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Numb Fingers, tingling sensation to severe pain, Raynauds!

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Hi, I'm in my early twenties and I have a reoccurring problem with the thumb and pointer finger on my right hand. It started with the thumb a few years ago where it would get a tingling sensation that would build over a few days to severe pain like it had just been slammed in a door. It would be constant for a few days and gradually decrease. Over time it spread to the pointer finger as well and now during the worst days I can feel a duller pain up to my shoulder. My Dr. told me to go to a rheumatologist who tested me for numerous things including gout, Raynauds, rheumatoid arthritis, and assorted autoimmune disorders. She determined I have Raynauds (I also complained of sensitivity to cold at my original Dr. visit) but couldn't explain the pain, which occurs whether my hands are warm or cold. Most recently the skin around my finger tips and toes looks like it's developing small calluses and is easily peeled off. I don't know if it's related to everything else or if that's a whole other thing, but if anyone has experience anything similar and can offer me some help I'd be extremely grateful!
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replied September 27th, 2007
Sorry if this is totally off base - But do your hands physically get hot or cold, too?

My hands, for years, were ice ice cold, then they turned fire hot - Both in the literal sense - And also were in dire tingling pain. Never got it checked out, though.. And it seems to have just gone away with time.. Rare occassion to happen now.

I also had/have Exzema, which causes rashes and bumps to spread across my left ring and middle finger, and has left a hard flat 'scar' on my palm. It also peeled off fairly easily, though pussed and sometimes bled.

Terrible what our bodies do to itself.
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replied February 4th, 2010
I was at the neurologist having something else checked out and just that morning I had numbness in my thumb and pointer finger. He said it was because of a spot on your elbow where the nerves run too.. you have to protect that spot on your elbow.. I think it's where your "funny bone" is. He told me to wear elbow pads at night to protect them and not to lean on my elbows during the day
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replied September 17th, 2011
I started getting numbness in my left hand almost 3 months ago..it was only the tip of my pointer finger. Then it moved into my other fingers and now my pointer finger is back to normal. Then I started getting similar numbness in my right hand and forearm. If I bump my fingers lightly on anything at all, or grab onto something the wrong way (ex: a jug of milk or even a grocery bag)it is extremely painful...i have to stop and close my eyes it hurts so bad. Then it also moved into the tops of my feet and front of my lower legs, and when I would walk around, or touch any of those areas, it felt like it would send shocks down into my feet. Sometimes it would even feel like I had bugs crawling on my feet, but nothing was there. I went to see the doctor, and he did blood work. Everything came back normal including B12 levels and Glucose levels (Diabetes). I am supposed to see a neurologist, but the waiting list is crazy long. I was in a car accident just before this all started, but I haven't had any back or neck pain. I really don't get it =(
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replied October 11th, 2011
I was curious if you have found out anything yet. My husband and I have been together for 16 years. Shortly after we first met, when he was in his late teens to early twenties he started experiencing similar pain in his fingertips. I have searched for years on the internet and you are the first person to describe EXACTLY what he feels. If he hits the tip of his finger just right it will send him to the ground in pain. I have woken up in the middle of the night to find his mother lying on the kitchen floor in so much pain from the same thing. It gradually gets worse as the years go by. I have noticed my 12 year old daughter holding her finger tips once in a while when she hits something. The only common thing that all three of them have is a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis. I am thinking this may have something to do with it.
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replied October 11th, 2011
I haven't found out anything yet. I called the doctors office to see when I should expect a call from the specialist and they told me it could take up to a year. (which in my opinion is rediculous). I am finding that the numbness is moving to different parts of my hands and legs and the areas that were numb for a while aren't anymore, but I am numb in different areas than I was before. The finger I first noticed it in is totally normal now. The inner lower part of my arm was numb, and the feeling is now returning. It is the weirdest thing. My fingers almost feel like the nerves/tendons are being pulled and kinda like they are swollen, but they aren't? If that even makes sense. Hopefully it will just go away. Some have said it could be stress related even. I have 3 teenage kids..lol...maybe it's stress? Wish I could be more help, but at this point I know nothing more than fustration =(
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