I recently had this experience after driving for 5 hours. Both of my hands were numb. It was a weird feeling. I think it was the position of my hands. It went away and I forgot about it until I saw this thread. I have high BP. You should probably get it checked by a Dr.
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4,366 12/18/12 4:29 A
Neuropathy, I've got it was diagnosed when the dr tested me with this electrical thingy when the nerve pathways were good it didnt hurt but the bad pathways sure ached the day after the test. The good thing there is medication I take three times a day and as long as I take it faithfully on schedule then the numbness is gone off schedule then my hands and feet go numb, mostly the hands. It's an easy test for he nerves and the meds are cheap.....affordible
I get it from my diabetes. It is restricted blood flow. I also have a low BP ( 95/58 ), so not sure if that is another reason. When I sleep on my arm it goes numb. I also get this in my foot when I sit at my computer too long
You should go see a doctor immediately, and find out the cause.
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12/17/12 7:18 P
i was getting numb fingers/ toes daily when i was overweight. now i've lost the weight it rarely happens.My blood pressure has always been low 90/50. I check in with my doctor regularly. You need to check in with a doctor who knows your medical history. If i go to any doctor that doesn't know my medical history they tend to overlook the recent problem. Going to my own doctor he realises that my symptom may not be normal for me and will check it out
I get this all the time as well,,I went to my doctor, and was told Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, it started at my desk first...I type all day at work. I get the numbness at night as well, and was told your hand tends to form the same way you type or use your keyboard/mouse, and that is where the numbness feeling comes in. Definitely annoying..
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3,526 12/13/12 4:52 P
I get a weird numb sensation in my arm and hand on occasion, and it has been linked to my shoulder and neck being "out" I visit the Chiropractor when it starts so get really bad, and it goes away for a few months
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1,006 12/13/12 3:41 P
Wow...lots of interesting answers. I don't recall even reading about the low blood pressure option during my searches. That's good to know!
Just FYI, I agree with many posters. I will plan to get this checked out once I'm employed and have insurance again. Right now, that's not an option.
SMANISMELL: I hope your doctor did not refer to you as "fat". He should be taking your issues seriously when you bring them up, regardless of your current weight or former injuries. I'm incensed when I hear of doctors who do this because I've had similar problems in the past (misdiagnosed on more than one occasion and not even checked for things that should have been obvious). If he doesn't run any tests or check anything out, he is not doing his job, and I hope you find someone that values and respects you as a patient and a person.
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12/13/12 12:23 P
I do but the doctor keeps attributing it to the fact that I am fat and that I have a spinal injury. He does not do any tests or check anything out. He just says what he says.
It may be that something is getting pinched as you sleep. Posture and tight muscles can have a profound effect, as well as stress. And there could be something else underlying it, like a joint or spine/vertebrae issue. Your doctor may be able to refer you for physical therapy if that is the case. It's definitely worth checking with your physician for your quality of sleep. Good luck!
JENNILACEY - interesting about the blood pressure. Mine isn't low - when I had it tested a few weeks ago it was 120/60 - but it was a lot higher than that only a few months ago, it's really come down dramatically in just 3 months since I started working out again.
since this is a new thing, i'd head to the doc to get it checked out. odds are it's going to be something like carpal tunnel or poor circulation but in the event that goes with another symptom you have that means something bad, it's best to double check. my hands don't go numb, but they randomly get very, very cold [like putting my hands in the freezer feels warm] for 5 minutes. and since i live in florida, it's not like it is from playing out in cold weather. i've been told to come back if it starts happening frequently, but it's likely just poor circulation and nothing to worry about unless it starts happening all the time.
I have numbness in my hands and fingers from carpel tunnel syndrome and arthritis in my fingers. It started back when I was writing lots of papers. I knit. cross stitch and do a lot of handwork too. I wear hand and wrist braces at night. It helps. I do agree that you should see your doctor, just to be sure. Good luck!
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12/13/12 8:20 A
I've always experienced my limbs/fingers/toes falling asleep easily but even more so since I started losing weight and working out. It's because I have pretty low blood pressure, it's still in the healthy range but low. So I imagine the exercise has lowered my blood pressure even more. I haven't had it checked recently though.
Ask your doctor to check yours and see if it's lower than normal (if (s)he has record of previous blood pressure reports) or test it at a drug mart. I would suspect that you've lowered your blood pressure because you are getting healthier.
Yes, this happens to me as well. Also when I ride my bike/scooter and that is really annoying!
My husband had this, too, and after tests they said he had carpal tunnel syndrome. He had three operations (two on one wrist because the first did not work properly) and there was a period of almost 20 years between the first and the second two operations. He worked as a motorcycle mechanic and it was affecting the strength of his grip so he had to have something done about it.
Not being a doctor, I couldn't say for sure that this is what is happening to you but the symptoms sound very similar. I haven't been to the doctor about mine, am adopting the ostrich treatment for it (bury head in sand and hope it doesn't get worse!).
12/13/12 7:09 A
My personal opinion is that this is something you should see your doctor about. Like you said, there are different things that could cause this-- and a medical professional would be the best one to diagnose and treat the problem, not a bunch of "laypeople" on the internet.
I get this too (more in my arms than in my hands) but have never looked into the cause. It is annoying because it disturbs my (already pathetic) sleep and it is quite uncomfortable as you say. I'll be interested to see the replies you get.
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1,006 12/13/12 1:58 A
First off, forgive me if I posted this to the wrong section. I looked at all of them and wasn't sure where I should post this, but I'm having a recurring problem, and would like to know if any other SP'ers have experienced this:
For the past several months, my hands are going numb during my sleep. I don't think it's the way I'm sleeping on them, as I've been sleeping in the same position for most of my life, and the problem only started this year. Oddly, the problem seemed to go away for a couple of weeks recently, but I can't seem to figure out what I was doing any differently, if anything...and now it's back again. It's actually quite painful...I have to wake up several times per night and shake my hands awake (this is especially annoying since I don't sleep well to begin with). It can sometimes take several minutes. Initially I have no feeling in them at all, and then the little needle thing happens as I shake them back to life. But what's really weird is that while I was driving home from class tonight I noticed they were going numb again...while I'm wide awake!
Does anyone else have this problem? I've searched online and there are so many different things it "might" be. And maybe it's not even something I should worry about. I was just hoping if someone else is having this issue they might share if they know what causes it, what they do to relieve it, and if it's anything worth worrying about to begin with.
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