hand problems?

#1LurkNPosted 2/9/2013 5:37:41 AM
Hey all,
I've been playing with my 2 kids on the reg 3ds's I got for them and have not had any problems. Just bought a 3ds XL this week for myself to play some games i have really missed out on and new game i wanted to play [fire emblem awakening]. I start to have problems after about 20-30 minutes of playing. Starts in my outside lower palm -> side of hand -> pinky and continues in. The problem is that my digits start to go numb? a quick break and flapping my hands about for a few minutes relieves the problem. Just curious if anyone else has had the problem besides me. Also, I play sitting up, with the console griping it in my lap to rest on.
#2EchidneysPosted 2/9/2013 6:16:58 AM
This happens to me too, I usually have to play with the DS hanging over the edge of the bed if lying down (which gets uncomfortable) or lower my hands. I think it has something to do with a rule about your hands being above heart-level.
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#3blakbird13Posted 2/10/2013 12:15:39 AM
I have a Vita and have the same problem... I have arthritis in both my hands so they numb up a lot and quickly... So I use a hand grip made by CTA... I checked Amazon and they have one for the XL as well... You might check it out... It's made by Dream Gear not CTA but it has a decent rating... I find my grip really helps...

http://tinyurl.com/aunzjhm
#4jedinatPosted 2/10/2013 1:37:23 AM
That only happens for me when my elbows are resting on the bed or something... loss of blood flow, lol. At least my hands don't eventually cramp up a bit like with the original 3DS...
#5Ulyaoth74Posted 2/10/2013 1:57:37 AM
I never have problems so I'm not sure. But your fingers going numb is a sign that you aren't getting blood to them. You might be holding it wrong. You might have your arms or wrists twisted in a way to slow down blood flow. Which is why taking a brake and flapping your hands works because you are getting blood back to it.
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#6LurkN(Topic Creator)Posted 2/12/2013 9:31:27 PM
Thanks for the suggestions all.
@blakbird13- looking into that grip atm, ty.
#7PlaysaverPosted 2/13/2013 2:15:26 PM
My right arm feels broken just below the elbow, I don't think it because of playing my 3ds though.
#8NettoSaitoPosted 2/13/2013 3:24:25 PM
I'd recommend trying to hold the system differently. That actually happens with me when laying down playing games off of the Wii U game pad. Maybe try resting your hands on something, or resting your arms in a different way...
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