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Old 06-06-05, 06:13 AM   #1
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Numbness on right side only

My girlfriend, who is pretty new to road cycling is loving her new bike. Everything is great except she is experiencing numbness down her right side only, most pronounced in her hand/arm). Yes, yes, it is a sign of a heart condition.. but she had a FULL physical 2 weeks ago before getting started on the bike and there is nothing wrong with her.

To me it seems like a fit issue, but we (us and the LBS) can't seem to isolate the problem. She seems comfortable everywhere else...

Anybody have a similar problem/solution?

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Old 06-06-05, 06:18 AM   #2
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you could try raising the handlebars-thats normally a good start -see if the problem goes away
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Sounds like you may need to experiment a little. Try these, one at a time:

1)Higher bar position
2)shorter stem
3)shift brake levers up/rotate bars slightly
4)raise nose of saddle
5) slide saddle back (or possibly forward) on rails slightly

Good luck! Hope it works out for her.
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I think a heart condition would be move indicative on her left (not right side).
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I think a heart condition would be move indicative on her left (not right side).
And you may possibly be quite right, but it is irrelevant to the thread - I specifically mentioned that so I wouldn't get medical related replies - I am pretty sure it is fit related
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i get numbness in my hand too. feels pretty uncomfortable. however, i believe mine is due to supporting my weight between my thumb and pointer finger. it doesn't go up the arm however. not sure what to do about it, but it helps to change hand positions often during longer rides.
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Old 06-06-05, 01:21 PM   #7
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Make sure you're comfortable with the medical checks first...

That being said, numbness all the way down the arm and through the hand is, in my experience, usually from a nerve compressed in through the shoulder. Consider all that's going on in the shoulder joint in terms of musculature and the nervous system, and you may have your culprit. When it's particularly bad I have to see my rheumatologist for a cortizone shot; before I go that route I schedule a couple of massages with a good sports massage therapist. Often that's enough to release the tension through the joint.

Also, there can be some referred numbness up the arm from nerves compressed through the hand (think carpal tunnel here). Move those hands around on the handlebars, and you might solve the problem.

Good luck...

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