Why is my left hand numb?
Numbness of the left hand (as, indeed, the right) can be caused by a variety of reasons, from just an uncomfortable position during sleep to serious diseases.Consider these reasons in more detail, and also explain what to do with numb hands.
Causes of hand numbness
Numbness of the upper extremities (both full and partial) can provoke osteochondrosis of the cervical spine. This disease also pulls along a whole chain of other extremely negative symptoms, including dizziness and headaches, fatigue and drowsiness, nausea, decreased attention and memory, apathy. With low blood pressure, the problem is only aggravated.
Numbness of the right or left hand due to osteochondrosis may occur due to compression of the spinal nerve. This is due to the formation of bony outgrowths in the vertebrae or due to protrusion of the intervertebral disk of the cervical spine, muscle spasm.
In some cases, numbness may occur when sharp turns / bends of the head or torso.
To cope with osteochondrosis is extremely difficult, but still real.The main thing is to tackle the problem at the stage of its inception, since the neglected disease is always more difficult to treat.
Hernia of the intervertebral disc can also cause numbness. In this disease, it is imperative to consult a neurologist. Often, treatment is prescribed in the form of surgery.
Often the reason why the left hand is numb is coronary heart disease, hypertension, and atherosclerosis of the vessels.
Sudden, as well as prolonged numbness of the left hand, can speak about pre-infarction condition, especially if it is accompanied by pain in the heart, a general deterioration of the condition. In this case, you must immediately contact the ambulance.
If numbness comes along with severe pain in the arm, then thrombosis of the great vessels of the arm may be suspected. In this case, you must also call an ambulance. If there is indeed a blockage of blood vessels, immediate hospitalization will be required for surgery, since this disease can cause tissue necrosis.
Severe physical overload, hypothermia, stress, even normal overeating can cause numbness of the left or right hand. In addition, the problem may occur due to intercostal neuralgia.She, in turn, appears for various reasons, but most often because of muscle spasm, for example, after sleeping in an uncomfortable position (they say “they lay down on the arm”) or because of a draft, a sharp awkward movement.
How to help yourself?
- In the case of cardiovascular diseases, you will have to undergo a good comprehensive treatment aimed at eliminating the source of the problem, supporting the heart, strengthening the blood vessels.
- For osteochondrosis and other diseases of the spine, special gymnastics, walks in the fresh air, self-massage, a visit to a chiropractor will help. Perhaps the neurologist will consider it necessary to prescribe you preparations for blood vessels, sedatives, prescribe physiotherapy, acupuncture. If you have hypotension, you will need to monitor your pressure, as its even lowering will contribute to negative symptoms, including numbness in the limbs.
- If the reason lies in neuralgia, then you can simply massage the numbed area and continue to follow the pose in which you sleep, the convenience of the bed. You should also avoid sudden movements, drafts, do gymnastics (suitable basic complex for morning exercises).