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?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 01:58 PM

Question: I’m a Vietnam vet and I have numbness and tingling in my hands. Sometimes it is so severe that I have trouble holding a knife or fork. The doctors at the VA don’t seem to think that I can have peripheral neuropathy because I don’t have diabetes. What do you think?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Numbness and tingling of your hands but not your feet is unlikely to be from diabetes. Your symptoms do suggest peripheral neuropathy, however, and you should be evaluated for more common causes such as carpal tunnel syndrome. It is probably not related to degenerative disease in your neck, but if carpal tunnel syndrome is not confirmed by an evaluation, then a check 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. Confirmation is simple in most cases. Carpal tunnel is typically managed without surgical intervention.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of numbness and tingling in the hands.
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