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my hands having been going numb while i'm sleeping for several months now and it's really annoying and disrupting my sleep. I have read some of the postings and many people say it happens while they are on their backs with their arms straight. Mine is completely the opposite; mine fall asleep while i'm on my side with my elbows bent. It doesn't happen while my arms are straight and i'm on my back, but i hate sleeping on my back it's not comfortable for me. I'm thinking it might be a nerve problem. Anyone have any more information about this?
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replied January 28th, 2008
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Hi
I am sorry I can't answer this, but I can say Hi and Welcome to eHealth! Hopefully someone can shed light on whats going on. I too have this problem on occasions. I sleep on my side (fetal position). There are times I wake up and both or one hand will be "asleep". I am looking forward to hearing from others as well to see if someone can explain!
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replied January 28th, 2008
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It could be that you are bending your wrists and not knowing it, or sleeping on top of your hands, cutting off the circulation either way.

Do you notice a pain in your wrists? This would be carpal tunnel syndrome and can make you lose the feeling.

What a lot of people do is bend their wrists while they are sleeping and lost the feeling in their hands. Try wearing a wrist brace to keep your wrist and hand straight at night and see if that helps.
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replied January 28th, 2008
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Unbelievable!
Thanks so much for the input Mominashoe! I never gave much thought about that, but I do indeed sleep with my hands bllaed into fist and wrist kinda balled up. Not sure why. If I lie on my back, which is seldon, I cross my hands over my chest (my husband calls "the funeral home position", my hads will also go to sleep. I think I might have to invest in a pair of the wrist bands to see if that will help! Oh, is it true you have 6 children? You are remarkably well preserved! You really are a pretty lady! I've been away a while on some family business....... but I've been here on eHealth since 2003, so very glad to meet you! Hugs!
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replied June 13th, 2012
I have just started having issues with both hands going numb while sleeping to the point i wake up in agonizing pain it feels like my hands are swollen and i can get then to go back to normal it last all day now no matter as i type i have no feeling in my finger tips its been going on for about 2 weeks now and when it started it was my arms then hands its getting very painful should i go to the er i have no primary care giver
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replied January 28th, 2008
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Thanks lol Smile Yes I have 6: my oldest is 7 years old. They keep me busy....I have no idea why I'm so well preserved!!

Good luck with the wristbands!
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replied January 29th, 2008
hand brace
i have a brace and wear it on my right hand frequently when i sleep and i just bought a second one for my left hand and last night my left hand went numb to the point of causing severe pain and waking me up at 2am. I can't take it anymore, i need sleep!! i'm calling my doctor!!!!
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replied October 14th, 2012
Hands fall asleep
I suffer from the same dilemma my hands fall asleep and wake me up at all hours of the night. I mentioned this to my doctor and he basically brushed it off. I searched the net and the only thing I can attribute it to is neuropathy. I don't know if that is right, let me know what you find out please. ~ Dwight
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replied December 21st, 2012
good evening, I am suffering from this as well. i went to the neurologist and he stated that i have carpel tunnel as well. He wants to refer me to a hands specialist that will inject shots in my wrist. I'm not to keen about this. sleeping on my back with my right arm propped on another pillow is very uncomfortable. let us know what your doctor say justalex.
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replied March 9th, 2013
Hey Dwight. I go to the Chiropractor and it relieves my symptoms. I also changed my pillow. The Chiropractor told me that from the type of work I do, that the pushing and pulling causes a subluxation in my neck, which causes the nerves to get pinched. You can set up a simple consultation with a Chiropractor and they can tell you what your best option is - Brent
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replied May 25th, 2009
hands going numb
If I sleep on my back, both of my hands go numb. When I sleep on my sides, which ever hand is on top will go numb. Most of the numbness is on the outside of my hand, pinki area. This has been going on for years and the doctors keep telling me I am fine. I even had an MRI of my neck, which was fine. I feel I am losing strength in my hands now and they are starting to tremble or my thumb will twitch at times, regardless of what position they are in. HELP Susan
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replied August 1st, 2011
On another forum somebody mentioned Raynaud's Phenomenon. I don't know anything about it besides the person mention tingling in fingers/toes, emotional stress, and inability to warm hands. It is unlikely this is what you are describing, but I thought I would pass it along anyway.
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replied June 4th, 2009
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Susan, have you seen a Neurologist? I have numbness that more is like it's just not there no tingling etc..Mine is from Neuralliga..Keep fighting to get answers..
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replied June 6th, 2009
I did see a neurologist and he ordered an MRI of my neck. It came back fine. He gave me some Lyrica but I am afraid to take it. When I go back I am going to ask if it could be originating from my shoulders, since my neck appears to be fine.
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replied June 6th, 2009
Arms Falling Asleep....
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, and I have some ideas for you. First of all, since you are sleeping are your side, try training yourself to sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees. It may be hard at first, but it will keep your spine in better alignment. If you have to sleep on your side, then buy a body pillow, and make sure the pillow for your head is offering adequate support without causing your neck to be tilted up too high. Also, I would encourage you to see a chiropractor. More than likely, you have an issue with one of your cervical vertebrae. If you see a general physician, they will give you medication, which won't solve the problem. Also, it is possible you are dealing with carpal tunnel. If you use a computer throughout the day, make sure you have one of those gel packs to support your wrists when you type on your keyboard, and when you use your mouse. Lastly, feel the muscle under each arm. If it feels large and bulky, then try consistently using ice under the armpit. If this muscle, ( the supscapularis) gets too bound up, it can cause pain, and numbness and tingling. Also, consider going to see a massage therapist. I know it's expensive, but a good therapist will be able to determine whether or not the issue is muscular. Most importantly, go see a chiropractor!!!! MANY chiropractors are fairly affordable and even offer massage as part of their therapy. My concern is that this problem will become something you deal with during the day if left untreated.
Blessings!
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replied December 21st, 2012
Thank you, I will look into a chiroprator and massage therapist. Are you located in MD?
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replied December 25th, 2009
Hello all, both my hands go dumb usually around 3-4 in the morning. It is so strange. But then they feel like they are frozen, it's terrible. And it is very painful, it feels like they are thawing out.

Connie
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replied December 26th, 2009
hands go numb during sleep
I have also had this problem for years; it gets worse in the winter for some reason. I am up every night having to change positions which entails hanging my arms over the side of the bed so the blood rushes back into my hands. Does help, and I can resume sleeping for the rest of the night. My doctor told me there is nothing to do for it, and no real medical reason why it occurs.
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replied January 12th, 2010
hands goin numd while sleeping and freezing all day at work
i have the same problem i sleep on my side i dont ball my hands and they fall asleep all the time now i might ad i work with vibrating tools evryday and have for 18 years and now while at work my hand are freezing all day any info would be great thanks
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replied January 12th, 2010
hands numb while sleeping
I was in a car accident 5 and a half years ago, got severe whiplash, and have suffered from neck pain and spasms ever since. I don't have health insurance, but my dr wants me to have an MRI of my neck. A few months ago the hands going numb while I sleep started. What would the neck have to do with that?
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replied January 24th, 2010
Neck dislocation has caused numbness in my hands
I had a spinal injury 10 years ago where I dislocated my c6 and c7 in my neck and I suffer from numbness in my hands while sleeping on my back and my hands are completely straight. I know it is from my accident so I have never had it checked, I'm not sure if anything can be done in my case.
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replied February 7th, 2010
dose anyone know what is cause it the numness
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replied February 8th, 2010
hands amd wrists going numb while sleeping
I have the same problem as everyone else on here, I am 31 and have one screwed up body;I have been seeing a chiropractor for about a year now.I have had severe neck and back injuries and now wake up with numbness and pain in my hands.My doctor and even my mother whom is a Doctor said to get the wrist guards for Carpal Tunnel syndrome.You can find them at Walgreens or a Discount drug mart for about 10$.I have one for the right hand that I have had for a few years(other injury)and I have begun to wear that and Have not had problems with my right hand anymore.Tomorrow morning I am going to buy one for the left and see if that helps alleviate the pain for both hands and the problem entirley.
I honestly believe that it is caused due to injury rather than something Neorlogial which I may still go see if the problem does not resolve with Continued Chiropractor care and wrist guards being worn at night.
I also agree with the previous posts about using the gel packs for your mouse and keyboard.I have one for the mouse and will probaly go buy one for the keybord after reading that post.Thanks for everyone elses in put and I am glad I am not alone and I hope my input helps as well.Will post
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replied February 25th, 2010
hi my hands have just recently started going numb at night also. it doesn't matter if i sleep on my back or my side. i wake up all night long and try changing my position constantly but nothing helps and its only at night. it's not that they're just numb though, it's really painful and nothing i've done so far helps! i also have back problems. it's funny that everyone with this problem has it. i have a herniated disc in my lower back but it's not bothering me right now. i don't think it's carpal tunnel though because i don't really do anything with my hands and have been without my laptop for a month and just got it back today!!
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replied February 25th, 2010
Hands going to sleep
Hi, I also have both hands and part of my arms going to sleep when in bed, not necessarily asleep, as I don't sleep much. However, they go to sleep when I hold the phone as well and I have to keep changing hands. Dr said it could be Carpal tunnel, but its funny they both started on the same day
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replied March 26th, 2010
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i think the hands falling asleep is definetly a problem with the neck. i had a fusion of c5/c6 for this and it helped for a year and now its back but a little different. i think its now c6/c7 but i'm thinking twice of another fusion. i think chiropractic would help. i plan on going to my doctor who is a physicist(?) and see what he tells me.
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