What other symptoms might occur with hand numbness?

Hand numbness may occur with other symptoms or a combination of symptoms. For example, numbness, tingling and itchiness in combination may be symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Numbness due to a bulging cervical disk (in your neck) can be associated with extreme pain that extends down the shoulder, arm, hand, and certain fingers. Any symptoms occurring with hand numbness can help your doctor make a diagnosis.

Symptoms that may occur along with hand numbness

Hand numbness may occur with other symptoms including:

  • Burning feeling

  • Cold hand or fingers

  • Hand, arm, or finger pain

  • Increased numbness or tingling while typing or writing

  • Itching feeling

  • Muscle spasms

  • Neck pain

  • Pins-and-needles (prickling) sensation

  • Rash

  • Sensitivity to touch

  • Twitching

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, hand numbness may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Get immediate help if you, or someone you are with, are exhibiting any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Difficulty walking

  • Dizziness

  • Hand numbness following a head, neck, or back injury

  • Loss of vision or changes in vision

  • Paralysis

  • Slurred speech

  • Sudden numbness

  • Weakness (loss of strength)


What is hand numbness?

Hand numbness is an abnormal condition in which you feel a loss of sensation in your hands. You may feel numbness over the palm, back of the hand, fingers, or a combination of these places.... Read more about hand numbnessintroduction


What causes hand numbness?

Hand numbness can be a symptom of a wide variety of diseases, disorders or conditions that either restrict blood flow or cause injury to the nerves.

Temporary hand numbness can be due to any activity that causes prolonged pressure on a nerve or nerves, such as fine motor activities (drawing), repetitive motion, and sleeping the wrong way on your arm. Hand numbness can also be due ... Read more about hand numbnesscauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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