anyone else get pins and needles when using their iPhone?

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  1. redgaz26 macrumors 68020

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    I've had an iphone since uk launch last November. But just recently I've started getting pins and needles in my fingers after maybe 20 minutes use. I always hold my phone in my left hand and type or doing anything else with my right.
    Anyone else get this?
     
  2. benflick macrumors 68020

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    Pins and Needles? :eek:
    Americanize for me please...
     
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I hold mine the same way, but haven't experienced your reaction.
     
  4. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

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    Try moving a little while you talk on the phone. Or shorten your conversations. If your arms are falling asleep holding the phone to your head, you should consider some kind of handsfree device like a bluetooth headset or the included earbuds.
     
  5. PoitNarf macrumors 65816

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    That is americanized... I can't believe you've never heard of that expression.

    Pins and needles is the sensation when your leg or foot falls asleep and you feel that tingling all over until it goes away. Usually it's a result of a temporary restricted blood flow or pinched nerve. I usually get it when I rest my head on my arm and have my elbow pressed up against something, causes my fingers to start getting the pins and needles feeling.

    redgaz26, pay close attention to your posture and the position of your arm as those are the most likely culprits. If you're going to use your iPhone for an extended period of time find a position that feels more comfortable for you.
     
  6. redgaz26 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    doesn't happen if I'm on a call happens if I'm on the web or using an app for to long
     
  7. benflick macrumors 68020

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    I'm suprised i havent either, I know what your talking about though
     
  8. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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    I think he means he's getting pins & needles in his fingers after using the touch screen, not in his arm after holding the phone.

    If that's the case, it's happened to me too... just something about the tactile sensation of the screen... maybe stop using it when it happens.
     
  9. redgaz26 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    hey benflick that's some amount of iphones and ipods you have:D
     
  10. benflick macrumors 68020

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    It's an obsession/Collection. Getting my first iMac next week!
    I'm at 146 or so charactors now on my signature, so i'll delete a few.
     
  11. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    ummm, ^^ who are you talking about?

    EDIT: nvm...
     
  12. LuckyLyons macrumors newbie

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    I've noticed that when I'm holding the phone with two hands and playing a game or something. As if the prolonged bending of the elbows is somehow cutting off circulation to your fingers? That's the only explanation I can offer:confused:
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Are you just feeling it in your fingertips or is it radiating pain (i.e. up your fingers / hands)?
     
  14. redgaz26 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    right up to the end of my fingers!! I kind of like it in a sad twisted way:D
     
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think you're hitting the screen too hard for your particular hands and pain receptors. Remember, the screen does not work based on pressure. You don't have to hit it with any force at all. I'd give a try for training your fingers to hit the screen less forcefully. Perhaps also try not holding your fingers at a normal angle to the screen (that is, hold your finger straight so it's almost parallel to the screen and touch the screen with the pad of your fingertip (where the fingerprint is) rather than the very tip (i.e. don't use the part that's right at the very tip of the finger between the nail and the pad).

    The minor possibility also I'd suggest is that you're building up an electrical charge on the surface, although it doesn't sound like you're describing
     
  16. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Yes, I get it in my right arm and hand when I lay back and surf the web a lot.

    I finally realized it's because I'm holding it up to my head with my left hand, but my right arm is sharply bent at the elbow, doing the flicking etc. So the sharp bend cuts off the blood flow.

    Need to move the device and your arms around.

    It doesn't help that Apple left out any way to quickly get to the bottom (or any part) of a page or document. Worst UI I've ever seen in that department. It just screams out for either a scroll bar or a page index, or a cursor button with repeat.
     
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    you could also happen to have bad circulation, mention it to your doctor at your next appointment.
     
  18. milani macrumors 68000

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    Yah I was just going to say... I don't think it's normal for limbs to fall asleep. :eek:
     
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    I'm pretty sure that being "on pins and needles" is an expression for being nervous or something. Although a limb or digit "falling asleep" can give the sensation of feeling pins and needles.
     
  21. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Doesn't happen to me. Maybe your just some kind of weirdo


    (kidding)
     
  22. chakraj macrumors 65816

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    Everyone here has been having great fun at your expense. But I do know what you are talking about. I had always carried my phones in my right pocket and that leg has a numb spot there now. I have to carry my iphone in my left pocket now. You are probably very sensitive to electrical and other energy waves. can you hear the whine of a tv or other electrical appliance if its on? the iphone has a very high energy output. from the edge to the hsdpa or what that means is the gsm waves and the wcdma waves.
     
  23. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

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    sounds like some kind of tunnel syndrome ( nerve impingement)


    If your index and thumb are tingly you have median nerve impingement ( carpal tunnel )

    If your pinky and ring finger are tingly you have ulnar nerve impiggement ( cubital tunnel)

    If the outside of your elbow is tingly ( not as common) you have radial nerve impingement


    However without a full physical/history its hard to determine if this could be caused by sometime like diabetic neuropathy, poor circulation, cervical plexus impingement, etc


    Hope that helps
     
  24. alFR macrumors 68020

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    <cough> Rubbish <cough>. Unless of course you have a link to a peer-reviewed scientific paper in a reputable journal demonstrating this phenomenon? Didn't think so....

    No it doesn't. It's not even in the top 10 radiation-emitters in the US cellphone market.
     
  25. Secretsme macrumors newbie

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    Pins and needled

    I get pins and needles in the tips of my fingers when using the phone, worse particularly when surfing the net. Gets worse as I continue using and eventually disappears when I put phone down. Made me concerned enough to google the problem and see if their was a known issue with the phone. At first I thought I had carpal tunnel syndrome (I'm a doctor)- but noticed it's only when using phone (no matter how I hold it), and I had no problems with 3GS. I think this is a very real concern- can't even use my phone for long period without regular brakes as the pins and needles become unbearable!
     

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