My left hand has pins and needles during my sleep, how to get rid of it?

@emily7339 (1338)
Malaysia
April 20, 2013 12:21am CST
I notice there is a soft lump near outer part of my left elbow sometime ago . It is about 1.5cm but I am not very sure. I could see and feel the lump. I did consulted a doctor and he told me it could possibly a Tennis Elbow. He told me there is no need to operate at this moment . But, I used to have pins and needles on my left hand during my sleep especially all the left fingers. I could not sleep well due to this sensation . Besides that, I felt pain when I asserted some strength to rinse the table cloth or mopping the floor. And I could not carry heavy stuff in the house . Please share your experience on how to get rid of the problem, if any OR your valuable knowledge concerning this shall be very much appreciated…
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@alpha9180 (301)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
The term tennis elbow, is used rather loosely to refer to any pain along the outside of the elbow joint; more specifically, it refers to a partial tearing and inflammation of the tendon that link the forearm muscles to the elbow. The pain is caused by the combination of tight gripping and rotary movement used in tennis. Treatment usually consist of rest, icing the area, and taking aspirin. Surgery is rarely needed.
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@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
Hi alpha9180, Thank you for giving me your valuable information. Yeah, probably there are some tears on my tendon as I felt pain on the area prior to the appearing of the soft lump at the place. I did had a little massage done on my elbow for the pain before. However, the pain has grew ever since and I stopped the massage only to find out that there is a soft lump after sometime . I now recalled that my doctor did mentioned to me about taking medication to rid off the pain. But I hope I do not need to resort to that stage as I hate to take medication . I may need to rest my hand as much as possible but I do not think that is feasible as I need to do my house chores unless my hubby takes over the task .
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@mariaperalta (19074)
• Mexico
20 Apr 13
I had funny feeling in my left hand and arm. Went to the dr. it was high blood pressure. Im on meds. now for it. get it checked out.
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• Mexico
20 Apr 13
Yes, it wont hurt to get it checked. id go as soon as monday. Good luck with that.
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@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
Thank you for your advice. I will surely take heed, find time to have it done.
@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
Oh, that is alarming as I have not been doing my routine medical check for many years . Probably it is the time for me to go for it . Having high blood pressure is something need to be well taken care of. I hope you are managing well
@celticeagle (139731)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Apr 13
It could be a pinched nerve. I am rather surprised that the doctor didn't think of that too. I think you should see a different doctor. Get a second opinion. With what you have expressed here I would definitely look into it.
@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
Thank you for reminding me to seek second opinion. I guess this is a good idea . If it is a pinched nerve, which means it affects my blood circulation and thus causing the numbness in my hand. Sometimes the pins and needles could be a little painful on the fingers as well .
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@celticeagle (139731)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Apr 13
I'm no professional but it really does sound like a pinched nerve. I can't believe the other doctor didn't look into it more.
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@bunnybon7 (51348)
• Holiday, Florida
20 Apr 13
sadly i think it never goes away without surgery
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@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
If that is the last resort, then I may have no other choice . However, as long as it could solve my pins and needle problem I may go for it . So, I think it is good to have second opinion. Thanks for your respond !
@dream_ozn (1754)
• Singapore
20 Apr 13
Hey emily, your condition seems really bad. If you have seen the doctor and he says that there is no need to operate at this moment, then i think there's no need to worry about it now. however, did the doctor give u any instructions about how to deal with the pain and the pins and needles that you are feeling? ' I really hope you get well soon
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@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
Yes, the doctor said not alarming at this stage and do not need to be operated on. And he taught me to do some exercises for this problem . But, the symptom still persists. It has been like this for quite some time already. Sometimes I will be awaken from sleep due to this pins and needles and fingers gettting some numbness kind of sensation for a while .
@Pegasus72 (1898)
20 Apr 13
I have had pins and needles before while sleeping and usually just changing my position takes care of it, but with it happening during the day you might want to be seen by the Dr. again.
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@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
So far this symptom happens only in the night while I am sleeping. Perhaps, I need to try changing my position of sleep and see if it helps . Thank you for your sharing !
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@Pegasus72 (1898)
27 Apr 13
Hope it works for you.
@zandi458 (28104)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
I may not have experienced that pins and needles on my hands but one of my fingers on my left hand feel numb and lost its springy strength. When bend it could not return to its original position unaided. And sometimes during my sleep I am awaken due to severe leg cramp. The pain worsened when I eat the wrong stuff like beef or seafood. My knees gave me a lot of pain to the extent of me walking with a limp and sometimes I could hardly stand up from my seat. My blood test showed that I have high uric acid. So I controlled my food intake and took only juices and rice broth and even bought a machine for alkaline water. After drinking alkaline water everyday the pain disappeared like I never had before. Maybe your case is different from mine but no harm in temporary switching your diet to take more fruit juices daily.
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@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
I do have leg cramp occasionally as well. It usually happen during cold weather. So, I would need to keep my leg warm throughout the night to avoid the leg cramp . Well, it is good to know alkaline water does help to relieve your knee pain . I will try to include more fruit juices in my diet daily. Thank you for your valuable sharing !
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@bellis716 (4799)
• United States
22 Apr 13
When I said that I have simliar symptome, I forgot to say that I do not have the lump, only the tingling, pain and lack of strength.
@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
22 Apr 13
Oh, I get you now . My sister also having same symptom as you without the lump. She hurt her left shoulder some time ago and now used to have numbness in her left hand .
@bellis716 (4799)
• United States
22 Apr 13
My best advice would would be to go back to the doctor and make sure you tell him all the symptoms, when they occur, when they first occured and how long they last. It would probably be wise to make a list prior to to the appointment. I have similar symptoms which are caused by my MS, we believe. Hhowever, there are a multiple of conditions that cause similar symptoms. Go back to the doctor. If you are still not satisfied, get a 2nd opinion.
@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
22 Apr 13
I did inform my first doctor about my symptoms . However, he advise me to see him for medication if symptom becoming more severe . So, I decided not to see him until I get a second opinion. Thank you for your advice !
@jaiho2009 (39159)
• Philippines
21 Apr 13
Guess you need to have a second opinion from another doctor regarding this matter. I am sure there is a better explanation why you are feeling those pain and it is best to have it checked the soonest possible before it get worst.
@jaiho2009 (39159)
• Philippines
22 Apr 13
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@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
22 Apr 13
I absolutely agree to what you have shared. I will arrange for a second opinion from another doctor . It is not a good feeling having that pins and needles. Thanks jaiho, for your advice !
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@jenny1015 (13367)
• Philippines
22 Apr 13
Have you tried seeking medical advice? A doctor should be able to perform tests on it so that you would know exactly what is wrong.
@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
26 Apr 13
Yes, I did consulted a doctor and he told me no need of operation . If it is unbearable to visit him again and he will prescribe medication for me .
@JohnRok1 (2051)
11 Dec 14
I had a ganglion on my left wrist in my late twenties, which they got rid of with a cortisol injection, though often a sharp whack with the edge of a ruler can disperse it.
@joizee (502)
• Philippines
20 Apr 13
I guess you're a lefty because overusing the dominant arm usually causes Tennis Elbow. Since overuse is the cause better find time to rest for a while or give righty a chance to do the work for you, if possible. Drink pain relievers, ice pack it, and AVOID heavy massaging. Soft touches in placing topical relievers to alleviate the pain. Then if you're back on the game, try arm bandages, avoid tight gripping and pay attention to where it hurts so you can avoid it and discuss it better with your doctor on your next appointment. Good luck emily ;)
@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 13
I am actually a righ-handed person. I seldom use my left hand except when doing house chore, I exert a lot of strength to rinse the mop in the past years. As you have shared, overusing the dominant arm could be the main reason that my tendon got hurt . I have avoided the massaging some time ago and probably I needed to go for a second opinion . Thanks joizee, for your valuable advice and I will take heed of them .
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