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Why Does My Fingers Tingle Or Feel Numb?

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These symptoms can be a sign of various health problems. Most of the possibilities are not serious. The first is a vitamin B12 deficiency. This can easily be treated by a multi-vitamin, or vitamin B12 tablets. If these don’t work, a doctor can prescribe a prescription for vitamin B12, or administer a vitamin B12 injection. A second possibility is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is caused by repetitive movement of your fingers. Mild frostbite can cause long-term or permanent numbness and tingling in the area affected. Another option can be an anxiety problem or panic attack. This would be accompanied by a nervous feeling, fast heart rate, fast breathing, and a tight feeling in the chest. These disorders are fairly easy to treat, but do require a doctor. These are the most likely causes of your concerns.

More serious ailments have numb or tingling fingers as a symptom. The most common is called peripheral neuropathy, and it is essentially another term for nerve damage. There are many different causes of nerve damage. Some medications, especially narcotic pain killers, can cause this. Also medication that treats some forms of cancer, anti-seizure medication, and blood pressure medication can cause this. Long-term pressure or strain to your fingers can cause nerve damage. Diseases such as hypothyroidism, HIV/AIDS, liver infections, autoimmune diseases, and liver disease are other culprits. The good news is that the tingling sensation is an early sign of nerve damage, and further damage may be prevented by visiting a doctor.

Other severe problems that can cause this sensation include diabetic neuropathy, stroke, frostbite, or various types of burns. The connective tissue disease called scleroderma can also have this symptom. Scleroderma also entails symptoms such as coughing, hair loss, and severe joint pain. If your symptoms are prolonged, it is best to see a doctor to be on the safe side.

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