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What causes hand numbness? 34 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Hand Numbness

Hand numbness is an abnormal sensation caused by an alteration in sensory nerve function. Numb hands, numbness in hands, hand paresthesias. Sensations are carried from the extremities of the body to the brain vi...

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2

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder that occurs when your peripheral nerves malfunction because they're damaged.

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3

Beriberi

Beriberi is a term used for vitamin B1, or thiamine, deficiency. Vitamin B1 is found in foods like milk, beans, vegetables, meat, and whole grains.

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4

Mononeuropathy

Mononeuropathy is when a single nerve or nerve group is damaged. It causes a loss of sensation, movement, or function in that part of the body.

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5

Necrotizing Vasculitis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Necrotizing vasculitis is the inflammation of blood vessel walls. It can interrupt blood flow, causing skin, muscle, and blood vessel damage.

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6

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve as it passes into the hand. The median nerve is located on the palm side of your hand.

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Vertebrobasilar Circulatory Disorders

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Vertebrobasilar circulatory disorders are a group of diseases in which not enough blood is supplied to the back of the brain. Read about the symptoms.

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Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of types 1 and 2 diabetes due to uncontrolled high blood sugar levels that result in damage to the nerves. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), between 6...

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9

Hypoparathyroidism

Hypoparathyroidism is a rare condition that occurs when the parathyroid glands in the neck don't produce enough parathyroid hormone (PTH).

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10

Leprosy

Leprosy is a chronic, progressive bacterial infection that can cause disfigurement and disability if left untreated.

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Multiple Sclerosis Overview

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. MS can cause varying symptoms that appear with a wide range of severity, from mild discomfort to complete disability.

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12

Osteomalacia

Osteomalacia is a weakening of the bones that can lead to serious health complications. Here's a look at the symptoms and treatment options.

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13

Porphyrias

Porphyrias are rare types of genetic blood disorders in which patients have a defect in heme production, an important part of hemoglobin. Blisters are a sign of porphyria cutanea tarda, the most common type of porphyria.

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Stroke Overview

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A stroke (a "brain attack") is a medical emergency in which part of the brain is deprived of oxygen. This occurs when an artery that supplies oxygenated blood to the brain becomes damaged and brain cells begin to die.

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Thoracic Outlet Syndromes

Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of thoracic outlet syndrome.

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16

Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy refers to disease of the spinal nerve roots. Radiculopathy produces pain , numbness, or weakness radiating from the spine.

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17

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal column narrows and starts compressing the spinal cord. This process is typically gradual.

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18

Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when a person's head moves backward and then forward very suddenly with great force. This injury is most common following a car collision.

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19

Migraine with Aura

Migraine is a disorder characterized by repeated attacks of severe headache. Symptoms include throbbing or pulsating pain, usually on only one side of the head, and can last between four hours and three days.

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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular diseases (PVDs) are circulation disorders that affect blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. PVD typically strikes the veins and arteries that supply the arms, legs, and organs located belo...

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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