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Old 04-11-2009, 08:29 AM   #1
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Why do my hands go numb all the time?

Why do my hands go numb all the time? I could be doing something simple like talking on the phone and my hand will like fall asleep or go numb from holding the phone; what could be the cause of this?

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Old 04-11-2009, 09:02 AM   #2
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Re: Why do my hands go numb all the time?

Maybe take a look at Spinal Cord board to share symptoms. Numbess is common with neck problems.

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Re: Why do my hands go numb all the time?

Many people experience numbness and tingling in their hand or arm when holding a phone up to their ear or styling their hair or sleeping with their hand/arm over their head - anything that holds your hand up so that the blood rushes out and your body has a harder time pumping blood back in.

If you have any joint or tendon pain in your neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist (even common things like weekly headaches, carpal tunnel) you should definitely make an appt with your doctor, you could be pinching a nerve.

One bit of advice from experience, don't rest on your elbows. You've heard of the "funny bone"? It's actually a nerve called the ulnar nerve. If you lean on your elbows alot you can irritate it, causing pins and needles and numbness down the side of your arm and into your pinky and ring fingers.

Old 04-11-2009, 11:42 AM   #4
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Re: Why do my hands go numb all the time?

Next time they go numb think about what position you neck is in and try to changing it and see if the numbness goes away. One of my hands at times goes numb when I am sewing or typing and I have to change the position of my neck to straighten out the nerve endings.

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Re: Why do my hands go numb all the time?

yep,looking at what you are doing when this presents itself would help alot in finding the cause. create a little "journal' of this ongoing situation, believe me, it will help tons when you will more than likely have to have this evaluated to look for the underlying cause.

the thing is,this could be stemming anywhere from the wrists on up thru that shoulder and into where its base is, at the c spine level. all of the three nerves that innervate all of our fingers and hand start up at the c 5-6 thru c 8(nerve) area in the c spine. then there is also at the very cord level too,but that would be a bit less common with what you have been describing. if this persists or gets worse,it should at least be evaluated by your doc who could send you for an MRI of that c spine. there are other nerve tests that can be run too that would show any actual nerve impingement. something like carpal tunnel syndrome can do this too. that involves the median nerve that runs thru the wrist and into the fingers.

just keep note of all symptoms and what you were doing when they started and if there are any particular fingers that are only involved as well. that would help track it back up to the corresponding c spine nerve that just innervates it. but if i were you, i would see your primary soon just to get the ball rolling withsome simple testing to see where this is actually being affected. there are two things can affect our fingers with numbness or tingling in most cases, either the nerves themselves or a vascular flow issue. please keep us posted as to what you find out. FB
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:34 AM   #6
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Re: Why do my hands go numb all the time?

I thank you all for your imput on my situation, your responses have really helped, I will make an appointment with my doctor soon and keep you posted. Again thank you very much for taking the time to respond.

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