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Old 09-11-2007, 05:51 AM   #1
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Pins and needles in hands

I've always had a low tolerance to cold, but a couple of times this year I've noticed pins and needles in my fingers when I've been outdoors on a cool day (below 20 degrees C). It's not been really cold yet so I'm a tad concerned.
In these conditions my hands look really yellow.
A hot drink usually sorts me out so I'm not worried that it's something very wrong, but I do find it odd that someone who exercises so much has such poor circulation.
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:52 AM   #2
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Re: Pins and needles in hands

Keep an eye out for hives...I had symptoms similar to what you're describing earlier this summer, burning/tingling/itching in my hands and feet after cold exposure. Got diagnosed (after a serious hives breakout sent me to the doctor) with cold urticaria.
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Old 09-11-2007, 10:21 AM   #3
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Re: Pins and needles in hands

It sounds like you might have Reynaud's Syndrome. Check out this link:

http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/raynaud/ar125fs.htm (w/f safe)

Most of the time it's a benign, if annoying condition. You might want to visit your doc just for a check-up, and to rule out an underlying cause.

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Old 09-11-2007, 07:49 PM   #4
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Re: Pins and needles in hands

Wow interesting stuff Susie, thanks for posting that!
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:49 AM   #5
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Re: Pins and needles in hands

I figured it might be that, Susie. One thing that is very noticeable, though, is how yellow my hands are! They look like smoker's hands, despite the fact I don't smoke. When I'm warm this isn't so noticeable but when I'm cold and the blood drains from them, they look almost jaundiced. Doesn't help that my calluses are orange!
I've read on the 'net that this may be a sign of low thyroid, but I was tested for that a couple of months ago and it came back normal.
I'd be extremely surprised if it was anything to do with my liver, too. It's really just my hands that are yellow.
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:45 AM   #6
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Re: Pins and needles in hands

Cal, you know if your innocent smoothies have carrot juice in them, that could be why your hands look yellow. My trainer was on a raw food/juice thing for quite some time, and his hands were orange. Check the beta-carotene content of your smoothies.

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Old 09-13-2007, 05:11 AM   #7
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Possibly. One of the smoothie varieties has carrot but I pick a different flavour every day (I like to get a variety of nutrients!). I do also eat carrots, but not excessively. But yesterday I read that broccoli has a lot of carotene in it and I eat a helluva lot of that!
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Old 09-13-2007, 05:18 AM   #8
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Double post. *frown*
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