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Left arm numb and lightheaded

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ok here is the thing with me. my left arm goes numb and i get very light headed. this happens only in the morning about 1 to 2 hrs after i get out of bed. i have no idea what is going on and i would really like to know if these symptoms are a sign of something serious. it worries me i am only 22 years old so if you could please tell me and explanation or give me some things that have these symptoms in them.


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replied April 16th, 2010
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Hello,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

There’s a possibility of you sleeping by keeping your left arm under your head or under the pillow and this is one of the common causes of the hand going numb in the morning.

This occurs due to the compression of the radial nerve and there’s a transient pressure effect and it goes away on its own.

Please avoid putting your arm under the head in future and this should definitely help you.

If the symptoms persist throughout the day, then it is really worrisome and will need further evaluation by a neurologist. I sincerely hope this information helps. Take care.



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