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Exercise worsens numbness in hands...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I have been having numbness/tingling problems in my hands for while now. Slowly getting worse, still in my hands just keeps lasting longer and longer. Now, whenever I exercise, the numbness and tingling gets to be unbearable. All I do is a simple walking workout (low back problems keep me from doing much else) but after a few minutes of repetitively swinging my arms, my hands go numb in a bad way.
I am still waiting to get an appt with a neurologist for a nerve conduction test and some other tests. My family practice doc isn't too sure it is carpal tunnel and is thinking it may be a problem somewhere up further my arm or neck.
I am wondering if it would be ok for me to keep working out through the numbness or if that could possibly make things worse.
Does anyone else have this problem with the numbess and tingling getting worse with extremely minimal exercise?



  • Hi Shauna,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. You may want to look at the video on cervical radiculopathy located on our site and also check out a dermatone map and see if any of the patterns seem familiar. Now as far as walking it is about the best exercise you could do for spine issues. I have the same issues with walking as you are describing. But I still need to walk, so in order to help that, i walk with a hoodie on and keep my arms in the pouch. It does help with the associated pain. You can also try ice on the area of the wrist the carpel tunnel nerve passes threw.

    Just wanted to stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Take care and keep us posted about what happens at you appointment.
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