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Why Do You Have Tingling Fingers
By: IHI
12.16.14 Tuesday
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At the Idaho Hand Institute, we deal with numerous symptoms that don’t always come from an injury. Numbness and tingling in people’s fingers is a type of paresthesia. This is a burning or prickling sensation often described as pins-and-needles, or something that has fallen asleep. Paresthesia is sometimes accompanied by pain, but not always. Tingling fingers typically occur from a lack of blood supply to an area or damage to a nerve or nerves that supply the hand and fingers, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or a cervical disk problem. This paresthesia can also result from infection, inflammation, or trauma. Tingling fingers is rarely due to a life-threatening disorder, but may occur from a stroke or tumor. There may be temporary tingling in the fingers after holding your arm in the same position for a long period of time but that normally fades away once you move your arm. Chronically tingling fingers can be due to diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or peripheral neuropathy. Chronic finger tingling generally indicates some level of damage to the nerves. Tingling and numbness of the pinky and ring finger can be a sign of ulnar nerve compression in the arm. Tingling and numbness of the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger can be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Some of these are brought on by injury or trauma while others occur because of a disorder. Because tingling fingers may be a symptom of a disease, condition or disorder, you should talk with your medical provider at the Idaho Hand Institute if you have any unusual sensations that last more than a few minutes and are not relieved by movement or changing positions. If your symptoms are persistent, please schedule an appointment at the IHI. If your tingling fingers are paired with confusion, paralysis, weakness, or slurred speech, seek immediate medical attention in an emergency facility. For more information, please contact the Idaho Hand Institute at (208) 235-4263 or at any of our four locations: Pocatello, Blackfoot and Soda Springs and our newest location in Idaho Falls (Mountain Falls Quick Care Clinic at 1995 E 17th St #1, Idaho Falls, ID 83404).
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