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Numb Hands
« on: May 04, 2010, 02:27:39 pm »
So after clawing my way up my wet project this weekend my hands took a little  more abuse than usual and  i have some pretty deep bruising on my wrist on the backs of my hands.  This, I can deal with.  But, all this chaos caused a couple fingers to go numb, they work fine but feel weird when I touch them. 

This ever happen to anybody?
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2010, 04:35:22 pm »
I'm not a Dr. and I'm not qualified to reply but I will anyway.  Early stages of carpul tunnel have similiar symptoms. I suspect whatever you did to your wrists is the culprit. That said I suspect the numbness will go away as swelling in your wrist goes away. There are a ton of vessels and ligiments all trying to fit and function in the tunnel. Doesn't take much inflamation to create an issue. Normal climbing is ok and may even help your condition. I'd stay away from routes like the one that caused this though.  My 2 cents.
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2010, 05:00:34 pm »
About two years ago, I was on some wicked sharp rock in Thailand and locked my right fingers into a really tight fingerlock.  I was cranking on it pretty hard, but it wasn't really painful or anything.  When I moved up though, my pinky and ring finger had gone numb.  It felt a lot like when my fingers go numb from cold; I couldn't feel what I was touching with those two fingers at all, except sort of a dull pressure in the fingers when I pressed them on something.  Anyway, they stayed pretty numb for a few months, and I gradually regained sensation in them.  Didn't do anything out of the ordinary, they just sorta got better.
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2010, 05:08:59 pm »
I am no Doctor either, but along Crazyt's suggestion, the numbness to me would suggest some kind of nerve issue, either inflamation or impingement of some sort. It should go away in a week or two, but if not, I would definitely take it up with your Dr. Since you suffered no symptoms leading up to this episode it sounds like you injured it in some way vs. something that might indicate a more serious condition.

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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2010, 05:09:49 pm »
Did you send that "excercise in Pain" yet Jon???
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2010, 05:16:04 pm »
Thanks Guys, makes me feel a bit better.  I'm a lifelong builder so I've had the usual numbness and overuse stuff, but this was a little different.  I'm valley bound in 3 weeks so I want to be as healthy as possible.

Chris, no dice.  I pinkpointed it 2 weekends ago and on sunday even with the humidity i hit the exit hold and greased off.  aahhhhaahhhhhhaahhhhh!!!!!!   I love this climb but I am getting a little sick of it.  A friend may be getting on it today, and a .13 gear climber buddy greased out of the top as well on his first go. 

Note: to self and others, don't bring a 5.13 climber to your 5.11 project!
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2010, 05:23:33 pm »
...i have some pretty deep bruising on my wrist on the backs of my hands.  This, I can deal with.  But, all this chaos caused a couple fingers to go numb, they work fine but feel weird when I touch them.

while this may be carpal tunnel related, it is most likely nerve related. IMNSHO you should not climb for a while, certainly not until any swelling on your wrists and hands goes down, perhaps not until the feeling returns. as someone who uses my hands for everything (music, computer, climbing, riding, etc.) I have experienced some problems and can tell you that you do NOT want to have this going on! it took some major changes ion how I do  things and how much I do things to resolve my problems - all directed by a specialist in Boston who specifically deals with musicians. I suggest using ice on the affected wrists, if you haven't already done that, take moderate amounts of Ibuprofen (with lots of water of course) to reduce inflammation and give your hands a rest!

if this does not resolve in a week or two I would got to your doctor.
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2010, 06:20:38 pm »
PU- LEASE - Why do guys climb ????  So as they dont get pumped when they wank- Geoffy at Arapiles '85

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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2010, 12:05:37 am »
The numbness is related to the dantiness of your hands.  Buy some nail polish remover, clean that shit off of your fingernails, and stop whining. 
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2010, 07:47:15 am »
  Note: to self and others, don't bring a 5.13 climber to your 5.11 project!

Damn...well I guess that counts me out.  ;D
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2010, 07:27:46 pm »
I didn't want to be a doctor so I became a nurse  ;D. You guys have it down that it was overuse that caused swelling (or bleeding) hence pinching the nerves and giving the numb sensation. My only problem with this is the bruising (aka bleeding). That combined with the numbness is cause for more attention. I know I am 4 days late to tell you to seek attention. Yet if your symptoms are unchanged or have worsened plese get it looked at. You can do alot of damage to the arteries in the hands that will...lets say...cause alot of trouble. If you haven't improved much, or at all, get them checked; it'll be worth the time.
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2010, 12:52:05 am »
I would say the same as above.  Im a wilderness medic.  When something hits you causing swelling its like an iceberg.  Some swelling occurs that you can see as a lump, but the other half pushes down.  Usually on muscle or fat so it is benin.  But in smaller areas like feet and hands it can cause nerve impingement giving you tingly or numb sensation.  If the fingers get cold, become discolored, or change in sensation you should deff go to a doctor.  It only takes a few hours in really bad cases to cause necrosis and a few days for sepsis to set in. If you do go to the ER they would probably x-ray it, give you ibuprofen, tell you to rest, ice, compress, elevate the hand, and give you a split to prevent further injury.  Probable diagnosis would be a contusion.  Takes anywhere from a week to two weeks to heal.

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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2010, 08:16:49 am »
no climbing last weekend but a few gym sessions, some ibuprofen, a bunch of beers and I almost have full topical feeling back.  I leave in 15 days, should be good and if not it can wait till I get back!  Thanks everybody!
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2010, 11:48:37 am »
You may have put pressure on a nerve that made it numb. The swelling could have pushed on a nerve. If the numbness doesn't go away with the swelling then you may want to see a doctor. I know numbness is a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome but I don't think it's that.
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Re: Numb Hands
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2010, 12:12:30 pm »
It was good and I have since reinjured it.  But, I think I'm back on my way to health again.  Thanks.
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