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i have had numbness in my hands for about 2 years now.when im using my hands or writing on paper,doing dishes etc, they will start to go numb and i will have to stop and shake them for a minute to get the feeling back.ive been to my primary care physician and he diagnosed me with carpultunnel.i am wanted a second opinion because i do not believe that is what i have.i am only 28 years old and havent used my hands alot for work or anything so like i said im just looking for another opinion of what could be causing this.and treatment for it.
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Doctor: Dr. Sophie :: Medicine & Neurology, Doctor replied 8 years ago
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
the whole hand will get tingly and then numb,feels just like when your foot falls asleep, but its in the hands. when im using them.
Doctor: Dr. Sophie :: Medicine & Neurology, Doctor replied 8 years ago
If it is in the entire hand and it's on both sides, it does not sound like classic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) but I have seen many patients presenting the same way you describe.

The fact that your hands go numb when you do your usual activities, the numbness goes away or gets better when you shake your hands off sound like CTS.
Patients with CTS also often complain of hands going numb at night, in bed.

These symptoms can also be caused by cervical spine disease when the nerves in your neck are pinched. Yes, you are young but I have seen younger patients with pinched nerves in their necks.

All this combined with the problem you described in your other question a few minutes earlier about your neck pain, I would absolutely make sure you get a cervical spine MRI.

You also need to see a neurologist soon and get a nerve test called EMG and this will clarify whether you have CTS or not.

Hope this helps.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
thank you so i will definetely get this looked into
Doctor: Dr. Sophie :: Medicine & Neurology, Doctor replied 8 years ago
Please do.
Take good care.
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