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Old 06-17-2001, 03:07 AM   #1
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ummmm i got home from a friends around 11:30pm and my fingers have had this weird numb/tingling feeling for the past 3 hours or more its kinda bothering me cuz i haven't sat or laid on my arms wrong or anyting like that.

and i don't think its from playing on the computer or anything like that cuz it started before i been on teh computer all day

i was swimming quite a bit today (after volleyball with Elemental007 and other friends)
and have been in spa alot to so i dunno if its from that or what

anyone have any ideas what the hell is causing this?
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:10 AM   #2
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How much alcohol have you consumed?

I know how to cure it. Head butt a wall.
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:11 AM   #3
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3 words

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:15 AM   #4
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Three words....too much porn













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Old 06-17-2001, 03:15 AM   #5
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ok um no drugs or alcohol today just lots of pizza and dr. peppers

and no not porn....and it just started before i was even on the computer so im like urrrr wtf?
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:22 AM   #6
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome linkified for your viewing pleasure.

Basically if all of your fingers except your little finger are effected, you have it.
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:24 AM   #7
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thank ya much

but im still hoping its from playing volleyball and then swimming/being in spa from basically 4 oclock to 11:30ish(i even ate dinner in the spa)
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:28 AM   #8
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A semi quick-fix is to take Advil or a similar anti-inflammatory and see if that helps to releive the pressure.
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:38 AM   #9
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well it kinda feels like only one finger is unaffected but my pinky still has a tiny tinglining sensation but my thumbs have had no sensation so urrrrr

i thought u got carpal tunnel when ya were older i don't spend MASSIVE ammounts on the computer(if that is a possible cause)(im 17)

oh well thanks man...im going to bed if its still there in the mornign and i take advil and it doesn't work im gona freak out if nobody minds =)
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:43 AM   #10
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see a doctor man!
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:44 AM   #11
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id at least call one or something if it continued but its like ya know almost 4 am

and its been about 4 hours since this started.....imagine ur leg goes to sleep and gets that tingling feeling .....for 4 hours =P
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:48 AM   #12
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<< 3 words

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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Sluggo,

I was about to say the same thing. Numbness/tingling in the fingers (especially the thumb and first two fingers) is the most obvious warning sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

lowfatbaconboy,

How well can you feel with the finger(s) that you feel the symptoms most in? I had a nasty battle with CTS a few years ago when I worked at a lumberyard for the summer, and I lost all feeling in my thumb and first two fingers (and a little feeling in my ring finger). At its worst, I was able to stab a pin into my pointer finger without feeling it. Sound familiar? Get yourself checked out, or at the very least, take some precautions to prevent nerve damage.

Get yourself an MS Natural Keyboard (or one of the clones) if computer use is the leading cause of your symptoms. Pick up one of those mousepads with the gel pad to rest your wrist on, too. As Sluggo already stated, take an anti-inflammatory--600mg of ibuprofin (Advil) is what was prescribed for me.

CTS can be quite painful (and in extreme cases, debilitating), but it is also quite treatable. From your basic description, it sounds like that might be what's causing your numbness. You might want to purchase two cheapo wrist braces to wear at night (one of the worst times for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrom; 'incorrect' positioning of the hands while sleeping worsens the condition, and the pain seems to be at its worst at night since there are no other distractions).

In my case at least, the wrist braces, combined with ibuprofin (and finding a new job ), did wonders. I wore the braces for a month non-stop until the pain decreased, and then only wore them at night. I lost so much dexterity in my fingers (I used to paint model cars and planes with a single-hair brush, but with CTS I was unable to brush my teeth one-handed), but all of it came back since I caught it and began treatment so early.

If carpal tunnel syndrome is your problem, don't mess around with it. Treat it early, even if you only do it on your own, and you'll drastically reduce your chances of permanent nerve damage. You might also want to check out your &quot;workspace&quot; (the computer ) and see if you can re-position things to reduce the stress on your wrists.

Hope this helps...
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Old 06-17-2001, 03:55 AM   #13
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thanks alot guys =) really

its more of a tingling feeling than an numbness but i can't feel textures very well at the moment with my index and middle finger b/c i just feel the tingling when i touch stuff

im wondering if i hit my arms wrong in volleyball or something...wonder if i should stop playing that everyday with my friends(i been doing that for a week now)

and i do have a MS natural keyboard (hate the normal keybaords at school on which i have to do C++ programing so friggin frustrating)


edit: ibiprofen taken now i guess ill try not to sleep on my hands/arms incorrectly
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Old 06-17-2001, 04:02 AM   #14
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alrighty well night ill be back on if this continues in hte morning or....seeing a doc
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Old 06-17-2001, 04:26 AM   #15
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If what you are experiencing is carpal tunnel syndrome, I wouldn't cut out the volleyball or any other physical activity. CTS is caused by only a few very specific activities, none of which have anything to do with most sports. Just take it easy, and get some braces (or even Ace bandages, if you don't feel like shelling out the cash for braces) and secure your wrists for awhile. Keep in mind that CTS does not come from any single traumatic shock to the hands or wrists; instead, it builds up slowly...constant hand motion in the 'incorrect' position inflames the carpal tunnel, putting pressure on the nerve which causes the numbness, tingling, and pain (if it gets real bad, you'll be lucky enough to experience random twitching in your thumb and first three fingers ).

Since you already have a 'natural' keyboard, you might want to pick up one of those gel pads to rest your wrists on. Make sure your wrists are resting straight while you are working on the computer, and you should be fine. CTS is caused by rapid or repetitive movements while the hands are bent in an 'unnatural' position, which leads to the inflammation. By making sure that your hands are resting straight, reducing the stress on your wrists, you should be able to eliminate the numbness and regain the dexterity in your hands and fingers that you are used to.

It is fun to mess with friends and family by pushing needles or pins into your fingers without flinching, though. One of the fun benefits of carpal tunnel syndrome...
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Old 06-17-2001, 05:30 AM   #16
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Classic symptom of Thalium poisoning (Rat poison) :Q

Do your feet have a burning feeling as well ?
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Old 06-17-2001, 06:49 AM   #17
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that happened to me before. when i was in judo, sometimes i slap the mats wrong when i get flipped and my finger tingles really bad for a while. its just irriation to the nerves in your finger... it should go away after a while

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