Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
195 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

Consistent tingling in hands extending to finger tips, realize when hands are not busy. Tips to overcome this?

Answered by
Dr. Grzegorz Stanko

General Surgeon

Practicing since :2008

Answered : 5768 Questions

Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 in General Health
Question: For the past month, I have experienced numbing tingling in my left arm and hand, extending to fingertips. It comes and goes. It does not deter me from my daily activities and notice it most when my hands are not busy. There is no pain involved. I am female, early seventies, still work at a job (office, computer, sedentary). The tingling begins in the upper part of my arm not extended to shoulder, and moves all the way to my fingers.
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 31 minutes later

Thank you for the query.

Such symptoms are most likely caused by nerve compression. Depending of the nerve and the area of compression it can be carpal tunnel syndrome (most common), elbow or wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by long pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. This can happen during computer writing for example. Characteristic for this syndrome is tingling, numbness or pain in the the thumb, index, middle fingers, and radial half of the ring finger. Other fingers are free from symptoms (last two).
You can perform simple test. Please flex your wrist gently as far as possible and keep it for 60 seconds. If the tingling will appear or aggravate, carpal tunnel syndrome is most probable.

Ulnar nerve entrapment should give similar symptoms, but it affect ring and little finger only.

I suggest you to visit neurologist, have physical examination and EMG test. This test is able to tell which nerve is compressed and on what level.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,   ,  
Medical Topics ,  

Recent questions on  Paresthesia

doctor1 MD

I have a severe headache which started at the base of my neck. I also have pins and needles in my arms. 2 months ago my back seized up due to...

doctor1 MD

I am 48 years old suffering from tb of lumbar spine.I had taken akt4 for first 2 mths then akt 3 for 3 mths .For what duration drug tt is to be...

doctor1 MD

I have been having shoulder, neck, and upper back pain that has gradually worsened for about 3 months. I m a nursing assistant, so I do some pretty...

doctor1 MD

intense shoulder pain from shoulder joint down the side of the left arm into elbow and foerarm and feels like shoulder blade is out of position i...

doctor1 MD

I had a pontine stoke 5weeks ago down my right side canwalk and talk and feel but have severe pins and needles in right hand and foot and numbness...

doctor1 MD

Hi, earlier i had a buzzing sensation my right chest. what was that? the buzzing came more than 5 times. when it buzz its also radiates my left...

doctor1 MD

Systematic Skin Respomse test for small fibre neuropathy. Hello I am recently trying to get the diagnosis of my paresthesia problem and my Doctor...