Tingling and numbness in fingers - is it Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

by Janusz

Hi Joshua,

First of all, thanks for this informative web site.

I'm a computer programmer, and I spend a LOT of time typing. I recently changed work locations, and for the last few weeks typing is not as comfortable as it used to be. Over the last few days, I have started to experience tingling and some numbness in my left little finger - and in the next finger (but to lesser extent). I have experienced this CTS sensation both in my little fingers, years ago, but never to this extent -

I've been feeling this since yesterday now, and it's not lessening.

I started doing exercises and I'll be re-arranging my workspace to lessen the strain on my hands, but I wonder what it is that I'm experiencing (CTS?), and what state it's at (early, mid, etc.).

There is no pain, just the sensation of my fingers being asleep (tingling, numbness). There is also a bit of a tingling sensation in the top part of my left wrist.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I thank you very much in advance.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Janusz.

You're welcome!

So is it early stages? Well, even though you had symptoms a long time ago, they're back, so it depends on how you define 'early'. By time passed, or severity of symptoms.

I just look at things as a spectrum from not tight to TOO TIGHT.

Whether your numbness is coming
from your wrist, forearm, front of chest/shoulder, or front of neck, or a combination of all of the above, SOMETHING is stepping on the hose of your nerve.

Should we call your symptoms Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

I wouldn't, as if your numbness/tingling is in your little finger and the one next to it, that's more of a cubital tunnel syndrome/tennis elbow kind of situation.

If the Carpal Tunnel Symptoms are in your thumb and first three fingers, that's more CTS.

But some or all of both can still be coming from higher up the arm/chest/shoulder/neck.

Your symptoms aren't lessening or going away this time? Yep. That's exactly the predictable pattern of the Pain Causing Dynamic.

That's just how the Tendonitis dynamic works.

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May 07, 2015
Is it carpal tunnel i have ?
by: Karen P

I have this tingling/numbness that keeps waking me up every morning in my hands/fingers and has started to go up my left arm. As the morning goes on it can go with the using of them. When I even hold the phone they go numb. I have had it for over a month now.

I have been taking painkillers but nothing is working.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Karen.

Painkillers aren't going to fix that.

Is it every night this happens? Or is it only when you sleep a certain way (on your arm/shoulder)?

Sep 02, 2014
Loss of grip and reduced performance to the hands
by: Jeremy E in England

I am a bench joiner and obviously need my hands for performing my work.

I have suffered with pins and needles with a burning/crushing sensation in my hands for some 6 years and have been 'fobbed off' with various reasons from my GP surgery as to the cause.

I have had sensation tests to both hands at hospital and had been told it is probably due to my employment.

It wasn't until I complained that the symptoms were getting worse, that I received electrode impulse tests that came to the conclusion I had severe Carpal Tunnel problems.

I had decompression surgery on the right wrist in April 2014 and took sick leave following the operation and had the left wrist decompressed in June 2014.

I am still off work sick (13 weeks now)and have continuing discomfort and pain with a sore sensation in both hands, loss of grip and control of the fingers making driving a vehicle impossible and the possibility of me returning to perform my original profession virtually void.

What can I do ?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Jeremy.

You didn't leave your email or check the notifications box, so I hope you find this somehow.

The bulk of your answer (and things to think about) is on this page Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery.

There are several factors you have to deal with including:

  • Inflammation

  • Too tight muscle and connective tissue

  • Nutritional insufficiency/deficiency

  • Factors that existed before surgery, that surgery made worse and missed entirely

See Related: Post Surgery Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms Remain With Muscle Atrophy No Relief

See Related: Tendonitis Pain In Wrist After Carpal Tunnel Surgery Workers Comp Hassle

Apr 04, 2013
EMG test results show i have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome after injection between C4 and C5
by: Gilbert Cantu

About 5 months ago I got an injection between my C4 and C5, two days after my whole left arm went numb. The Dr. gave me anti inflamitory meds for it.

Now several months later I still have numbness in my left hand, so Dr. ordered an EMG test. I recently had the EMG test done on my left hand and the Dr. said that the results show that I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on my left hand, but I’m right handed and I type very slow.

He really could not explain how i got it on my left hand if I’m right handed. Should I get a second opinion?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Gilbert.

So you got an injection in your spine and two days later your whole left arm went numb?

Tell me more about the injection. How deep was it? Were was the injection done, exactly?

I imagine that if the injection stabbed the nerve you'd have known it immediately.

Thus it makes more sense that the injection caused muscles to tighten up and compress the nerve down the arm(s).

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms can come from the neck.

WHY did you get an injection in the spine?

Feb 08, 2013
Is this weird? Extreme pain and whole hand is going to sleep, now feet are tingling too
by: Mel

I am getting tested for cts on the 20th of this month. i am having extreme pain that goes all the way from the bone in my wrist to my elbow but my whole hand is going to sleep and feeling tingly i just took a dose of steroids and it seems to get better as far as that goes but now i am off of them and it seems to hurt worse.

Now my back and my feet are going numb as well with the tingling. please shine some light on this.

I also read that my pinky will not go numb with CTS and mine is my whole hand and arm.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Mel.

I don't know if it's weird, per se, but it's certainly a problem.

1. Technically if you have numbness/tingling in your pinky and ring fingers, that's Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, meaning the nerve is getting compressed near the elbow.

Beware, doctors will do surgery on the carpal tunnel even if it's indicated that the compression is happening at the elbow.

Having said that, if your whole hand is going to sleep, that's a big deal. And if you're having symptoms all up in the forearm, that's also a big clue.

And if you're also now having tingling etc in the feet and the back, that's a HUGE clue, and deserves some investigation.

I predict the docs will to a test for carpal tunnel and focus on that, and only give you painkillers/corticosteroids/anti-inflammatories for the rest.

My first thought is that you have a nutritional issue. Whole body symptoms equal whole body issues. Maybe the wrist/forearm is driving the whole thing, maybe not.

Sure the symptoms elsewhere can just be the body creating symptoms to match and actual problem in the hand/forearm, but I wouldn't put my money on that.

Pay A LOT of attention to this page: Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency

I'd also get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook and hit the nutrition as much as possible before your test on the 20th.

1. How's the rest of your health? Digestion?

2. History of accident or injury?

3. What do you do for work/daily activities?

4. What does a day in the life of your diet look like?

Related: Wrist Tendonitis And Carpal Tunnel Numbness Need To Get Back To Work

Related: Carpal Tunnel Or Tennis Elbow After Years Of Computer Use

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