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What could cause my fingers to go numb,be white and cold?

By Anonymous August 17, 2018 - 12:07pm
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The end of May I went to the Grand Canyon with my family. All of a sudden, three fingers on my right hand went numb, were white and cold. I did not seek medical help immediately, but went to my doctor the next week. My fingers were still numb. I also went to a neurologist to see if it was.carpel tunnel. I only saw a PA, who ordered a test to see if I had a blood clot. None were found, although I was told that in the ten days since it happed, a clot could have dissipated.The neurologist also did not find nerve damage. I have been given all kinds of heart tests. Nothing has been found. In fact, they got totally off the numbness issue. I was also told that it could have been an insect bite or an infection.

The total numbness has left. However, the tip of my middle finger is still numb and cold. If my hands get cold, those three fingers are very cold and a little numb.

Any thoughts on this? I have given up on docs.

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Hello, Anon. Thank you for posting.

An insect bite or another allergic reaction would make sense, as would a blood clot that had dissipated, though that might be less likely.

Another thing that comes to mind is Raynaud's disease, which can cause cold, white fingers and numbness. Raynaud's disease is caused by peripheral blood vessels overreacting to cold. Females and people living in colder climates are more often affected. Your doctor(s) have likely checked for this and/or ruled this possibility out.

Don't give up on doctors, Anon! Making a proper diagnosis can sometimes take time and is not always easy or clear-cut. If your symptoms begin again, I hope you will return to your doctor for a follow-up.


August 17, 2018 - 3:56pm
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