Hand Numbness?

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   Posted 9/21/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else get hand numbness? I seem to get this alot. Im pretty sure its a symptom but I just want to make sure. I end up waking up early everyday because my hands fall asleep and therefore, I have to get up. Also when I am trying to do my school work.. Its hard for me to write because my hands fall asleep when I write too ! I wish I could stop this.
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   Posted 9/21/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   

I do get hand numbness and arm numbness.  Its aggravating, but never really thought about it being Lupus related until I found this forum.  and I still don't know if it is related to lupus or not.  So many things are Lupus related that I did not know about, that I would not try to second guess it myself.  Others on the forum probably knows better than I do if it is Lupus related.

I just wanted to respond to your post and tell you that I too have this numbness you speak of.

Hope your day has been good to you


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   Posted 9/21/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bigsanfer,
Yes, numbness is fairly common for us.  It can be the lupus, or something called neuropathy. I'd touch base with your rheumy and let them know what you're experiencing.  I get it too, and it's so annoying!!!
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   Posted 9/22/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have that problem, with the lupus attacking my nervous sytem. I have it in my hands, right arm and leg. I have to watch when I first stand up, because my leg may not want to move if it is numb. I figured that out about 3 years ago, I stood up from my pc and my leg wouldn't move. I was busy I had things to do so I keep trying to walk, I fell down instead. about 6 hours later I figured out that I had a problem with my foot. It turned out that I had broke my ankle in two places.
My Rhumy sent me to a nerve Dr. I had several test done and the neuropathy is spreading. There have been times that I couldn't move my fingers to pick up a pen. There are times that I will beat on my legs or hands to make sure they will work when I need them to.  
Fibro since 97, Lupus since 99, neuropathy and other nerve damage.
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   Posted 9/22/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
hmmmm... I have noticed here lately that I have a lot of numbness in my arms and legs when I am lying down, in addition to my feet and hands. I should have known it was caused by lupus.

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   Posted 9/22/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
me too! lucky things aren't we!
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   Posted 9/22/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I wear braces on my wrists whenever I lay down or sleep. I also have the numbness in my feet and my hands and arms. The braces help a LOT.

Do tell your rheumy *every* visit about your numbness. There are problems that will cause permanent damage to the muscles, so you don't want to ignore it. Each time you don't report a symptom . . . the doctor might assume it disappeared.


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   Posted 9/23/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I too, have the joy of numbness! Always in my left foot and hand...usually a strong tingle which can progress to loss of feeling. At times in my right hand and face. Neuro's just say neuropothy.

My rheumy, which I cherish, reviewed all of my tests that had been done previously, checked me thouroughly and prescribed rest.

I left her that day thinking that she didnt hear me or something! She did explain that my numbness was a result of a FM flare (I was having a tough bout w the lupus as well). The numbness was widespread and will become jerks/twitches. I was even having bladder control issues as well as tripping over my foot. Basically, my wiring is screwed up and signals are being crossed and misfiring.

Fortunately, the rest does help. It never takes away the "normal" sensation/lack of in my left hand & foot. It does help with the stuff that comes and goes.

As I sit here now, I can feel a spot on my face, begining to go....I now use that as my clue...I need to rest if I want to get up and walk with out tripping, peeing myself, poking myself in the face, wearing blisters on my foot, and twitching! Rest! It's a great thing when Im disciplined enough to do it!
31 year old mom of 1: SLE, UCTD, FM, Arthritis, Reynalds(?), Migraines, Alopecia, Neuropothy(L:Hand & Foot), Int. Bells Palsey, Costrocondritis(?), a bunch of other stuff I don't remember right now and even more labwork I dont understand! Patient at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.
 Plaquinil, Trazodone, Lidoderm, Percocet for now...I hate taking the meds!  Refusing any more Prednisone!

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