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What causes tingling/numbness in both hands?

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Posted on Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Question: So, for a good 8 months or so I've been having a lot of tingling/numbness in both hands. The intensity varies, but it's almost always there. I've been to a couple of different neurologists and have done lots of blood tests, nerve conduction studies, etc. They've ruled out neuropathy, so they didn't find any sort of never damage in the arms/hands. They did test for this specifically because I do have a bit of neuropathy in my right leg. What's weird is that if I move my arm from a bent position where my bicep is kind of flexed to a straight position very quickly (almost as if punching), then I can feel the tingling shooting into my hand. It does this with both hands. Also, if I tap on the bottom side of my wrist I can feel it shooting into my hand as well. I'm not really sure what it could be at this point, and none of the Dr's I've been to have identified anything, but it's very irritating. I'd really like to figure something out so I can make it better.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Symptoms are suggestive of neuropathy.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your symptoms in detail, and they are suggestive of neuropathy of hand nerves.

I have noted that the nerve conduction studies have been done and they are normal. I assume that all the nerves (median, ulnar and radial) of hands have been tested.

Also, it is not uncommon to find normal nerve conduction studies report, even with significant symptoms, as in your case. So, the clinical picture is more important.

You would benefit from medications such as pregabalin or gabapentin capsules. Please discuss about my views with your treating doctor.

I hope my reply has helped you.

I would be pleased to answer, if you have any follow up queries or if you require any further information.
     
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Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX
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What causes tingling/numbness in both hands?

Brief Answer: Symptoms are suggestive of neuropathy. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query. I have noted your symptoms in detail, and they are suggestive of neuropathy of hand nerves. I have noted that the nerve conduction studies have been done and they are normal. I assume that all the nerves (median, ulnar and radial) of hands have been tested. Also, it is not uncommon to find normal nerve conduction studies report, even with significant symptoms, as in your case. So, the clinical picture is more important. You would benefit from medications such as pregabalin or gabapentin capsules. Please discuss about my views with your treating doctor. I hope my reply has helped you. I would be pleased to answer, if you have any follow up queries or if you require any further information. Best wishes, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX For DIRECT QUERY to me: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar My blog: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.com/