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Numbness of Hands, Painful Abdominal Cramps

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Hi everyone,

last night something very strange happened to my boyfriend. He was complaining of a "gas bubble" in his tummy immediately after eating a very rare hamburger. After going to bed, which was about 2 hours after eating, he had to get up because he felt he needed to go to the bathroom. I heard him moaning loudly on the toiliet, so I went in to the bathroom to see what was wrong. He was having an awful, painful bowel movement, and he said the cramps were unbearable, like he was going to faint. What made me the most worried was that he said his feet, face, tongue, arms and hands went completely numb. His fingers stiffened up and he was unable to move them. I massaged them for him, and shortly after the episode he regained movement in them. The only thing that makes sense to me is maybe he got food poisining from the hamburger, and the pain caused so much nervousness which in turn caused these strange symptoms. I guess if anyone has any advice that would be great. I don't think he is going to the dr, since it went away in a matter of 2 minutes. Does anyone know anything about hypertension? I think the pain triggered a lot of nervousness, which could have had something to do with it too.

Thanks,

laura
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replied November 4th, 2010
What was the diagnosis for his condition. I started haveing the same problem 2 nights ago. And now I get recurrent symptoms and belly ache.
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replied February 13th, 2011
I just got the same thing except I didn't have the bowl movement. I was TRYING to have a bowl movement to see if that would help the stomach hurting. It got really bad, I went to the store and got some pepto, drank some, laid there in pain for a bit, and numbness started in my hands on the way back from the store. I called the people at the emergency room, was informed that I had to dial 911 if I wanted an ambulance (apparently they can't send one even if your hands are numb so you can't drive). Anyway, I was getting so pissed because of the people at the emergency room and trying to find their number that right after I got off the phone all symptoms suddenly lessened and now I'm practically fine. It was so weird.

I hope someone posts what this is so people will know.
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replied February 13th, 2011
I just got the same thing except I didn't have the bowl movement. I was TRYING to have a bowl movement to see if that would help the stomach hurting. It got really bad, I went to the store and got some pepto, drank some, laid there in pain for a bit, and numbness started in my hands on the way back from the store. I called the people at the emergency room, was informed that I had to dial 911 if I wanted an ambulance (apparently they can't send one even if your hands are numb so you can't drive). Anyway, I was getting so pissed because of the people at the emergency room and trying to find their number that right after I got off the phone all symptoms suddenly lessened and now I'm practically fine. It was so weird.

I hope someone posts what this is so people will know.


Oh and the numbness went halfway up my arms and was on my face as well.
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replied December 12th, 2011
Had the same symptoms as above. Anybody know what the causes are?
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replied January 1st, 2012
Sharp abdominal pain numb hands
Last night (new years eve) I was at home drinking with some friends. All of a sudden I had severe pain at the top of my abdomin. I didn't feel like I had to go to the bathroom, I thought I might throw up from the pain. It got hard to breathe when the pain was most intense. This went on for about 10 minutes and then both hands went tingly and numb at the same time. The tingles started going half way down my forearms. My fingers were stif ad I was unable to move them but when my friend held my hand I could squeeze. We dicided to go to the hospital but when walking to the car suddenly all symptoms disappeared! It was so strange and scary. Undoubtably the worst pain I ever felt! (and I've had a 10lb baby)
I have no idea what caused it but if anyone knows please post!
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replied January 1st, 2012
Sharp abdominal pain numb hands
Last night (new years eve) I was at home drinking with some friends. All of a sudden I had severe pain at the top of my abdomin. I didn't feel like I had to go to the bathroom, I thought I might throw up from the pain. It got hard to breathe when the pain was most intense. This went on for about 10 minutes and then both hands went tingly and numb at the same time. The tingles started going half way down my forearms. My fingers were stif ad I was unable to move them but when my friend held my hand I could squeeze. We dicided to go to the hospital but when walking to the car suddenly all symptoms disappeared! It was so strange and scary. Undoubtably the worst pain I ever felt! (and I've had a 10lb baby)
I have no idea what caused it but if anyone knows please post!
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replied March 11th, 2012
A temp solution
same symptoms... I had OAKACID D before half an hour of next meal and ORIN O after 20 minutes fo the sme meal. Repeated this thrice and got rectified, Caution: Dont take if your pregnant/ expected to be,
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replied November 3rd, 2014
Stomach Pain and numbness in hands
Good morning! I have been having the belly ache from 1993 and over the pass 3 to 4 years the numbness in the hands started. I have done so many test and i seem to be ok. Can someone please let us know what this could be. It is scary. i was driving on Saturday with my son and it happened, my son is 4 and he had to cry out for help and call my dad. I had to be rushed to the hospital. Please help.
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replied August 24th, 2015
Well, I read this the other day while desperately searching for the answer of what was wrong with my husband. It turns out it was his appendix. The numbness of the hands was caused by breathing too quickly, not releasing enough carbon monoxide and it caused numbness in his hands. The pain for him was low in his stomach and pretty centered. This happened to him once before and by the time we made it to the ER yesterday he was in bad shape. I would say this pain level warrants a quick doctor visit. Good luck!
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replied November 14th, 2015
Stomach pains, short of breath, shaking/tingly hands
All these cases seem very similar to one I had only last night with my sister. She was breathing extremely heavily, she couldn't move, her hands were numb and couldn't stop shaking, and she said she had "an unbearable crushing pain" in her stomach. She kept grasping the centre of her chest near he breasts, so that's most likely where the pain was coming from. If this matches your case, it's not cause to worry. We had paramedics over and they explained to us that it was simply stress. She had been overloading herself with stress and it caused her stomach pains, and then when they got extremely painful she started gasping for air. This caused her hands to shake, as well as her legs. All we had to do, however, was hold her hand and talk to her. We distracted her from the pain and slowly her hands stopped shaking and she was able to breath once again, though the pains were still there (but they weren't anywhere near as bad). It is not necessary to pay for a doctor's visit, or go to any extremes - it works quite like a panic attack. Just do your best to calm them down. If you are there for a long time and you can't seem to make any progress, however, I would suggest getting some help. Hope this helped!
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replied January 2nd, 2016
Tip for some, Question for others
Many times when I have constipation and have an episode in the bathroom like the ones mentioned above. I get dizzy, numbness, incredible abdominal pain to the point you think something is going to burst, and then after using a suppository and having a bowel movement the pains melt away and everything stops. Yeah suppositories are gross and such, but if anyone is having bowel movements that cause numbness they are willing to do just about anything, and having some on hand is a godsend. The one thing I get that isn't mentioned in other posts is a incredible sharp pain traveling from the spine to the back of my head and then around to my face. Any idea on that one?
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replied February 17th, 2016
I am having very similar episodes. I have had 3 in the last 9 days. I woke in the night at 1 in the morning with severe abdominal pain. I went to the bathroom, thinking that I would diarrhea. As I sat down and began to diarrhea, my entire abdomen and arms went numb and tingly. It felt like limbs when they “fall asleep”. My face, neck, and lips began to tingle as well. I went to get toilet paper and my hands became stiff, fingers outstretched, and they were completely paralyzed. The paralysis lasted about 10 minutes and then I called 911. They found nothing abnormal at the ER, but my neck and face stayed tingly for several hours after the episode. My bloodwork, brain MRI, and cervical spine MRI were normal.

Since then I have had random numbness in my arms, hands, and abdomen. I have also had two more episodes in the night --- I wake up with numb arms, and begin shaking and jerking/twitching for about ten minutes. Then when it stops I still feel strange, hot and cold and jittery. But I never lose consciousness.

For about two months I have had nerve pain in the base of my skull/neck. And regular abdominal pain. Doctors have no answer. Has anyone found anything on this??
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replied October 29th, 2016
For the third time I have had the same happened to me. Each time I woke up with a severe lower abdominal pain on my very low right side and crawled to the bathroom. I had no significant bowel movement or urination. Because I had been told that it was my breathing that caused the tingling and then subsequent numbness I made a very conscious effort to breathe slowly and deeply. In doing this it did not change the effect of numbness as are matter-of-fact the third time the tingling and subsequent numbness traveled to my legs knees and then feet. My fingers and toes curled up I was not able to move them no matter how hard I tried I continued to maintain a steady breath. Even though I was able to bring myself through the episode of numbness the pain remained. The pain did subside and become dull but did not go away. Actually as I type this I am waiting for my husband and son to come home and take me to the hospital . I do not have an appendix it was removed I do not have ovaries or a uterus those two have been removed. These surgeries were done by laparoscopically by a superior Doctor Who is a leader in her field. It is extremely unlikely that any mistakes were made during the surgeries. I appreciate the other post that said it was an appendicitis and so on. But as you can imagine I remain suspicious of the explanations. What I find so upsetting is that I have read the other posts here and it seems that the doctors have told each of us that we have brought on our own symptoms with our breathing practices and not remaining calm through a severe pain. I have given birth I know what severe pain feels like and I managed to stay calm then and I managed to stay calm - very calm throughout this last episode. I find extremely hard to believe that the numbness was brought on as a result of hyper ventilation. If you are anyone with a medical background and you have any suspicions that have not yet been mentioned in these posts please please input your suggestions here. There seems to be several of us suffering from the same thing and looking for any type of clue. For those of you whose episode was passing I am very happy for you but I wonder if your belief is only temporary. I look forward to good information thank you
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