When should you seek medical attention for numbness in hands?

If numbness in your hands persists for more than a short while, you should seek prompt medical attention. It could be a sign of a serious medical condition.

It is especially important to seek prompt attention if your symptoms are accompanied by any of the following:

  • Numbness in other parts of your body
  • Paralysis
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
  • Rash

What will your physician to do determine the cause of your hand numbness?

Your healthcare provider will begin your examination by taking a medical history to determine the duration of your numbness and other possible symptoms.

He or she may then perform several tests to determine the cause, including:

  • Blood count
  • Thyroid function tests
  • Tests for vitamin levels
  • Toxicology reports
  • Tests of your electrolyte levels

Several other tests may be done to rule out serious causes such as tumors and strokes. These include:

  • CT scans of the head and spine
  • MRI of the head and spine
  • Ultrasound of neck vessels
  • X-rays
  • Angiogram to see insider the blood vessels for congestion
  • Lumbar puncture to check for nervous system disorders
  • Electromyography to check your nerve stimulation

Once your healthcare provider has determined the cause of your hand numbness, he or she will determine the best way to treat the underlying condition of this symptom.

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