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What Are the Causes of Numbness & Pain in Hands & Fingers?

Numbness may have a number of causes.

Numbness is a condition characterized by the lack of normal sensation in a given area of the body. Sensation loss and accompanying pain in the hands and fingers have a number of potential underlying causes.

The Facts

Numbness may be accompanied by tingling in the fingers.

In addition to sharp pain, numbness in the hands or fingers can be accompanied by burning, weakness or tingling, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Causes

Alcoholism may be a cause of numbness and pain in the hands and fingers.

The Mayo Clinic cites potential underlying causes of numbness and pain in the hands and fingers that include type 2 diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, alcoholism, spinal cord injury, ulnar nerve compression, amyloidosis and Lyme disease.

Additional Causes

Supplement with vitamin B12.

Additional potential underlying causes include Guillain-Barre syndrome, stroke, syphilis, peripheral neuropathy, chemotherapy side effects, Raynaud’s disease, vasculitis, cervical spine narrowing (spondylosis) and vitamin B12 deficiency, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Nerve Trauma

Spinal injury can trigger numbness.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that traumatic injuries of the cervical (neck) spine can result in nerve damage that triggers numbness in the hand or arm.

Considerations

You may need to seek medical attention.

The Mayo Clinic notes that individuals with hand or finger numbness should seek medical attention if numbness extends to the entire arm, starts suddenly or occurs simultaneously with paralysis, weakness, dizziness, confusion, rapid onset of severe headache or speech difficulties.

About the Author

M. Gideon Hoyle is a writer living outside of Houston. Previously, he produced brochures and a wide variety of other materials for a nonprofit educational foundation. He now specializes in topics related to health, exercise and nutrition, publishing for various websites.