Friday, January 20, 2006

Numb Fingertips

Have you ever fallen asleep on your own arms, and then hours later wake up to find that your arms have stopped functioning entirely? You roll over, but your arms don't move. You have to flop them around and look to make sure you still have them. Of course, within a minute or so, the blood flow returns and you miraculously regrow your arms.

This morning, I woke up with numb fingertips on one hand. Specifically, the thumb, pointer, and middle finger. My initial reaction was, "Whoa! That feels weird!" But I knew the feeling would return shortly.

But then it didn't. Now, two hours after I woke up, my fingertips are still numb. And, as a diabetic where neuropathy is certainly a major concern, it disturbs me a little. I'm giving it the day. There have been times when similar sensations have come, but disappear by the end of the day. For example, I frequently get this burning mixed with numb feeling just above my right knee, and it always starts while I'm sleeping. It kind of feels like a rugburn, but the skin isn't actually irritated. It is more internal. Anyhow, I've mentioned this to my doctor before, and he wasn't concerned. It happens probably once every few weeks.

I've never had this happen to my fingers though. I also wonder if it could be sign of dehydration, because due to some high blood sugars I had last night, I'm sure I woke up dehydrated. (If my ten trips to the bathroom last night were any indication.) I just opened up a water bottle here in case that's it.

I have trouble believing it is anything related to neuropathy. I mean, it doesn't happen that quickly. Does it? Overnight? Bam, you can't feel your fingertips.

We'll see. If I can't feel my fingertips by tomorrow, I'm calling the doc.

48 comments:

julia said...

Could it be carpal tunnel? Are the fingers cold, too? There's something called Renaud's Syndrome that has those symptoms, I believe. It sounds annoying as all get out.

RyanBruner said...

A friend of mine that I walk with suggested it could be a pinched nerve caused by inflammation. He had a similar thing happen to him.

I've noticed it is slightly better, but still very noticable, right now. So, perhaps he's right. We'll see. I guess I should take some ibuprofen (an anti-inflammatory) and see if it helps.

Anonymous said...

Multiple Sclerosis is another worry

Anonymous said...

I woke up with numb, tingling fingertips. In my case I pinched a nerve in my spine last night, went to sleep and woke up with my fingertips tingling. They tie into eachother, no big deal, it will go away.

Anonymous said...

YOu may want to get tested for Diabetes.

Margaret said...

Ryan,
I know this happened in Jan 2006. Did you resolve it? Same identical thing is happening to me.
Any advice.

RyanBruner said...

Margaret:

It resolved itself on its own. While the cause is unknown for sure, after some research, it appears it was from sleeping on it weird, causing pressure on the nerve overnight. Once the swelling went down a couple days later, problem resolved itself.

Ironically, I'm now experiencing an unrelated case of numb fingertips (pinky and ring finger), which is most likely caused by pressure on the elbow, although I don't know for sure. I'm hoping that the holiday break will give it enough rest to clear up.

Anonymous said...

im going through the numb pinky and ring fingers right now as i type and i have a weird pressure on the back of the elbow aswell. this has been off and on for about a week and i have no clue what it is. maybe someone knows what the cause is.

RJ said...

I have type 2 diabeties and all of a sudden today all my fingertips are numb/tingly. My thumb is the most. I also have abdominal cramping bad. Does it ever end:)

Anonymous said...

pinky ring finger numbing is usually due to a pinched nerve in your elbow-- I've had it before- that's what doc says it is- sauys if its really annoying or keeps happening ,you can get surgery (minor) that moves the nerve slightly

Anonymous said...

My finger tip has been numb for a day. I know the cause is using the laptop while leaning on my elbows. Thanks

Anonymous said...

My finger tip has been numb for a day. I know the cause is using the laptop while leaning on my elbows. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I put my hands and arms through alot of stress every day. I am a computer programer by day and I'm a house 'flipper' by night. Also I lift wieghts every day. My problem is my fingertips are numb almost all day and I am getting a slight pain in my elbow. Aside from that stuff I am also experiencing the sleeplesness and neck pain. I think I'm falling apart. Does anyone think There is a remedy beside surgery?

Anonymous said...

i have this same numbness and tingling in my thumb, index finger, and middle finger. I had to go the emergency room yesterday
because of the same thing, i was also in alot of pain in my back. The doctor said i should see a neurologist.

jess said...

yesterday my boyfriend picked me up from work ( i work at a healthfood store) and asked me if we had anything for numb and tingly yet painful fingertips...i didn't know what to give him. i thought he may be dehydrated so i gave him some coconut water and some anti inflammatory herbs. he said it helped a little but not much. he said that he noticed it after a massive cough. he coughed and said he felt a sharp pain in his chest and shoulder and then the shoulder pain traveled down his right arm, and thats when the pins and needles started in his fingertips..only one hand...3 fingers. i want him to see a doc but he's one of those stubborn anti doctor types...suggestions? theories? help!

anugoogle said...

I'm also having same problem with my right hand middle, index finger and thumb for last couple of days. Its this strange numbness and tingly feeling.

I have pain in my neck as well and maybe two are connected??

Any words of advise?

Anonymous said...

I have the same nubness in my right hand in all the fingers but the pinky. I 've checked for diabetes but so far so good it's not that.. I however type everyday and I am expereiencing some pain in my neck and back.

Anonymous said...

I have the same nubness in my right hand in all the fingers but the pinky. I 've checked for diabetes but so far so good it's not that.. I however type everyday and I am having some pain in my neck and back.

Anonymous said...

so the other day i woke up with my pointerfingertip numb, then today i woke up with a partial numbness on my middle finger... im really scared looking at all thses comments... help

Sean said...

I had the same thing, and it turned out to be a pinched nerve in my back. My chiropractor adjusted it out and the numbness left instantly. He also correctly diagnosed my 'torn rotator cuff' as another back problem. My left leg is a little shorter than the other. I wear a lift and its been a year without either problem. Have your back checked!

diane said...

I am glad I found this site i am experiencing numbness in my two last fingers on my left hand. My bmi was high this morning and i was about to go to A&E

Mat said...

i'm experiencing numbness in my last two fingers too! it's been almost 4 to 6 months now and my pinky's gotten worse. the skin on .5 cm of the tip actually hardened. I haven't seen a doctor yet.

Anonymous said...

Hi the fingertips of my three middle fingers randomly go numb and wel i make a tight fist i can feel my heartbeat in my fists. what is wrong with me?

Anonymous said...

For two weeks now my fingertips have been numb. All of them. It seems like its moving to my hands now. I'm very worried and I'm in the process of getting healthcare but that takes time. I hope my hands don't fall off by then.

Anonymous said...

if its the first 3 its usually carpal tunnel syndrom, if its the last 3, its usually c7-c8 nerve pinching (see a specialist).

Stereocilia said...

i got the same thing when i woke up this morning, i've had it for four hours and I can't feel my left pinky and ring fingers as I type this right now. I starting to get worried but I don't want to see a doctor because they never tell you anything. It feels like the blood is cut off, but I can move them fine, and they're warm. They even look like my other finger when I press on the nails. Ahh!!!

Anonymous said...

i have been diagnosed with diabetes 2 and i the last few days have been waking up with the right hand, thumb, pointer and middle finger completely numb, the feeling is like when you go to the dentist and he gives you a novacaine needle..same feeling..numb,numb i must rub the fingers to get blood and circulation back..it takes a few minutes...what is this is this related to diabetes 2 which i just was diagnosed with please let me know if anyone is esperiencing the same feeling and what is it..

presouz@sbcglobal.net said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...

I woke up this morning to a numb thumb and it has been two hours and it still feels numb. I am kind of afraid because I dont know what it is.

Roseanne said...

I've been having that feeling all day on my pointy finger and thumb. It feels tingly under my fingernails. I've been using my computer more that usual. I'm thinking that's what's causing it.

Anonymous said...

Almost every morning and throughout the night I get the symptoms mentioned: cold, tingly, numb, painful fingers. I've tried many thing to remedy this. Namely: hot wash rags, holding a hot coffee cup. swinging my arm, shaking my hand, drinking tonic water, taking a niacin tablet, and others. I get over it later in the day when I drink lots of liquids, while working with my hands on outside projects

Anonymous said...

Over the last week my right arm was tingling all over like it had pins and needles. That eventually subsided after three days. Now I have numbness in my pointer finger and thumb. I wonder if all of this is from over-typing or using a computer chair with arm rests (apparently not good to use as your elbow is rested). Any thoughts on what my condition is?

Anonymous said...

Just had the sugury on the Ulner Nerve and artery. This is what causes the numbness in the pinky and ring finger.
Raynoids - I have also, is caused by the compression of the artery in the hand.
Doing computer work (which I do all day) is a major contributor. Pending on the problem you have you need ot have the nerve adjusted in the elbow and the hand. The artery if not collapsed or compressed will need the compression nerves moved to keep the blood flow to your fingers.
If the artery is compressed, it will need to be replaced (yip, that done too).
Recovery is about 3-4 weeks if you have all that done. Get a one handed keypad and you're off. in about 15days you can type. 1-2 months you're back to lifting things.

Carpal tunnel is another issue, you should have your hands checked out for that as well as the nerve issue. The nerve verification is painful, but you will know the results, finally.

Anonymous said...

This is june 12 just went to Doctor about numbness in finger tips. I do have diabetes 2 but do not think they are related. Dr. is sending me to a specialist. he will do examination on the problem .Sorry do not remember the type of Dr. but he does this type of exam. I am retired & did work on computers for 5 years before that dialed up numbers for 36 years at Bell.also play the piano for 2 choirs. Hope this does not interfere with playing.will give name of specialist when i find out Diann

Anonymous said...

My husband works at a desk typing and talking on the phone all day. He also sleeps with his arms over his head. He developed pain in his pinky and ring finger. It was too painful for him to bend his elbow and his 2 fingers and palm were numb. The Dr ordered a nerve conduction test and diagnosed it as an irratated ulnar nerve. The doc advised him to take ibuprofen and keep the elbow straight (yeah right). 2 yrs. later and the doc prescribed Neurotin(?!) His father had a bone spur and my husband has a slight 3-4% scoliosis of his spine. We are trying to keep the arm straight and will try massage therapy and yoga to straighten his spine. We'll post any results. We are hoping to avoid long term drugs or surgery.

scotty cole (plymouth) said...

i have had numb finger tips thumb and two next to it and aching on my left arm and hand for ove 2 weeks now an not seemed to shift it been reading the comments here and looks like it is cts ?

been looking up on this and looks like if that glove wont work i need to have op on hand wtf ?

this numb and achy feeling is beginning to do my head in now i keep dropping things at work etc cant text on phone as cant feel the buttons and frankly annoyed.

i will be ringing my doc in morning 25/08/09 to find out what wrong and what can be done but i thought it was just from sleeping on my hand and would go away in a couple hours but been over 2 weeks now so it oviously is more than what it seems will keep ya all posted

scotty (plymouth)

Anonymous said...

I am also diabetes patient, 35 yrs old, had same problem in right hand fingers and very severe pain in back side of elbow. Doctor given me b6, b12 vitamin tablets and it works well. I feel better now than earlier. I can use the finger to perform my work and feel only sometime only occurs. Doctor advised me to take for one month and it will get cured.

Anonymous said...

OMG, I have had numbness in my left pinky and ring finger for 2 weeks. It is driving me crazy. I have worried over what it is and after reading this I think it is from hitting my funny bone. Not funny now but anyway, my elbow really hurt and bothered me for several days, it got better and I lost feeling in my fingers. What do I do now?

Anonymous said...

I've experienced numbness on my right hand in my thumb, pointer, and middle finger on and off now for about 2 years. I work on a computer all day (for two years now) and thats usually the main culprit. Typing on a keyboard is not a natural movement, and commonly causes numbness in the finger tips and hands. It doesnt always mean carpol tunnel syndrome or diabetes. Most times its due to a pinched nerve either in the elbow, back or neck. A chiropractor can be a huge help for this. I recently had a major shoulder surgery and am now in a brace. The brace weighs down on my right shoulder, neck, and back. My fingers are now very numb, probably because I've got pinched nurves. I've talked to my doctor a lot about this, and he says its usually nothing to worry about unless your fingers/hand starts turning blue (or any other weird color). See a chiropractor if you have the means. Hope that helps. -Zach :)

Harrison said...

its dec 16 2009, a couple days ago i woke up with what i thought was a stiff neck. after a couple days, my left pointer fingertip felt slighly numb. about 2 days later this slight numbness has turned into a pain. sort of like a jammed finger, but its only the tip.

earlier posts make me think this is due to my neck/back left shoulder pain. is this something that will just go away in a couple weeks? or do I need to see a chiropractor? i really dont want to have to go to the doctor first, be told to wait, go back, then get referred somewhere. anyone have any info for me?

dhenry said...

please help after trying band workout for first time my fingertips started hurting one at a time starting with pointer others followed also very red on tips ,very painfull in cold weather whats going on?

Anonymous said...

I had had a fall and cracked a bone in my left hand. At a final exam for the break, I told the doctor I had experienced numbness to fingertips of both hands, although the right seemed worse. He ordered an MRI. I also had blood work after reading these cases.
The diagnosis was degnerative Myelopathy -- and I have two cervical vertebrae C-3 & C-7 pressing on the spinal cord. Surgeru in indicated. But I have two differing opinions! One wants to operate at C3, the other at C7 with epidurals at C3. Anyone experience this? 2/08/10

Ian K said...

I am experiencing this now in my left hand, thumb, pointer and middle. Thumb and pointer the most. I will post results when I come back from the D.R.

Anonymous said...

I had a similar experience, I thought if I drank some warm tea it might get my circulation going. As I held the hot cup of tea, I began to feel less numbing in my thumb. So I took a hot bath and almost immediately my feeling came back in my fingers.

Kory said...

I have numbness in my left ring finger! I woke up with it and expected it to go away today, but it didn't. I don't have diabetes or anything like that and I'm a healthy 16 year-old male

(08 March 2011)

lance said...

my hands have bean numb as long as my medical referral 6 months no responce froke referral .i have dropped every thing broke so much stuff take forever to do anything cant work ,wife redy to leave me i am in the worst mood 24-7 and have depression and sleep issuse.i well maybe the get to me when im hanging frome a rope

Anonymous said...

I have a kind of "numbness" in my right hand fingertips. I noticed it when I put my right hand index finger in my coffee to see if it was still warm. It still felt warm. I also put my left hand index fingertip in the coffee & it felt cold. I am stumped & concerned. What is going on? Is my coffee warm or cold. Which hand fingertips have something going on with them?

Anonymous said...

I have numbness in all my fingers on left hand except pinky finger going on 4dsys also slight headaches and itching of skin very concerned