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both my hands. finger tips go numb. I'm a 46yr old male good health - Asked by T M on 14-May-2014 23:27:37

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  • Internal Medicine

    Answered by Dr. Suneel Vallabhaneni on 15-May-2014 19:35:55

    It could be median nerve compression at the wrist, also called carpel tunnel syndrome or ulnar nerve compression at the elbow. Usual risk factors for Carpel tunnel are - any occupation involving typing for long durations, low thyroid function and weight gain. Symptoms are usually worse at nights. This condition usually effects one side worse than the other but can happen on both sides. If it is happening equally on both sides, it could be degenerative joint disease at the spine in the neck area and this is usually associated with neck pain. Two other conditions could be Vit B 12 or folate deficiency and this needs blood work to look at your white cell shape and size and red cell and platelet counts. Also needs measurement of B 12 and folate levels in the blood. Other more common condition could be diabetes and usually this is associated with similar symptoms on both legs/feet along with hands. If you are getting age appropriate regular screening exams done by your doctor, then you don't need to worry about this. If not, you definitely need to be screened for diabetes - you can either see your local primary care doctor of your choice or if you are located in India, you can browse for screening packages availability in your area and buy one from there and also see a physician in our network to get full physical exam and necessary testing done to identify the cause. Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any further questions.
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