Why are my hands tingling and numb - what should I do to make it stop?

If you have ever awakened with your arm asleep, you know the weirdness of not feeling your hand and arm. You see your arm but you can’t feel it - it’s like it’s not even there.

Gradually, you feel the numbness fade as it is replaced by tingling. Within seconds to minutes, your full sensation returns and you can use your arm again.

Imagine if the numbness and tingling came and went, or worse - it never went away.

I had a patient (let’s call her Nancy) come into my office complaining about numbness and tingling in her forearm, wrist, and hand. It was so bad that “I can’t grip anything anymore and I keep dropping little things like paperclips at work. It’s so bad in the morning too because I wake up with my fists clenched - my hands are tingling so bad I could scream.”

Nancy was an office worker who spent 6 hours per day at her computer. She had been doing this type of work for over 20 years.

As I evaluated her, I discovered that she had...

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