Tingling Fingers: Symptoms

By McBratney, Susan, PhD

What other symptoms might occur with tingling fingers?

Tingling fingers may also accompany numbness, pain, and a variety of other symptoms depending on the underlying cause and the affected nerve. Tingling due to a body-wide disease such as diabetes may include numbness in your fingers and toes. Tingling and numbness are often related symptoms of the same condition. Any associated symptoms can help your doctor make a diagnosis.

Symptoms that may occur along with tingling fingers

The following symptoms may occur with tingling fingers:

  • Burning feeling

  • Cold fingers

  • Hand, arm, or finger pain

  • Increased finger numbness or tingling while typing or writing

  • Itchiness

  • Muscle spasms

  • Neck pain

  • Numbness

  • Pins-and-needles (prickling) sensation

  • Sensitivity to touch

  • Tingling in the toes

  • Twitching

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, tingling fingers 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

  • Loss of vision or changes in vision

  • Paralysis

  • Slurred speech

  • Sudden, severe headache

  • Tingling fingers following a head, neck, or back injury

  • Weakness (loss of strength)


What is tingling fingers?

Tingling fingers is an abnormal condition in which you feel a prickling sensation in your fingers. Tingling is also a type of paresthesia. A paresthesia is a burning or prickling sensation often described as pins-and-needles. Paresthesias may or may not be accompanied by pain.

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What causes tingling fingers?

Tingling fingers 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 tingling 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.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 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.

This Article is Filed Under: Brain and Nerves, Diabetic Neuropathy