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How can I know if the numbness in my hand is due to Carpal Tunnel or MS?

An evaluation by a neurologist with a thorough history and physical will guide the workup. Isolated hand numbness, specifically of the thumb, index and middle finger would classically be from carpal tunnel syndrome. If the numbness affected the whole arm, one could consider a brain or spinal cord process such as, but not limited to, multiple sclerosis. A thorough evaluation by a neurologist is warrented in either case and may also involve other tests such an EMG (electromyography) with nerve conduction studies or brain or cervical spine MRI, depending on the neurologists clinical suspicion.

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