I am Dr.Amita and I would be glad to assist you
For how long have you been having these sensations
Are these present only at time of knotting
Do you get these at night time
Do these sensations wake you up in night or early morning
During the last 2 years I have been in hospital a few times with Attrial Fibrilation and |I first felt restricted feeling in the tips of fingers about a year ago. Due to the heart condition my excellent GP usually asks about that and I have not until today thought to ask her about the pins& needles as I thought it was a side affect from me knitting but the sensation is now not only in the night, although it does often waken me in the very early hours, but is almost a constant pain
Thanks for the reply
You need to get this checked to rule out carpal tunnel syndrome.This is a condition where the median nerve which passes through the wrist gets compressed and causes abnormal sensations like pins and needles as well as pain in the fingers supplied by it
This can worsen by activities like knitting
To confirm the diagnosis your doctor can do some clinical tests and order other tests like nerve conduction study
Treatment can include use of splints to keep the wrist straight, use of certain medicines like Lyrica or Neurontin, injections into the wrist area and finally surgery to decompress the nerve
So I really should stop knitting and see my GP as soon as I can get an appointment, which will probably be in 3/4 weeks? Incidently I had surgery for carpel tunnell on my right wrist about 10 years ago but dont remember the same pins/needles pain that I now have
Yes you should stop knitting and have it checked.Pins and needles sensation is a common manifestation of carpal tunnel syndrome and two sides can have different symptoms.
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