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Question: What could be the cause of my fingers falling asleep (tingling sensation). This started about 3 weeks ago. At first it was just at night while in bed. It has become more frequent as of late. At times they will " fall asleep" as I am just standing in line at a store or speaking to clients in their home. Joe

Answer: Dear Joe,

Numbness and tingling in the fingers is a common first sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In many cases, this condition also has the following symptoms:

- Pain in hand/wrist
- Cold hands
- Dropping objects
- Loss of hand grip strenght

Other causes for tingling and numb fingers include:

- Nerve injury
- Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium and sodium
- Deficiency in Vitamin B12
- Certain medications
- Lack of blood supply

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