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Old 12-31-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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Im 24 and bust ass with usually no physical price but lately this is weird my hands have been falling asleep constantly and going numb esp when sleeping. Did some research and it seems to be carpel tunnel or poss some diabetic ailment but id highly doubt it...read that vibrating tools cause this...

Funny, the past 30 days i've done nothing but sand trim in a museum with the random orbit, belt, and a fein ...haha can anyone else add on this retarded phenomenon?
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:04 PM   #2
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it must be a retarded phenomenon indeed, because I've had it as well.

As I remember it, it was after doing a lot of hammering or having a trowel in my hand or using a sledge hammer a lot to split wood, etc.

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its symptoms of tendinitis that is becoming carpal tunnel...I have same issue from working with trowel and hammer at all times...I wake up with numb right hand and lost some of the movement in it.

It comes and goes,give your hand a rest and it should go away in about two weeks,giving you about 3-4 months break.
Thats what it does for me.
Going to surgery for it doesnt really make sense if you still planning to work in trades because carpal tunnel is re-occuring problem.

Good luck and Happy New Years(look after yourself in upcoming year).
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Oh man, I'm twice your age and paying for all the stupid stuff I did back then. Get yourself some anti-vibration gloves and see your body as an extension of the tool; that is, a tool that wears out.
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I have this problem also and have learned that staying hydrated helps a lot.
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I can't wait to see what those impact drivers are doing to guys in 25-30 years.
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I’m 32 and have arthritis is both hands from sanding. Do what you can now.
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Don't worry. It only gets worse from this point on.
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I'm early 50's knees and back. Knees mostly, back occasionally. Up and down ladders and flooring work will kill the knees. Not much you can do about it. Some of the other stuff can be controlled if you use your head. Lift with your legs and not your back and don't fall off of any roofs
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Most of my issues are from injuries, and working with injuries. Is what it is. If you don't bad knees, back and elbows don't do construction
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Here's something you should familiarize yourself with.

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Im 24 and bust ass with usually no physical price but lately this is weird my hands have been falling asleep constantly and going numb esp when sleeping. Did some research and it seems to be carpel tunnel or poss some diabetic ailment but id highly doubt it...read that vibrating tools cause this...

Funny, the past 30 days i've done nothing but sand trim in a museum with the random orbit, belt, and a fein ...haha can anyone else add on this retarded phenomenon?
Yup it's carpel tunnel, welcome to the club when you sleep one likes to curl up their hands and this curled hand makes them go numb more. So they sell splints to stop your hand from curling and this helps alot! I have learned to sleep without curling my hands But when it gets cold I still curl up. This is caused from mussels in your hand getting inflamed, swelling and pinching off a nerve causing this numbness. I've had my right hand fixed but still banging nails and it still goes numb What you need to start is buying hand friendly tools. Ie. try the Festool sander no vibration at all. Right Festool guys And the Titanium hammer ect. and the list goes on. Look on the bright side of you have a bad splinter in your hand and it needs cut out just wait for your hand to be numb and go for it putting your hands on ice after work helps a lot!
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I sleep in hand braces and the pain has left for the most part. Great advice.
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I had this when I was 23. Had it so bad needed to get surgery to relieve it and that worked. The other problem was I also worked with a few broken bones in my hand from a HS football injury. That was stupid. Also needed to have surgery to repair that, TWICE. It STILL hasn't worked. I still can't swing hammer without being brought to my knees. It is hard to pick up heavy objects, etc.

My advice, get a desk job!
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Scribbels> what do you mean with hand braces?

Because i have the same problem and i mened to do something about it. Even talkt with the doctor about surgery.

I would hate to leave the construction business.
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My advice, get a desk job!
Then he'll have numb hands and a huge gut.
You either work at work, or you'll have to workout after work.

Believe it or not, some people can handle physical labor for their working life.
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My wife has the same thing, she has a desk job. She has seen a few doctors, surgery seems the only sure fix but requires some down-time to recover obviously.

I had a similar issue, but I think it was back related: I went to the chiro and she fixed me. I have a few screwed-up disks in my back.

I think you should stick with what you love and makes you happy, but as others have said, your body will wear out. So, knowing that, try and be safe and take the extra steps to protect yourself and your body. I have so many friends that have really hurt themselves doing stupid, stupid things that they admit they never should've done. A good friend really injured his back by lifting a generator because it was faster than getting help or a lift. Needed surgery to correct and several weeks or no work, then very light work, etc.. Another fell off a roof, and the list goes on.

Please be careful, and in regard to the hands, try the less invasive first: gloves, ice, ibuprofen, chiropractor, etc. Happy New year and good luck.
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How's your neck and shoulders been feeling lately? Nerve pinched off up there can tranlate into numb hands also. I have a friend that had disc in his neck messed up and it finally got to the point that he kept dropping things from his hand without realizing it. He ended up with surgery and some metal in his neck.
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I am 27 and I use random orbital sanders and multi-tools on a daily and sometimes nightly basis, and I have the same issue. After prolonged use my hands will randomly go numb and tingle throughout most of the morning (must say this makes drinking my daily dose of java quite difficult at times).

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