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Hands & fingers mumd

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hands & fingers mumd
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

Hello from JustAnswer.

Do you mean that the hands and fingers are numb?

If so, is it affecting the entire hand and fingers, front and back?

How long has this been bothering you?

Are you having any associated symptoms?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
front of my hands& fingers no associated symptoms 6
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

Is the little finger affected to the same extent as the forefinger?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no my little is affected
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no my little is not affected
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information.

Numbness of the hands indicates some level of nerve dysfunction, and the pattern of numbness would suggest how the nerve are affected. Since the little finger is not affected and the front of the remaining fingers are numb, the most likely cause would be carpal tunnel syndrome that is compressing the nerves to the hands that runs along the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is due to inflammation of the wrist that causes swelling and pressure that presses on the nerve.

A proper diagnosis would require a physical examination. However, if there is no associated weakness, then it would be fine to first try to treat this at home, such as using an anti-inflammatory medicine. Of the over the counter anti-inflammatory medicines, naproxen would be the preferred drug.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.