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Strained bowel movement leads to numbness in arms and spastic hands.

Posted by Amelia E. Facebook

I don't know in what community I should place this question since I have no diagnosis.  This morning, I had a very strained bowel movement.  Then, my body started tingling all over and I was sweating and shaking.  Then, my arms started going numb and finally, my hands got really cramped and spastic.  I was unable to pick anything up or release the toilet paper I was holding.  I was able to walk, however.  This lasted about 10 minutes.  I am a female, 52 years old.

I went to my doctor who did an EKG, which was totally fine.  I have no diabetes or high blood pressure.  She suggested vasovagal reaction.  However, nowhere in my research were these numbness and spastic reactions mentioned under symptoms.  The most likely one was fainting, which I did not do.

 What was happening to me?

Thanks for any input.

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Sorry but that's my thought, too.  A vasovagal reaction can lead to loss of blood pressure (thus fainting, which luckily you didn't do) which could then lead to hyperventilation and thus the numbness/crampy/spastic hands.  In medical school, we'd experimentally try to hyperventilate to such a degree to see if we could induce these symptoms.  Yeah, medical students are a weird bunch.  Check out .
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