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Hi Mysticdoc, I have some slight numbness at the tip of

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Hi Mysticdoc,

I have some slight numbness at the tip of my right pinky finger. No other symptoms. No tingling. It's been pretty persistent for a few days, but it isn't cold and sometimes goes away for a while. Any thoughts? No previous issues.

Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hi there,

Mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

Mysticdoc :

Slight numbness on the right pinky finger can be from the nerve compression at the wrist more like carpal tunnel syndrome.

Customer: Yes, thanks for the timely reply.
Mysticdoc :

Vitamin B12 deficiency, hypothyroidism, diabetes should be ruled out.

Mysticdoc :

these conditions can be checked by the simple blood tests.

Customer: I don't think it's hypothyroidism...I have thyroid nodules and see an endo every year.
Mysticdoc :

Usually repetitive use of your hand can cause this probem.

Mysticdoc :


Mysticdoc :


Mysticdoc :

get checked for b12 level

Mysticdoc :

and try to avoid long time typing, lifting heavy things

Customer: ok..I have a physical in about a month...could I wait until that time for the blood tests or see the doc sooner?
Mysticdoc :

you can wait till that time.

Mysticdoc :

no urgency

Customer: I'm an academic, so I type quite a bit, unfortunately.
Mysticdoc :

yes that is the likely problem.

Mysticdoc :

Try to rest your hand in neutral position at night.

Mysticdoc :

You can use a CTS splint ( wrist splint)

Customer: What about Ulnar nerve?
Mysticdoc :

yes that is the likely cause not median nerve

Customer: and the CTS splint will help w/ that? I thought that was in the elbow.
Mysticdoc :

no that will also help.

Mysticdoc :

wrist is the likely problem since you do not have any other symptoms.

Customer: ok. thanks for the advice. I'll get the splint. How long b4 that should help?
Mysticdoc :

usually within a week

Customer: great. Thanks again.
Mysticdoc :

very welcome

Customer: I might try some vit b supplements, would that be suggested?
Mysticdoc :

yes that will also be good

Mysticdoc :

500 to 1000 mcg daily

Customer: great. thanks.
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