Weird left hand shenanigans

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    Aug 25, 2007 10:54 PM GMT
    I keep getting pins and needles in my left hand. They come on suddenly, last a few seconds, and then stop. Cause for concern?
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    Aug 25, 2007 11:08 PM GMT
    There are many great advisors with better credentials than mine on this board, but I am going to suggest that maybe this is a result of not stretching enough before you lift. I used to have it quite a bit until my ex (a fitness model) figured that out. After a week of proper stretching the problem stopped.

    There are heart and stroke issues, and while the pages of medicine are filled with young people experiencing them, it is uncommon,so I doubt that that is what you are experiencing. Others here will no doubt offer great input.
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    Aug 26, 2007 1:38 AM GMT
    A couple years ago a friend started experiencing similar sensations and just shrugged it off as unimportant.

    It started occurring more frequently when he was doing several different activities; It got worse and he finally went to a doctor.

    Numbness or tingling in your hand and fingers, especially the thumb and index and middle fingers; pain in your wrist, palm or forearm;
    can be typical symptoms for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    CTS is usually due to increase pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel and not due to an injury in the nerve itself.

    Factors involved in the disorder include :
    - Direct trauma or injury to the wrist resulting in swelling swelling,.
    - Swellings due to hormonal disturbances like pituitary gland hyperactivity; Hypothyroidism; rheumatoid Arthritis;
    - Work stress , repetitive movement can cause tendinitis.
    - Fluid retention due to hormonal changes like in pregnancy.
    - a cyst or tumor formation in the canal.
    - In some cases there is no apparent cause.

    Doctors prefer to start treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome as early as possible. Underlying causes should be treated first.

    There are of course many other possible explanations.

    My point is that you should probably tell your primary care physician as soon as possible.

    Rob
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    Aug 26, 2007 7:09 PM GMT
    See a doctor Colm. It is probably nothing, but it is a symptom of heart problems. It is also a symptom of other things also. Although when it comes and goes like that, it is probably not the heart, but check with a doctor just to rule it out.

    Mike
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    Aug 26, 2007 11:46 PM GMT
    Could also be a pinched ulnar nerve in the elbow. You may want to see a neurologist and have a nerve study done.
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    Aug 26, 2007 11:59 PM GMT
    Sounds like your hand is falling asleep. Maybe you should masturbate with the other hand.
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    Aug 27, 2007 2:13 AM GMT
    I'd suggest seeing a physical therapist or a biomechanist/posture expert. Oftentimes this can be a result of a structural malalignment.
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    Aug 27, 2007 5:36 AM GMT
    Seeing a specialist is probably a good idea. I had something similar, long ago, and I went to the doc-in-the-box. After unnecessary surgery for the wrong diagnosis, and months of testing, it turned out that a nerve in my wrist had died, but by then it was far too late to do anything about it. By then, the muscles that controlled my thumb had atrophied to the point that they couldn't even be detected any more. In retrospect, it probably had something to do with repetitive use of stiff hemostats at work and/or insufficient decompression during a winter dive.

    BTW: I've apparently always had generally poor circulation in my arms - I get that pins & needles feeling every night in bed - and taking a blood sample? Forget about it. When I started taking arginine supplements, all of that finally went away. I even started building up a little bicep mass.
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    Aug 27, 2007 5:55 AM GMT
    BTW: I love the word "shenanigans" nobody uses it around here any more, since great-granddad passed.

    Next, please start a thread about shillelaughs
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    Aug 27, 2007 9:13 AM GMT
    Could be a number of things. The one I am betting on would be CTS o Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. I have it in both my wrist. My hands will usually feel like they are falling asleep if I have been using my alot of wrist action. if you type a lot or use a mouse that is usually a cause. Get a mouse pad with a padded end for your wrist to sit on along with the same thing for your keyboard. you could try a split keyboard too. they sell wrist supports for carpel tunnel that will help out. Its weird typing with them though.

    another possibility could be radial nerve proxy but that I doubt. you usually feel pain with pins and needles with that one. good luck