When you feel numbness in your hands, it means you are unable to feel anything. And sometimes, you experience pins-and-needles sensations in that particular hand or usually both hands.
Sometimes, it is not a cause for greater concern as some numbness goes on their own within a short period of time. However, there are medical reasons why you may be experiencing numbness and these require that you book an appointment with your family doctor. Let’s consider critically some of these conditions.
- It may be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
It is a condition that occurs as a result of a compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel—a narrow passageway that runs through the center of your wrist. Carpel tunnel syndrome causes numbness, pins-and-needles, tingling, and hand pain. People who are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome are those who are always working with their hands on a motion such as typing. In addition, pregnant women are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
- You Lack B vitamins
Living without B vitamins is extremely dangerous to people’s health. Living healthily means ensuring you take enough vitamin B. When you lack B vitamins, there is an absolute tendency of developing tingling and anemia. So most importantly, you ought to take enough vitamins B12 and B6 to avoid other complicated issues such as hallucination, your inability to sleep, and weakness.
- You probably are suffering from Diabetes
Another underlying cause of your numbness is that you are a diabetic patient. This can be hard to accept but it is the reality. Diabetes has a high risk of causing damage to the peripheral nerves. This happens when the blood vessels that carry blood to the peripheral nerves are damaged due to high blood sugar levels in your body. Initially, it starts with the feet and legs but as time goes on, it affects the arms and hands. This is called diabetic neuropathy.
- Alcohol Use Disorder
Excessive consumption of alcohol is nothing to write home about as it places an adverse threat to the nervous system. When taken in excess, it causes the hands and arms to go into numbness. People consuming alcohol in excess can also develop insomnia, nutritional deficiency, and weakness of the muscles.
- Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). When it affects it and proper treatment is not taken, it causes permanent damage to the brain. While symptoms depend on the affected nerves, the most common symptoms are numbness and tingling of the hands and legs.
- You Have a History of Stroke
Stroke is another underlying cause of numbness or the inability of the hands and legs to feel. People are liable to develop stroke when their body’s blood supply to different parts of the brain is reduced. As a result, it leads to the death of the cells of the brain. Other symptoms associated with stroke are that the individual will find it very difficult to walk, and may be suffering from a constant headache.
- Vasculitis (Inflammation of the Blood Vessels)
Vasculitis occurs when the blood vessels of the brain are inflamed. This damage of the blood vessels of the brain can lead to organ and tissue damage because of the inadequate supply of blood to those organs and tissues.
- It may be a Thyroid Disorder
As a part of the endocrine system, the thyroid plays an important role in the body of humans because it helps in the production of hormones which are released into the bloodstream so that they get to the cells of the body. But a shortage of thyroid glands which produce hormones (hypothyroidism) can damage nerves which send sensations to the arms and legs. This action leads to weakness, numbness, and tingling of the hands and legs.