What Causes Hand Tingling
To determine what causes hand tingling, you have to talk to your doctor about the specifics of how it started. Does it affect both hands, does it affect one hand, is it intermittent or constant, is it persistent, did it start gradually, did it start suddenly, and does it wake you up at night?
The numbness and hand tingling you’re experiencing may be triggered by forcing the hand into one position for too long, a repetitive stress injury, or an injury to the neck or upper shoulder.
The technical term for hand tingling is paresthesia. So when you’re talking to your doctor and describing your symptoms, bring up this term so he will have a more medical term to work with rather than the vague description of “hand tingling”. Paresthesia can actually refer to tingling, burning, pricking, or numbness with no apparent cause or long-term consequence.
The good news is that parestheisa on the hands and feet is quite common. It can be the result of hyperventilation syndrome, often the open mouth of the disorder, or panic attacks frequently.
Hand tingling can also occur when there is a lot of pressure put on a nerve, and the pressure can inhibit the nerve’s function or stimulate it in a way that causes the nerve to effect the hands or feet. Withdrawing the pressure will usually relieve the sensation of hand numbness or tingling. The pins and needles feeling will get relieved gradually, however, usually within a matter of minutes or hours in severe cases.
A person that has chronic paresthesia outside of the temporary and common occurrences in the hands and feet is said to have some kind of problem with the functioning of their neurons. A neurologist should be sought out if the paresthesia starts to worsen or reduce everyday mobility.
In older people, the paresthesia can be cause by poor circulation throughout the limbs, hands, and feet, and it is a common result of having too much plaque in the arteries. Vascular disease is the culprit here.
Damage to the nerve like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome are also all related to paresthesia.
There are at least 100 causes of hand tingling. The list goes on and on. It is quite extensive. The good news is that it is transient in most cases. It is usually a discoverable cause like undue pressure on a nerve from sleeping on your hands the wrong way.
Other diseases that can cause hand tingling include hyperkalemia, hypothyroidism, Guillain-Barre syndrome, fybromyalgia, and celiac disease.
A nerve conduction study is usually done to figure out what the cause of the hand tingling is. A CT scan is sometimes done just to make sure.