Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
My thumb is numb and purple!
For months now my thumb on my right hand would go numb, kind of spasm and turn purple. It would happen off and on and only last maybe fifteen minutes. About three weeks ago it happened again, only this time the color did not return to normal. It stayed this way for about 48 hrs and was followed with numbness and tingling. It is still numb three weeks later and after a trip to urgent care, my PCP and a rheumatologist I was referred to a neurologist. I have a slight case of carpal tunnel ( I'm 27) I have a MRI appointment to have my neck looked at. What would a neck injury have to do with my thumb going numb? What is the likely hood this could be the problem? What about the purple color?
Cancel
1 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
The health care provider ordered an MRI of your neck because they wish to check to be sure that your spine is not compressed at the level of your neck.  The nerves travel from the spinal cord all the way out to the tips of your fingers and toes then return to the spinal cord and into your brain where your brain translates what type of message it is (pain, hot, cold, itchy, numb etc).  There is a section of your spinal cord in your neck called the cervical region.  The cervical section of your spinal cord has seven different areas related to the spinous process (bones).  They are numbered C-1 through C-7.  It just so happens that C-6 nerve travels all the way out to your thumb, so this is why they want to rule out any issues with your neck. Hope this helps.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Neurology Community Resources
Top Neurology Answerers
620923 tn?1452919248
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
Avatar m tn
Blank
caregiver222
11079760 tn?1449081557
Blank
cjtmn
Minneapolis, MN
209987 tn?1451939065
Blank
tschock
AB
5265383 tn?1465260698
Blank
aspen2
ON
1780921 tn?1462244109
Blank
flipper336
Queen Creek, AZ