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.
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Why Are My Hands Numb?

Friday, 14 Feb 2014 09:52 AM

Question: I am woman in my 70s, and in basically good health. But my hands often tingle or go numb at night. Any thoughts about what might be causing this?  

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

The only way to be sure is to have a physician evaluate you. Numbness and tingling hands could be a result of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, hypothyroidism, a hormone disorder, or even an injury or tumor.

Sometimes such symptoms can be caused by circulation or blood problems, as well as infections. I would recommend you ask your doctor for a complete assessment.

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