Numbness in my hands - what can I expect at the doctor?
July 20, 2014 4:40 PM Subscribe
YANMD. I am experiencing my second episode of numbness in my fingers/hands. What kind of tests can I expect when I go to the doctor?
You are not my doctor and I am not looking for medical advice. I am absolutely going to the doctor tomorrow. I have huge anxiety around going to the doctor and I just want to know what kinds of tests I can expect. I don't have a regular doctor so I will be going to an urgent care type of place. They will probably refer me to a neurologist, right?
From roughly the beginning of March to the end of May, the fingertips of my right hand were numb. It started with just the ring and pinky finger and then slowly progressed into the middle and index finger. During this time, I was studying at my desk for 5+ hours every day, so I thought the constant writing/typing and bad posture was screwing with the nerves in my arm. I also had some balance problems and would trip.
It stopped at the end of May and then started up again about a week ago, except now it is the fingers on both of my hands, the side of my left hand and occasionally my abdomen/chest. I have the balance problems again.
I just want to reiterate that I am going to the doctor tomorrow. I am even more terrified now after Google told me all of the horrible diseases I might have. I just want to know what kinds of tests I can expect! Thank you for any advice.