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How long before numb hand goes away?

Old 07-15-11, 08:17 AM
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How long before numb hand goes away?

I got the dreaded numb hand syndrome in my left hand after upgrading my bike 45 days ago. I am making changes to fix this. I've changed handlebars, grips, and lowered my seat about a cm, all at seperate times, but my hand problem persists. I didn't ride at all for 3 days and the numbness didn't go away so I'm wondering how long it's going to take. How am I supposed to know if I've fixed the problem?!

I also had a strained neck problem and I fixed that with a higher rise stem. The problem went away immediately. That's the kind of feedback I like. Ha!

For those that have been through this, is there a rule of thumb for the symptoms to go away? Should I keep changing things or just chill?
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Old 07-15-11, 08:20 AM
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Sometimes my hands get numb during long rides from having them in the same position for too long. I would try moving them around frequently to see if the problem persists. Once you feel them going numb take them off the handle bars and give them a good shake and then try other hand positions.
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Entire hand? Yikes, go see a doc.

Sometimes when I move the brakes on the bars, and/or change the angle of the bars I can get a tingle in my little finger and the next one as well. I got some slight numbiness in those fingers and it took 2 or 3 months to resolve...Mostly I didn't notice it except for when I was in the shower with water hitting my entire hand....those 2 fingers just didn't feel the same
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Yeah, it should go away immediately after you get off the bike - sounds like you've got a pinched nerve. I've enjoyed this malady... Improving your fitness level and good stretching will go a long ways towards prevention in the future, but for now, you *may* need medical. I have had mixed results with chiropractic and pharmaceutical muscle relaxers, but ultimately it just took time. More than three days. If your fingers aren't cold or turning blue, it's mostly just annoying. Give it some time to resolve.
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Yeah, I'm moving the hand around a lot recently while riding and changing positions and all that. It's not the entire hand, just the little and ring fingers and they're not really numb-numb, just tingly all the time. I have a GF Mendota now and went from the Capital bar that came on it to the Elite Trekking bar https://www.bontrager.com/model/04996 which, besides getting rid of the pull back of the bars, also gives me the bull horns I can use to change positions to. On the Capital bars, I had the stock grips and moved to the Ergons with the trekking bar. Most recently I put on some Grab Ons which is what I had on my previous bike and liked pretty well. Now I have some Ourys ordered and am wondering if I should swap the trekking bar out for one of the Isozone bars. I just wish I knew if what I was doing already was doing any good
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Takes a few days if you're lucky. If the injury was more severe it can take several weeks to a couple months to really go away.

When it happened to me I made some similar changes that seemed to alleviate the problem on the bike but I also invested in some nice Specialized BG (BodyGlove) Pro gloves that have the padding specifically for the ulnar nerve because I really don't want it to happen again.
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My current favorite is Figure 8 bend trekking bars,
but since you have that investment ,
maybe a Ergon grip will help, with it's larger flattened surface

they need a reinforcement for Carbon Fiber bars,
which I suspect those are..

maybe a rubber only comfort grip with a wider flattish surface will help,
and cost less..
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