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Old 12-01-2019, 09:41 AM   #1
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Hands tingling !!!!

For the past 12 months or so I have noticed a weird sensation in my hands where the feel like they are going asleep or have an annoying tingling. It hasn't affected hand strength or ability to hold anything. I have my annual physical this Tuesday and will run the issue by my PCP. Just wondered if anyone else has had this happen to them and if so, cause and remedy, if any. I know asking for medical advice on any internet forum is not such a wise thing but just wanted to throw this out there. Thanks in advance.
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Yes, haven't felt my pinky on my left hand since May. In my case the issue is the nerve at C7-T1 was injured. Have you had spine issues in the past?

My strength was an issue and I've done months of PT to get it back. My PCP did give me some gabapentin which seems to help the numbness.
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What medications are you on? I am thinking possible side effects.
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:58 AM   #4
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Any time of day when it is more common? Does a specific activity set it off? Does it go away unaided or do you do something to deal with it? Hand tingling is common with arthritis.
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:59 AM   #5
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Yes, haven't felt my pinky on my left hand since May. In my case the issue is the nerve at C7-T1 was injured. Have you had spine issues in the past?

My strength was an issue and I've done months of PT to get it back. My PCP did give me some gabapentin which seems to help the numbness.
As a matter of fact yes, I had L4,5,S1 fusion surgery six weeks weeks ago but this hand/finger numbing tingling started long before surgery. Priori to surgery I had probably a half dozen or more epidurals and facet joint steroid injections in the L4-5 lower back over a two and half year period.
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May be blood flow issue of some sort. When it happens, put your hands down by your sides and let gravity help. Maybe your hands were on the table, typing on the keyboard, or above your waist doing something. It happens sometimes to me when I'm in bed and my hands are on my chest (above my elbows).
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check put Reynaud disease.
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Old 12-01-2019, 10:09 AM   #8
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It maybe carpal tunnel syndrome. I have it in my left hand mostly noticeable at night or morning hour before waking up. JM2˘
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Old 12-01-2019, 10:11 AM   #9
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Yes, this has happened to me a few times over the years. Mine went away in time. I recall one time the tingling was from nerve damage but it healed. Also, blood flow to the extremities is poor.
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My right thumb went numb for a month before it went away. I was on atorvastatin and stopped it immediately.
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For the past 12 months or so I have noticed a weird sensation in my hands where the feel like they are going asleep or have an annoying tingling. It hasn't affected hand strength or ability to hold anything. I have my annual physical this Tuesday and will run the issue by my PCP. Just wondered if anyone else has had this happen to them and if so, cause and remedy, if any. I know asking for medical advice on any internet forum is not such a wise thing but just wanted to throw this out there. Thanks in advance.
I am not a MD but experienced L4/5 extruded disc fragment 30 years ago, resulting in left lower leg symptoms. Mine cleared completely with epidural steroid injections. So I think this area (L4/5, L5/S1) would impact lower extremities.

Wait on the MD or specialist to look into this before you devote time to worrying about it too much.
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Old 12-01-2019, 11:54 AM   #12
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For the past 12 months or so I have noticed a weird sensation in my hands where the feel like they are going asleep or have an annoying tingling. It hasn't affected hand strength or ability to hold anything. I have my annual physical this Tuesday and will run the issue by my PCP. Just wondered if anyone else has had this happen to them and if so, cause and remedy, if any. I know asking for medical advice on any internet forum is not such a wise thing but just wanted to throw this out there. Thanks in advance.

Yes, maybe a carpel tunnel-like situation. Simply wearing those wrist braces (nearly all the time) can clear it up.


OR... I had this in a more severe way last Winter. Not just the tingling I had been living with for years but numbness and grip disruptions setting in. Two degenerating discs in my neck. I took a few months off from upper body workouts then restarted with somewhat down-sized workouts.
Hardly noticeable now.



The MD said it's basically just age. Gravity. A lifetime of "taking it." Warranty on the discs is up.
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Old 12-01-2019, 12:18 PM   #13
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Definitely discuss with your Doc.
Mine was/is caused from impinged nerves in my shoulder joints. I've had surgery to remove calcium deposits, but didn't completely resolve.
Could be arthritis, carpel tunnel, ??
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My Dad had spinal problems in his lower extremities for a long time and had had several lower back operations and injections over the years.

About two years ago he had tingling in his hands and discussed it with his spine surgeon. The doctor said he had some serious problem with his neck and needed surgery right away else he could become a quadraplegic. He had a cervical anterior discectomy and fusion (CADF I think is the acronym they use) and had cadaver bone put in as well. After the $50K surgery, he did not end up a quadraplegic, but I never did follow up and ask him about the hand tingling.

Who knows, maybe my Dad's insurance just paid for a semester or two of college. Although the doctor is very good and ethical, and my Dad is a retired MD, so I don't think he would be snowed easily.
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I agree about bringing it up to your PCP. It could be any number of things.

I was on a medication for the first 10 months of 2019, and while on it I began to experience daily tingling in the fingers of my left hand. I told the Nurse Practitioner about it at my mid-year recheck and she said she suspected carpal tunnel syndrome, since I have been using a computer 8 hours a day for the past 30 years at work. I thought it was a side effect of the medication myself (it was listed as a possible side effect). It didn't really interfere with my ability to use my hand, and the medication is necessary, so I didn't worry about it too much. It was annoying more than anything.

One month ago they switched me from the first med to a different one in the same "family" (for reasons unrelated to the tingling), and I have not had one instance of finger-tingling since the switch.

I would definitely tell the PCP about all medications (including over the counter) that you have been taking in the past year, in case it is something simple like that.

Good luck, and I hope you find a simple remedy for it, because it really can be annoying after a while!
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I am not a doctor. With your arm outstretched. repeatedly tap on the affected wrist with a finger. If that causes any tingling it may very well be carpal tunnel. If the tingling is not that extensive, a stiff metal wrist brace may alleviate the symptoms.
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Old 12-01-2019, 02:33 PM   #17
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Your description sounds like peripheral neuropathy, which can be caused by B12 deficiency. It's cheap/easy to do a trial of B12 (1000 mcg/day of methylcobalamin) to see if it helps. There's a blood test, but the reference range is too wide and it's not useful if you're already taking B12. It should be over 500 pg/ml if you're not taking B12. If you're taking B12 is should be higher.

Several common medicines lower B12 - metformin, PPIs, H2 blockers, etc.

Another possibility is B6. B6 helps with carpal tunnel, also. Again, cheap to do a trial to see if that helps. It's probably a good idea to take a multi-B formula, since the B vitamins work best together.
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I have some nerve damage in a hand and sometimes have a numbing feeling in the morning especially. Turns out my body doesn’t make a certain chemical which contributes to it. I take deplin and it helps so much. I can tell when I am not taking it. Dr recommended it.
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Peripheral neuropathy can also be a symptom of diabetes.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20352061
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check put Reynaud disease.
I believe this is what I sometimes suffer from...when really cold, I lose feeling in my fingers, and they turn blue/white until I run them under warm water for awhile.

I am on blood thinners already.
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