Numb Fingers After Long Runs
Posted 27 August 2006 - 04:43 PM
I have noticed a weird and slightly worrying phenomenon after my long runs. For some time now, after my long Sunday runs (2-2.5 hours 18-22 km) I have found that about half an hour or so after I finish, my finger tips become very numb and look white and bloodless. This last for 30-60 minutes and when the blood and feeling returns it is quite painful, like pins and needles only worse. Doesnt' usually happen after shorter runs although it has happened once or twice after a shorter intense session(like intervals). Any ideas what is causing this and how to prevent it? Any one else experienced anything similar?
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Posted 27 August 2006 - 06:02 PM
In both cases it goes away fairly quickly. After long runs/walks it takes a few minutes for the swelling to go down and after speedwork the pins and needles go away pretty much as soon as my breathing and heart rate return to normal.
My doc has told me it's normal - my blood pressure is ok and there's no evidence of heart disease at this stage. Might be worth checking with your doc next time you have a check up. I'd be interested to know how many others get these sensations.
Posted 27 August 2006 - 10:07 PM
Although I thought it may have been due to something pulling blood AWAY from the extremities. Either the fight/flight/adrenaline system getting out of whack when the body's under stress or because there'd be more blood required around the leg muscles after a hard session.
If the latter is true, the symptoms should go away if you ice your lower half....cold bath anyone?
Posted 27 August 2006 - 10:51 PM
Posted 27 August 2006 - 11:05 PM
Back in May when I was really sick with a mystery illness the Doc was doing different medical tests to find out what was wrong and I told him about the numb feet - he told me it was my shoes. The thing is I've had the problem with different shoes as well.
I'm assuming whatever the problem is that its not severe enough for me to die while running or the Doc would have found some abnormality somewhere when I raised the issue with him. I'd be interested to know if anyone has also had numb feet while running.
Posted 28 August 2006 - 03:09 AM
After 30minutes or so after my run, the tips of my fingers get numb and white. I find that putting them directly under hot water for a min or so seems to help getting them back to normal faster. I was also wondering what this may be caused by, it just started hapenning this winter, never before.
Posted 28 August 2006 - 10:59 AM
Posted 28 August 2006 - 12:44 PM
It's the only finger that it happens to, an no, I don't wear a ring on that (or any other) finger... hmmm, maybe that's a sign!
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Posted 27 January 2007 - 10:18 AM
I also get it first thing in the morning - usually in winter but also occasionally in the summer - when I get in the car to go to work. I couldn't work out why, at first, then after some research I worked out that it was having to touch the cold car door and steering wheel that started it. It now helps if I wear gloves to get into the car in cold weather. Otherwise I just put the hot air vents on and hold my hands up to the flow of air.
The best thing to do to minimise it is to keep your hand warm - gloves, heat packs, whatever works for you. One of the best sites I've found is www.raynauds.org.au.
Posted 27 January 2007 - 03:07 PM
I have this problem too. My fingers get so swollen on long runs/walks that I can no longer remove my rings, even they they are normally quite loose. On cold mornings, my fingers get very numb. They often go very white. When I hold my hands up to the warm air vents in my car, they get very painful, and turn a bright red colour.
I have heard about Raynauds Syndrome. I am by no means an expert, but from what I have read, it is not serious in itself. It can occur in conjunction with some autoimmune diseases.
I have tried wearing gloves, but my hands just don't seem to be able to maintain or generate enough heat. It would be great if someone invented some gloves that had their own built-in heat source!
Posted 28 January 2007 - 11:33 AM
The other night I decided to run for only 30 minutes but to try and run it faster. A few minutes after I had finished my lips felt numb. I looked in the mirror and they weren't swollen. And I was able to speak okay. After about ten minutes the feeling gradually came back.
Is it the same syndrome?
Posted 30 January 2007 - 06:36 AM
Posted 30 January 2007 - 07:12 AM
The more serious Renauds is "Reynauds Phenomenom" which is a secondary sign of a primary systemic condition effecting the connective tissue of the body. It is worth seeing a doctor to rule out this as a possibility especially if you are not a women aged 15 to 30.
Numbness can have a variety of causes but a blue or white appearance is more representative of Reynauds. Swelling is not really a normal sign of Reynauds because blood is shunted away from the periphery to the core. Numbness just means there is a neural dysfunction which may be caused by ischemia (lack of blood supply) but is more likely to be caused by something else, especially if you do not have the associated colour changes.
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 09:43 AM
Weren't your ribs popping out on their own izzy ? Maybe you'd get a discount, no power tools required during surgery
Glad to hear that it doesn't sound too serious.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:04 AM
Posted 12 December 2007 - 01:27 PM
Glad to hear that it doesn't sound too serious.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:17 AM
I took this photo of my hand when I got back from my long run on Monday when the weather turned cold.....the colour has improved as I have been inside using my hands for about 10 minutes before I thought to take a photo, but the edema is still obvious.
I included a photo of my hand normally for comparison (center photo).
Edited by littleblackpug, 01 May 2008 - 08:19 AM.