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    Fingertip numbness lasts for days, solutions?

    Alright, I had wrists, hand and finger issues when I first got my bike... I got a wider bar and ergon GP1 grips.. the wrist and hand issues are gone, but the numbness in my fingertips, particularly in my thumb-tips and the adjacent pointer finger tips, will not go away for over 2 days after a ride.

    I have been having one type or another of "ride" every day, either on the my bike or Gym bike, but I once went for 2 days without a ride, and the tips were still numb.

    I use a pair of Harbinger weight lifting gloves.. the only thing I can think of is to try some kind of Ulnar nerve shielding gloves, but I'm not sure how helpful that will be, and all that I have tried, with or without gel, seem to feel very flimsy and cheap, and I dont know how they could possibly work.. I have put a bunch, including Pearl Izumi's Gel ones on my hands, but I havent ridden with them. I tried getting the Specialized ones, but #1 they dont sell them online and #2 the only 2 places to sell them around me are charging insane markup, more than MSRP.. which feels like ******** to reward them for.
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    Best money i ever spent on my bike was for a pro fitting-, no more numbness after that

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    I have issues with numbness too, some changes to bars, stems etc have almost completely cured those.
    Never had it last for days ... bit scary dude
    Think you need to seek a qualified medical person ... or a hand specialist.

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    Carpal Tunnel maybe? I have it in both hands and it is not from over use but rather over development of my forearms from lifting heavy weights. Since I have stopped lifting for a few years the symptoms have lessened but are still there. I get a lot of numbness as well when riding but it has never lasted very long ofter the ride was over.

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    yea, the numbness from yesterdays ride is still in each of my fingertips on the left hand, even the pinkie. The right hand is a lot better, almost no numbness.

    So, nobody has solved this problem by getting different gloves before?
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    Could be your neck angle

    I pinched nerve in my neck once that did the same thing in my hands and ran up into my arms. It may be from the angle of your neck while you ride. Try to get a more angled stem or high rise bars. Just a thought .
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    Ok, I just bought these Fox Reflex Gel Short Finger Gloves from PricePoint.



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    I think most of us have had this problem at some point at varying degrees of severity....but I have never heard of it lasting for days...I am having issues with my new bike causing numbness but the symptoms are gone about 30 mins after the ride.
    The advice to see a Dr. is sound...try the new glove but check it out...could be other things going wrong!

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    Doc appointment set for 18th.. I'm a little worried, being a Chernobyl refugee, I do have hypothyroidism, which is very linked with CTS (carpel tunnel syndrome). I guess I'm hoping its not the worst.

    The tips of my thumb, pointer, and middle finger are at varying degrees of numbness, the thumb the worst, and the last time I rode was yesterday, which ended at 7:05. My right hand has completely recovered, but my left has this never-leaving numbness.

    At least its not spreading..

    Really think I should stop biking & spinning till I see the doc on 18th?
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    If you can survive Chernobyl you can survive anything i think ... doctor is a good idea no matter what the answer. Unless he advises you to take up golf instead of riding the bike
    NO riding ...you should do everything possible to protect your hands.

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    This royally sucks.. yesterday was the first day I hadnt ridden one bike or another in 2 & 1/2 months. Now I get to sit back and think about how all my bike riding is in jeopardy, while I wait for my appointment.
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    Could you still do some light hands free spinning? At least that way you'll keep your legs in shape. Better than nothin' I'd guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster
    Could you still do some light hands free spinning? At least that way you'll keep your legs in shape. Better than nothin' I'd guess.
    You mean.. am I willing to be the guy in spinning class that doesnt get up when the class starts climbing a hill? ... I might have to be. But good thing you mentioned that, I already do spinning, I just didnt think about doing it without getting up. Or maybe I can learn to use one hand.
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    Yeah...spinning isnt like being outside on a MTB...but just get yourself positioned behind that hottie with the blond hai and try to catch her!!
    Let us know what the Dr. says...I would like to know.
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    "... get yourself positioned behind that hottie with the blond hair and try to catch her!! "

    that's what i like about cyclists, always up for a challenge no matter how impossible it might seem

    If any little roadie weeds give you a tough time about riding hands free tell them it's something that Lance does .... then rip their arms off and smash them with the sticky end ... be careful not to hurt your hands of course.


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    Thanks all for the advice.. already set myself up in view of the pretty girls, but the cool thing is, there is a huge floor-wall mirror in front of the class.. and when we're pushing it, I look into the mirror at them, beam a smile, and see which one beams back Then they do this thing with brushing their hair behind their ear, its cute.. a bloody game of cat & mouse!

    I had a good day yesterday. Read more into hypothyrodic and carpal relationship, it said the doctors first give a higher dose of the hormone to see if all the person needs is more.. and I decided to experiment on myself, took 1.5x the normal amount of levothyroxin, and bingo, my fingers have begun to regain feeling, numbness is subsiding, but the thumb is still numb. I know it takes 2-3 weeks for a levothyroxin regimen to take full effect, as it did when I first started, so I'll wait that long.. but it was really uplifting to see results the first 2 days I upped my own hormone dose.
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    Since I have been riding more my thumb and first two fingers go numb pretty quickly while riding and is pretty uncomfortable. I try changing hand positions and no help. I am hoping that it is something that will go away after I ride more but several years ago I underwent the testing for carpal tunnel and I was diagnosed with it in both hands. I was scheduled for surgery but had to cancel and then I left my job so I had to wait a year on my new insurance before they would cover it and then I left that job, went back to the new job and had to wait another year. But by this time I had stopped lifting weights and lost some size in my arms which is what was causing my CT anyways and it seemed that the symptoms were lessening so I never rescheduled surgery. Well, I left that job again and now I am going to school full time and working part time so I don't have insurance now and the pain and numbness are back since I starting biking. So I am not sure what I am going to do at this point other than just see what happens and deal with it for the next 3 years I am in school and then I will return to the work force full time and have insurance again and I can get it taken care of then. I guess luckily my pain and numbness don't last and I can actually shake it out while riding so my issue may not even be CT related, possibly decreased blood flow or something do to the angle of my wrists or the pressure being placed on my hands/wrists since I am able to give them a quick shake out and regain the feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster
    Since I have been riding more my thumb and first two fingers go numb pretty quickly while riding and is pretty uncomfortable. I try changing hand positions and no help. I am hoping that it is something that will go away after I ride more but several years ago I underwent the testing for carpal tunnel and I was diagnosed with it in both hands. I was scheduled for surgery but had to cancel and then I left my job so I had to wait a year on my new insurance before they would cover it and then I left that job, went back to the new job and had to wait another year. But by this time I had stopped lifting weights and lost some size in my arms which is what was causing my CT anyways and it seemed that the symptoms were lessening so I never rescheduled surgery. Well, I left that job again and now I am going to school full time and working part time so I don't have insurance now and the pain and numbness are back since I starting biking. So I am not sure what I am going to do at this point other than just see what happens and deal with it for the next 3 years I am in school and then I will return to the work force full time and have insurance again and I can get it taken care of then. I guess luckily my pain and numbness don't last and I can actually shake it out while riding so my issue may not even be CT related, possibly decreased blood flow or something do to the angle of my wrists or the pressure being placed on my hands/wrists since I am able to give them a quick shake out and regain the feeling.
    Scary man.. I know when I first got it, I worried quite a bit, and even got depressed, thinking I'll be barred from biking for a long time. Who knows, I still might be. As for school.. yours did not require insurance? .. I'm leaving work in a month and a half for a trip to NZ and then immediately starting school at end of august.. my school required me to be insured and when I told them I wasnt going to be they said they provide discounted insurance through the school.. but that it was mandatory for me to have SOME health insurance and that I couldnt be un-insured on campus.

    I spent a year without health insurance before.. was not pleasant to think about before deciding to do some fun things... ie: What if I crash on Buffalo ice, what if I get in a fight, what if she has herpes.. etc..
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    Nope, not required. They do offer fairly cheap insurance though, I just have not fully checked into it yet. I know I need to have it, especially if I go anywhere with this mountain biking cause I am bound to get hurt sooner or later, likely sooner. I do want to try some gel gloves to see if that offers any relief. My gloves are lightly padded but not gel. I may check into the full finger version of the gloves you ordered from price point. I just order shoes and pedals (clipless) from them, I wish I was thinking I would have ordered the gloves at the same time to save on shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster
    Nope, not required. They do offer fairly cheap insurance though, I just have not fully checked into it yet. I know I need to have it, especially if I go anywhere with this mountain biking cause I am bound to get hurt sooner or later, likely sooner. I do want to try some gel gloves to see if that offers any relief. My gloves are lightly padded but not gel. I may check into the full finger version of the gloves you ordered from price point. I just order shoes and pedals (clipless) from them, I wish I was thinking I would have ordered the gloves at the same time to save on shipping.
    They are due in on the 17th, I'll report to you if theyre any good. I'm also using just padded but not gel gloves. Harbinger weight lifting gloves.. also fingerless. I just like the feel of fingerless.
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    The numbness monster was hitting me pretty hard too. A combination of three things helped -
    1- Better Bar ends (Ergon GX2)
    2- New bar with some rise to it
    3- New glove with LESS padding (planet bike - aeries)

    I've tried lifting gloves, and the only difference was that they dye ran and turned my hands black.

    You definitely want to address the numbness, but your body will recover. I rode ragbrai last year (470 rroad miles on a mtb bike) and had numbness in 3 fingers on my left hand. My pinky and ring finger took 3-4 months to recover.

    My biggest issue was bike bit. I'm 6'3 with long torso and short legs. MTB's are a hard fit for me. I just picked up a Salsa Fargo the fit is GREAT for me. Much more comfortable and the drops are great for comfort. I haven't used them offroad yet, but I'm looking forward to see what the hell happens. I could see myself switching off the stock bar to a midge, or whatever salsa is cooking up for off road drops.

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    Well.. I broke down, put short bar ends on my mtb, and rode 13.15 paved miles. My thumb is numb now and my other 2 fingers are in different stages of numb. Ha.

    The bar ends didnt help much. Especially since I lowered my bar rise by rotating it towards me, which was stupid, its going back up tomorrow.

    Is it just me or can no-one else find the right way to use the Ergon GP1s? I mean, theres just no effin guide anywhere on what the proper position is. My hands either slip off the GP1s while riding, or I get them where my hands just barely dont slip at all, but are numb after I ride... am I missing something? .. should I be angling them parallel with the ground or angled down or something?
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    i have mine angled up at about 30 degrees ... try it and be prepared to adjust them a lot .PITA but worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by the old fool
    i have mine angled up at about 30 degrees ... try it and be prepared to adjust them a lot .PITA but worth it
    I'll give anything a try. I'm raising the bar and changing the grip angle to your suggestion. I tried to eliminate all wrist bend and ended up slipping off.. so I'll increase my wrist bend to as high an angle as comfortable and see what happens...

    I think I should remove the bar ends too, I'm not liking riding with them.. just feel so restricted and they didnt seem to help my hands. My handlebar looks like a mess too.

    Maybe I should have ordered the GP1s in small.. but cant return to store since I ordered through them and not from them, they didnt normally sell em... oh well. live, learn, ride till hamstrings are like violin strings.
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    As you adjust keep in mind that what you're trying to do it provide a wider and flatter area for your palm to rest on. So your preferred angle could be unique to you and your bike.

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