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Needles in the hands?

Asked by edzacktly (24points) December 3rd, 2008

When I got to work this morning, my hands started itching, and then stinging like little needles were stabbing them—but not the vague, numb, “pins and needles” of poor circulation. It was really uncomfortable. It lasted maybe 8 minutes, then began to fade. This has happened once before, a couple months ago. Is this something I should be concerned about? Neurological? I’ve had an MRI recently (July), because of an unrelated problem, and no one noticed anything out of the ordinary.

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cookieman's avatar

Could be a sign of neuropathy.

This is common in diabetics. Are you diabetic?
If you are not, but are:
• Overweight
• Urinating a lot
• Losing weight quickly
• Always thirsty
• Having blurry vision
• Feeling lightheaded

You may have developed diabetes. Have your doctor do a simple blood test.

gailcalled's avatar

Was it cold outside and were you not wearing gloves? MIld frostbite can cause those symptoms. Were your fingers discolored?

Check out also, Raynaud’s‘s_phenomenon

edzacktly's avatar

It is cold out, but not frostbite cold, and I kept my hands in my pockets. My fingers look fine and the sensation was concentrated on the sides of my hand.

As for diabetes, it’s a lead. I’m 23 and I exercise regularly, but I smoked daily for a few years.

Thanks for the tips, everyone!

steelmarket's avatar

If the needles began when you started working on your computer, it could be a sign that you are not sitting and using your hands in an ergonomically correct manner.

tonedef's avatar

Oh, steel, good call. @edzackly, are you typing correctly? This could also be the early stages of Carpal Tunnel. Our great grandparents had the Great Depression, grandma had WW2, our parents had Vietnam, and so I guess this is our cross to bear. Instant messenger-induced carpal tunnel syndrome.

edzacktly's avatar

I’ll have you know, Mr. tonedef, that I do more in my werkbox than chat with you on instant messenger. Actually, on both occasions it started while I was standing.

I’ll keep an eye on it.

basp's avatar

That used to happen to my hands a lot income weather. Even if it isn’t ‘frostbite cold’. I guess maybe my hands are just sensitive to cold weather.
The problem was resolved when I took up residence in california.

edzacktly's avatar

This answer is the one I most want to hear, so it’s the right one.

scamp's avatar

I suggest you take a three week vacation in a tropical place and do no work whatsoever. Oh yeah, it should be with pay also. Tell your boss you have an unknoown condition and you must rest your hands completely. That’s to keep the symptoms from returning.

I hope your problem gets better soon, and you find the answer you are looking for. Hopefully it will be nothing much to worry about since it hasn’t happened much or lasted long.

edzacktly's avatar

Hahaha. YES.

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