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What Causes Mild Pain In The Fingers And Toes?

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Posted on Mon, 23 Oct 2017
Question: I'm experiencing very mild pain in my extremities like my fingers and feet and toes. The pain is very, very mild and comes and goes. Sometimes it's just in my fingers. Sometimes it's in my toes. Sometimes it's both. I've had nothing happen to me to cause this pain and have no idea where it came from or what it could be. Any ideas would be appreciated. The pain has been getting more frequent in the last few days.
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Answered by Dr. Ornela Ademovi (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Possible peripheral vascular disease

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

understand your concern. Pain in the finger and toes, although mild, is cause for concern. Although a complete physical exam and tests. as well as knowing your medical history would give a clearer understanding of your condition, I believe it is a symptom of peripheral blood vessel disease. This is a condition where, due to narrowing of blood vessels in the finger tips blood flow to the hands and feet is restricted, thus depriving the tissues (including nerve cells) of oxygen, leading to pain.
This can be due to high cholesterol, trauma or inflammation. Usually, peripheral vascular disease responds well to lifestyle changes such as a healthier diet and exercise, however, I recommend you see a primary care physician for further evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Let me know if you have further questions.

Wishing you good health and all the best

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Ornela Ademovi (19 minutes later)
Thank you. Is there a specialist that you would recommend I see instead of a primary care physician? I'd rather just cut to the chase and get this taken care of ASAP.
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Answered by Dr. Ornela Ademovi (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please see as below

Detailed Answer:
I understand. You may want to see a vascular specialist.
I hope this helps.
Wishing you all the best.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Ornela Ademovi (24 minutes later)
What kind of doctor would I see? When I search for doctors there is nothing for vascular specialists. Would I see a cardiologist?

Lastly, based on my symptoms, is this something a primary care physician could manage or do you think a specialist would be better?
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Answered by Dr. Ornela Ademovi (2 days later)
Brief Answer:
Please see below

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

I apologize for this late reply. Yes, this is something a primary care physician should address first, because, based on the physical examination it may be something that can be corrected by a combination of medication and changes in lifestyle. If it is something more serious that needs specialized help, the PCP will be able to refer you to the right specialist.
I hope this helps.
Wishing you good health and all the best.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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What Causes Mild Pain In The Fingers And Toes?

Brief Answer: Possible peripheral vascular disease Detailed Answer: Hello, understand your concern. Pain in the finger and toes, although mild, is cause for concern. Although a complete physical exam and tests. as well as knowing your medical history would give a clearer understanding of your condition, I believe it is a symptom of peripheral blood vessel disease. This is a condition where, due to narrowing of blood vessels in the finger tips blood flow to the hands and feet is restricted, thus depriving the tissues (including nerve cells) of oxygen, leading to pain. This can be due to high cholesterol, trauma or inflammation. Usually, peripheral vascular disease responds well to lifestyle changes such as a healthier diet and exercise, however, I recommend you see a primary care physician for further evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Let me know if you have further questions. Wishing you good health and all the best