Numbness & Tingling

By PoetsSoul Latest Reply 2011-02-15 08:12:19 -0600
Started 2011-02-08 09:03:40 -0600

I've been experiencing numbness in some of my fingers for several years now. At first it was just my right hand, and only the index & second finger, causing them to turn completely white from my nails to about the first or second joint in the fingers. It lasts anywhere from a few minutes to at least a half hour sometimes. I figured it might be carpel tunnel, since this is the hand I injured about 30 years ago. But, this week I've had it in both hands. I've also had tingling on the left side of my spine, leading to the left side on my neck, where I've had shingles pain since December. I've also had back trouble about 25 years, with 3 surguries on my back, so I thought maybe this might be the cause of the tingling numbness in my back. To be honest I never thought the tingling had anything to do with my heart, but in September of last year, I was diagnosed with pleurisy, and after the scan was done to diagnose this, I was told that I had 'the beginnings of heart disease!' I can't work anymore, and cannot afford to go out & run up a bunch of tests trying to find out 'what kind of heart disease' I might have. My husband has enough bills to pay, without me adding more medical expenses that I owe. So, I was just wondering if anyone can shed light on this with what you might have experienced?

7 replies

hogrider37 2011-02-15 08:12:19 -0600 Report

Hi, sounds like maybe a nerve problem. I had the same problem starting on my right them in both. The heart is usually the left. I was admitted once for my heart and when they did the MRI they found some nerve damage in my neck. My Dr gave me neuroantin, i beleieve thats how you spell it, it completely took away my symptoms. It got to the point i couldnt tie anything. This is a suggestion, go to your local hospital and apply for charity care. Its based on your income. If you qualify it will cover your hospital visits, tests or any hospital realted expenses. Theres nothing to loose. Give that a try.

HeartHawk 2011-02-13 22:58:51 -0600 Report


Most of what you describe sounds neurological in nature except for your fingers turning white but only a doctor can daignose you.

The scan you had may have detected coronary calcium which is an indicator of early heart disease. If you have the "beginnings" it may mean you have caught things early. I normally suggest people consider having an advanced lipoprotein test to discover all the potential causes and create an effective treatment plan but I would be curious just to know if you have had a recent lipid profile which is common and relatively inexpensive. It would shed light on if you have high LDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides or low HDL Cholesterol. Ask your doctor. I'll bet their is a good chance he may have already performed this test.


Anonymous 2011-02-14 07:25:37 -0600 Report

The last cholesterol check done on me 2 years ago said my cholesterol was good! I've tried 2 watch how much bad fats I eat for many years, so I guess the tests results tell the tale! I cannot afford 2 go see a doctor at this time, only working part time. Thanks 4 the reassurance post! Have a MOST BLESSED Valentine's week, HeartHawk!

PoetsSoul 2011-02-08 13:51:36 -0600 Report

I don't know 4 sure about that. Hypertension is high BP, so HOW high is yours? I looked up on WebMD about Hypertension, and there was a list of symptoms, but numbness was not one of those listed. Have U ever injured your hand(s), and is the numbness in both or only one hand? I tore the ligaments off the bone in my right hand about 30 years ago, and I have some carpel tunnel, but when it started messing with my left hand also, I started wondering if it could be part of the 'heart disease' the doctor indicated I have? If U have any doubts, and can afford 2 go see your doctor about the numbness, I say 'GO!' U can at least call them to see what they think about it! Have a really Blessed afternoon, Zursery!

HeartHawk 2011-02-15 07:57:33 -0600 Report


I have had numbness in several fingres and sometimes in the finger tips but it was diagosed as neurological in nature. Does your whole arm get white or just your fingers as the lack of color could indicate inadequate blood flow downstream of the heart.


Zursery 2011-02-08 10:37:27 -0600 Report

I have problems with numbness in my fingers, I wonder if that's contribution of me having hypertension. What do you think?

HeartHawk 2011-02-15 08:03:48 -0600 Report


Such numbness is common among diabetics and others who develop neuropathies (nerve damage) due to injury to small blood vessels that nourish the nerves. There are many ways to damage these small blood vessels but most of them are similar to the same conditions that lead to heart disease. It is just an attack on the small vessels and capillaries as opposed to large arteries.

Therefore, often the same therapies that treat diabetes and heart disease will also treat the numbness over time.


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