Hand numbness and weakness

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Futurama91
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   Posted 4/26/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Half of my left hand, including my pinky, ring finger, and half of my palm, is numb and weak. It used to be occasional and now it's constant. It makes it hard to get a grip on things, and I have dropped dished, for example, because I can't feel or grip.

Is this urgent? I have an appointment in two weeks. Do I need to go in sooner?

Also, can anything be done? Will it continue to spread?

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   Posted 4/26/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I probably am not going to be much help. But I think you could wait until your appointment to mention it to the doctor unless it gets worse. If it is your left hand, I would be more concerned than it it were your right. Incase of stroke or something. But if you are concerned, call the doctor's office and mention it to them and see what they say. I often have trouble hanging on to things also. But I figure mine is just the fibro. But like I say, if this is really concerning to you, call your doctor's office and mention it to them to be on the safe side.

I hope that it goes away and that you start feeling better soon.

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Sherrine
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   Posted 4/26/2010 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Futurama, and welcome!  This sounds like a pinched nerve.  We have nerves that run down into the hand that can get pinched at the wrist, elbow, etc.  This sounds a little like carpal tunnel but it is affecting other parts of the hand.  I'm glad you are seeing your doctor so  you can discuss this this him/her.  We aren't doctors here but it doesn't sound serious.  But, if it starts to get worse, see if you can see the doctor earlier.
 
I hope this starts to feel better.  I had something similar and it was carpal tunnel but it disappeared as fast as it came.
 
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   Posted 4/26/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, it also sounds like something I had going on a few years ago.  It turned out to be the begining of tendonitis.  My chiro figured it out.  Are you doing anything that is repetitive using that hand?  Mine was from cleaning horse stalls and shaking out the "good" shavings.  I wore a brace ONLY when I was in the barn and it went away.
 
Like the others said, if it gets worse or is really worrying you call the doc sooner.  Good Luck
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   Posted 4/26/2010 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I have something similiar to this most all of the time. My hand gets numb and I have a hard time opening things with both hands, but mostly my left. Lifting or opening most anything is painful or I feel weakness in my hands. I have mentioned it to the doctors and they don't really respond. I just feel it's part of the Fibro. I do have to be extremely careful when cooking or getting things out of the oven, as I have come very close to dropping things.

Futurama91
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   Posted 4/26/2010 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your responses. It's not from repetitive motion, like carpal tunnel or tendinitis, because this is my non-dominant hand, my left hand.

A pinched nerve? Hmmm. Does that hurt? This doesn't hurt, my hand is numb and I have no strength in it. Even if I try to grab stuff with it, it doesn't work. I can move it, but there's no strength.

The feeling seems to be moving up my wrist a little. I don't know what to think.

Futurama91
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   Posted 4/26/2010 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
It's A New Day, I totally understand. It's scary to cook. I looked it up on WebMD and it said it could be from fibro. So, I figure it's just one more symptom of this awful condition.

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   Posted 4/27/2010 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
When I had carpal tunnel, I had no strength in my hands and arms.  I couldn't even open a jar.  It was really bad but it went away.
 
Your description sounds like the ulnar nerve is being pinched.  I'm not a doctor but that would be my guess.  Below is a link showing where the numbness would be.  This is an orthopedic site.  Now, mind you, I had a pinched median nerve causing the carpal tunnel.  Actually it was inflammed, swelled and then caused the pain.  Ibuprofen with food helped alleviate the pain but it did take nearly a year for it all to go away.   I have absolutely no problem now so try not to worry.  Your doctor should be able to help you.
 
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 4/27/2010 5:17:28 AM (GMT-6)


Futurama91
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   Posted 4/29/2010 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine, I think you're onto something! Thanks!
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