Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: numb | tingling | hands | neuropathy | carpal | tunnel

Why Are My Hands Always Numb and Tingling?

Friday, 16 Aug 2013 12:51 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

Question: I have constant numbness and tingling in my hands, but my doctor doesn't think that I have peripheral neuropathy because I don't have diabetes. What else could cause this?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Numbness and tingling of your hands and not your feet is not likely caused by diabetes. But your symptoms could still be peripheral neuropathy, and you should be further evaluated for more common conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
If carpal tunnel syndrome is ruled out by an evaluation, then a workup of your cervical spine and spinal cord would be in order. Ask your doctor for a second opinion or perhaps a referral to a surgeon who specializes in hand surgery for further evaluation and management.
Most carpal tunnel cases are managed without surgical intervention being necessary.

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