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Old 09-14-2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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hands going numb!

Almost every night lately my hands are going numb and still. Its pretty painful. NOT like the pins and needles that you get when your body part falls asleep but just an overall subtle numbness and tingliness.

Im wondering if it has anything to do with the amount of artificial sweetners I use??

I drink some sf syrup with my 3 cups of coffee in the morning. Then I take 2 o-4 diet sodas to work. Then at night I sometimes have more coffee with sweetner.

Ya think this has anything to do with this odd numbness?

My mom has carpel tunnel. My doc just suggested to take some 'Alleve' before bed.

Any ideas?? THANX!
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:02 PM   #2
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This happens in the evening or during the night when you are sleeping?

If it happens when you are sleeping, you might be pinching something in your neck when you lie down..
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I had a bad attack of carpel tunnel last spring... I pretty much have it all the time, but this was so bad I couldn't stand the pain and ended up at the doc's while we were on vacation. He put me on 800 mg of Motrin, then had me ice my wrist for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for an hour several times a day. Also put my hand in a splint. By the third day of doing this, I was pretty much back to normal. (Oh yeah... he also told me to stop some of the exercises I'd been doing. Said the repetitive motion was probably the culprit. Seems like your doc should have asked you a few more questions... try to find out the problem instead of just expecting drugs to cover up the pain.)

On another thread, however, someone recently said that aspartame has been causing her hands to go numb. She cut way back and said it helped. Started up again, and the numbness returned. If the sodas you're drinking have (NutraSweet) you might try cutting back and see if it helps.

(Didn't mean to take a pot shot at your doctor... I just like to know what the cause of a problem is. Sounds like that's what you want to know, too.) Let us know what you figure out!
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:28 AM   #4
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Thnx Caroline and Raini.

Carolyn..about the way I sleep, Why would it happen in BOTH hands?? Im artist and I use my hands to sculpt about 5 hours a day too, BUT still I mainly use the right hand, so having both go numb seems odd.

I agree Raini about the doctor. She pretty much laughed and said to get some 'Aleve'. Id prefer to get to the reasons behind it rather than to mask it too with drugs!

Ill keep you posted!
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This was happening to me in both hands and was really scary. -It would wake me up in the middle of the night and give me a moment of panic when I couldn't feel my fingers! I had back x-rays which showed bone spurs in my neck that were pinching on a nerve. (I had surgery/spinal fusion for childhood scoliosis and spurs have developed just above my fusion as a part of the aging process.)

Anyway, the doctor gave me some neck exercises to do which helped a tiny bit. She also recommended that I buy a special pillow that helps relieve pressure on the nerves. There are quite a few such pillows out there, but the one I bought based on all the great reviews, was the Cervical Linear Traction Neck Pillow from Arc4life. This pillow has literally changed my life. My hands don't go numb any more, and I hardly ever have neck pain or a stiff neck. I also like that it looks like a regular pillow once it's inside the pillow case, which not all of these sorts of pillows do.

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Old 09-15-2010, 10:43 AM   #6
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The pain I had turned out to be carpal tunnel, and I had both wrists operated on --two months apart. However, I NOW know that my carpal tunnel was caused by undiagnosed hypothyroid, and had I been correctly diagnosed and medicated, neither surgery would have been necessary.

So any carpal tunnel pain should raise suspicions of hypothyroid.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:34 AM   #7
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Your B12 might be low.

I have a B12 deficiency, I try to keep it at a normal level by taking B12 supplements.

When my hands start getting numb and tingly, its usually because my B12 level is low.
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:33 PM   #8
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thanx for sharing everyone. Leo, Ive heard that the carpel tunnel surgery sometimes DOESNT WORK well anyway. My mom hasnt gotten it done even though the doctors have recommended it.

THank you for the hypothyroid idea. I will get it checked.

Mercury..How MUCH B-12 should a person take do you think?
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My surgery worked perfectly--both times.

After I was diagnosed, I asked my endo why carpal tunnel is listed as a 'symptom' of hypothyroid. He explained that with hypo (untreated), gradually all the tendons of the body swell, and the wrist is the only place where there's no room for the swelling--hence, the pain and numbness.

Ironically, even if my hand surgeon had suggested I get tested for thyroid, it wouldn't have done any good because it was during the 5-year period when my primary insisted that my thyroid was 'normal.' He was wrong, but that didn't help me. I finally self-referred to an endo when the symptoms were so overwhelming that I couldn't make it through a work day.
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Michelle.. Talk to your doctor hun... This could be a multitude of things... Like my feet were going numb.. They did bloodwork and found that my B12 was scary low.. I started getting B12 shots and the numbness went away.. So you can get a lot of opinions here on the site (like my first thought would be a circulation problem of some kind) but the best bet is to see the doctor and get a diagnosis.

And if it is a B12 problem like Mercury and I have they will give you a suggestion on how much to take because everyone is different..

Here is a good article explaining about B12 deficiency's... But again.. that might not even be the cause of your numbness..

http://symptomchecker.about.com/od/c...deficiency.htm
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My hands, arms and shoulders go to sleep, as well as the front of my thighs and feet. I have Spondylolisthese of C4-C5. Which means I have a vertebrae in my neck that is not lined up with the other vertebrae causing pain and the upper body numbness. When the numbness wakes me up I can change positions and the numbness goes away.

My lower body problems are probably from osteoarthritis in my lower back.

I would definitely check with your doctor to see what is going on.

I am 60 now, but have been having neck problems since my mid 30s.
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:54 AM   #12
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Thanx Cheri. I plan to see my doc on Monday. Im uninsured so I go to a 'clinic'. The doctors there are really RN's I just found out.

Im hoping they can diagnose me properly. I dont think its a Vitamin B-12 deficiency because I read the symptoms and they didnt really apply to me.

I went to WEBMD.com and put in my symptoms. It still seems like a mystery to me. Ill keep u all posted and thanks for your concern.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:32 PM   #13
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Not sure if this is of any relevence, but the very night i took my first BetaBlocker for high blood pressure, the problem of my arms going to sleep at night (tingling, then waking me up) went away completely.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:24 PM   #14
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HI all.

Just got my bloodwork results back.

VERY high cholesterol. The doc seemed concerned.
It was TOTAL 266
HDL 71
LDL 177

Doc suggested I LOWER my intake of reed meat, cheese etc. Eat more veggies and fruits, chicken and fish... and to see her again in 3 months. THe rest of my numbers were fine, thyroid etc.

I DO eat a HIGH amount of beef and cheese and mayo.

ANY THOUGHTS??
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:38 PM   #15
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Numb hands, weight gain, and high cholesterol are all symptoms of hypothyroidism. Regular docs only check TSH which is not even a test of the thyroid-it's a test of the pituitary gland. TSH=thyroid stimulating hormone. My TSH never got out the "normal" range yet I had to have a total thyroidectomy last year. Check out this link to see if you have any other symptoms. You need free T3, free T4 and TPO Antibodies to rule out thyroid disease.

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I have carpel tunnel (diag. years ago) and both of my hands go to sleep when it is acting up. Sleeping with a splint on helps. Keeps the wrist in a good position. Thyroid...hmmm...may get mine rechecked too.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:34 AM   #17
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Thnx Caroline and Raini.

Carolyn..about the way I sleep, Why would it happen in BOTH hands?? Im artist and I use my hands to sculpt about 5 hours a day too, BUT still I mainly use the right hand, so having both go numb seems odd.

I agree Raini about the doctor. She pretty much laughed and said to get some 'Aleve'. Id prefer to get to the reasons behind it rather than to mask it too with drugs!

Ill keep you posted!
I had carpal tunnel show up in both hands...and I didn't even do repetitive work. It was very puzzling. She couldn't tell me a reason, and I finally had surgery on both, and haven't had a problem since. PS I don't know anyone who this surgery has not worked for

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I am in the CT camp. That is exactly what my hands did at night. My doc had me sleep in hand/wrist splints and take Alleve. It really helped a lot. I did eventually have surgerey and it has been years now with no issues.

I hope you find relief.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:09 AM   #19
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3rd night with ZERO pain after wearing the hand splints!!

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The more I read in this health section, the more I believe medical care is not what it used to be. I don't know if it is the insurance companies controlling what doctors can and cannot do and prescribe, or whether our educational system has failed to the point that doctors are not being trained well anymore.
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