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Pins and needles in hands and arms

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  • Posted By: LesleyH
  • April 16, 2009
  • 09:59 AM

I'm a fifty year old woman, I work in administration and use a computer most of the day. I have Hypothryroidisum and am taking and gradually reducing an antidepresent. I've recently given up smoking and have smoked on and off since the age of fifteen. My thyroid levels are normal. I am slightly anaemic at the time of my cycle as I suffer from heavy periods. My problem is as follows:

Pins and needles in arms and hands - cannot hold a phone up to my ear for longer than a few minutes.
Breathlessness on physical activity
Fatigue and muscle pain
Sleep problems - unable to sleep at night sometimes - over sleeping sometimes most of the day.
The thing that really bugs me most of all is the pins and needles. I've told my GP but they look at me puzzled and say its unusual to have pins and needles in both hands. That's as far as they go. What questions do I need to ask to prompt them into some action. I'm normally good at reading my own body. I feel that it's either a symptom of hypothyroid, blocked arteries or heart disease. I'm having problems getting a diagnosis and getting into the system to get treatment. Anyone have similar problems?


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  • Hello,I have pins and needles in both arms, and legs,feet. Do your hands fall asleep when holding the phone or driving? Could be Carpal Tunnel, pinched nerve in the neck or a bulging disc. The bulging disc would be found on an MRI. I had Carpal Tunnel in both hands. I am right handed but my left hand was actually worse which I was told was unusual. You can go to a neurologist or a orthopedic doctor/surgeon to determine both of these problems. Stephanie
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  • Thanks for your reply Stephanie. It drives you insane dosn't it. I have low level pins and needles all the time but it gets worse when I'm driving, drinking tea, talking on the phone and virtually anytime I raise my arms. It's funny though I don't seem to get it as bad when using the keyboard. I've learnt to push the keyboard right back so I can lay the whole of my forearm on the desk and use a wrist support to use the computer. Carpal tunnel may be the problem. Question one for the GP will be please test for carpal tunnel Lesley
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