fingers with tingling?

Most likeley two: Things: pressure on the nerve from the neck down or neuropathy (inflammations of the nerves). ...Read more

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My left has increasing pain and tingling and numbness in fingers?

My left has increasing pain and tingling and numbness in fingers?

Hand numbness: Numbness, tingling, and pain in the fingers suggests a pinch nerve that may originate in the neck, elbow, or wrist. See a neurologist to evaluate the numbness and tingling in the hand. ...Read more

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I have a numbness/tingling feeling in my fingers. Possible causes?

I have a numbness/tingling feeling in my fingers. Possible causes?

Carpal tunnel: Carpal tunnel syndrome is very likely the cause. If the numbness/tingling involves the thumb and first 2 1/2 fingers on the same side as the palm of your hand, it is carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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I get numbness or tingling in my fingers every nite what is causing this?

I get numbness or tingling in my fingers every nite what is causing this?

You might have...: Carpel tunnel syndrome, a condition caused by pressure on the median nerve where in goes thru a connective tissue tunnel on the thumb side of the wrist. Pressure on this nerve can cause numbness & tingling of the thumb, index & middle fingers and can also weaken hand grip. Please see a doctor! Meanwhile, wearing semi-flexible wrist splints @ night might help relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Please explain what does a feeling of numbness and tingling in my left finger tips means?

Please explain what does a feeling of numbness and tingling in my left finger tips means?

See neurologist: It depends which finger and what brings the tingling on...If it is the 2nd, 3rd digit numbness, it may be carpal tunnel or ulanr neuropathy if the 4th and fifth...
It may come from a pinched nerve in the neck if you shooting pains from the neck down to a specific area.
Or it may be from a more spreadout proces involving damage to the nerve endings.
Best to see neurologist. ...Read more

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I keep getting tingling in my fingers and my head keeps going numb?

I keep getting tingling in my fingers and my head keeps going numb?

Muscle versus nerve: Numbness of the head is often irritation of the scalp muscles, which can transmit to the muscles of the arms and lead to the hands. However, if this persists, then a scan of the brain is useful for at least ruling out any brain/cranial nerve related issues. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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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I have tingling, numbness, weakness and pain in my fingers and hands. What's going on?

I have tingling, numbness, weakness and pain in my fingers and hands. What's going on?

Many Possibilities: With out an examination - one can only list a long list of possible diagnoses - basically if the tingling and numbness is that intrusive you need to be evaluated by your pcp or by a neurologist. ...Read more

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What can cause tingling & numbness in right little fingers?

What can cause tingling & numbness in right little fingers?

Which fingers?: If it the the little finger and the thumb, consider ulnar neuropathy. If it is the thumb, index and middle fingers, consider carpal tunnel syndrome. If it is all of the fingers, consider brachial plexopathy or neuropathy as a possible cause. ...Read more

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What is causing the feeling of numbness on my fingers? It usually start with a tingling sensation.

What is causing the feeling of numbness on my fingers? It usually start with a tingling sensation.

Nerve compression?: Tingling of the fingers could be for many reasons, the most common is carpal tunnel syndrome or ulnar nerve compression. Work wait anatomy and pregnancy can affect this see your primary for an evaluation he or she will do an appropriate referral to a hand or plastic surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What could cause numbness and tingling in fingers?

What could cause numbness and tingling in fingers?

Carpal tun syndrome: Numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and long finger is do to compression of the median nerve at the wrist called carpal tunnel syndrome. If it is in the ring and little finger only than the nerve involved is the ulnar nerve and the compression is usually at the elbow, called cubical tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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What could be causing finger numbness and tingling?

nerve compression: The most common cause of numbness and tingling in hands in otherwise healthy individuals is nerve compression. The most common type of nerve compression is carpal tunnel syndrome. That being said there are a number of other causes as mentioned by by colleague. I recommend that you consult an experienced hand surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Why are my pointer finger tips tingling and numb for the past 2 hours?

Why are my pointer finger tips tingling and numb for the past 2 hours?

? carpal tunnel: Numbness of the fingers has several causes. Temporary causes like hyperventilating can cause all fingers to feel tingly. Other intermittent causes include carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, or pinched nerve in your neck. You are kind of young for most of these problems. If it keeps up get it checked out. ...Read more

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Why would I have numbness and tingling in my finger 2-3 years after an injury from an impact, and be unable to straighten or bend it all the way?

Why would I have numbness and tingling in my finger 2-3 years after an injury from an impact, and be unable to straighten or bend it all the way?

Explanation: You injured you joint and/or tendons, and also, likely hurt the small digital nerves. Maybe a hand specialist can correct this. ...Read more

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I am experiencing finger tingling, enlarged finger tips and finger pain. The following also describes me: Numbness or tingling. What should I do?

I am experiencing finger tingling, enlarged finger tips and finger pain. The following also describes me: Numbness or tingling. What should I do?

Finger tingling: Refers to altered sensation not quite numb (while numb means no sensation It is the same type of feeling one feels when the finger first starts to falll asleep Tingling generally means the sensory nerves are working but to a lesser degree than normal whereas numbness implies a more severe. Problem. People often use the words numbness and tingling together nondpecifically to describe things. ...Read more

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I have a constant pain in my trapezius which, makes my fingers feel like they are going numb, the pain in my trapezius is temporarily relieved when I do certain stretches but the tingling sensation in my fingers do not stop.

I have a constant pain in my trapezius which, makes my fingers feel like they are going numb, the pain in my trapezius is temporarily relieved when I do certain stretches but the tingling sensation in my fingers do not stop.

Whenever: Whenever experiencing new symptoms, it is always best to be evaluated by a physician, as musculoskeletal symptoms (i.e. From muscle or nerve) can overlap visceral symptoms (i.e. Left arm tingling due heart issues). A physician would speak with you and examine you and correlate such to ensure appropriate diagnosis and treatment. If you are not experiencing any other symptoms that would suggest this is cardiac related (i.e. Right sided symptoms only, no breathing difficulty, no chest pain, no nausea/ vomiting, no palpitations), then this is more likely musculoskeletal.

Typically pain in the trapezius with accompanying limb tingling can come from a few different sources:
-myofascial pain is a condition in which one may have inflammation, tightness, pain in the fascia, which is the connective tissue that covers the muscles. This can hit muscles in isolation or in groups. This can also be associated with trigger points which are tight bands of tissue within the fascia that can cause referred symptoms (i.e. Tingling) in a specific distribution.
-muscle strain, in which the muscle was overworked or strained. Would not usually account for the tingling and thus, may have two separate issues ongoing at the same time
-cervical radiculopathy, or pinched nerve in the neck, that may cause such arm symptoms. Any muscles supplied by the involved nerve may go into spasm, thus causing pain in the trapezius area. Pinched nerves can come from a variety of sources, including a herniated disc.
-carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve conditions can also lead to hand tingling, but usually will not account for the arm tingling. Carpal tunnel involves the median nerve and typically hits the thumb, index and middle finger (sometimes the ring finger as well), while ulnar neuropathy generally hits the ring and pinkie fingers.

There are a variety of causes for your complaints but I've touched on the more common musculoskeletal conditions. Treatment would vary depending on the cause. Furthermore, any physician would also need to know your medical history to ensure that treatment is safe for you at that time. ...Read more

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I am nauseous, have tingling in my left arm and fingers are numb. What is going on?

I am nauseous, have tingling in my left arm and fingers are numb. What is going on?

Carpal Tunnel: Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. I would recommend evaluation with a hnd surgeon. ...Read more

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My fingers are numb and tingling from skydiving. Should I be worried?

My fingers are numb and tingling from skydiving. Should I be worried?

How are you now?: Sometimes the cold wind can do this; sometimes hyperventilating from the excitement can do it; sometimes you can get carpal tunnel going from gripping the toggles intensely, and if you land on your wrists, you can bruise the median nerve. If you're not better in 48 hours, get seen. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Deltoid pain but no finger tingling or numbness. Using mouse that is hard to click. Related?

Deltoid pain but no finger tingling or numbness. Using mouse that is hard to click. Related?

Shoulder pain: There are many causes of deltoid pain. Most commonly, it is referred pain from shoulder. Causes include tendonitis of rotator cuff or biceps. Other causes of referred shoulder pain include cervical spine. Typically, the pain in the shoulder is associated with numbness down arm or into hand. If symptoms persist, see an orthopedic surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to stop your fingers from being numb and tingling when you have diabetes?

Can there be any way to stop your fingers from being numb and tingling when you have diabetes?

Many options.: Topical capsaicin may be helpful for some, while others may benefit with oral medication such as Pregabalin (lyrica), Amitriptyline (elavil), duloxetine (cymbalta), Gabapentin (neurontin), Carbamazepine (tegretol), or valproate (depakote) to reduce the painful symptoms in the feet due to neuropathy. Watch you sugar intake, and have your vitamin b levels checked and supplemented as necessary. ...Read more

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Why is my body having all over pain, numbness, tingling, fingers/tor nails cold and turning blue been all over the state of virginia to seek neuro?

Why is my body having all over pain, numbness, tingling, fingers/tor nails cold and turning blue been all over the state of virginia to seek neuro?

Fibromyalgia: 27 yo w. chronic widespread pain & upper extremity parasthesias & coldness fails to be diagnosed by series of Neurologists. Many Neurologists disbelieve reality of both fibromyalgia & Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which can oft be associated. See a Rheumatologist & an Osteopath (experts in soft tissue injuries). Doppler study of upper extremity with Addson's maneuver can be diagnostic. Skateboarder? ...Read more

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I have frequent numbness & tingling on my left arm & fingers. It started a few months ago with consistent intensity. What is it and what should I do?

I have frequent numbness & tingling on my left arm & fingers. It started a few months ago with consistent intensity. What is it and what should I do?

Neurologist: An impingement of a nerve is suspected. The impingement may be at the wrist (carpal tunnel) but could be at a higher level in the neck, shoulder or elbow. A brain lesion in the right cerebral cortex is less likely a cause due to lack of arm weakness. A neurologist is best qualified to evaluate you and an EMG may be performed in order to localize the impingement. ...Read more

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Recently experienced numbness & tingling in right arm/fingers during flights. Flights are max 4 hrs. Took 20+ hrs of fly time in Dec trio if relevant.

Recently experienced numbness & tingling in right arm/fingers during flights. Flights are max 4 hrs. Took 20+ hrs of fly time in Dec trio if relevant.

Positional: You may have carpal tunnel problems caused by thickened ligaments in the wrist which press on nerves going into the hand and forearm. Arm position while flying must be a factor. A hand surgeon can evaluate you and recommend treatment options like a brace, physical therapy, steroid injection, surgery. ...Read more

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I have had tingling/numbness in my finger tips since july 13 and I take copaxone (glatiramer). I wanted to know is there a medication to stop numbness?

I have had tingling/numbness in my finger tips since july 13 and I take copaxone (glatiramer). I wanted to know is there a medication to stop numbness?

Need a diagnosis: If the numbness is due to ms, you may be experiencing a relapse, and that could be treated with a steroid or acth. If the numbness is due to a peripheral nerve issue such as carpal tunnel, this could be treated directly. You need to discuss with your doctor and search out the etiology and then address with specific intervention. You see, ms can co-exist with other problems and these need eval. ...Read more

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While holding the telephone receiver to my ears my fingers felt numb & tingling sensation. Why?

While holding the telephone receiver to my ears my fingers felt numb & tingling sensation. Why?

Nerve Irritation: Since the activity of holding the telephone could put pressure on nerves at the wrists or elbow. That could cause irritation of the ulnar nerve which could cause numbness of the 4th and 5th fingers. At the wrist the median nerve irritation causing numbness of the first 4 fingers. Change hands when holding the phone or use a speaker phone to rest the nerves. If symptoms continue see a physician ...Read more

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How to get rid of pinky finger numbness/tingling?

How to get rid of pinky finger numbness/tingling?

See below: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more