Numb finger tips and toes.

charliedawgOctober 8, 2008

Starting 2 weeks ago my pinky started to feel numb. It's numb for an hour then it goes away for an hour repeat, repeat, repeat.

At it's worst both hands had numbness at the same time in the pinky and the thumb. It is usually just the tips but often goes from pinky tip all the way to my wrist bone and my entire thumb.

For the last several years I've had the same sensation in my toes. At first I thought they were cold but really they were just numb. The numbness comes and goes month by month unlike my fingers, which has been hour by hour for 2 weeks. No amount of warm water or rubbing makes them feel better.

I am making an appointment tomorrow but wanted your thoughts and input. Has anyone ever experienced a sudden onset of numbness like this?

Basic background. I'm a 37 year old female. 5'7 130 lbs. Recently diagnosed with 2 ruptured disc in my lower spine. No injury, I don't know how it happened.

Other than the discs I've enjoyed a relatively healthy life. I exercise regularly and eat healthy take vitamins blah blah blah.

Thanks for any info you are willing to share

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It could be that nerves along your spine are being affected by the ruptured discs.

One other reason could be a B12 deficency. Ask your doctor about that. Blood test are not always reliable for diagnosis. The usual thing is to give B12 shots and if the condition improves, then it probably was your B12 levels.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 10:32PM
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Numbness in toes could very well be from lumbar spine nerve compression.

Numbness in fingers to wrist would be nerve compression in the cervical spine.

You need to see a spine specialist; either an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spines or a neurosurgeon who specializes in spines only.

With the MRI results of 2 ruptured discs in your lower spine, the chances of B12 deficiency causing the problem you have are very unlikely.


    Bookmark   October 9, 2008 at 1:23PM
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I went to the dr and they say my back problems are not causing my numbness.

They are testing me for multiple sclerosis....again. I had other symptoms 10 years ago and had all of these tests but everything came back fine. My symptoms years ago were not the same as now.

I'll keep updating as I go for any future readers that might be experiencing the same thing.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 2:34PM
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