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numbness in left hand after holding phone

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  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,720 points)
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    Jul 23, 2010 4:21 PM (in response to ackford9583)
    ackford9583 wrote:
    I have this same problem... I have a handsfree kit and rarely use the phone by holding it to my ear. The main numbness is in my little finger on my left hand. But it does travel up into my forearm. I find if I am holding the phone in the portrait position I rest it on my little finger. At this point my finger is on the USB charger/ connection port. I have a rubber case all the way around the antenna so it cant be that. The only thing I can think of is this port. Is it possible for a very small yet constant electric current being passed through my hand??

    Not unless your finger is small enough to actually fit inside the port to make contact with the connections inside. You are reaching here pretty hard.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • StevenB4 Calculating status...
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    Jul 23, 2010 4:22 PM (in response to KC7GNM)
    First it was an antenna issue and then apple solved that by giving away free cases. Now it is numbness. What will these fools think of next to try and get a total recall of the phone. Apparently you have a problem of not getting your way so you invent something new to get back at apple.



    ummm. The retina display causes early onset of Macular degeneration?
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  • Mussman33 Calculating status...
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    Jul 23, 2010 4:21 PM (in response to KC7GNM)
    My iPhone has decided to leap out of my hand and fall onto the ground and smash into a million pieces its all your fault apple I want a refund! LMBO!
    iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Custom Built Quad Core Windows 7 profesional PC
  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,720 points)
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    Jul 23, 2010 4:23 PM (in response to StevenB4)
    StevenB4 wrote:
    ummm. The retina display causes early onset of Macular degeneration?

    LOL yeah that will be the next thing.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • teach5 Calculating status...
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    Jul 23, 2010 4:25 PM (in response to BertieS)
    You might have carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrist from repeated motion. Have it checked out. I had it from painting pictures too much and too long. Mine was doing that when the syndrome was getting worse.
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  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,790 points)
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    Jul 23, 2010 4:37 PM (in response to KC7GNM)
    All of this is a form of pre-trial jury selection to see if there're enough idiots around who'll buy this nonsense to make it worthwhile to sue. There probably are in some area like SF...
    MacPro4,1 8 Core, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4, iOS 4.0, AirPort Extreme, 160GB iPod Classic, 5 PCs/WinXP SP3
  • MrDGOrman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 23, 2010 4:46 PM (in response to BertieS)
    One short and simple sentence followed by a 3 letter 'word' that discribes this thread.

    Are you ******* kidding me? Lol.
    Windows Vista, iOS 4
  • Kirk Strobeck Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2010 8:45 AM (in response to BertieS)
    Yes, I have experienced it. I am afraid the iPhone 4 is microwaving our arms. I play the game "Field Runners" and it requires you to hold it a certain way. When I'm finished playing (sometimes 20min+ or so later - the game is addicting) I feel a numbness in my hand. The issue is with the top-most metal panel antenna.

    I had been playing in bed, so initially I thought I may have been resting on my arm in a funny way to make it fall asleep, but then I realized both arms were in exactly the same position. I ignored it and didn't think anything of it. Today I felt it again after playing for a while, but this time its worse and I can feel it in my forearm and even up to the start of my bicep.

    This is a real problem and really needs to be addressed. Even as I write this I can feel the subtle pain in my left arm that is taking far too long to subside and actually has me worried.

    This is something Apple should address, if not be sued for.

    [ Not sure why people are being so rude on this forum. ]
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  • pberk Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2010 8:52 AM (in response to Kirk Strobeck)
    Those who experience numbness in their hands after holding their phones a certain way and certainly playing games with repetitive motions should definitely see a doctor... repetitive motion injuries and carpel tunnel syndrome can be very very serious... and the longer you let it go, the longer it will take to deal with the problem....

    As far a "microwaving" you, the iPhone 4's radiation levels are lower than every other phone on the market according to independent testing.. but even if it weren't, one month of usag would hardly cause symptoms...
    imac 2.8 Core 2 Duo, ipad 3.2.1, iPhone 4,, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 3 GB RAM
  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
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    Jul 25, 2010 8:52 AM (in response to franzenkris)
    franzenkris wrote:
    I would have to say that this phone is much heavier than the previous phones, although I never felt what the original phone weighed, so it might be that. By the way how long does it take holding the phone to make your hand go numb?

    iPhone: 4.8 oz (136 g)
    iPhone 3G: 4.7 oz (133 g)
    iPhone 3GS: 4.76 oz (135 g)
    iPhone 4: 4.8 oz (136 g)
    MacBook Pro 13.3", Windows XP
  • Borss Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2010 8:55 AM (in response to BertieS)
    I found a temporary solution. Put on a tinfoil hat and the pain goes away completely!
  • daddave2 Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2010 8:56 AM (in response to pberk)
    How old is the OP? My ear gets numb when I talk on the phone more than an hour or so. Is my ear getting micro-waved? Or should I just tell my dad to s ut ip?

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  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
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    Jul 25, 2010 8:56 AM (in response to Kirk Strobeck)
    Kirk Strobeck wrote:
    Yes, I have experienced it. I am afraid the iPhone 4 is microwaving our arms. I play the game "Field Runners" and it requires you to hold it a certain way. When I'm finished playing (sometimes 20min+ or so later - the game is addicting) I feel a numbness in my hand. The issue is with the top-most metal panel antenna.

    I had been playing in bed, so initially I thought I may have been resting on my arm in a funny way to make it fall asleep, but then I realized both arms were in exactly the same position. I ignored it and didn't think anything of it. Today I felt it again after playing for a while, but this time its worse and I can feel it in my forearm and even up to the start of my bicep.

    This is a real problem and really needs to be addressed. Even as I write this I can feel the subtle pain in my left arm that is taking far too long to subside and actually has me worried.

    This is something Apple should address, if not be sued for.

    [ Not sure why people are being so rude on this forum. ]

    Good grief...if it doesn't work the way you want, then sue. Pathetic...

    Ever heard of a placebo? There's a negative placebo also, and this is what you're experiencing...
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  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,720 points)
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    Jul 25, 2010 9:01 AM (in response to Kirk Strobeck)
    Kirk Strobeck wrote:
    Yes, I have experienced it. I am afraid the iPhone 4 is microwaving our arms. I play the game "Field Runners" and it requires you to hold it a certain way. When I'm finished playing (sometimes 20min+ or so later - the game is addicting) I feel a numbness in my hand. The issue is with the top-most metal panel antenna.

    I had been playing in bed, so initially I thought I may have been resting on my arm in a funny way to make it fall asleep, but then I realized both arms were in exactly the same position. I ignored it and didn't think anything of it. Today I felt it again after playing for a while, but this time its worse and I can feel it in my forearm and even up to the start of my bicep.

    This is a real problem and really needs to be addressed. Even as I write this I can feel the subtle pain in my left arm that is taking far too long to subside and actually has me worried.

    This is something Apple should address, if not be sued for.

    [ Not sure why people are being so rude on this forum. ]

    You ever stop to think that you are playing for so long on a phone that isn't ergonomic for game play in the first place would cause this? Apparently you are reaching way too far just like the OP on this issue. Quit playing games for long periods of time on the phone. It really wasn't designed to be a gaming platform. That was something that third party app writers decided to do on it. Why not sue the app developer for putting crappy controls in his game instead of apple?

    The reason people are rude here is because of morons like yourself that think it must be the phones fault when you don't even take the time to think you might be playing too long on a certain game.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Jon Markle Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2010 9:06 AM (in response to Kirk Strobeck)
    I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one. However: The numbness and hand/wrist problems everyone is reporting on here is something you should be taking up with a qualified doctor, not Apple.

    The reports here, sound to me, remarkably like case of (perhaps) either Carpal tunnel syndrome, or Tendinitis, both common among people who do repetitive tasks such as typing, computer work, or phone work (including but not limited to gaming). Common ailment that sometimes can worsen to the point of needing surgery. But, certainly not Apple's fault.

    See your doctor. Find out what it is. Could be people just need to exercise more, outside of playing on the iPhone or computer all day. <GRIN>

    Jon
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