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    Losing feeling in hand?

    Just curious, do you guys ever lose feeling in your hands, just randomly? I was in the middle of class today and all of a sudden, my right hand went numb. I couldn't even take notes....it sucked some major ass. I ended up leaving class because I started experiencing some serious pain under my arm.

    Any ideas? Shitty thing is that my doctors and specialists are on the mainland, and no GP is going to be able to tell me what's going on, so I have to wait until December to go get myself checked out. If I have an idea of what it could be, I could go to Student Health Services here on campus and maybe give the GP some ideas of what to check out.

    Forgot to mention, I'm a T9. So my hands SHOULD NOT be affected by my injury.

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    That seems very weird. Do you think you might have a pinched nerve somewhere that somehow caused the numbness? Treat yourself to a good shoulder, neck and arm massage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiranA
    Just curious, do you guys ever lose feeling in your hands, just randomly? I was in the middle of class today and all of a sudden, my right hand went numb. I couldn't even take notes....it sucked some major ass. I ended up leaving class because I started experiencing some serious pain under my arm.

    Any ideas? Shitty thing is that my doctors and specialists are on the mainland, and no GP is going to be able to tell me what's going on, so I have to wait until December to go get myself checked out. If I have an idea of what it could be, I could go to Student Health Services here on campus and maybe give the GP some ideas of what to check out.

    Forgot to mention, I'm a T9. So my hands SHOULD NOT be affected by my injury.
    syrinx(SP), pain and numbness in hands are a symptom, any weakness. i would get checked out. unless you hurt your arm working out or something
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    Hey Kiran,
    Quote Originally Posted by KiranA
    Just curious, do you guys ever lose feeling in your hands, just randomly?

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    If I have an idea of what it could be, I could go to Student Health Services here on campus and maybe give the GP some ideas of what to check out.

    Forgot to mention, I'm a T9. So my hands SHOULD NOT be affected by my injury.
    Do you rest your elbows on:
    • arm rests
    • tables
    • anywhere?

    I have a similar problem (not always the whole hand) and you are correct about T9, ...there is the "ulnar" nerve that runs below the elbow which could contribute to the symptom. That would have to be confirmed by a electromyograph. Maybe SHS has the device on campus.
    I also notice it gets worse when I find myself curling my wrists while I sleep.

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    kiran, I'm a C6-7 guy so I lose strength in my grip...particularly my thumbs when it's cold outside....or inside. I cannot really grab things with the digital dexterity that I usually have until my hands get warm. You could just have experienced some repetitive strain disorder from keeping your shoulders, arms and hands in the same position too long. If it becomes a recurring problem, I'd see a doc. It's hard to know what it is or could be without doing a physical exam and running tests, but like Fu said a syrinx is always a possibility.

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    Sounds like ulner nerve to me as Kiran, any GP should be able to figure it out, even a really stupid one I really don't understand why everybody has such trouble with Dr.s I live in a town with a population of 15,000 & they have no problem figuring out my stuff, well the radioligist is a idiot but that's about the only one.

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    If I want a good SCI doc, I now have to travel 121 miles. Since my doc moved to the other side of the state, I am now suck with morons.

    Is there a particular side of your hand that is going numb?

    I had problems with tinglings in my hands, fingers/hand going numb, and at times digits 3-5 would curl up on their own. I was in PT at the time because of my SCI, so I asked if it was related to my injury. She checked me out and did an exam. It was traced to my neck and C8 nerve. I am a T12 injury, but because of tension in my neck, I was having hand problems. I am a student too and found I had a lot of stress from studying, writing, computer time, and body position that was causing my hand problems. Not carpal tunnel syndrome, but pinched nerve/tight muscle stuff. I was given some exercises and stretches to do that really helped with the problems.

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    kiran,
    Is your scoliosis advancing?
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    kiran, do you use a mouse a lot for the computer? i had a lot of problems wit my mouse hand going numb, i changed to a trackball ,no more problems..
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaoziSailor
    Hey Kiran,Do you rest your elbows on:
    • arm rests
    • tables
    • anywhere?
    I have a similar problem (not always the whole hand) and you are correct about T9, ...there is the "ulnar" nerve that runs below the elbow which could contribute to the symptom. That would have to be confirmed by a electromyograph. Maybe SHS has the device on campus.
    I also notice it gets worse when I find myself curling my wrists while I sleep.
    Ditto on the ulnar. When I lay on my right side in bed I'll often sit halfway up and lean on my right elbow. Give it 5 to 20 minutes and my entire hand goes numb. If you have to lean get something padded and don't put much weight on the elbow. If you stay off the leaning for a few days it should disappear and only reappear if you go back to elbow as weight bearing surface. Or you could have a ganglion cyst. I had one on my inner left wrist and it hurt like carpal tunnel from the comparison my hand doc made. An MRI is normally needed if you have thin wrists but as a T level an xray may pick it up. I had mine aspirated but others leave them to shrink on their own and still others need surgical removal. They used to be called Bible cysts because in the "old" days docs would smack the cyst with a big book to break it open...
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    Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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