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Painful Tingling and Numbness in Hands- Some Exercises that Help

Friday, January 27th, 2012



Frequent numbness in your hands and wrists, accompanied by painful tingling sensations can be annoying. It makes it hard to get your job done- if you sit at a computer or cash register, then you’ve probably experienced sore hands and wrists. Find out what causes hand numbness, and which exercises can relieve the pain.


Conditions that cause numbness and tingling in your hands

A number of health conditions may contribute to hand pain, tingling, and numbness.  Below are some of the most common causes:

  • PAINFUL TINGLING AND NUMBNESS IN HANDS- SOME EXERCISES THAT HELP, B12 PATCHRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic pain your joints, making it difficult to write, carry a plate, or button your clothes.  While RA can strike any of the bones in your body, it is most common in the joints in your hands and feet.  Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are stiffness, swelling, redness, and pain that come and go often.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pinched nerves in the wrist.  It is caused by repetitive hand movements used in sports, knitting, typing, writing, painting, and playing musical instruments.  Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are painful tingling, weakness, and numbness in the hand, wrist, and fingers.
  • Diabetes often destroys small blood vessels, causing damage to your nerves.  The result is neuropathic pain that usually strikes the hands and feet first, referred to as “stocking and glove” pain because it makes it difficult for diabetics to wear gloves and socks comfortably.
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency causes nerve pain that occurs in the hands, feet, and tongue. This is because vitamin B12 is essential for protecting the nervous system.  A deficiency in vitamin B12 causes symptoms like painful tingling, numbness, and soreness in the hands and feet.  Other kinds of pernicious anemia neuropathy include gait ataxia, sore, red tongue, altered taste perception, and burning mouth syndrome.

Balance your B12, Balance your Nerves


Exercises that relieve hand and wrist pain

PAINFUL TINGLING AND NUMBNESS IN HANDS- SOME EXERCISES THAT HELP, B12 PATCHHere are some hand and wrist exercises that are used to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen muscles.

Prayer stretch: Put your palms together and elbows out, as in a yoga prayer pose.  Lower your writs until you feel a gentle stretch, holding it for 5 seconds before returning to starting position.

Wrist flex: Extend your arm.  Gently bend your wrists downwards, flexing your wrist muscles gently, holding for 5 seconds before returning to starting position.  This may also be done with a tight fist.

Make a fist: Alternate between splaying out your fingers as wide as possible, holding for 5 seconds, and making a tight fist with your hand.

Bend your fingers: Put your hand up with your fingers together, as if motioning someone to stop.  Slowly bend the top two knuckles of your fingers down, excluding the thumb.

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Read more about painful tingling in the hands and feet symptoms

Myokymia is not a Hawaiian Island- Eyelid Twitching and Eye Spasms

Sore Burning Tongue, Dry Mouth, and Weird Tastes- What’s the Cause?

Painful Tingling in Hands and Feet- What’s Up with That?


Carpal tunnel syndrome

Physical Therapy: Hand/Wrist Exercises

Hand Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diabetes Pain

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Painful Tingling in Hands and Feet- What’s Up with That?

Monday, December 5th, 2011



Is painful tingling in your hands and feet rubbing you the wrong way? Do you suffer sharp, prickly tingling in your face, or fingers and toes? Chronic peripheral neuropathy causes numbness in your fingers, hands, feet, and toes- that feeling you get when your legs “fall asleep.”  Several diseases and conditions may cause neuropathic pain symptoms; the only way to treat the never-ending tingling in your hands and feet is to find out what’s causing it…


What causes annoying tingling in the hands and feet?

Pernicious anemia

One of the earliest symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency anemia is neuropathic pain- sufferers of vitamin B12 deficiency feel sharp, achy tingling in the hands and feet, numbness, “pins and needles,” or a painfully swollen tongue.  

Even if you eat sufficient food sources of vitamin B12 from meat, fish, and dairy sources, you might have dangerously low B12 levels.

Causes include autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal diseases or surgeries, drug interactions, or the inability to produce intrinsic factor in the stomach.  To find out if you have vitamin B12 deficiency, ask your physician for a vitamin B12 blood test- you might require vitamin B12 supplements.


What are the Symptoms of Pernicious Anemia- B12 deficiency?

Underactive thyroid

Hypothyroidism causes symptoms similar to vitamin B12 deficiency, like “brain fog,” fatigue, depression, muscular pain, and numbness or tingling in your hands and feet.

Sitting and standing

Sitting or standing for long periods without moving or taking a break- washing the dishes, standing by a register, or sitting at a computer for hours- can cause prickly tingling in your feet and legs.


Vitamin B12 Deficiency. Are you at Risk?

Striking a nerve

If you have suffered a head or neck injury, then you may experience numbness in your arms. Similarly, a lower-back injury could cause painful numbness in your legs.


If you’ve ever had the Chicken Pox, then you’re a candidate for shingles.  The herpes zoster virus appears around middle age, and causes neuropathic pain such as painful skin rash, itchiness, red blisters, and painful tingling and numbness.


Both frostbite and atherosclerosis (arterial plaque build-up) restrict blood supply to your extremities, causing severely painful numbness in toes, hands, feet, or fingers.

Nerve pressure

If you have suffered a herniated disk, then painful nerve pressure on your spine may cause tingling and numbness in legs.  Dilated blood vessels, scar tissue, infections, or tumors may also cause severe peripheral neuropathy.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome caused by constant repetitive motions, such as typing or knitting, causes aching in your hands, fingers, and wrists.


Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing feebleness, reduced motor control, trouble maintaining physical balance, and foot numbness.


One of the many symptoms of diabetes, a blood sugar disorder, included painful tingling sensations and numbness in the hands and feet.


People who experience frequent seizures, such as epileptic seizures, may experience dizziness, prickly “pins and needles” sensations in their hands, feet, arms, legs, or numbness in the face.


Stroke victims suffer loss of consciousness, speech slurs, disorientation, partial paralysis, numbness, and tingling on one side of the body.


Migraines with aura produce stroke-like symptoms such as sudden “gibberish” talk, visual distortions, facial numbness, feebleness, and mental confusion.

Transient ischemic attack (TIA),

A transient ischemic attack, or “mini-stroke,” may signal an oncoming stroke; symptoms include dizziness, mental confusion, balance problems, and numbness or tingling on one side of the body.


One of the symptoms of lupus autoimmune disorder is Raynaud’s phenomenon, which causes poor blood flow to your fingers and toes by constricting blood vessels.


Toxic poisoning

Exposure to toxic amounts of alcohol, lead, radiation therapy, seafood toxins, or tobacco may cause neuropathic damage, including painful numbness in arms or legs.

Animal or insect bite

If you’re bitten by an animal or insect (spider, tick), then you might experience symptoms such as prickly tingling and numbness in your fingers, toes, arms, or legs.

Read more about the symptoms of B12 deficiency:

Why do my Arms and Legs often Fall Asleep? B12 and Paresthesia

Tired of being Tired all the Time…It’s Tiring!


Tingling: Causes- Better Medicine

Numbness and tingling- Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia

NINDS paresthesia information page- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

What Is Atherosclerosis? NHLBI, NIH

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Chronic Depression, Chronic Pain- It’s All the Same, say Experts

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

It’s the stuff sad songs say so much, to quote Elton- that  indescribable physical pain brought on by heartbreak, social rejection and depression. Well, scientists today are saying that it’s not just a figment of our imagination; there actually is a link between chronic physical pain, including pain disorders such as fibromyalgia, and chronic depression, as reported in the Los Angeles Times.

Turns out, words hurt just as much as sticks and stones

New research, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, indicates that the same network of our brain which processes emotions such as depression and feelings of insult is also responsible for pain.  Just as a paper cut on our finger triggers a pain response in our nervous system, so do psychological wounds; physical social pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong, and serves as a useful evolutionary survival tool for survival.

Individuals who suffer from chronic depression often experience long-lasting sensitivity to pain, or fibromyalgia.

It’s what separates us, as uniquely social animals, from the rest of the animal kingdom.

Why your body can’t tell the difference between a car accident and a bad breakup

  • Researchers such as University of Toronto psychologist Geoff MacDonald have conducted studies explaining the correlation between hurt feelings and neuropathic pain.
  • The body’s response to feelings such as embarrassment, rejection or offense is very similar to the way one’s body responds to physical injuries such as cuts and bruises.
  • Stood up by an ex-heartthrob, jilted by somebody you thought you could trust? Your body goes right into that same fight or flight stress response which is supposed to be reserved for actual emergencies, like fires or car accidents. Heartache or headache- it all stems from the same part of the brain.
  • Dr. MacDonald’s experiments included subjects who described their feelings resulting from a particular social rejection; initially came a feeling of shock, which they associated with numbness, a temporary feeling of imperviousness to pain; once the shock wore down, the subject then described experiencing hurt feelings which were accompanied by physical pain.
  • In December of 2009, as published in Psychological Science, researchers documented a correlation between the pain-killing effects of acetaminophen and a reduced sensitivity to social rejection.

Physical health is just as important for our survival as mental health.

According to Dr. MacDonald and other scientists, the brain’s equating of neuropathic pain with chronic physical pain is a necessary function of evolution; to continue as a species, we must continue to protect our bodies from harm, while also cementing our social fabric because your nervous system is as dedicated to keeping your body intact as it is to keeping your social life in order.

For more about how vitamin B12 relates to depression and fibromyalgia, read:

Eating your Way out of Depression with B12

Male Depression on the Rise

How to Tell if Chronic Pain is Fibromyalgia: 18 Pressure Points


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