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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Arthritis and Rheumatism
What Could Cause Numbness in the Finger?
I have rheumatiod arthritis and it is not controled, still very active. The past week when my hands get cold at all and I touch a spot on my little finger I get shooting pins and needles going up my finger. Like I got a shock. The spot is on my little finger left hand palm side nest to the second knuckle. I thought that it might be Raynaud`s phenomenon but they don`t turn blue or white. It does not cause any more pain then my RA already does. I will see my Rheumatologist next week. Can you give me some ideas what this could be?
I agree that given absence of color changes in the skin it's less likely to be Raynaud's but due to association with cold temperature it's still a possibility with the vasospasm component possibly not severe enough to cause a color change but enough to lead to pain. Also need to consider possibility of neuropathy due to nerve compression from active RA.
Johnny Su, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University