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Hand numbness

Anyone else have hands (or feet) that go numb a lot? My right hand goes numb all the time - the worst is in the mornings. Usually the discomfort is the thing that wakes me up, and it lasts long enough that brushing my teeth after I get up is uncomfortable. (I'm right-handed.)

I keep forgetting to ask the doc about this whenever I go for my annual. Just wondering if anyone experiences the same thing and what you might have found out about it. Poor circulation maybe? But in just one hand?

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Asked by phoofy at 1:44 AM on Jan. 8, 2011 in Health

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  • It could be a circulation problem... I get in my legs and feet but I also have Restless leg syndrome

    Answer by Supervane at 1:49 AM on Jan. 8, 2011

  • I have bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. Speak to your Dr. soon. I fooled around way too long with mine. I now have prmenanet nerve damage due to letting it go too long. If they speak of surgery, do it. It is quick simple and solves the problem. I have now had 6 hand surgeries because I waited too long.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 1:56 AM on Jan. 8, 2011

  • Do you work with your hands a lot. I had the same thing when I was cashiering. My whole right arm would go numb and it was really painful when I started getting feeling back in it. The Dr said it was carpal tunnel.

    Answer by myree85 at 1:57 AM on Jan. 8, 2011

  • I have the same issue and my doctor said it was the beginning of carpal tunnel. I work in a job where I type all day, so I got a wrist brace for my hand that was going numb all the time. I think I wore it for about a month or so just at work and I haven't had a problem since. I'm not sure if this will work for you, but you could try. I think my hand just needed a break.

    Answer by TitusMom7 at 2:00 AM on Jan. 8, 2011

  • It sounds like a nerve problem. If you talk to the doctor he can send you for a test where they inject you with dye so they can see exactly whats going on.

    Answer by samnliam2010 at 2:01 AM on Jan. 8, 2011

  • Before having my son three years ago, I worked with computers a lot. (I still get on now, just not for 7-8 hours a day like I used to.) The idea of carpal tunnel could be a possibility - I sometimes even wore a wrist brace then because I'd get actual pain. Now, it's just numbness if I hold my right hand at 90 degrees or more from my elbow for even a couple of minutes. Happens when I'm driving too, which scares me the most because I end up driving with one hand. Usually, if I put my arm down for a bit - as if to let the blood flow back down - the numbness goes away.

    I'll see about getting a doc appointment. Can I see a general practitioner or someone special? (We just moved, so all I have now is just my gyno.)

    Thanks for the replies!

    Comment by phoofy (original poster) at 2:07 AM on Jan. 8, 2011

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