Have you ever felt left hand numbness and tingling left hands when you wake up? If so, it could be due to the wrong sleeping position. But actually, there are many more causes of tingling in the hands, especially the left hand numbness.
What are the causes of left hand numbness?
There are various causes of tingling left hand. Starting from the blood flow that is not smooth to a heart attack. Let’s look at the explanation below:
1. Poor blood flow
If your left hand is numb, it may be due to poor blood flow. This condition is not a disease, but a symptom.
For example, a vascular problem can affect the arteries and veins, causing impaired blood flow. This condition is often experienced by patients with diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and kidney failure, but can also occur due to injury and tumors.
In addition to numbness in your hands, you may also experience pain, swelling, discoloration of the fingertips, and cold hands and fingers.
Treatment for vascular disorders includes pressure wrap or surgery. The doctor will determine the treatment according to the cause.
2. Left Hand Fracture
Broken bones can also cause tingling in your left hand, if your left hand is broken. On the other hand, a feeling of numbness in the right hand will occur if the fracture is experienced by the right hand. In addition, pain and swelling can also occur.
For minor left hand fractures, a cast can aid in the healing process. But if the fracture is severe, surgery is needed to stabilize your bone position.
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3 . Left hand insect bite
There are a variety of reactions that can occur if you are bitten by an insect. One of them is numb hands.
First of all, calm yourself and do first aid to treat the wound. Wash the bite area with clean water and place a cold compress on it. You can also take antihistamine drugs to help relieve itching.
However, immediately see a doctor if an insect bite makes you experience shortness of breath, swelling (especially in the throat, lips and eyes), nausea, vomiting, fast heartbeat, and a feeling of floating like you want to pass out.
4. Left hand carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the conditions that causes tingling in the left hand. Apart from a tingling sensation, you can also experience pain.
This disease can occur if you work too much using your hands and fingers. For example, over time typing or writing.
If you feel that your left hand numbness is due to this syndrome, try to rest your hand for a moment. You can make a cold compress by using ice cubes wrapped in a cloth and placing it on your hand to reduce pain and swelling.
5. Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis or multiple sclerosis is a neurological disorder that can cause numbness of the left hand. You can also experience symptoms such as numbness in the legs, difficulty speaking, and difficulty concentrating.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain bursts or becomes blocked. This can cause numbness of the hands or feet, weakness, confusion, difficulty speaking, and paralysis on one side of the face.
If you or someone closest to you experiences these symptoms, go to the nearest hospital immediately. Stroke is classified as a serious medical condition that requires emergency treatment.
If treated late, a stroke can lead to complications such as permanent disability or death. Treatment for stroke generally includes administration of blood thinners, surgery, and post-stroke physiotherapy.
Read more: Stroke
7. Heart Attack
Apart from chest pain, shortness of breath, and cold sweats, a heart attack can also be characterized by numb left hand.
Just like a stroke, a heart attack requires immediate treatment. To prevent further damage, doctors will perform actions in the form of administering drugs and surgery. A cardiac rehabilitation program is also recommended to restore your heart function after an attack.
8. Hemiplegic migraine
Hemiplegic migraine is a rare type of migraine that can cause weakness on one side of the body. Not only one-sided headache, you can also experience numbness of the left hand, nausea, and sensitivity to light.
Handling for migraines is by administering drugs. Medical consultation is needed to determine the type of medicine that is suitable for your condition.
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Temporary numbness of the left hand is not a serious problem. However, if you feel numbness and you do not know what caused it, consult a doctor immediately. Call or Whatsapp us at 64762106 for an appointment with our Hand & Neuro specialist.