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  • 45. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    OlgaJ Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    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. ]


    People get rude because there is a limit to what nonsense they can listen to. If you are incapable of understanding why one side of your body may not react as the other, and you are incapable of understanding how holding a phone can be damaging to your body, then nothing remains to be said.

    If you throw your shoulder out playing ball, it's not the ball's fault nor the ball manufacturer's fault. It is your own behavior that has caused the shoulder damage. The same is true of your arm, your elbow, your wrist and your hand when you hold an item such as a phone.
  • 46. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    daddave2 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    Maybe the op had a stroke when hitting a high score. Someone call 911.
  • 47. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,790 points)
    Apple needs an IQ test for the next round. Anyone scoring below, oh say, 80 can't buy an iPhone. It would cut out about 85% of the senseless posts written here......
  • 48. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    forumalias Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    rbrylawski wrote:
    Apple needs an IQ test for the next round. Anyone scoring below, oh say, 80 can't buy an iPhone. It would cut out about 85% of the senseless posts written here......


    Along with the same percentage of their customers no doubt.

    Companies make electronic devices and market them as something any idiot can buy and use. The problem is many idiots do buy and try to use them leading to such things as idiot forum posts asking questions that "normal" people can easily figure out.

    I wouldn't hope for a change in this any time soon (actually... ever). A large portion of electronic devices purchased these days are done by people who will eventually have a dumb question to ask about it.

    Dave
  • 49. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    Jon Markle Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    I'm not sure "everyone" who asks questions could or should be classified as "dumb". Perhaps just not experienced or informed.

    I recall many many years ago, when i first embarked on the computer world and then the Internet, there was much I did not know. I learned, with time, experience, good and bad choices, and lots of "dumb" questions. Back then, though, we were a smaller closer knit community of like minded people who were much more willing to suffer newcomers and teach rather than ridicule.

    And as my mentor says, the only dumb question is the one not asked. My dad is always calling me asking me questions that are fundamental to me, but not to him, about the iPhone I gave him. He's by no means dumb. Just not experienced. Plus he's elderly (90) and in a nursing home, with not so good a memory any more. Some questions are repetitive, as a result. But, "dumb" . . . NOPE!

    Let's all just try to get along here and help each other. That's what this forum is all about, isn't it. (myself included).

    Thanks,

    Jon
  • 50. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
    forumalias wrote:
    Along with the same percentage of their customers no doubt.

    Companies make electronic devices and market them as something any idiot can buy and use. The problem is many idiots do buy and try to use them leading to such things as idiot forum posts asking questions that "normal" people can easily figure out.

    I wouldn't hope for a change in this any time soon (actually... ever). A large portion of electronic devices purchased these days are done by people who will eventually have a dumb question to ask about it.

    Dave

    @OlgaJ & KC7GNM

    +50 to your posts. Excellent.

    Also, @forumalias, I agree, but a lot of the posts are also from those who are too lazy to actually utilize Google. I love how they'll set up an account here, confirm their email, then post their question, when searching Google would be immensely FASTER...
  • 51. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    forumalias Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    EBSkater wrote:

    Also, @forumalias, I agree, but a lot of the posts are also from those who are too lazy to actually utilize Google. I love how they'll set up an account here, confirm their email, then post their question, when searching Google would be immensely FASTER...


    This will never change (not searching Google first). Many have tried to educate the masses and all have failed.

    Check out this site... great for passing along the "hint":

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=letme+google+that+foryou

    Dave
  • 52. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,495 points)
    There's a negative placebo also, and this is what you're experiencing...

    Nocebo response.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocebo
  • 53. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,495 points)
    And as my mentor says, the only dumb question is the one not asked.

    Actually, there are several scientifically proven dumb questions. One of them, posed to a travel agent:

    "If I fly on my birthday and cross the international date line, do I still get presents when I land?"
  • 54. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
    OH MY GOSH, I LOVED THAT!!!
  • 55. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    Kirk Strobeck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    All I know is that I have never experienced this before, I experienced it twice with the iPhone 4, did a search for it and there was an entire forum dedicated to it. If you want to prove people wrong, then make full contact on the whole logo side (top of phone where lock button is) for 30 min while it's on.

    Since making the post, I have still continued to play, but now don't hold the left side and the numbness has stopped. It is clear to me that something is wrong here. And no, I'm not that litigious, I have never sued nor planned to sue anyone, but the matter should be resolved or acknowledged. I just want to know if it has long-term effects.
  • 56. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    Jon Markle Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    Not to be argumentative, however, I still challenge you to research your complaint/ailment, outside of the few other (paranoid) complaints in some forum. Is there any proof anywhere that the iPhone is responsible for such physical problems as the source of the problem? Have you visited your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis, yet? I know from personal experience, that when I have aches and pains, changing my position, in the case of typing for example, usually relieves the stress that is causing the discomfort.

    I urge you to check with your doctor, as others here have already said.

    Good luck.

    Jon
  • 57. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    Kirk Strobeck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I will not be checking with my doctor as it has only happened those couple times when I was using the iPhone 4 in that way, no other time, no other device, even when used in the same manner. Nothing about this is paranoid, it is accurate to my experience. What was your experience by the way? None?

    Have you visited a psychologist to see why you frequent forums where you have nothing applicable to communicate, but only write to tell others that what they have experienced didn't happen?

    I urge you to check with your psychologist and grow up.

    Good luck.

    Kirk
  • 58. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    pberk Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
    Kirk,

    PLEASE see a doctor. My dad developed carpel tunnel syndrome and lost the use of his hand for about 4 months because he ignored the numbness that was starting to develop when he was at his computer.
    Like you, because he had not done anything different, he assumed it must be something new that he introduced into his environment or activities. By the time he went to a doctor, he didn't even have the hand strength to open a packet of sugar and had to be casted for an extended period of time.

    I have another friend who ended up needing surgery on both his wrists and couldn't work for more than 4 months, and never regained full motion in one wrist..

    It might just be a certain motion that you are making or a way you twist your wrists when you play a particular game or something, or it might be from repetitive texting in a certain position...

    But do have it checked out before it gets to be an extreme issue....

    Message was edited by: pberk
  • 59. Re: numbness in left hand after holding phone
    EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
    modular747 wrote:
    There's a negative placebo also, and this is what you're experiencing...

    Nocebo response.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocebo

    Thanks. I couldn't quite remember what the name of it was. I forgot what the people are who constantly exhibit this.

    Seriously though, Apple needs to make sure that their users don't constantly produce the error code ID 10T, before selling their products to them. :-|