Category : Numbness

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fibromyalgia Numbness Pain

Ask a Doctor: Fibromyalgia

Hand surgeon Reid W. Draeger, MD answers your questions about fibromyalgia and how it may relate to the numbness in your hands.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes aches, pains, and tenderness all over the body. It is a long-term disorder that lasts for years or may even be lifelong. It is associated with fatigue and sleep problems. Fibromyalgia affects 2-4% of people. Women are affected more often than men, and it is most often diagnosed in middle age.

What causes fibromyalgia?

There are a number of theories about the causes of fibromyalgia, but no one is completely sure about the answer to this question. Researchers believe that a problem with the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) may be responsible for the condition. Fibromyalgia may run in families, but exact inheritance patterns are unclear. Though the pain experienced by people with fibromyalgia is real, it is not caused by an autoimmune, inflammation, muscle, or joint disorder.

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Why Are My Hands Numb?

There can be many different causes for numb hands. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is a condition involving a pinched nerve in the wrist, is one of the most common reasons. Typically, with this condition, you’ll feel numbness or tingling in thumb, index, middle and ring fingers.

Here are five other reasons your hands may be numb:

  1. Compression Neuropathy: This means there is pressure on a nerve, which can happen from an injury or other medical condition. In addition to numbness, it can cause weak or twitchy muscles. The location of the compressed nerve can vary, resulting in a variety of different symptoms. Learn more.
  2. Peripheral Neuropathy: This condition can commonly occur in people with diabetes, alcoholics, older individuals or individuals who were poisoned from metals or industrial compounds. It typically causes constant numbness in a general area.
  3. Fibromyalgia: This is a disorder that causes pain all over the body. People with this condition can be more likely than others to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which in turn may cause numb hands.
  4. Myofascial Pain Syndrome: This condition can be similar to Fibromyalgia. While the symptoms of pain are typically in the neck and shoulder, it can also cause numb hands and forearms.
  5. Medications: Cancer treatment drugs are an example of medication that can cause numbness and tingling in the hands.
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Arm Hand Numbness Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Advice from a Certified Hand Therapist: Can a T-Shirt Improve Posture and Help Treat Arm Pain?

Are you someone who suffers from thoracic outlet syndrome and has arm pain? Perhaps this special t-shirt is for you!

Arm pain and tingling is a common symptom of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). TOS is a term used to describe compression in the space between the collarbone and the first rib. Other symptoms include numbness in the arm and hand, pain and aches in the neck, shoulder or hand and arm fatigue with activity. While the cause of TOS is compression, the cause of the compression can be due to a number of factors. One common offender is poor posture. The posture that is often associated with TOS is drooping or rounded shoulders and holding the head in a forward position.

TOS is often treated with rehabilitation, medication and sometimes surgery. During rehabilitation treatment, an emphasis is placed on improving posture through exercises, stretches and use of athletic taping techniques. Taping provides support and gentle feedback to guide the shoulder into a better position. A more recent development is a t-shirt that mimics the taping technology and accomplishes a similar effect with greater ease.

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