/ medical problem: numb hands while sleeping
A visit to the docs the other day was of limited use. They didn't really know what it could be and took my blood pressure which was normal, as expected.
Does anyone else get this?
Carpal tunnel syndrome. Google Tinnel's and Phalen's test and see if these provoke your symptoms
I'm guessing of course but there may not be anything medically wrong. A similar thing happens to me sometimes. Exactly what causes it is unsure, but perhaps pressure on the nerves in your neck or shoulders, but I'm guessing it might be solved by changing the height of your pillows and if necessary with a new mattress, either firmer or softer.
Both hands at the same time?
All the fingers or are some unaffected? Same on both sides?
Apart from the numbness, is the strength normal?
And legs both ok?
How long does it last? Only happens while asleep?
Is there anything that you can do which will definitely make it happen?
I'm away over the w/e so sorry if I don't get a reply back in time.
both arms at the same time, though the left tends to get it more than the right. From the elbow down. The ache seems to be mostly centred on the forearms.
Strength normal, although a few years back I was too drunk to wake up and the left arm was completely dead and I was unable to grip for half a day.
Only happens while I am asleep. I can still feel it now nearly 5 hours later.
It is hard to say what definitely makes it happen as I wake up with it about 4 hrs after going to sleep. Seems to be worse after a hard climbing session in the day.
I'd second the suggestion of a possible spinal column nerve compression issue. It may be that your sleeping posture is mucking about with nerve bundles emerging from one of the vertebral outlets in the spine. Search for 'dermatome chart' to see what vertebra it might be, and then review your sleeping habits, mattress and pillow to make sure they're giving you support. Or, if you sit in a chair all day, review your posture.
Hmmm... Re-read your OP and the bit about being like circulation stopped. So, to clarify, when you say 'numb', do you mean loss of sensation, or loss of circulation (arms and hands cold and white/blue)?
If it's loss of sensation, what parts of the arms are affected? All the fingers, or just some? Outer or inner arm, front or back? Try to be clear about what goes numb before looking at a dermatome chart, so you won't be influenced...
Do you suffer from migraines at all?
I got the numb arm problem after getting a new laptop, around the time I started needing glasses for reading. It was due to stiff neck muscles from holding my head in a funny posture to see the screen while lifting up my hands to type. I got some bifocals that have a mid-distance lens at the top, whic worked.
Will pm you when I return to civilisation
Sounds like my problem.
A classic sign of diabetes.. Looking at your profile 50 + years of age I would put my money on you being a type 2. (like myself)
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