Pain in palm of right hand



Mwpennington

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OK so I'm pretty new to these forums but not to cycling. I has hoping someone could help me out. For some reason the lower part of palm on my right hand is really starting to hurt after a few miles enough to where I have to use my aero bars just to give my hand a break I know I'm basically putting too much pressure on my right side but I couldn't tell you why this has just started after riding for 8 years now. I bought some very good padded gloves which is helping but not 100%

Any ideas on what I'm doing or how to fix?

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gnomeinurlawn16

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I know EXCACTLY what your problem is. a lot of the time, your saddle might be not in the best position and it actually cuts of circulation to the extremities. so what you should do is move your saddle either closer or farther away (i forget which but just do some trial and error) from the handlebars. youll thank me when you dont have to get your toes and fingers chopped off from bad circulation...
Gnome
 

GetSetGoSports

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gnomeinurlawn16 said:
I know EXCACTLY what your problem is. a lot of the time, your saddle might be not in the best position and it actually cuts of circulation to the extremities. so what you should do is move your saddle either closer or farther away (i forget which but just do some trial and error) from the handlebars. youll thank me when you dont have to get your toes and fingers chopped off from bad circulation...
Gnome

I will grant that the saddle position can affect relative pressure that one must place on the handlebars, but it has no direct effect on circulation in the arms or fingers per se.

To the actual problem, and why it is happening now, I can only offer speculation that something has changed. What it is, I don't know. Maybe your bar tape is compressed and hard. Maybe you changed your pedal system, and your relative height is higher, putting more forward pressure on the bars. Maybe you changed the bar angle.

Good Luck!
 

decca234uk

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It sounds like there's too much pressure going into the right hand. this is a bike fit issue, somethings not right with your bike setup. It could be worth your while taking it to a bike shop and asking for help with setting it up for you.
 

BellaVega

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You mentioned that you got gloves that are padded that help. Are your gloves to tight or tighten when wrapped around your handlebars? The gloves may be creasing and pinching your fingers or hands. Also while riding, I always give my hands a break and take one off the bar and wiggle and stretch it. It seems to get the circulation going in my arm and hand and prevents it from going numb. -Bella Vega, Golden Rule
 

hippie

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I sometimes have the same issue, except with my left hand. What works for me was relaxing my Death grip ( LOL) i ride with on the brake hoods & bending my elbows some. I tend to ride with my arms straight
 

SierraSlim

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[COLOR= #0000ff]Hi, Pennington, and welcome to the forums![/COLOR]

[COLOR= #0000ff]I'm new to the forums, relatively, AND new to biking, lol, so I don't have an idea what might be causing your pain, biking-wise.[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #0000ff]BUT. If you're doing everything the same as you always have, biking, then something else could be causing the pain and you might not be connecting the pain to the right cause. That pain sounds very similar to carpal-tunnel syndrome pain. I typed in the medical field for a living for 30 years and never had it -- but when I started using the computer all the time, using my mouse a lot, I developed it! The interesting thing is that it usually didn't hurt when I was actually using the mouse; it would start hurting later, when I wasn't doing anything necessarily taxing the hand, and I would wonder what I had done. That's because the activity starts the inflammatory process, which can take an hour or more to build up enough to cause the pain. So if you've begun some other new activity recently that uses that hand, that could be the culprit. [/COLOR]

[COLOR= #0000ff]On the other hand, if it is indeed that you're putting too much pressure on your right hand after 8 years and don't know why you're doing it, some investigation is in order. If you're not deliberately biking any differently than you ever have, then it's something you're not aware that you're doing differently. The spine is a very interesting piece of work, because the nerves in it connect to nearly everything in the body in some way or another. If my spine is out of whack or tense in a certain area, my KNEE hurts in a specific spot. Weird, but true. I went through several years of specialists finding nothing mechanically wrong with my knee, trying to figure out where the knee pain was coming from. Then I went to a chiropractor because my neck was stiff. He fixed that, then examined the rest of my spine and said -- with no input from me -- "Have you been having knee pain? Because this can cause it." I nearly fell off the exam table! He worked on my back, and the knee pain gradually went away. Now when the knee hurts I go to him, he works on my spine, and the knee pain resolves. Really cool.[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #0000ff]The reason I'm bringing this up, of course, is that you said you knew you were putting too much pressure on the right side, but didn't know why. If your spine or your neck is out of alignment a little, it could cause you to lean slightly in one direction or to twist your torso a little, without your realizing it, to take pressure off the vertebra that is being crowded. So you might look into that.[/COLOR]

[COLOR= #0000ff]Just my 2 cents' worth, since I don't know much about bikes, lol. Hope you find your answer.[/COLOR]