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Old 07-28-2004, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default Why do my hands tingle all of a sudden?

My hands tingle for a couple of hours, on and off, the last few afternoons. It doesn't feel serious but it's annoying becuase my impulse response is to shake them, which draws stares from people. What is a common cause for this?
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Old 07-28-2004, 08:58 PM   #2
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Low potassium, maybe.
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:01 PM   #3
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I think back when I had low potassium I used to get a dizzy a lot from standing up.. Like almost to the point where I black out.. I usually had to hold on to something to keep me up. My hands rarely tingled though.. even though that could be it, I would go to the doctor and get a checkup on your blood.
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:02 PM   #4
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Try eating a banana and drinking some gatorade at lunch, and see if it stops. My old lady had this problem a few years back, and that's what the doctor told her to do. Worked.
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:02 PM   #5
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What do you do?
Maybe signs of carpel tunnel developing..

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Old 07-28-2004, 09:02 PM   #6
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Are you taking any anti-depression medication?
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:04 PM   #7
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No, I havent been on SSRIs in six months.
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:05 PM   #8
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Wanna strangle your boss?

Seriously, what do you do? Do you keep your hands elevated, you know raised above waist level all day?


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Old 07-28-2004, 09:07 PM   #9
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You might be pinching a nerve.
Do you have any habits - like propping your *elbow on your desk and leaning your chin on it?
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:09 PM   #10
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low blood sugar causes the nerves and the muscles around your hand to shake because they aren't getting any energy. If this happens at work it is probably because you eat a lot of snacks and drink a lot of coffee. Try eating more carbs, take some bread with you to work.
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:12 PM   #11
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My arms and chest used to tingle for quite some time. Apparently I forgot to take the pins out of shirt I had just purchased.
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:14 PM   #12
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Maybe signs of carpel tunnel developing..

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Old 07-28-2004, 09:16 PM   #13
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this is a reasonable guess.
Usually the tingling is only in the thumb, middle, and index finger and involves a "burning" pain.. Also, it usually isn't a time-based thing (Though it feels worse late at night, it's a continuing presence). The fact that he gets the tingling near the same time everyday makes me think that it's not the development of carpul tunnel.

EDIT: Though, the shaking to relive the tingling is something that alot of people with developing carpul tunnel do. I'd say go see a doc.
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:17 PM   #14
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low blood sugar causes the nerves and the muscles around your hand to shake because they aren't getting any energy. If this happens at work it is probably because you eat a lot of snacks and drink a lot of coffee. Try eating more carbs, take some bread with you to work.
By any chance do you know what you're talking about?
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:18 PM   #15
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Well I do drink a lot of coffee, maybe Aimster is right? Can anyone collaborate that? I don't think it's carpel tunnel, I don't do a lot of typing, I mean I do a lot but not as much as something like a typist, I work in supply chain IT and I'm constantly a computer but I'm not doing a lot of typing, just meetings/project management/etc.
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Well I do drink a lot of coffee, maybe Aimster is right? Can anyone collaborate that? I don't think it's carpel tunnel, I don't do a lot of typing, I mean I do a lot but not as much as something like a typist, I work in supply chain IT and I'm constantly a computer but I'm not doing a lot of typing, just meetings/project management/etc.
No, low blood sugar causes shakes, not tingling.
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Well I do drink a lot of coffee, maybe Aimster is right? Can anyone collaborate that? I don't think it's carpel tunnel, I don't do a lot of typing, I mean I do a lot but not as much as something like a typist, I work in supply chain IT and I'm constantly a computer but I'm not doing a lot of typing, just meetings/project management/etc.
No, low blood sugar causes shakes, not tingling.
Correct.
The coffee can be contributing to the shakiness as well.
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:26 PM   #18
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It's not a shake though. It's a tingling - that's involuntary. I shake (voluntarily) them because it makes the tingling go away for a few seconds.
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Are you an alcohol drinker beer?
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It's not a shake though. It's a tingling - that's involuntary. I shake (voluntarily) them because it makes the tingling go away for a few seconds.
Right. The tingling is a common symptom of low potassium, and the shaking to get rid of it is something commonly done to relieve the tingling brought on by developing carpul tunnel. My conclusion: Go to a doctor, get your blood tested, and get his/her opinion.
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Minimal. Maybe twice a week I'll go out, of those two times I'll probably get drunk one night and just tipsy the other.
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