• gina louise26 gina louise26
    May 31, 2009
    why do my hands fall asleep so much
    gina louise26 gina louise26
    May 31, 2009

    I find my hands fall asleep so much even when I am doing things sometimes, like right now I feel tingling sensations in my hands while i am typing.  The act of holding a phone to my ear and holding my coffee cup is enough to make my hands tingle and fall asleep.  There has been some swelling in my fingers also, mostly in the morning but sometimes throughout the day too.  It worries me, i am only 26 and it makes me feel like there could be a problem here.  I have a history of heart disease and high blood pressure in my family so when my left hand and arm go numb on me i worry. what could it be

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    June 01, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 31, 2009

    A number of different things can cause numbness in your hands including a Vitamin B-12 deficiency (also called pernicious anemia), carpal tunnel syndrome, or a restriction in your neck, arms or pectoral muscles that interferes with blood circulation to your hands.  

     

    A simple blood test can determine whether you have a B-12 deficiency and your doctor can check to see if you have carpal tunnel or if there might be another cause for the numbness.  If you think it could be muscle restrictions, try some exercises that stretch your upper body.  Also, pay attention to your posture – particularly when you're sitting at the computer.  We tend to hunch our shoulders over and stick our necks forward, which can restrict both the neck and pectoral muscles. 

     

    I understand your concerns about possible heart problems since you have a family history of heart disease.  Although numb hands are not listed as a symptom of a heart attack, you're wise to be alert to the signs.  For future reference, here's a link to the warning signs of a heart attack in women:  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/actintime/haws/women.htm 


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