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Please Help - Lost Feeling on Back of Hand

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  • Posted By: SunnyFL
  • March 25, 2009
  • 07:54 PM

I hope someone has some information on this, anything at all, because it's really starting to worry me.

About three weeks ago, I slept on a friend's couch. I must have slept in a funny position, on my right arm, because when I woke up, the whole arm was tingling right down to my fingertips. After about an hour, all the tingling went away, but to my horror, I discovered that I had almost no feeling on the back of my right hand. It's as if the whole area was injected with novacaine. The area affected starts about 1/2 inch up my index and middle fingers, and runs down to about half-way between my knuckles and my wrist. It's a somewhat circular patch (although not perfectly circular), a little smaller than a tennis ball's circumference. I expected it to go away, but it has not changed one bit for three weeks. What's odd is that I can sort of feel when the hairs in that area are touched, but not the skin itself. It's freaking me out. With no medical insurance, and little money, I'm trying to avoid having it worked up unless absolutely vital.

Anyone ever heard of this, or have any information or advice? Will it go away with time? All replies are more than welcome! Someone please help...

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  • Nobody has any idea what could be causing this? I looked all over online and all I could find was info on a possible pinched nerve, but as I understand it that should be a temporary problem. It hasn't changed one bit. I'm really getting discouraged. I just moved to a new area so I don't know any doctors around here, I have little money, no insurance. I just want to know if this is something that I can ignore, or if I need to get help. Anybody ever heard of this type of loss of feeling in a confined area?
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