Hand numbness Specialist Singapore, Dr Chee said numb hands are a condition that results from nerve damage, irritation, or pressure on the nerve branching that runs in the hand. The main cause of numb hands is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a condition in which the median nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel (on the wrist) is pinched.
Hand numbness and paresthesias (tingling) that extend to the index finger, middle finger, and thumb, are typical symptoms of CTS. These symptoms can be felt by disappearing and the longer the intensity becomes more frequent.
Wrist structure, nerve damage, inflammation, and the work performed are factors that influence the occurrence of numb hands. This condition is more often experienced by women than men. In addition, health conditions such as menopause, obesity, thyroid disorders and kidney failure can increase a person’s risk of having numb hands.
Other Causes Hand Numbness
According to Hand Numbness Specialist, Dr Chee, hand numbness are not always caused by CTS. Some other conditions that can be the cause of numb hands, including:
Some neuropathy conditions have similarities with CTS, namely the presence of pressure on the ulnar or radial nerves that lie in the hand. This condition also raises numb hands. The difference is that the numb parts of the hands and fingers are numb. In neuropathy, numb hand symptoms are usually accompanied by paresthesias (tingling).
HIV infection, syphilis, leprosy, tumors, blood vessel abnormalities (for example stroke), and other conditions in the spinal cord have the potential to cause nerve stress. If this happens to the area around the neck, it can cause numb hands. Not only that, muscle weakness and decreased reflexes may also occur.
The condition of peripheral neuropathy can also cause numb hands. This condition is likely to arise due to alcohol consumption, diabetes mellitus, or old age. Generally, the symptoms of numb hands will be experienced continuously, sometimes accompanied by pain.
2. Vitamin B12 deficiency
Vitamin B12 can be obtained through consumption of animal products, such as eggs, meat, fish, chicken, and dairy products. Lack of vitamin B12 intake can be a cause of numb hands. In addition, you are also prone to experience paraesthesia, muscle weakness, and interference when walking.
Increasing age makes it more difficult for the body to absorb vitamin B12. Atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia, Crohn’s disease, and immune disorders such as lupus also cause impaired absorption of vitamin B12 making it more prone to deficiency.
3. Rheumatoid arthritis
Numb hands can be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease that results in joint pain. The swelling and pain in the joints will cause numbness, paresthesias, and a burning sensation in the hands.
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Fibromialgia is a musculoskeletal disorder that lasts for years. The main symptoms of this condition are pain accompanied by fatigue and mood disorders. Someone who has fibromialgia is prone to numb hands due to CTS. If this happens, surgery is needed to heal the numb hand that is experienced.
In addition to numb hands, you will also feel pain constantly on the hands and other body parts. Fibromyalgia also causes common symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, indigestion, sleep disorders, and depression.
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5. Myofacial pain syndrome
Myofacial pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition, this syndrome has symptoms similar to fibromialgia. Hand numbness that occur are often accompanied by pain and this condition cannot improve even after surgery. Even though the numb region is the hand, problems with myofacial pain syndrome originate in the neck and shoulders.
If you often experience numb hands, occur continuously, and interfere with your activities, consult Hand Numbness Specialist Singapore, Dr Chee for the right treatment. Call or whatsapp us at 64762106 for an appointment.