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7 Specific Causes of Numbness in Hands – Facts You Should Know

Numbness in the hand is something that occurs a little often especially when there is a compression of the nerves in your arm or wrist. We may have gotten used to this numbness from compression of the nerves so often we don’t even care.

The thing is if you take into consideration the state of your health then you should be observant about the little changes in your body. The human body is one that can be afflicted with any type of ailment without exhibiting any symptoms.

So, apart from compression of the nerves, there are several other ailments that can cause the hands to go numb and these are ailments that could be more dangerous than imagined.

Any time you don’t feel any sensation in your hand, accompanied by a tingling feeling then is the time to keep track on what is really going on, as it could be diseases affecting the peripheral nerves. Numbness can be caused by the brain or spinal cord causing the hand to be weak.

Irritation, diabetes, can also cause numbness. Although they may not be life-threatening cases like strokes or tumour, there are still quite a number of causes of numbness and I will be sharing seven specific reasons for numbness in the hands in the duration of this article. 

Alcohol Disorder or Alcoholism

The leading cause of neuropathy or nerve damage according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is Long-term excessive consumption of alcohol. This causes numbness in your hands and legs allowing your muscles to be weak.

Long-term heavy drinkers are often suffers from numbness in fingertips. If you are the type that drinks more than four (4) drinks in a day, every day then you should consider yourself an alcoholic. You might want to stop or reduce the intake so as to reduce the propensity to catch numbness in the hands or legs.


Diabetes is another cause of numbness in the hands you should be wary about. Blurry vision, heart failure, kidney problem and hand numbness is among the symptoms of untreated diabetes.

Diabetes if left untreated can cause the nerve to damage thereby losing every sensation on the arm.


You might want to check yourself again or visit the doctor if there is no sensation in your arm, as this might be a sign of stroke. You may overlook the tendency of having a stroke but do you know that about 10% of all stroke victims are younger than 45 years of age and it doesn’t respect your fitness and physical level either.

Multiple Sclerosis

This is a disease in which your immune system attacks and eats away at the protective covering of nerve fibres of the brain and spinal cord. This is one cause of hand numbness that is difficult to get rid of as multiple sclerosis has no cure although treatment can help.

Women are twice more likely to suffer from multiple sclerosis than men. It most likely occurs anytime between the age of 20 and 30. Among numbness of the hands, symptoms like muscle weakness and blurry vision may develop. Multiple Sclerosis requires a medical diagnosis to know if you have it. Seeing a doctor for a lab test or imaging is a good step to know when you sense any numbness in the arm.

Lyme disease

The Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi. This is a condition gotten from a tick bite. 

Fatigues, chills, body aches, fever, skin rash, are all symptoms of Lyme disease. If the disease is left untreated the chances are the hand and limb experience numbness and joint pain at the later stage. The disease is spread by insects and requires a medical professional to diagnose and treat it.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury affects not just physically but emotionally as well. It feels as though all your being has no meaning. Damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.

Spinal cord injuries can cause the hand and limbs to become numb, in fact totally paralyzed. Symptoms of spinal cord injuries include bladder control, spasms, changes in sexual function, difficulty in breathing, and coughing, altered sensation amongst others.


Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a life-threatening condition that causes the human immune deficiency virus (HIV). The body is left with the inability to fight organism that causes diseases when in contact with the virus. It is contracted through unprotected sex, mother to child during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

This disease is one of the causes of numbness in the hand and limbs. Your body is prone to any kind of aliment at this stage; therefore, numbness is sure when contracted with the virus.

There are a number of causes of numbness in the hand but I decided to point out the few seven that are relatable. Numbness is not usually life-threatening but you should know what caused it so as to know what is going on with your health and how to treat it.

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