Peripheral neuropathy?

  • Trepeat

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    Dec 16, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    Hey RJ, kind of a weird one.

    Been experiencing slight numbnes in my thumbs on both hands for a few months now. Hasn't really spread or gotten more severe, but it hasn't gone away, either.

    Been tested recently for everything and came back clean, and the only drug I'm on is a low dose of Prozac. Not really sure what would be causing this sensation. Anyone experience something similar?
  • asana

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    Dec 16, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    Pinched nerve maybe? I know if I'm really stressed I lose feeling in my hands, but that's a spike in blood pressure, it wouldn't be something you would have ongoing at your age. Maybe try seeing a chiropractor?
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    Have been gripping handles very hard for extended amounts of time at the gym?
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    When you say you have been tested for everything, can you be specific..... There's a great deal of disorders...alot of them aren't to serious, so you should not stress too much, but anything from vascular, endocrine, neurological disorders can cause it..... Nerve impingement is unlikely though as you said its in both hands
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    Since moving, I have spent considerably more time gripping my Wiimote/penis.. But nah, no real serious gripping of things, or more gripping than usual.

    I remember first noticing the numbness the morning after some handcuff play, and just chalked it up to those perhaps resulting from some awkward positioning. But it just never went away- is it possible that I could've damaged my nerves somehow wearing those cuffs?

    It's much more signifcant in left hand (I am left handed), and only in the thumb region.
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    Dec 16, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    ... a pinched nerve can take a few days.. this has gone on for months? and no other pressure has been put on your wrist in the meantime?
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    Dec 16, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    Trepeat saidis it possible that I could've damaged my nerves somehow wearing those cuffs? It's much more significant in left hand (I am left handed), and only in the thumb region.

    Could be anything - maybe you're the first case of a new virus that slowly paralyzes, starting with numb wrists. The place to find out is from a physician - not the jocks on RJ. Universal health care in Canada? See a GP and if no luck there, a neurologist.
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    Dec 16, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
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    Trepeat saidis it possible that I could've damaged my nerves somehow wearing those cuffs? It's much more significant in left hand (I am left handed), and only in the thumb region.

    Could be anything - maybe you're the first case of a new virus that slowly paralyzes, starting with numb wrists. The place to find out is from a physician - not the jocks on RJ. Universal health care in Canada? See a GP and if no luck there, a neurologist.


    There are tons of physicians, neurologists and psychiatrists on RJ, just saying
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    Dec 17, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    Trepeat saidHey RJ, kind of a weird one.

    Been experiencing slight numbnes in my thumbs on both hands for a few months now. Hasn't really spread or gotten more severe, but it hasn't gone away, either.

    Been tested recently for everything and came back clean, and the only drug I'm on is a low dose of Prozac. Not really sure what would be causing this sensation. Anyone experience something similar?


    Most likely its not a pinched nerve,

    What tests did you have?

    With just pain in both thumbs, its most likely some damage that happened to C-6 but it could be too small to be detected even by MRI.

    It could also be psychogenic. I don't mean you're making it up, but that its a manifestation of stress or some other psychic symptom. Westerners tend to think in terms of "stress" as related to the mind, but most of the world is the opposite. The body can and is also under the influence of the brain.

    As long as it doesn't get worse, or you don't have any other neurological symptoms you are probably going to be fine. Especially with a negative workup.

    Since the pain is in both your thumbs, I don't think its a localized injury (in your thumb, hand or wrist). It will probably get better with time and you might some relief with NSAIDs.

    Hopefully, by full workup you meant by a neurologist?
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    Dec 17, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    It's cheiralgia paresthetica... a compression neuropathy of a radial nerve branch. aka 'handcuff neuropathy'.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheiralgia_paresthetica

    Wear handcuffs with fur on them next time :-) or loosen them
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    Dec 18, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    rightasrain saidIt's cheiralgia paresthetica... a compression neuropathy of a radial nerve branch. aka 'handcuff neuropathy'.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheiralgia_paresthetica

    Wear handcuffs with fur on them next time :-) or loosen them


    HA HA... well there it is!
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    Dec 18, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    Haha, yup, that sounds like it may be it. icon_lol.gif

    Thanks a bunch everyone, was worried that it may have been related to the Prozac or something neurological, but think "handcuff neuropathy" is the likeliest answer.

    Bit of advice to others: think twice about before being restrained to ceilings for extended periods of time. ;)
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    Dec 18, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    Trepeat saidHaha, yup, that sounds like it may be it. icon_lol.gif

    Thanks a bunch everyone, was worried that it may have been related to the Prozac or something neurological, but think "handcuff neuropathy" is the likeliest answer.

    Bit of advice to others: think twice about before being restrained to ceilings for extended periods of time. ;)


    lol.. an ailment most common among gay men and people with lengthy criminal arrest records.