Are you worried about your Numbness in Hands?
Numbness can be symptom of a disease that affects the bodies nerves, like diabetes, a condition characterised by high blood sugar levels, that if not monitored or managed correctly can result in nerve damage. Other chronic conditions that could be responsible are alcohol dependence, amyloidosis or multiple sclerosis. If you are experiencing numbness confined to the extremities, such as the hands, feet, nipples, or facial features if could be Raynaud’s disease, a phenomenon that affects the blood circulation to the extremities. It causes severe pain, numbness, pins, and needles due to the reduce blood flow to the affected area, which will appear discoloured often very pale and white, but sometimes turning the tips of fingers red or bright blue. It is not normally a sign of serious problem and usually happens when exposed to the cold. Even infectious diseases such as syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease that could present asymptomatically, could be to blame. Your doctor will likely take a detailed history, discuss the circumstances surrounding the onset of your symptoms, examine your hands and if necessary, order tests to confirm a specific diagnosis.
Identifying the cause of numbness in your hands will be crucial to determining a course of treatment to alleviate your condition but there are things you could try at home that may help.
- Always wear thick, good quality gloves in cold weather to help keep your hands warm
- Maintain a healthy and balanced diet, making sure you are consuming enough foods rich in vitamin B-12, including meat, fish, fortified breakfast cereals and eggs
- If you are vegetarian or vegan it may be necessary to take vitamin tablets to boost your natural vitamin B-12 levels
- Attend regular sexual health screenings to detect asymptomatic STI’s
It can be worrying to experience a loss of sensation in your body if there is not an obvious cause for the numbness to occur, particularly if the symptoms are long lasting or severe. If numbness in your hands is affecting your ability to do things and therefore hinders your quality of life contact a doctor for a professional opinion. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you could be suffering a medical emergency, please seek immediate medical assistance.
- If you experience numbness accompanied by weakness or paralysis
- If you have a loss of sensation and feel dizzy, confused, and have trouble communicating, or a bad headache
- Alcohol use
- Brachial plexus injury
- Brain and nervous system conditions
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cervical spondylosis
- Chronic conditions
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cyst
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Infectious diseases
- Lyme disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Raynaud's disease
- Side effects of chemotherapy or HIV drugs
- Sjogren's syndrome
- Spinal cord injury
- Trauma or overuse injuries
- Treatment side effects
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency