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Hand Numbness (Definition)

The term numbness describes an altered sensation that can occur usually from either a neurological or vascular etiology. Some patients that have numbness have a complete inability to sense any object at all, where others may be able to sense but it is reduced. One example is neuropathy, in severe cases patients will be so numb they can not sense even if they step ...Read more


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What does it mean when your right hand goes numb and so numb that it causes you to wake up from a dead sleep.?

What does it mean when your right hand goes numb and so numb that it causes you to wake up from a dead sleep.?

Carpal tunnel: The most common cause would be carpal tunnel syndrome. The median nerve innervates the thumb, index finger and half the middle finger. It runs into the hand through a tunnel (called the carpal tunnel). If there is a bit of swelling of the tissues or if you bend your wrist while sleeping, the nerve gets pinched and causes numbness. There are some other possibilities, so get checked to be sure. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your left hand middle goes numb?

What does it mean when your left hand middle goes numb?

Possible CTS: See a neurologist. Carpal tunnel syndrome or neuropathy is likely. You may need an EMG test. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if your hands go numb and start to close up (into fists or something)?

What exactly does it mean if your hands go numb and start to close up (into fists or something)?

Pinched nerve: Numbness is typically a neurological symptom. Numbness in the hands associated with cramping is usually related to neither carpal
Tunnel syndrome or a pinched nerve in the neck. I would not hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does it mean when both hands go numb & your feet hurt?

What does it mean when both hands go numb & your feet hurt?

See Hand surgeon: See a hand surgeon for your hands and a podiatrist for your feet. You will likely need to see a neurologist to get an emg/nct. You can trial wearing wrist braces at night and use nsaids as they may help while you are getting your work-up done. ...Read more

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What does it mean when hands go numb, get dizzy, and wake up in the sweats?

What does it mean when hands go numb, get dizzy, and wake up in the sweats?

Need evaluation: It sounds like you need to undergo a thorough exam, your blood pressure, EKG checked, and have a full panel of tests for blood glucose, thyroid, etc. There are a number of possible explanations. Keep a diary of what triggers the symptoms, what medications you take including supplements, and what other symptoms are present. Your MD can determine what other diagnostic tests are necessary. Good luck ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have ddd and my feet and hands go numb all the time. Also if I sit for a long period my legs go totally numb?

DDD in young: It probably means nothing. Numbness of hands and feet is usually due to anxiety. Signs of cervical spinal cord compression could involve arm/hand, leg/foot numbness, loss of coordination and reflex changes. Other than that, I doubt that your symptoms are related to your presumably mild ddd. Numbness with sitting? Probably posture and pressure on the sciatic nerve in the buttock. Change positions. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and I have foot and hand numbness or tingling half an hour each day, does that mean neuropathy? And is it diabetes? I'm too worried : (

I'm 18 and I have foot and hand numbness or tingling half an hour each day, does that mean neuropathy? And is it diabetes? I'm too worried : (

Numbness in: Hands and feet MAY be from pinched nerves. Please see your doc who can check you for diabetes and perhaps refer you to another doctor if needed. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My hands go numb all the time should I be concerned?

My hands go numb all the time should I be concerned?

It could be: It could be a pinched nerve in your neck affecting your hands or it could be an arthritis in your hands or you could have a diabetic neuropathy. See your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I hands go numb and tingly randomly. .. Should I be worried?

I hands go numb and tingly randomly. .. Should I be worried?

Carpal tunnel is one: Common issue. Other nerve to the hand and arm can also be affected. Neck problems can cause hand numbness too. A lot depends upon which finger and which part of the hand is involved, ...Read more

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What are some possible reasons that my hands go numb and tingly?

What are some possible reasons that my hands go numb and tingly?

Nerve compression: One of the most common reasons is carpal tunnel syndrome. You should get an evaluation from a hand surgeon who will examine you and possibly order nerve tests and/or ultrasound which will determine if you have an issue with your nerve and where it is located. Depending on if it is a nerve compression or neuropathy the surgeon will order appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be concerend that my hands go numb at night?

Not much: Hands going numb at night is a common complaint. It is often caused by positioning of the arms or hand that puts pressure on a nerve. Median nerve compression at the wrist, or carpal tunnel syndrome, is common. Night splints, vitamin b6, and local steroid injection can help. See your physician for and exam and proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hands go numb to easily. I wake up that way, also when just holding things?

Hands go numb to easily. I wake up that way, also when just holding things?

Carpal tunnel?: Sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome or other nerve compression are high on the list of possibilities. I suggest that you see a plastic or orthopedic hand surgeon for an exam and more specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hands go numb when masturbating, what's wrong?

Hands go numb when masturbating, what's wrong?

Hand nerves: Can be compressed transiently wen the wrist is hyper flexed or extended. Also tight gripping has been described as changing the lumbrical relationship in the carpal tunnlel. The lumbricals glide attached to tendon that cross through the carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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What to do if my hands go numb when masturbating?

What to do if my hands go numb when masturbating?

Repetitive motions: May be causing carpal tunnel to flair up or you may be hyperventilating. (or both). ...Read more

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Why do the top of my hands go numb when I am panic stricken?

Why do the top of my hands go numb when I am panic stricken?

Hyperventilation: One of the main symptoms of panic attacks in many people -- hyperventilation -- can cause numbness and tingling around the mouth and extremities. When this happens, some people breathe in a paper bag and the symptoms go away. ...Read more

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My hands go numb a lot. They do it more at night and it wakes me up with a bad burning painful sensation. What is this?

My hands go numb a lot. They do it more at night and it wakes me up with a bad burning painful sensation. What is this?

More of a Hx is --: --needed. CTS is a good bet, but U will find that it involves the thumd, index, middle, & the thumb side of the ring finger. Also if it improves by shaking Ur hands in the AM. 2 B sure C a fellowship trained. It takes hands on xam, good Hx, &@ times nerve studies. There are other things that may need 2 B R/O.
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What do you suggest if my hands go numb a lot. They do it more at night and it wakes me up with a bad burning painful sensation.?

What do you suggest if my hands go numb a lot. They do it more at night and it wakes me up with a bad burning painful sensation.?

Wrist splint: Sounds like you have carpal tunnel syndrome. This usually causes problems at night with pain, numbness, or burning sensations. A wrist splint worn to, bed can be very helpful, as can anti-inflammatory medication. If this does not help, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a cure to hand numbness?

Depends: Depends on the cause of the numbness and how long its been there. ...Read more

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What can I do to address hand numbness?

What can I do to address hand numbness?

Hand numbness: A good way to determine the cause of hand numbness is to give this information to your medical provider (location, duration, mitigating factors) and if needed, have nerve conduction testing. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause- feel free to learn about this while you are thinking about this. ...Read more

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Does bilateral hand numbness have a cure?

Does bilateral hand numbness have a cure?

Varies: It really depends on the cause, as there are multiple potential possibilities. Things like carpal tunnel syndrome do have a pretty simple fix, whereas conditions like a sensory neuropathy do not but can be managed with medications, consider being seen. A nerve conduction test may also be of benefit. ...Read more

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What can I do about lingering hand numbness?

What can I do about lingering hand numbness?

Nerve irritation: Ongoing complaints of tingling in the hand is commonly associated with nerve irritation like carpal tunnel or cubital tunnel syndrome. See a neurologist and hand surgeon for assessment and treatment. ...Read more

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What could be some causes for my hand numbness?

What could be some causes for my hand numbness?

Carpal Tunnel Syndro: Most numbness in the hand is from pressure on the median nerve at the wrist causing carpal tunnel syndrome. Most patients will have intermittent numbness at first, often at night or while reading or driving. Other causes can be cubital tunnel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy or other forms of neuropathy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have hand numbness after a massage?

Is it normal to have hand numbness after a massage?

See below: Putting too much pressure on a nerve can cause numbness. Usually these symptoms will improve within a day or 2. See your doctor if still having numbness in a week. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hand numbness?

What is the definition or description of: Hand numbness?

Altered sensation: The term numbness describes an altered sensation that can occur usually from either a neurological or vascular etiology. Some patients that have numbness have a complete inability to sense any object at all, where others may be able to sense but it is reduced. One example is neuropathy, in severe cases patients will be so numb they can not sense even if they step on a sharp nail. ...Read more

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Why do my hands go numb when I'm sleeping?

Why do my hands go numb when I'm sleeping?

Carpal tunnel?: Hands that go numb or tingle in the middle of the night are often from carpal tunnel syndrome and less likely from cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve compression) at the elbow. If left untreated either may progress to permanent numbness and weakness. ...Read more

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When does ur hands go numb during a fever?

When does ur hands go numb during a fever?

?: Can you please give a more precise question? ...Read more