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numbness of legs, arms, hands

I been having sleeping problems for a while now and are just realizing what is happening and it is beginning to occur nightly... I wake up nightly to with heavy, numb arms and shoulder and/or legs. Its beginning to cause serious problems and is starting to effect my life... What could this be?
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replied September 18th, 2008
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Moved to Sleep Disorders so you can get some better answers Smile
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replied September 18th, 2008
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hi
hey have you tried getting a mattress that shapes your body bc it might be that you have the wrong mattress for your body and the way it sleeps i found with my old mattress i was getting numbness and very sore legs, and I'm quite tall 6ft so i have to be comfy Smile try that not to sure if it is the same problem but just a thought hope everything is ok. Jenny
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replied February 19th, 2009
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I am researching this topic and looking for people who wake up in teh night with limbs, hands, that feel numb or "missing" Loss of feeling or charlie horses during sleep? Contact me, please. Thanks
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replied December 12th, 2011
i wake a least four times a night with numbness in both arms and my right hand i feel like i have my last three fringers missing and not only that i have a pain from my hand going up my hole hand , but once i shake my hand ever thing all right again but it will happen again about three hours later. jess
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replied March 18th, 2012
Lose use of right arm and hand asleep, takes hours to come back
I am 39 female and have been waking up throughout the night with intense pain from the numbness in my hands arms and legs. In the morning it can sometimes take up to two hours to get feeling in right arm and hand. This iris painful, and began about 2 years ago. I do not have insurance so I just live with it. In the last 6 months an entire side of my body from shoulder to foot loses all feeling, very much like being paralyzed. It is only getting worse, and the pain can be intense enough to wake me up.
Please, if you know what this is, help.
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replied March 25th, 2009
Loss if feeling in my arms and hands
Hi Kat214

I wake most nights with the loss of feeling in my arms and hands which I am finding very distressing.

I am making an appointment with my GP to determine why this is occuring and would be grateful of any advise you may have on this matter.

Kind Regards
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replied July 7th, 2009
I am also waking up several nights with tingling and numbness in my arms, hands, legs & feet. I ahve seen a neurologist who doesn't know what's causing it. Awaiting an MRI scan but neurologist isn't expecting to find anything on it.
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replied December 11th, 2010
I have the same thing happening with arms and hands falling asleep while I sleep. It seems to get progressively worse night after night, waking me up repeatedly. Sometimes my arm is so "dead" when I wake up, that I am worried that the blood loss throughout my arm and hand will cause other problems.
I have found something that helps, however. When I use my Chi Machine everyday, it stops completely. If I slack off or stop using the Chi Machine then it will start happening again. The Chi Machine is a little box that swings your feet for 15 minutes as you lie down with your ankles resting on it. I know it has other health benefits too and I enjoy using it so I don't mind that I have to keep using it so my arms and hands don't fall asleep at night. I got my Chi Machine from a website
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replied January 21st, 2011
Numbness Of Legs, Arms, Hands
Hi, I found that it is related to weight i.e. when I put weight on this unpleasant phenomenon occurs, and when I lose weight it simply disappears.
What I would like to know, however, is the workings of this disorder. Does it have an impact on any vital organs? Is it the result of an adverse impact on vital organs?
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replied March 23rd, 2011
i have the same problems. ill be asleep and then all of a sudden my hand gets numb and starts to cramp up. it goes down to my foot and my foot will cramp up. sometimes i get charlie horses too. it only happens on my left side though. any thoughts?
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replied April 13th, 2011
I wake up often and actually feel the life leave my left arm. My hand goes numb, and my arm is heavy and weak. Quite often my left leg goes into cramp at the same time, and very occasionally my right side too. It lasts for hours sometimes, and leaves me with pins and needles, and it's really scary. I always feel really weak and unwell when this happens. I also have weird feelings with heavy feet and achy legs and arms through the day, and get frequent pins and needles and numbness in my left foot and hand, and a tremor in my left fingers. A neurologist thinks I'm having some kind of migraine attacks as I suffer from lightheadedness, awful left sided tinnitus, unequal pupil dilation and slight headaches, etc., but I'm not convinced that could cause these symptoms.
I can't help but think it's something like ms - I've also posted on the ehealth ms forum. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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replied May 21st, 2011
Numbness after sleeping
I Just had the same thing happen. Woke up and left side of face and arm was numb. Went to the ER and spent two days there. EKG, CT and MRI etc. Could not find the problem. Tried to tell me it was a migrane but I never get them and never have. I did not have a headache that day at all. Could be mini stroke so if you get this go to the ER ASAP.
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replied July 17th, 2011
Back pain causing numbness in right arm/hand
I hurt my back behind my right collar bone somehow, possibly weight lifting or carrying my daughter. I then, started having severe problems with numbness on my right hand and arm. It was difficult to sit, drive and to go on the computer, let alone sleep on my back or side! Everytime, my arm would go numb. It does seem to be getting better as I am able to type this, but wonder why this is happening. Does it have something to do with a pinched nerve in my back?
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replied July 20th, 2011
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Concern with any specialist doctor.
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replied July 23rd, 2011
numbness in hand
I have had numbness is my left arm and hand, it will cause me to wake up and takes about 10 minutes for the feeling to come back. im pretty concerned its been going on for about three months now and seems to be getting worse. today i woke up and mt left arm seemed very cold compared to my right arm. plan to make a dr. appointment soon.
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replied August 24th, 2011
Hi everyone, I constantly wake up with numbness in both of my hands as well, but I realize that it happens because of a bunch of reasons such as if I am getting close to my period, if my place is very cold, if I sleep on my hands, if I am stressed, if I am putting on weight or if I work hard using my hands. I find that breathing technique, yoga and light exercise plus drinking a lot of water helps. Eating healthy is very important as well.
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replied October 9th, 2011
numbness in arms and hands
Hi everyone, I had an operation on my leg in Feb of this year after getting 3 blood clots from a long flight. Ever since every morning I wake up with numbness in both arms & hands & it takes around 5 mins for the pain to go away. I eat well, I exercise daily I don't drink & don't smoke.
I'm concerned that because of the blood clots it might be something serious as you hear that if you experience pain in one arm to get checked out cause you could be getting a stroke. I've gone to mu GP & he doesn't know, I've spoke to the Dr at the Hospital where I had my op & they don't know either. Anyone have an idea?
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replied January 20th, 2012
I have not read what my problam is.When I go to bed my hands (from the wrist to my all my fingers Feel like they weigh 15 lbs also my feet are heavy.I donot like to have a anything on my feet. Does anyone else have this problam? bushbunny1943
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replied May 18th, 2014
It could be Fibromyalgia
It does not seem as if any answers are given in this blog, just reports of similar symptoms. I guess I am no different. I have FIBROBYALGIA and I have noticed that in the past year I wake up with dead arm and numb legs. I call this "cement in my limbs" as that is what it feels like. I move very slowly until I get more feeling and mobility. As I live with pain I am used to such things. I am overweight due to the lack of mobility. I am immobile because of the pain, it is a terrible cycle. So look into Fibro, that is my suggestion.
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