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    Question Numbness in Hands and Forearms

    I have been bodybuilding for a little over a year now. I "lifted weights" in high school, but that was a long time ago. Anyway, since lifting weights, the last 4 or 5 months, I have had a numbness in my hands. It is mainly in my left hand and forearm. This ussually occurs when my arms are at my sides (standing, sitting, or lying down). If I move my arms slightly outward from my side, the numbness goes away amost imediately. If I sleep with my arms on top of the covers (I sleep on my back) then it tend to minimize the numbness. It is not painful or anything, it is more of a discomfort.

    Is this common? I do cardio 4 to 5 times a week (in the morning before I eat). My blood pressure is 121/88 (that is what it was when I donated blood this morning). So I do not feel it is circulation or blood pressure related. Seems like more of a neurve (sp) issue. Comments?

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    You could have a pinched nerve or be suffering from CTS.
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    Originally posted by BabsieGirl
    You could have a pinched nerve or be suffering from CTS.
    Am I sick ?

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    Do you have pain, swelling or inflammation in your hand and forearm?

    Generally, people who suffer from CTS often complain of an aching pain the upper arm or forearm, accompanied by tingling and numbness or weakness in the thumb, index, middle or ring fingers. Often, the symptoms get more severe at nihgt causing the people who suffer from CTS to wake from a deep sleep with a burning sensation in their hand(s).

    These people also complain that everyday activities like holding pen or picking things up become more and more difficult.

    This is only a suggestion and should not be taken as medical advice. You should medical advice/opinion from your physician.

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    I don´t feel pain just numbness like Phred said when my arms are just standing or at night if I sleep over my arms (I guess that is normal) I feel a burn sensation in my hand. Right now, while I am typing I feel numbness in my arms so I have to shake them for a while.

    What is the worst case scenario ?

    Thanks Babsie.

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    If you sleep over your arms? You mean, using them sorta like a pillow?

    If so, you're cutting the circulation off which will cause them to turn numb where if you were to pinch yourself. You wouldn't feel anything.

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    Originally posted by BabsieGirl
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    I do not have any swelling or pain per se. It is more of a discomfort that goes away rather quickly if I move my arms out a little. What is CTS? Is it like thoracic outlet syndrome? TOS is where the thoracic nerve is compressed in the armpit area (usually caused by swelling or inflamation of the thoracic outlet.

    I am trying to figure out if this is a common pain experienced by bodybuilders. Or if it is something I need to have looked at by a doctor. I seemed to recall having similar pains in HS when I weight lifted then.

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    Originally posted by Phred
    It is more of a discomfort that goes away rather quickly if I move my arms out a little.
    Exactly, that is what I have.

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    Vieope, sounds like CTS. Phred, go to a doc. these are not common symptoms for a BB. You may have anything from a very atypical carpal tunnel (i doubt this) to thoracic outlet syndrome (this nerve and blood vessels can be pinched due to an extra rib, overdeveloped scalene muscle, clavicular deformity and of course, anything in the axillar ie: lymph node that can press on the exiting of the neurvascular bundle) to ulnar tunnel syndrome to neck problem.. just go see a doc.
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    thx folr the replies. I will set up a Doc visit.

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    Thanks bandaidwoman
    I know that Babsie said that I can´t die from it.
    What is the worst thing that might happen ?


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    Originally posted by Vieope
    Thanks bandaidwoman
    I know that Babsie said that I can´t die from it.
    What is the worst thing that might happen ?

    The carpal nerve gets compressed to the point where you induce neuropraxia, temporary "death" of the nerve and that's why Babsie said you might start dropping things, you'll lose your grip strenght, etc and have to have surgery to decompress the nerve. Then it can take up to 6 months to a year for the damaged median nerve to "recover". That' s the worst case scenario.
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    Bump on this

    My legs, feet, and hands often go numb/tingle and I am pretty used to it but just now my left hand cramped up went numb and sort of "stuck" in an awkward position and I had to move it back to normal w. my other hand.. it freaked me out a little bit

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