Our expert says:
Numbness in the hands are often caused by a nerve being pinched - if on both sides it may be in your neck, due to a collapsed disc of the neck vertebrae. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the nerve to the hand is compressed in the wrist - this usually causes numbness at night when you sleep. The pain you get in your thumb may be due to an inflamed tendon ( you may be over-using this muscle in your daily work - like typing or knitting or baking) One should rather try and find the cause before just taking treatment, as you may need physiotherapy or you may need to see an orthopedic specialist or neurologist, so a good physical examination of the neck and arms by your GP would be the first step.
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