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Fro
05-28-2007, 10:31 PM
just setting up this tread a get an estimate of how many out there are experiencing symptoms of numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers while operating equipment, i know my upper extremities give me fits. Along side of lawn care i am a sports medicine student in college doing some research on this problem. If you you would like to reply just state were the symptoms occur, what makes them better, what makes them worse or just say you have this problem so i can get a number that will depict how many are affected by the vibrations produced from their equipment. Thanks for your time.

Trinity Lawn Care, LLC
05-28-2007, 10:36 PM
I used to get it pretty bad the first year. Since, I get it from time to time, but not as bad.

All Seasons..., LLC
05-30-2007, 05:15 AM
Fingers and arms tingle after long periods of weedeating. After 20 min. or so it will stop.

RICHIE K
05-30-2007, 07:01 AM
pump up on some b-12

elmo1537
05-30-2007, 07:42 AM
my hand are mostly numb all of the time. the doc says it is from carpal tunnel (spelling) he claim that holding a weedeater put stress on your wrist and the nerves that travel through and that is the cause of it. During the winter my symptoms go away but within two week of weedeating I have it for the entire summer.

SOMM
06-05-2007, 11:34 PM
do a site search (topmost greenest top-bar, which see) for "whitefinger"

MOWALLTHETIME
06-06-2007, 06:44 PM
I Have Finger And Wrist Numbness And Tingling When I Use My Hydro Walk Behind For Extended Periods Of Time. It Has A Loop Style Controls Where When You Have To Keep Constant Tension, Let It Out Goes Forward Pull Back Slows To A Stop And Then To Reverse. I Spoke To A Pt About It And He Recommended Trying Some Bicycling Gloves With Gel Palms. After About Ten Different Pair, I Ended Up With A Mechanix Wear Pair With Mesh Back And Gel Palms. It Has Helped Tremendously. I Will Not Go Back To Bare Handing It. Plus If I Have To Shake Hands I Can Take My Gloves Off And Have Somewhat Clean Hands.( Little More Professional )
The Only Other Tingling Problem Is When I Used To Edge For Extended Periods Of Time, For Instance Commercial With Lots Of Sidewalk My Elbow And Shoulders Would Tingle And Get Numb( Like You Slept On It And Woke Up.) I Eventually Ended Up Offering Gloves To All My Workers To Help Avoid Workers Comp Claim Or Lost Time At Work.

Markf
06-06-2007, 08:54 PM
Do not take carpal tunnel lightly. It should be checked out. The doctor will send a current through the various nerves that run through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. What will most likely be found is that the afflicted hand has become weaker. My right is now as strong as my left. There are various exercises that can be done. However, at some point the inflammation of the nerve sheath is too great and surgery is required. If you wait too long, the recover is very long.

Mark

Babbages01
06-07-2007, 12:03 AM
I get it on my right hand which controls my blades. Middle and ring fingers go numb and I just deal with it but if it really gets to me I just stop and shake it out for a few seconds. I don't really have much of a problem with my trimmers and edgers. When I'm outside working I wear padded palm Mechanix gloves.

I also have the same problem of the middle and ring fingers going numb when I'm painting a house or something and that's the fingers I hold the brush with, along with my thumb.

In the mornings I wake up and my right hand is really sore sometimes and other times it's completely numb. I've started wearing a wrist brace some nights and it helps with the numb issue, but it still hurts a little bit.

Hope this helps your research.

KTO Enterprises
06-07-2007, 01:01 AM
I have a pain in my left elbow that wont go away.

americanlawn
06-10-2007, 05:54 PM
Years ago, I had pain in my wrist and elbow from spraying alot of lawns per day. To solve this, we switched away from ChemLawn guns and went to Tejet lawn guns cuz they weigh about 1/3rd the weight. It worked.

Weedeating/edging + vibrations: wearing gloves has helped us with this.

Wally T
06-14-2007, 10:43 PM
I have problems daily with the numbness and tingling in both my hands and fingers. I also get a burning which extends down through primarily my middle fingers. I also have what someone has called trigger finger. This is in my left middle finger. At times its strung so tight the it sort of snaps out extended or snaps to close. I contribute most of the problems to the fact that I hold onto the mower very tightly. I guess I'm pycho but holding on tight allows me to mow straight lines.

illday
06-15-2007, 11:53 AM
The pain runs up to my elbow and actually wakes me up from a sound sleep.
Also my fingers fall asleep when I play the guitar or bass now.

dbroken64
06-17-2007, 06:52 PM
My right hand goes to sleep every time I weedeat. Feels like thousands of needles going thru my hands and wrist.

RigglePLC
07-01-2007, 10:59 PM
I have a tennis elbow problem from when my Permagreen hit a gopher hole.

Nichvegas
07-05-2007, 11:58 AM
I have numbness in my right middle and ring finger. It is linked to a disc pressing on my spinal cord between C6 and C7.

IA_James
07-05-2007, 12:35 PM
I get the shakes in my fingers after I'm done for the day, not outrageous, but still there. Kinda tingly in my hands too.

befnme
07-08-2007, 01:27 AM
you prob either have tennis elbo or carpel tunnel we had this discussion a while bacvk with "ENVY" cant remember what the doc told him though.

MattsMowing3535
07-09-2007, 11:54 AM
I get a wierd feeling in my hands everytime after i trim. its kinda like needles poking me really lightly.

KTO Enterprises
07-09-2007, 01:57 PM
I get a wierd feeling in my hands everytime after i trim. its kinda like needles poking me really lightly.

Thats because the nerve endings in your hands are angry at you. lol

I get it too. Sucks really bad.

I have a cyst in my right wrist that reoccures occasionally called a Ganglion Cyst. Really makes my right forearm weak for a week or two. It also gets kinda painful.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganglion_cyst

I may have tennis elbow but my girlfriend has Visa wrist.

cpel2004
07-10-2007, 06:16 AM
Read the Article in this months Lawn and Landscape Magazine

2 clowns mowing
07-10-2007, 07:23 AM
mine shows up when it's cold out

Mike M
07-10-2007, 08:25 AM
I have problems daily with the numbness and tingling in both my hands and fingers. I also get a burning which extends down through primarily my middle fingers. I also have what someone has called trigger finger.

I went through all three of these symptoms. The tingling from tip of pinky to elbow was carpal tunnel, effected by equipment vibration, I was told the gel gloves you get at an auto supply store help (didn't try it).

I get trigger finger every year now. I'm used to it.

The burning I had went from under my arm and down along my arm. I went to the doctor for that, turned out to be a little nerve aggravation/damage.

The best thing I ever did to relieve most pain was to stop using my hands so much. I don't just use my hands to shove my tools into dirt or mulch, I let my feet and legs do the work. I also stopped raking as much as possible, and I use my power equipment as much as I can to do the work for me.

The best source of explanation for me on everything was my doctor, but I had to figure out on my own how to use my hands more carefully.

I can identify the specific job that did my hands in: I was busting up crusted mulch with a metal rake, swinging my arms. I would never do that again, I use a long handled digging shovel for almost everything, and let my feet do the work.

Hope this helps.

Mike

hess
07-23-2007, 07:02 PM
I had this for about 2 weeks didn't pay no mind to it next thing i know i passed out in my yard and had a stork at 34 years old. was in the hospital for four day's next time i'll go sonner if i make it that long!!

texpro
07-23-2007, 07:29 PM
fingers go numb and tingel in my trigger hand with string trimmer short break cures it starts after 30 or so min

44DCNF
07-23-2007, 07:35 PM
I get numbness in the hands, loss of grip strength, as well as pain up to and in the elbow at times. I think mine comes more from pulling and pushing on the bars of the walk behind (worse when using the proslide), holding trimmers at arms length, and spading and shoveling, rather than vibration of the equipment alone. Pressing down on the juncture of the top rib to the spine relieves my numbness. I can arrange myself against a corner of a wall or tree to apply the treatment when by myself. Often I will wake up with one or both of my arms and hands numb. My wife will apply pressure to the top rib joint with her thumb and the numbness will go away within seconds. I guess this is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. A very good Physical therapist guided me to this method of treatment after a couple weeks of evaluating and trying different stretches and movements to see what made it worse or better. Degenerative disc disease in the neck and upper spine has been diagnosed. Work on the speed bag seems to reduce the frequency of onset of symptoms.

causalitist
08-13-2007, 03:43 AM
i got this bad from my kawi twin t-bar.. never from my single cylinder kohler ..

i finally went and bought 2 of those foam pads they put on barbells for doing squats ... cut one in half .. zip-stripped em on and walla no more numbness.


also with my t-bar .. i always used to have a bungie wrapped around the lower part of the controls so when i had to grab some trash i didnt need to shut down the blades for the 2 seconds it took.. i would just hook it to the t bar for a sec to hold down the switch. .. but then i accidentally resumed once with it still hooked on, and pulling the bar forward and lemme tell you, i dont do this on little yards, but the big ones, i leave it on, and i barely have to press the bar to move it.. just tap left and right. its great.

it pulls forward just enough to help.. the machine still stops on its own it i let go of it. and again ... only on 1/2 acre or larger open lots.

takes alot of the fatigue and effort out of leaning on the tbar to conrtol it.

PBinWA
08-13-2007, 12:33 PM
I had Carpal Tunnel on or off for almost 18 years. In Canada the great free medical system just told me to put on a wrist splint and if I really really wanted to they could see if they could get me to see a specialist but it would be a really long wait. I'm not a big complainer so I sucked it up. I used to wake up in pain at night and run hot water over my wrists since it would make the pain go away.

After I moved to the US and started working some longer days chopping down blackberries with a cheap Ryobi trimmer I started to get it really bad. Then, I started to drop things I was holding for no apparent reason.

So I went to my US doctor and in no time I was seen by a couple of specialists who said I had the second worst case of Carpal Tunnel they had ever seen (story of my life - I'm never the best at anything).

Apparently, if you just "suck it up" and ignore Carpal Tunnel for too long the nerves in your wrist get impinged in the tunnel. This can prevent the muscles in your hand from getting used properly and they just start to weaken and atrophy. This is what happened to me. My thumb muscles were really weak so my grip strength was really bad.

So within 1-2 months of getting this diagnosed I had both hands operated on (under local anaesthetic so I could watch) about two weeks apart. It was about a year for a total recovery but now it's been about three years and everything seems relatively normal.

There are lots of things that can prevent carpal tunnel from acting up. However, if you have it bad - go talk to a doctor and get it fixed.

hess
08-13-2007, 01:48 PM
I had Carpal Tunnel on or off for almost 18 years. In Canada the great free medical system just told me to put on a wrist splint and if I really really wanted to they could see if they could get me to see a specialist but it would be a really long wait. I'm not a big complainer so I sucked it up. I used to wake up in pain at night and run hot water over my wrists since it would make the pain go away.

After I moved to the US and started working some longer days chopping down blackberries with a cheap Ryobi trimmer I started to get it really bad. Then, I started to drop things I was holding for no apparent reason.

So I went to my US doctor and in no time I was seen by a couple of specialists who said I had the second worst case of Carpal Tunnel they had ever seen (story of my life - I'm never the best at anything).

Apparently, if you just "suck it up" and ignore Carpal Tunnel for too long the nerves in your wrist get impinged in the tunnel. This can prevent the muscles in your hand from getting used properly and they just start to weaken and atrophy. This is what happened to me. My thumb muscles were really weak so my grip strength was really bad.

So within 1-2 months of getting this diagnosed I had both hands operated on (under local anaesthetic so I could watch) about two weeks apart. It was about a year for a total recovery but now it's been about three years and everything seems relatively normal.

There are lots of things that can prevent carpal tunnel from acting up. However, if you have it bad - go talk to a doctor and get it fixed.

I'm in the same boat you were in mine is so bad i have nerve damaged from it have to go back to the doctor to get this done also at the end of august.