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Why Do My Hands Always Go Numb
What does ot mean if hands always go numb and is worst while laying down as if somebody is sitting on your arms?
Likely nerve: Most common cause is carpal tunnel syndrome, with nerves compressed at wrists, perhaps secondary to keyboarding. Although might wonder re nerves higher up in arms, this is less likely. Could wonder about a neck issue (stenosis?), and recommend you see your doctor and perhaps get films of neck. An EMG study will probably confirm cts. ...Read more
A couple of things: Wnat is your sleep position? Sleeping with the arms over the head, bent at the elbow or other positions can cause the hands to be numb or partially numb. You may have a neck problem and would depend on the positon of the neck and the type of pillow your have. I would see your pcp, neurologist or neurosurgeon or orthopedist and get checked out. ...Read more
Yes: Numbness and tingling most likely represents a nerve compression of one or more nerves of the upper extremity - commonly carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome. There are a host of other medical conditions that can cause it as well. The reason it is a concern is than prolonged compressions can lead to permanent nerve damage. A qualified hand surgeon could help you. ...Read more
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when medial nerve-which runs through the tight channel of the middle wrist begins to get pinched as it travels out to palm & fingers. Tingling, numbness & sometimes weakness & pain are first felt at night. When awakened many will try to shake their hands to 'wake them up'
the diagnosis should be confirmed & can be treated a variety of ways. Many ailments can mimic it. ...Read more
Nerve compression: Numbness is typically an indication that you may have a nerve entrapment syndrome such as carpal tunnel syndrome which is a nerve compression in the wrist or possibly cubital tunnel syndrome which has a compression at the elbow. Evaluation by a hand surgeon and nerve conduction studies can help identify the source and proper treatment options. ...Read more
Need more info: Hi. Sorry, but we can't guess at things like this. We have no information on you, no medical history, no medications you take, etc. We don't even know your age! You should see your doc for a thorough evaluation and diagnostic tests. That is your best chance. Good luck! ...Read more
Often carpal tunnel syndrome (nerve compressed in wrist) or ulnar nerve entrapment (at the funnybone area) can cause this...It is quite common. Also pinched nerve in the neck area can cause numbness to hands/fingers as well.
It is difficult to accurately tell what you have based on the limited info you provided. Consult doc for an evaluation/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
Hand numbness: This could be a manifestation of a nerve problem. The hand is enervated by the median, radial and ulnar nerves. The median nerve enervates the thumb and little finger and the other nerves the rest. It is unusual for the whole hand to go numb unless there is a problem higher up in the brachial plexus or spine. You need a neurological evaluation by a neurologist and X-rays of your spine. ...Read more
Likely CT syndrome: Pinched nerves at hands is a common cause. See a neurologist. ...Read more
Both hands are going numb shortly after holding something hands are turning grayish in color on both hands?
Color changes can b: Circulationor an abnormal response to cold, as wellas nerve irritation that is associated at times with poor circualtory regulaiton and temperature changes. Other issues can be inflammatory or metabolic or endocrine (such as diabetes or thyroid) a good general exam and bloodwork by your pcp should be the next step, gray and numb is not normal so best get it looked at. ...Read more
My step dad has been having numbness on his hand, its been going on about a week. Can it be something to worry about?
Nerves are involved when numbness is there. Can be at the level of the wrist, carpal tunnel, at the area of the elbow, the shoulder, or neck (such as a disc injury) even at the level of the brain such as a small stroke or ms or tumor etc.
He needs an exam and some tests so that it doesn't stay or get worse if possible to avaoid ...Read more
Numbness and tingly in pinky both hands at night wakes me from sleep. I change positions it goes away. What could it be from?
Positional: Evaluate how you are holding your hands at night when you sleep. If they are clasped in one position for hours the compression can cause numbness in both pinkies. Get wrist splints or change how you sleep with pillows. If they continue to bother you go to doctor for full workup ...Read more
Woke up last night; both of my hands were or went numb lasting less than a minute. Could a TIA have caused both hands to go numb at the same time?
Could be a nerve: The most common type of compressive neuropathy in the arms is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is due to a pinched nerve in the wrist. Other common causes are cubital tunnel syndrome (pinched ulnar nerve at elbow) and cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in neck). Peripheral neuropathy from diabetes or medical problems are less common. I would ask your primary care doc to investigate this for you. ...Read more
Hand numbness: Many things can make your hand go numb. Almost all involve the nerves that send signals to your brain. Any nerve pinching or problem between your fingers and your brain can do it. The most common is probably carpal tunnel syndrome where a nerve (median) gets pinched by swelling in a fixed space. The nerve can't do it job (to send signals to your brain) causing numbness. ...Read more
Hand numbness can be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome which is a compression of median nerve in the wrist, it can occur in women, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, and over use of hands.
You should be seen and evaluated.
Wrist splint can be tried first, in severe cases surgery to release the nerve may be needed. ...Read more
Neuropathy: I assume you mean hands and feet. This is a sign of neuopathy. The cause is varied but most likely is diabetes, but could be cancer as well. Strongly recommend you seek out the help of a physician such as a physiatrist who will do multiple tests including an emg/ncv to test your nerves in the hands and feet. ...Read more
Thoracic outlet: There are a few possibilities that fit. A neurologist can tease that out. Thoracic outlet syndrome causes this, by pinching the nerves from your spine as they feed into your arms. If you sleep on your back, a cervical spine / disc problem would do it, pinching at the nerve root. Carpal tunnel is s possibility, too. I'm sure there are others. See your md for a referral, if needed. ...Read more