What Nerves Cause A Numbness In Fingers, Causing Inability To Pick Up Objects - And Sometimes Burning In Fingers? Could This Be Related In Some Way To Nerves In The Spine?

Question

Asked by Mary

What Nerves Cause A Numbness In Fingers, Causing Inability To Pick Up Objects - And Sometimes Burning In Fingers? Could This Be Related In Some Way To Nerves In The Spine?

I have arthritis in my hands. Numbness in my fingers has increased over the last few years, and I can't even pick up any object at all with them. Sometimes I also have burning and shooting pains that knock me almost off my feet in my finger joints. Could this be caused by a pinched nerve in some other area of my body?

Answer

there could a couple of things involved. One is that you may have problems with a nerve being pinched in your shoulder or neck. The other possibility could be carpal tunnel syndrome - this is quite common for people who live with RA. Carpal tunnel syndrome usually requires surgical intervention, but it's a routine surgery that usually works really well. You can read more about carpal tunnel surgery in Lisa Emrich's post about the issue.

that said, I am not a doctor and it's impossible for me to tell you exactly what's going on. I would definitely suggest that you go see your family doctor. to discuss this issue, get some tests or a referral to somebody who can help you.

good luck! Please keep us posted on what happens?

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW