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What are Possible Causes of Numbness in my Left Hand?

Nicole Madison
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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There are many things that may cause numbness in an individual’s left hand. It could be caused by a repetitive-stress motion disorder, like carpal tunnel syndrome, or from nerve damage or disease.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common repetitive-stress motion disorder. It is caused by nerve compression and can be quite painful, although symptoms usually start gradually. At first, an affected individual may notice numbness and tingling in the hand, which is often eventually followed by continuous pain.

Another cause of left hand numbness could be nerve damage or disease. In such cases, the lack of sensation is frequently associated with pain described as prickling pins-and-needles in the hand. Burning sensations are also common with such conditions.

If numbness starts in the left hand and moves to a different part of the body, it could be related to a circulatory, neurological, or muscle-related condition. A sudden loss of feeling that affects the hand and the arm could be a warning sign of an impending stroke. As a stroke can be life threatening, it is imperative to seek medical help right away if you experience this symptom.

Without an examination from a medical professional, it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine the cause of left hand numbness. Though you may have the symptoms of a specific illness or condition, the cause could be something completely different from what you might expect. To protect your health, it's important to consult with a medical professional to get an accurate diagnosis.

To make it easier for your healthcare provider to diagnose your left hand numbness, take notice of when the lack of feeling occurs and record, on paper, the date on which you first noticed it. If symptoms occur at specific times during the day, write this information down. Also record whether or not the numbness begins after a certain activity and how long it lasts. Describe any other symptoms as well, even if you believe them to be unrelated. Do not rely on your memory alone for this information, as many individuals forget things once they are in an examination room.

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Discussion Comments

By anon941026 — On Mar 20, 2014

I'm 17 and my left index finger has gone almost totally numb for more than 24 hours, as of now. I caught my finger in the door yesterday, and it started after that. I thought it might go away in an hour, but now it's getting me worried. My mom doesn't think much of it, but I don't know. Should I worry? I don't want to go to the doc. They don't help -- just generate a big fat bill. I have been massaging my finger and used warm water and stuff, but nothing helped even the tiniest bit.

By anon349254 — On Sep 24, 2013

I'm 18 years old and I was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes last February. I can relate my post to anon328250's with the exception that my numbness has been frightening me since last night.

My left arm has been feeling a sort of numbness with a tingling sensation of needles. The specific location is from my elbow to my pinky and ring finger although my other fingers feel perfectly fine. This has not moved to other parts of my body but I still fear for the signs of a stroke (not that I've ever had one) because It could be a circulatory problem.

It's not the first time that I've felt this. A while ago, I had it in the same location and I tried stretching but it didn't work.

By anon328250 — On Apr 02, 2013

I have had Type 1 diabetes since 1999. I've had insane numbness down my distal left forearm for about a week. I would have suspected neuropathy, except my feet are completely fine, and they should have "gone" first.

For practical applications, I can no longer type at 50 WPM QWERTY. It's obviously a nerve, as my sinistral index and middle fingers are fine. Ring is okay, at best, and "pinky" is dead to the world. I may try a chiropractor, actually.

By anon326586 — On Mar 22, 2013

Numbness in your fingers is likely due to a pinched nerve (as long as cardiovascular causes are be ruled out). A nerve can be pinched either by your vertebrae (in which case you'll need treatment ranging from chiropractic adjustments (not a fan) to surgical intervention (definitely. not a fan)) or by your muscles.

If the nerve is pinched by your muscles, watching your posture and doing stretches is important. You will know if your nerve is pinched by a muscle if you stretch and obtain immediate relief in the numbness sensation.

I have been having burning and weakness down my left arm, and numbness sensation in my left hand's two fingers for which I sought medical treatment, including heart hospital ER, as well as chiropractic adjustments. The chiropractor made my muscles feel even worse, especially after the last visit (which was why it was my last visit), and the medical doctors told me to stretch. It was really nothing that I could not have gathered from doing a bit of online research. I am sad that I had to spend money on the doctors (as I am self pay), but at least we ruled out other causes.

Massage by a professional massage therapist who will listen to your complaints and work on affected areas will definitely help you. Remember to stretch a lot. I came upon a stretch that helped me by chance. I was lying on my back on a couch when my dog came up near my upper body and head. I stretched my left arm out perpendicular to my body and scratched my dog's side. This motion relieved the pain significantly. I think the key was to keep my wrist angled up (I can do a full 90 degree angle) and squeeze and straighten my fingers (as if scratching a dog). Hope this helps someone!!

Try different positions, try yoga, try massage. You will find something that will relieve your pain in a case if your pinched nerve is caused by muscle tension.

By anon324566 — On Mar 11, 2013

I'm 26 and after a long night drinking and smoking weed, I stupidly took up the offer to sniff some stupid legal cocaine imitation. The effects were more akin to ecstasy.

The bottom line is that after a few lines of this crap, my left hand (index and thumb as well as the areas along my tendons) went numb. I am occasionally getting a kind of pins and needle sensation and a loss of power with these two digits.

It's been five days now with no change. I'm still unsure of the cause as although I consider myself strong and healthy-ish, I can see many of these potential causes in my lifestyle. Reading all these posts has taken a lot of my stroke fear away and if it's not gone in a few days, I plan to head to hospital and get myself checked out. Don't do drugs!

By TeaPotFreak — On Mar 01, 2013

@clunas - The best thing to do is to get a second opinion.

By clunas — On Mar 01, 2013

Hi, I am 11 years old and recently I broke my left arm. But when I broke it, I had numbness in like 3 spots in my hand. I'm still very young and I'm scared because I'm too young to have carpel tunnel syndrome. My doctor said feeling may never come back and now for the past 2 weeks it hasn't gotten better. My doctor doesn't seem worried but actually I'm terrified.

By anon322560 — On Feb 28, 2013

It's probably a pinched nerve near your funny bone. The only way to permanently get rid of it is surgery. I found out because I'm 14 and my hands have been going numb on and off for a while. I looked it up and it's most likely the pinched nerve.

By anon322143 — On Feb 26, 2013

I am so glad to find that I'm not the only one experiencing the numbness in my fingers on my left hand. I'm 17 and I'm going to see the doctor this week, but it's been like this for 10 days.

Everyone says it's probably nothing to worry about. but I think that's because they don't really understand me. When I try and explain that my pinkie and ring finger are numb and that sometimes the pain stretches out to my wrist, maybe even my elbow. Whenever I do anything, the pain feels like when you press down on a newly formed bruise. Can anyone help me?

By anon276120 — On Jun 22, 2012

I just read every post here. I'm 49 6'1" and weigh 220 pounds. I don't smoke or drink. And I had the craziest pain in my upper shoulder blade area a week ago and it made my left pinky and ring fingers numb.

I went to the doctor and my EKG was abnormal, but after X-rays and a brain MRI, CT scan and stress test, they said my heart was strong as heck. But my pinky and ring fingers on my left hand are still tingling and I have no grip power in that hand.

I play guitar and I can't even make a chord (I'm right hand guitar player). No insurance either. This stinks! Sometimes the pain is in my elbow or wrist or the inside of my left upper arm. Please help.

By anon263017 — On Apr 23, 2012

I have had numbness in my left leg for one and a half months and it slowly started in my right leg alone, but as the numbness started, it went to my hand and face.

I have been to orthopedist and given medicine for 10 days. While I was on the medicine, I got much better and the symptoms almost vanished, but it started again three days ago with burning and numbness in my left leg, hand, hip, face and head on my left side. What could be the reason for that?

By anon258427 — On Apr 01, 2012

I'm 13 and I don't know what's wrong with me at all. My left hand/arm has been numb for almost two days and it won't go away. I'm still young so I don't know what to think. So I decided to google it but still nothing.

It's been so bad that it's gotten tingly and then a bit painful. Any ideas what's wrong with me? Please help!

By anon257439 — On Mar 26, 2012

A 91 year old friend has suddenly developed tingling in her left hand. Her doctor put a small brace on it to keep it from bending in her sleep and this helped for about two days. Now she tells me she has suddenly developed a large black circle just above her elbow on the same side. I'll see it tomorrow.

Her doctor thinks it is carpal tunnel syndrome. She does nothing to cause this. She has also had dizziness and numbness in her jaw. All these symptoms have come up in the last two weeks, and one brought about an emergency ride in ambulance to hospital.

Her doctor doesn't seem very concerned, but I am. Any suggestions as to what might be going on?

By anon254881 — On Mar 14, 2012

If I lean on my left elbow it causes my whole left arm and shoulder to shake a lot. Not really sure why. I'm 26 and this has actually been happening on and off for probably about a year. If anyone has any suggestions of what this could be I would be happy to hear them.

By anon240688 — On Jan 15, 2012

I'm 22 years old, and it's been almost two months now and the numbness won't go away in my left hand. At times it's so bad I can barely feel anything in some fingers. When I type I can't feel my pinky and the part of my ring finger touches the keyboard but yet it still touches down.

The feeling goes up to my shoulder and stops, honestly? I'm very scared I might have carpal tunnel. I'm so young. Why would I get this so early?

By anon210683 — On Aug 31, 2011

My left hand, that I barely use, just started to become numb. I didn't lift any weights, nothing. It's just rested on the table along with my arm flat. It numbs up when I drive or when I'm walking some where. It's really annoying and my doctor doesn't know why either. I'm 29 years old, 6',2", weigh 250 lbs, and have high blood pressure. I don't have diabetes or high cholesterol.

By anon210491 — On Aug 30, 2011

I have been facing problems of numbness for about 10 years, I think. Now I am 23. As i go to sleep, sometimes, maybe monthly once at least, my hands or legs don't seem to work as soon as I wake up. Then one or two minutes after waking up, it starts functioning. I can't diagnose the problem. Maybe it's bad ways of sleeping. I don't know. I hope anyone can help. I feel sometimes "oh god, what will happen now." At those times, it doesn't hurt if I pinch it or if I am moving the hand. After some time, I can't feel it.

By anon196955 — On Jul 15, 2011

I am one of the 43 million people in this country with no health insurance. "See your doctor" is a non-starter for the vast majority of us 43 million. So for just a bit of a change, could you drop that as a catch all solution? What tests exactly would the doctor do or order?

By anon182805 — On Jun 03, 2011

So I'm 13, and I have been out a lot with my mom, walking around, going to the bus stop, standing up, holding bags. So I go to sleep, and wake up in the middle of the night with my whole left hand numb.

I move it around and it goes away. Then I put my hand down on the bed and the numbness comes back. Is there something wrong with me? Because I feel as if this might kill me. Help!

By anon179138 — On May 23, 2011

It all started two years back with my left foot getting numbness and burning pain. Blood sugar test was negative for diabetes. Now the pain has come up to my left hand and I'm now finding it difficult to sleep on my left side as I get the same numbness and burning sensation on the left side of the brain. Please advise on the appropriate tests and medications.

By anon173508 — On May 07, 2011

it started in my left pinky finger, then moved to my ring finger, then to my wrist and can feel it in my arm. I have numbness and tingling all the time.

By anon171759 — On May 01, 2011

I'm 59 and I play the guitar. I had carpal tunnel surgery in December and it worked great! But now, all of a sudden, my left pinky and the bottom half of my ring finger are totally numb. I wish I could advise, but this is new to me. I'm ticked because I can't play and I want to find out why this happened. Stay tuned for any results.

By anon169044 — On Apr 19, 2011

I had my finger pricked yesterday for a blood test, and today the pain's been there all day. I think there may be a minor nerve thing going on.

By anon168155 — On Apr 15, 2011

i just had a numb condition that went from my hand (skipped the arms) but instead went to the left side of my face. I really hope this isn't a stroke. I'm only 18!

By anon167343 — On Apr 12, 2011

My left hand is numb on its left side. My ring finger and pink then all the way to my wrist still on the left side of my left hand though.

I tend not to eat sweets. I've been drinking more water than usual. I wear a ring on my ring finger (only 14) to bed every night most of the time. Could this be the cause?

By anon166600 — On Apr 09, 2011

I was on the couch, not moving my hand much, when i got a mild pins and needles feeling in my pinky, left palm, and tip of my ring finger. I'm not stressed, barely cold and i have a b12 vitamin two days ago.

I'm 12, but i eat a lot of sugar. It couldn't be a stroke, and my arm's okay. It's not carpal tunnel; i don't use my hands too much.

I've only had this for four hours and maybe if i get some sleep it will go away, but i stressed that when i wake up, my finger will drop off or something. Help!

By anon166515 — On Apr 08, 2011

today i was coloring and my palm of my right hand started hurting so bad i had to stop. then a minute later it was so swollen, but five minutes later it went back to normal. what causes this?

By anon163567 — On Mar 28, 2011

I'm 17, and four days ago the pain started in my left hand between my two last fingers. I'm left handed and it hurts to do anything.

By anon162547 — On Mar 24, 2011

I am 38, and had disk prolapse L4-L5 6 years ago. Gradually and slowly, it became fine. Now I am almost normal with only slight pain sometimes in my back when I have to sit for long hours or strain it otherwise.

For the last 15 days I feel slight numbness/tingling in my left palm and middle finger which disappears within a few seconds.

I have recently gone through a heart checkup for some other reasons and it was perfectly fine and I think it can be ruled out. Kindly suggest the possible cause(s). Thanks

By anon161610 — On Mar 20, 2011

I'm 16 and not so long ago did my left hand started to fall asleep and feel numb but once I move it, it goes away. I would like to know the exact cause of this.

By anon156024 — On Feb 25, 2011

i have strange shooting pains in my arm but it only seems to affect my two small fingers on my left hand. any ideas? thanks.

By anon143014 — On Jan 14, 2011

i had broken both ulna and radius last year and got plates done in left hand. Now suddenly started feeling after more than an year a strange weakness in left hand with numbness and tingly feeling. Not sure what is causing it? Though felt after the operation a nerve going to my thumb was not active.

By anon139516 — On Jan 04, 2011

I'm only 17 and i noticed my hand went numb just as i was about to sleep and i panicked and had a panic attack. what could it be?

By anon139371 — On Jan 04, 2011

For all having ring finger and pinky numbness, it is caused by the ulnar nerve which passes through the elbow. Stop leaning on that elbow and the issue will be resolved.

By chloeekidd — On Jan 01, 2011

I had that and my hand swelled up, and i was admitted to hospital because i had pins and needles and numbness and felt weak and dizzy. They did all sorts of scans on me and they haven't found out what caused it, but apparently, the hospitals have been dealing with a lot of patients with these symptoms, mainly teenage girls.

For now, they have put it down to migraine headaches, even though i didn't have a headache when i was admitted to hospital. go to your GP for advice.

By anon136608 — On Dec 23, 2010

i am 35 years old. yesterday i woke up not feeling my left hand. My pinky and ring finger were numb. It's almost 24 hours later with still the same. Can anyone help? what should i do?

By anon133647 — On Dec 11, 2010

I had a stent put in a couple of weeks ago and since then I have had numbness in my left pinkie finger up to my wrist. is this related to my heart?

By anon131533 — On Dec 02, 2010

I have been having numbness in my left hand pointing finger for about two weeks. It usually happens in the morning when I am doing my morning treadmill workout.

By anon129548 — On Nov 24, 2010

I'm 24 and my left hand is numb for past three months. I have neck pain and giddy and also left side back protruded with curved spine. I couldn't walk because I become tired soon. I took a long break at office and taking rest. I met with a bike accident fell on left side two years ago. Please advise.

By anon129292 — On Nov 22, 2010

I just had my left hand feel numb and tingly. It started with my pinky and ring finger all along the side of my hand and about to mu elbow? Sometimes I feel like my left leg is heavy, too.

By anon124963 — On Nov 08, 2010

Pacgrovemum here. A recurring theme is that the sitting at computer, comes along with the left numbness, pain, etc., indicative of heart pumping too hard, and encountering resistance.

Please people, get off of your computers and sitting like that, already! No more than you can feel! Why is this even difficult? Get up. we are not created to sit and stare, and type.

By anon118727 — On Oct 15, 2010

@Damaris: This sounds to me like a bad but normal signs and symptoms and then the actual thing itself. Migraines are bad, but just a migraine. I wouldn't worry too much about it. i can say I'm at least 95 percent sure that is all you're experiencing, but if you want to feel better about it, ask your doc and they may do a mri or whatever they do to check and make sure there's not something in your brain causing it, like a tumor or something.

More than likely, it's just a bad migraine. i only say to have it checked to put your mind at ease about it. I and my mother and mother-in-law get them all the time and have been checked and that's all it is for all three.

my mother in law has the same exact symptoms as you, just add in some lines in vision and take away the tongue thing and its her, numbness and all. My mother and I just get sensitivity to light and sound and then a splitting migraine. Hope this helps. have a good day.

By anon114960 — On Sep 30, 2010

I had a stroke on 9/3 my clot in my brain is now dissolving. I am 47. I am a medical transcriptionist and type eight hours a day sitting. I started getting up and moving around, but the numb feeling is happening more often. I actually had a weird feeling in my head after the stroke like an echo and numbness in the head - made me feel strange.

I am getting back to normal, but the constant sitting is scaring me. I have no other contributing factors except for slightly elevated cholesterol, they said they would not have even told me to bring it down if I didn't have the stroke. Residuals all good.

By anon114319 — On Sep 28, 2010

Also maybe it is sleeping the wrong way because many have commented saying you get it when you wake up and it's better as the day goes on.

By anon114318 — On Sep 28, 2010

This is strange. I'm trying to investigate this.

Everyone is saying its from leaning on the computer or riding a bike on a long trip, but it's always the left hand? Maybe if you guys are right handed (I'm left handed and I usually lean on my right elbow while on the com) and lean with your hand, arm or elbow on a hard object or surface, or even just putting pressure on it, that could may as well be the cause. Sorry if I'm wrong, I'm only 11. Just ask your doctor about this to make sure.

By anon111773 — On Sep 17, 2010

I have had a numb little finger and ring finger in the left hand for the last week but in the last two days the numbness has started to recede. These are the things I am doing that may be helping.

I get quite a bit of relief by hanging the arm from elbow down off the side of the bed when I sleep. This forces blood down to the fingers.

I have been flexing /stretching the hand and fingers.

I have reduced typing. I have had to type a lot over the last month and the little finger gets hardly any work due to lack of touch typing technique.

I have placed a towel folded up in front of the keyboard. This allows the elbows and forearms to sit comfortably.

I have been drinking lots of water to try and counter possible issues with drinking four to six cups of three in one coffee a day for the last two weeks.

I have discovered that I can reproduce the problem and make the numbness more intense by placing my fingers from the OK hand (right) into the elbow area of the problem arm. The problem arm is straight and hand facing up.

By anon110441 — On Sep 12, 2010

for the past few weeks i have been woken up in the night with pain in both my hands, but only half my hand is affected (the pinky side). Anyone else experienced this? it gets better as the day goes on.

By anon110338 — On Sep 11, 2010

i have been experiencing pain and numbness in my left hand for about three or four years now when i urinate. i know it sounds odd but it's happening and it hurts horribly.

the pain gets worse if i have a headache already like on a scale of 1 to 10 and 10 being the worst, it's a 20. i kid you not. None of my doctors know what causes it. i had a nerve conducting test done and everything came back OK.

Just last august i started getting headaches real bad but i don't think my headaches have anything to do with the pain and numbness in my left hand. Is there anyone else out there who has similar problems? or something. Help!

By anon106155 — On Aug 24, 2010

I have numbness and tingling in my left hand and arm. Can stress cause this?

By anon103216 — On Aug 11, 2010

I've recently started to feel numbness in both of my hands, major tingling. I lift a lot of heavy freight at night. Sometimes it's in my left leg. And also when I sleep, I tuck either hand under my face and my hands react really fast. The tingling and numbness starts up in seconds, even when I have my hands above my head. It goes away when I leave both arms to my side. So, what is it?

By Damaris — On Jul 29, 2010

i started experiencing the numbness since i was 10 years of age and am 19 years now. Sometimes it comes while I'm at my job unexpectedly or maybe while thinking too much. it starts by affecting the fingers of my left hand, then it affects my tongue. It also causes vision to darken and my mind to feel disturbed. After staying for about 30 minutes, it ends with a bad headache. Please help me.

By anon97169 — On Jul 18, 2010

Anyone having symptoms of prolonged numbness, dizziness, feelings of impending doom, and any other abnormalities from the body, should seek professional medical attention as soon as possible. Better to be safe than sorry, or in jeopardy of losing your life. If uncertain, contact a health professional or visit your local emergency room!

By anon95573 — On Jul 13, 2010

I just want to let some of you know about ulnar neuropathy. "Ulnar neuropathy" is an inflammation or compression of the ulnar nerve, resulting in paresthesia (numbness, tingling, and pain) in the outer side of the arm and hand near the little finger and half of ring finger.

Treatment can consist of the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to control swelling around the nerve. The use of splints or cushions can ease the discomfort and the stress on the ulnar nerve. For some, surgery is a useful option, but above all consult your doctor to get a professional diagnosis. Hope this helps some of you like it did me.

By anon94943 — On Jul 10, 2010

I was having numbness in my hands/arms for the last several years. finally figured out that a lot of the problem came from sleeping with my arms up over my head. It has taken six months of sleeping with my arms only straight down next to my sides, but my numbness is gone.

By anon93300 — On Jul 03, 2010

i am 22 years old. one month ago i got sick and was admitted to the hospital for two days. The doctor injected me in my left hand and from that day my left hand became little numb and now it has reached up to my left arm. i told the doctor and he says it is weakness due to my illness. i have also started pain in my chest. please, can anyone advise me on what should i do?

harjinder s., rajpura (patiala).

By anon93199 — On Jul 02, 2010

I am 62 years old, and for the last four months I am having a lot of pain in my right hand. It is getting thinner day by day and the pain continues. I tried many doctors but all in vain. I can't take pain killers due to a gastric problem. Is it a neuro problem? Please suggest to me a good doctor or hospital in Kolkata, so that I can treat myself in a better way.

By anon92238 — On Jun 26, 2010

I started having a similar problem as many people posting here, as my left hand started going numb about a week ago. I'd slightly burned it when washing my hands in hot water but this has never caused numbness before, certainly not for such an extensive period of time.

It's worst in my pinkie and ring finger, but the numbness extends vaguely throughout my entire arm and even part of the left side of my chest/breast area. I also have experienced numbness in my left foot and lower leg recently, but that may be due to the fact that I have been wearing compression stockings for about a year now since I had skin graft surgery.

I've wondered if this might have something to do with taking Vicodin, a pain medication that was prescribed to me several months ago. I'm also a smoker, but otherwise, I am basically a healthy 30 year old woman. I decided I should see a doctor but don't know if I should call my primary physician/internist or see a specialist of some sort instead. Any solutions/suggestions?

By anon91349 — On Jun 21, 2010

I have been dealing with chronic numbness in my left arm and hand for awhile now. The left bicep, back of my arm, and hand get tingly and numb each day as I work at my desk.

I have also noticed that when I sit up on my couch and lean forward to type on a laptop in front of me, the same thing happens. I also have noticed if I try and sleep on my stomach with my arms above my head then the numbness occurs as well.

This all only happens in my left arm and hand and has been going on for probably six months. Any suggestions?

By anon90037 — On Jun 14, 2010

I was in a shoe shop today buying a pair of shoes for him when all of a sudden it was very hard to see. my vision went all smokey unable to focus on anything. It lasted for a good half hour and then my left hand went totally numb and I was not able to feel my fingers. I took panadol and then it settled down. I have been under a lot of stress for the past seven months. Could this be related?

By anon89759 — On Jun 12, 2010

On a Thursday my hand became numb and still is and its Saturday. I'm going to the doctor on Tuesday. Anybody else got this?

By anon89208 — On Jun 09, 2010

I attribute my hand numbness to sleeping with my arm hung over the edge of the bed palm up. I've done this several times within the last ten years but this is the first time the numbness has stayed. I figure that a nerve must have gotten tangled up and will work itself out eventually.

By anon88967 — On Jun 08, 2010

I am female and do a lot of heavy lifting at work. my elbow hurts and pain shoots down to my hand or up to my shoulder, yet it's the weakness or severe pain in my hand that bothers me the most.

By anon88716 — On Jun 06, 2010

I've been playing warrock (an online game) almost all day and my hand kept falling asleep and waking up. now my left pinky finger won't wake up! please help me! Ahh! It just moved to my ring finger two seconds ago! Help!

By anon88411 — On Jun 04, 2010

I recently took a bad fall and hit my head on a pavement. Fortunately my son broke the fall and I twisted my body.

Since that fall my left arm and hand have gotten numb at night and this is really beginning to disturb me. I am over 75 and I am worried about internal injuries.

Can someone give me advice on this.? I thought of going to the hospital and have them take X Rays to determine what is causing this numbness. Any ideas?

By anon86291 — On May 24, 2010

I have numbness in my left hand my little finger and ring finger, my left fore arm feels a little numb and feels like cold fluids are going through it like an IV. Is this anything to be alarmed about?

By anon84859 — On May 17, 2010

I was worried at one time because I would wake up and my fingers would be numb or tingling. Sometimes my whole left arm would be numb no feeling from my elbow to fingertips.

My doctor explained that there is a nerve that travels from your spine and through your spine and down your arms. When you get older the cartilage in your spine gets narrower, making the gap where the nerve travels through your spine smaller.

If I sleep with my head tilted to the left, it will pinch that nerve, causing numbness or tingling. Now when this happens, I tilt my head to the other side, which opens the gap and the feeling comes back almost immediately.

I'm a worry wart myself about health problems and I know how much things like this can stress one out. If you have numbness or tingling in your hand, fingers, etc., try stretching to the other side and see if it goes away. Hope that helps some of you. Brett

By anon80747 — On Apr 28, 2010

Typical response from someone who never had an insurance coverage gap and got rejected for a "pre-existing" condition, or had to make a choice between filling their prescription or eating. I guess those people are just losers who get what they deserve isn't that right, Adolph?

By anon80184 — On Apr 26, 2010

I fell on the sidewalk about five months ago and tried to break the fall with my hands.

Both hands were bruised and bloody but my left hand turned black and blue and very swollen and was very painful compared to my other hand. Now, the bruises healed but my left hand is numb and there is a lump about an inch under my baby finger. You can't see it but I can feel it.

I also feel like I have needles going through my hand. Any ideas? I don't have medical insurance.

By anon79995 — On Apr 25, 2010

No, what is criminal is everyone in this country growing up getting everything they ever wanted and then, when they have to give stuff up they don't need to afford health insurance they want to complain and moan about it. That is the curse of America and what will make us crumble.

By anon79588 — On Apr 23, 2010

We would all be seeing a doctor and not have the need for sites such as this one if we had a health care system that allowed us to without going into debt.

I have grown so weary of seeking cures for my ailments when I should really be seeing a doctor. I have a full-time job, a salary and no insurance. Therefore, no doctor for the last three years -- for anything.

It's criminal that I cannot even afford a check-up in the most advanced and powerful nation in modern history. Thank all of you for your helpful comments and suggestions. It's too bad they are necessary.

By anon79280 — On Apr 22, 2010

Well I am having the tingle and the numbness in my left hand but I have no pain. It is also not a every day thing.

It happened a lot when I was pregnant and I thought it was just my wrist was swollen or something but now it is doing it again and I'm not pregnant and my wrist is not swollen. I just want to try and find out what it is all about.

I am 21 and completely stressing. Even my doctor is telling my I am stressing to much because I am losing my hair and I would like to know could I be about to have a stroke in my near future?

By anon77446 — On Apr 14, 2010

see a doctor.

By anon75298 — On Apr 06, 2010

I have numbness in the left hand almost constantly. Very troublesome at night, wake often as a result. Had a cervical fusion at C-1 and C-2 last October making the condition worsen. Now I am scheduled for another myelogram this month. The surgeon believes something has gone wrong during the healing process. Pain in neck and numbness are unbearable.

By anon75275 — On Apr 06, 2010

I have a severe dermatitis or eczema in my legs, arms, back and now when I wake up my left hand is numb. Please help.

By anon72674 — On Mar 24, 2010

My Dad is experiencing left hand and wrist pain.

Numbness started a couple days ago. He is very

depressed. Told doctor said ii was nerves. He had

a mini stoke in May. Please could you give me some


By anon70963 — On Mar 16, 2010

i have had numb feeling in my pinky finger and ring finger on my left side of my arm. sometimes i find it hard to lift things like a dish. does anyone know what causes this.

By anon70133 — On Mar 12, 2010

Can you help. My mum recently (10 days ago) had a stroke that affected the left hand side of her body. She was lucky to have been in the hospital when it happened as they were able to give the thrombolytic agent within three hours of it happening. Left side of her face and speech is back to normal and her walking is improving every day.

The first seven days after her stroke she could squeeze my hand, but now the movement in that hand has deteriorated to where she can barely move her fingers. Why has her face and leg improved and her hand gotten worse?

By anon69534 — On Mar 08, 2010

I'm 13, and i moved my wrist and felt a throbbing pain, then i felt the same thing you are experiencing. Numbness and tingling in fingers and hand.

By anon68262 — On Mar 01, 2010

The numbness on the pinky and half the ring-finger? Nerve compression in the area of the "Guyan's Canal," in the hand. Have that area and associated areas checked out by an orthopedist. Don't put it off. And if they recommend surgery for it, do it.

By anon65381 — On Feb 12, 2010

I am a 39 year old woman and i have diabetes, copd, arthritis in my knees, high blood pressure and an artificial heart valve.

All of a sudden i woke up and my left pinky and half of my ring finger are numb also the side of my hand feels a little numb but not as bad as the two fingers.

Today i went and had x rays done of the neck and spine and chest on doctor's orders. Now i am waiting for results. Anyone know what this could be?

By anon64831 — On Feb 09, 2010

I am 31 and three days ago I woke up and my left pointer finger was completely numb. It has been three days and no change, it doesn't hurt but it is very irritating and I am concerned it could be a symptom to a bigger problem. Anyone ever heard of this?

By anon63114 — On Jan 30, 2010

About two months ago I developed tingling in all five fingers of my left hand. Now my whole hand is numb up beyond my wrist. Also I have noticed it is hard for me use my thumb and forefinger, because of weakness. No strength to remove a small bottle cap.

Prior to all this I developed what they call an essential trimmer. Could all this be related and what's the cause?

By anon62654 — On Jan 27, 2010

this started a couple days ago in my left hand. my pinky and that side of my hand are numb and i can't figure out why. I'm only 21. mom says it's caused by smoking but i don't think so. it happens on and off, but this time it's just stayed with me. can any one tell me what this is about?

By anon61865 — On Jan 23, 2010

I am a 25 year old woman. It all started about a week ago. one night I had a severe migraine and took some aspirin and went to bed. When I woke up in the next morning I couldn't move my hand, and then as the day progressed, I could move my hand but had "pins and needles" running through my arm.

Well like I said, it's been a week and I can barely use my left hand. My hand has little strength and its hard to do everyday things like tying my shoes. It's nice to know there are others out there.

By anon60819 — On Jan 16, 2010

i woke up about three days ago, with my left hand numb. it is mainly just my pinky finger and half of my left arm. it will not go away, and i can't feel anything? what is wrong with me? is there anything i can do to get rid of it?

it goes away for about 10 minutes but then comes back.

By anon59868 — On Jan 10, 2010

my boyfriend (25 years) experienced tingling and numbness on his left arm fri. Saturday he said he felt weird. Today his left arm is shaking uncontrollably. There has been no injury nor is there any pain. please help us.

By anon59650 — On Jan 09, 2010

I am 42. I just woke up three days ago with numbness in my thumb and pointer finger. I noticed that i had been feeling pretty worn out a few days before and that something was not quite right, so i don't quite know what to do.

i don't want to sound like a nut, but something is wrong. my thumb is completely numb now. I can move it, but no sensation. and now it hurts all the way up to my elbow. any real suggestions.

By anon57637 — On Dec 25, 2009

I had a serious car accident, and for eight years, getting worse all the time, I would be awoken from sleep with my hand on fire. It felt like someone hammered a nail in my thumb joint,connected a conduit to an electrical charge and just kept turning it up.

I did the usual rounds of doctors,physical therapy,drugs etc.,it didn't matter how any of anything I took, and four hours was my limit of sleep. I would have to get up in more pain than I have ever felt, which is a lot, walk around, stretch, lean over and relax, try to shake out the numbness,get the hot water bottle, re-medicate (lots of pills, three or four 10ml. valium,vicodin, percocet etc.)

I got the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook,SECOND EDITION, very important to get second edition,as it tells you how to treat every pain, besides gut illness, in your body.

The first day I found the very painful knot of muscle controlling my hand, and even though I was awakened after six hours, I followed the trigger point pressure, it woke my hand up and I went back to sleep.

After eight years I have my life back, with continuous pressure on the trigger points till they no longer bother me. The muscle knot is gone -- fixed forever.

By anon57426 — On Dec 23, 2009

I am 16 and am fairly healthy but I have a a very very mild type of numbness in my left pinky and half of my ring finger.

I would like to know how long this would last. I spent over 15 hours helping someone move over the span of two days, and I would like to know is that what could have caused this.

By anon57030 — On Dec 19, 2009

i started feeling this numbness in my left hand four days after i got an medication for colds! until now i am feeling the same. it's only light numbness, actually i only feel this in the evening. can anybody tell me what is the possible cause of this kind of numbness?

By anon54256 — On Nov 28, 2009

i am 54 years old. i had this occasional numbness experience in my left hand and it makes me wake up in the middle of the night. it only normalized when my husband massaged my back, particularly near the spinal column.

By anon54057 — On Nov 26, 2009

A few days ago, when I woke up from bed I felt my left hand/fingers go numb,and it is still around until now. I have been trying to keep my left hand or arm straight but still no improvement. I am 56 years old. My B/P is 144/85.

Is there any supplementary food to prevent numbness?

Please advise.

By anon51735 — On Nov 09, 2009

I was shopping at a mall and I carried a bag with a couple of kids clothes in it on my left wrist area for a while. Suddenly, I felt dizziness for a couple of seconds, then I realized my left wrist is numbed. I kept rubbing it. It didn't go away. It's been about four hours later, the numbness is still there. Any advice?

By anon51058 — On Nov 03, 2009

I've been facing this numbness from six months. i'm 25 and the numbness slowly starts near the elbow when i starve. when it is numb, i feel a pain in my neck as well.

By anon48847 — On Oct 15, 2009

I am a 44 year old woman with numbness in her left hand. I also have arthritis in that same hand. It does not hurt, but I can definitely feel the numbness. I have been on the computer a lot -- can that make a difference?

By anon48222 — On Oct 10, 2009

i am a 44 year old man. i have numbness in my left side and arm for one. week. i am taking blood presser medicine right now. My blood pressure is OK. what happened to me? can you give me advice?

By anon47485 — On Oct 05, 2009

hi i am sixteen and i have have this random numbness in my left hand thumb and pointer finger. it doesn't hurt but i have had it for four days now. will it go away? should i go and see a doctor?

By hype — On Oct 05, 2009

i am a healthy young man, 22 years old, and I got to the gym and run often. your opinions on numbness in my left hand pinky and ring finger, the palm section below these two fingers go numb as well. generally in the morning and maybe sometimes during the day. could i be in for a stroke at my age? what could this be?

By anon44108 — On Sep 04, 2009

today i got this real weird feeling in my head and top of my left hand. the top of my hand was hurting and my head felt like something was moving under my scalp. I was hungry at the time and also very busy at work. I felt like I was almost not in control of my body.felt like i was going to drop. it went away after about 45 minutes. this is not the first time.

By brucewillis — On Sep 01, 2009

Recently I got internet installed into my new flat where I spent a few hours behind the computer updating my work. When I went to bed i felt my left hand go numb. The next day it was still around. It's now been three days and i woke up last night with my right hand having the same symptoms. My elbows feel connected to this problem. is it ulnar neuropathy or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I'm trying to keep my arms straight at all times, but nothing is really making it better. I'm 24 years old and I would like for this to go away. Please help.

By anon43172 — On Aug 26, 2009

I started having numbness in my left hand three days ago, affecting mostly the tips of my fingers and outer side of my hand.

But then, I just noticed that I was resting my left elbow on the edge of my desk and I have been spending too much time on the computer lately. So, I am going to cut back and watch how I rest my elbow. Perhaps it will stop.

By anon41954 — On Aug 18, 2009

Question 21 had the answer for me, thanks!

Ulnar Neuropathy is the issue. My left pinkie, ring finger and heel of my hand went all tingly numb. I noticed this happened after a long day on the computer while leaning on my elbow. I had just changed the desk to an old vintage one that is hard-surfaced. I looked up the info online and there are a few facts and treatments if it comes to that.

By anon38199 — On Jul 24, 2009

My left thumb and forefinger are numb/tingly as a result of a stroke 3 months ago. Right after the stroke it was the whole hand so it's gotten better. But for the past 6 or 8 weeks there has been no improvement. Is there some exercise(s) that I could/should be doing to help the brain rewire so this symptom goes away. Other than this, I'm doing fine!

By anon37533 — On Jul 20, 2009

Hi im seventeen and i went for a 120 km bike ride yesterday and my left hand fingers went numb and still are late the next day. what would this be? dehydration, heat stroke, the rapid movement of handles of the bike as i travelled on gravel?

By anon36791 — On Jul 14, 2009

i am 17 years old and i have tingling/numbness in my left hand. it started yesterday and hasn't stopped. what should i do

By anon36694 — On Jul 14, 2009

It has been five days now and this numbness in my left hand has not gone away.i have noticed my pinky is looking a little thinner than usual. this aching tingling numbness is moving up my arm and is starting to cause some immobility. what might one do? my friend says i may have pinched a nerve?

By anon36313 — On Jul 11, 2009

Hi, im a 25yr old male, and my numbness an tingling starts at my elbow and travels down my hand when my arm is bent a short period of time. as im typing this my thumb an first two figers are getting completely numb and my forearm is slightly fatiuged. any ideas

By anon32857 — On May 28, 2009

Same thing but mine is so painful it wakes me up out of a sound sleep and i am a very heavy sleeper! Seems to occur more when i lay down, however does happen throughout the day as well. I had surgery in my left hand about 18 years ago and always have had some issues but never quite like this. I have a high pain tolerance and it takes a lot for me to mention it, i am very concerned because i am only 36 years old and i can't imagine if it is like this now what it would be like when i am 60!

By anon28619 — On Mar 19, 2009

I'm dmr:

I called my doctor, and he said my problem sounds like ulnar neuropathy. (Look it up.) I made a concerted effort to *not* lean on my left elbow while on the computer, the the problem has basically gone away. I have a tiny bit of numbness in my fingers still, but nothing major. YAY!

By anon28590 — On Mar 19, 2009

I notice the numbness and tingling in my left hand only today. I have arthritis, tendinitis, tennis elbow in both hands. Anybody have some idea what this is about?

Please I need to know. I read the other posts but nobody seems to know about the root of the pain and symptoms either.

By Litebred — On Mar 15, 2009

I'm a 38-year old single mother with a full time job as an Executive Assistant. When I woke up yesterday morning, I noticed my left hand felt as if it had fallen asleep and I was left with that tingling sensation By the afternoon the sensation had traveled up my forearm and a day later I feel it in my bicep. It's strongest around my thumb. I just had a physical and my white and red blood count was pretty low so I had a second CBC ran. I expect the results in a couple of weeks. My blood pressure has always been on the low side and I don't have a history of heart disease. Any thoughts?

By dmr — On Jan 25, 2009

Hi - I'm a 50ish-year-old mom. I have been having numbness in my fingers on my left hand off and on for a week or two. I do have tendinitis, but I've never had these symptoms before. I have varicose veins, so I know I have poor circulation, but it doesn't seem like the numbness would come on suddenly like it does. I woke up one day with my pinky numb. Another day I noticed the numbness while at the computer (remember, I'm right-handed). I guess I'll call my doctor, but if you have any suggestions, I would appreciate hearing them. Thanks so much!

By anon24932 — On Jan 20, 2009

I Have numbness in my pinky finger on my left hand jut stated today. any with the same problem? i am 61 years of age.

By anon23863 — On Jan 04, 2009

i had experienced numbness and tingling sensation in my hands and arms..before it happened, 2 months ago was admitted to the hospital due to raynud's phenomenon..all of digit fingers become bluish...

By davidmurray — On Dec 28, 2008


I have had numbness in my two small fingers in my left hand for the past couple of weeks. Can anyone tell me what this could possibly be. I also get the occasional cramping in the same hand. I did do a fair lot of repetitive work throughout my career but not a real lot of late? Should i see a Doctor or just wait it out to see if i goes?

By drdraper — On Dec 27, 2008

A week ago I woke up and noticed a weakness in the last two digits of my left hand. Also, there is noticeable numbness along the outside edge of that hand. Actually, I noticed it when I was typing because it seems the outer joints of the ring and little fingers will not bend when commanded to do so. I am 54 years. old and suffer from high blood pressure and chronic gout.

By rsteveslater — On Dec 15, 2008

Interesting that I have identical symptoms to some others here. This morning I woke up to find two fingers of my left hand feeling numb - the pinky and ring finger. It has continued all day, but is slightly less numb tonight. I am 66 and have never experienced this before.

By anon21667 — On Nov 19, 2008

Left hand is numb. Doctor doesn't know, no one knows.

By anon17126 — On Aug 22, 2008

a few days ago i got the flu. before that i started working at my mother's restaurant and i started getting some major back pain. once i got the flu i noticed my left hand pinky and the finger beside it started going numb like a prickly feeling. and so does half of my left hand palm. i'm 18 years old and i'm a diabetic. is this going to go away or should i go see a doctor? i never had this before ... and also sometimes it feels like it is going half way up mu forearm and the left side as well all the way up to my elbow. now and i type the feeling is going up. i'm going to the doctor. i'm guessing i'm leaning on my elbow to much but i have no idea.

By anon14636 — On Jun 21, 2008

I type for a living, medical transcription, and have been doing this for 25+ years. I've been tested for but was never found to have carpal tunnel syndrome. Lately, the thumb and first two fingers of each hand, but especially the right hand have periods of time when they are numb which gets worse at night when I am in bed. From what I have read, this sounds like median nerve compression. Is it dangerous for me to continue in my line of work?

By zanesa — On Jun 16, 2008

I have been having numbness and tingling in my left hand. Mostly in my pinky and ring figer. I am 30 and in good health otherwise. I have recently pulled a muscle in my chest and have been having a tough time getting that to heal up. Could it all be connected?

By anon12977 — On May 17, 2008


I am 17 and will be 18 in August. Since May 12 my left hand has been numb kind of like a sleeping feeling. I have never felt this before until then. Most of the numbness is in my pinky finger and the ring finger. Should I see my doctor or do you think it will go away?

By anon12463 — On May 07, 2008

I am 18 years old and over the past two days, I have been experiencing numbness in my left arm and sometimes down to my left leg. I do have quite a bit of stress (family, school etc.). In fact, my exams are going on right now. Can someone please tell me what I should do?

By anon6965 — On Jan 14, 2008

if he lost use of his arm... can he say "I, e, o, u" vowel sounds? my father had a stroke a couple of years ago... it happened early in the morning when he first woke up... went to kitchen to make coffee and then his left side went numb and he fell.... it felt better but then returned.... If you can get to the doctor soon enough after a 'mild' stroke or the warning stroke... hopefully you can get the TPA shot that helps thin the blood and correct a clot situation... it could save their life! whatever the case... see a doctor! the other kind of stroke could become worse if you thin the blood so see a Dr. ASAP!

By lilacrosie — On Dec 21, 2007

there is no pain just no use of his hand

By lilacrosie — On Dec 21, 2007


My husband will be 65 12/24. this morning he woke up and his left hand and arm up to his elbow was numb and has been all day. He said there is no pins and needles... he has no use of his left hand. he wouldn't go to the er but he said if it doesn't go away by morning he will go... i think he may have had a mild stroke or is about to have one do you have any input?


By anon3537 — On Sep 04, 2007

i am 32 years old now. female. since i was a teenager i have had numbness in the left hand when ever i get stressed. (i.e. stress in family, office, confusions in life etc). it usually goes off once the reason for the stress is sorted out.

By anon2862 — On Jul 29, 2007

my husband is experiencing muscle numbness in his left hand, down to his legs since he was 3 years old. what would be the possible cause of this?

By anon770 — On May 03, 2007

i have started very stressful job,i stay uptight here lately i have had dizzy spells and my left hand feels like it is asleep all the time what could be wrong?

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