Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Alicia, Community Member, asks

Q: What causes numbnes and tingling in fingers?

I am a 35 yr old female. I have been having numbness and tingling in my fingers for a month now. Lately my fingers have been getting stiff when its cold and it gets hard to hold on to things. They dont hurt, just feel wierd and annoying almost like my fingers gets hard. I have no other symptoms or had any type of injuries.

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V, Health Guide
11/17/10 7:09am

Hi, Alicia. You need to make an appointment with your doctor.  Many things could cause what you describe. For instance, I have inflamed nerves in my wrists and swollen tendons in my elbows.  This puts pressure on the nerves that go to my hands and my hands tingle and get numb and stiff if I have my arms bent for too long. You doctor may order a nerve conduction test to determine where the problem is.   Please make an appointment with your doctor, as your symptoms seem to indicate some sort of nerve conduction problem. I am NOT a health professional. Just trying to help you make the decision to see your physician.  Best Wishes, V

ronie, Community Member
11/17/10 11:00am

sounds like Miss V has got you covered.  She is right, any type of numbness and tingling is generally nerve related, be it inflammation in the wrist or even elbow.  xrays and a nerve conductive test is warranted.


Good luck,


Lene Andersen, Health Guide
11/19/10 3:05pm

V and Ronie is already giving you really good information and you definitely should see your doctor about this.


Some of the questions you may want to think about and preparing to go to your doctor are whether anything happened a month ago - did you hurt your arm or shoulder? Numbness and tingling are a sign of nerve involvement, sometimes because a nerve is being pinched due to e.g., muscle and/or tendon injury. Does taking a muscle relaxant help? What about applying an ice pack or heat? Are both arms affected or just one? If only one, is it your dominant arm (ie, right arm if you're right handed). Do you work on a computer with a lot of mousework? Using a mouse can create shoulder and arm issues. These are things your doctor will want to know so they can better assess your problem.


Please keep us posted on what happens?



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By Alicia, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 11/17/10