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YES. Numbness in my hands, especially when grasping objects for any length of time (knives, for example, or steering wheels, bike handles, etc).
Wearing wrist braces at night helps. I use these: Wrist Braces They take a bit of getting used to, but after a few weeks they are just part of the routine and I don't feel like I can sleep without them. They're not a cure but they make me capable of using my hands in the morning.
You can also do finger and wrist stretches. Basically putting your fingers against the edge of a table and pushing down to stretch out the tendons, then relaxing your wrists and keep pushing and stretching out the tendons in your wrists.
The numbness makes you think it's a circulation issue but it's not. I used to shake my hands trying to "get the blood flowing" and it would work -- but only because I was taking a break from grasping, not because I needed extra bloodflow.
I went to a specialist. Luckily I have health insurance through my wife.
He gave me injections in my wrists, but warned me that the injections can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 years. It's hard to tell. Most people end up getting the surgery within a year or two of being diagnosed.
That was about a year ago, and the numbness is back. It's getting worse. I will probably need the surgery. He said the surgery is very quick, effective, and low risk.
(for the record, I'm 41)
Do yourself a favor and buy a night brace on Amazon, I had to do it a few weeks ago as I was experiencing extremely similar pains. The brace will help put your hand/rest in a neutral position while you sleep. Your hand might feel stiff the first night or two but it passes. Make sure to do wrist/hand exercises now too! Rests and breaks are key!
Futuro Night Wrist Sleep Support, Moderate Stabilizing Support, Adjust to Fit [link]
That's a GREAT idea. I'm hitting up the Dollar Tree today.
Do you wear a brace? I have the most pain in my hands and wrists. My rheum suggested this & it's really helped. Also, these . The brace is sometimes impractical during the day, I mainly sleep in it on my right hand & in the glove on my left (cant' figure out why that's the best combo for me, but it works)
I had pain in my wrists when I started out. It's gone now but this is what I did to fix it:
That pretty much cleared it up, but I didn't have any serious pain or anything. Just the early onset of something nasty. Definitely take care of it now before it gets bad.
Pain is not good man. Pain is once there is serious inflammation in nerves and you may be facing serious nerve damage for the rest of your life if you don't see a doctor soon.
At the very least, please stretch after every match or our of DM. The adrenaline rush from CS may make some of the pain go away, so that is why it's a great idea to make stretching a habit.
To recover from my injury my doctor told me I needed to sleep with a wrist brace: [link] (She said that people sometimes sleep with their wrists at a 90* angle and that can cause unnecessary stress on your wrists when recovering from an injury)
I also found this over the counter ointment that really helped me out: [link]
I wear a wrist brace at night and try to not sleep on my hands if I can help it.