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arms fall asleep at night.. nerve ?

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Old 06-30-2008, 10:01 AM
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Ok so about the last 10 years my arms off and on fall asleep at night.. sometimes to the point that I can't feel them at all and have to move them around a while to get the tingly feeling then back to normal. Sometimes its one arm... sometimes both. I get it even when laying on my back with no pressure on my arms???
Lately I have had it get even stranger though. Only a portion of my arm and fingers are asleep. Like my pinky and ring finger and that sliver down to my elbow will be asleep. This also can happen on both arms at once. Last night it was the opposite and my thumb to my middle finger section was asleep. My DH said its some kind of nerve problem and only suggested working out my arms more. I JUST worked out before this happened the last few nights. I don't see how that will help? Is this related to carpel tunnel? is it from typing too much or leaning my wrists on the computer desk? Someone even said it maybe from leaning on my elbows all the time? Either way I want to know WHY and also what I can do to help it. It was so bad a few nights ago that everytime I woke up at night one or both arms was doing it. But that said this goes in spurts. I can go months without it then it starts up again for a while. My DH doesn't seem too worried and he's a PA. ? anyone have a clue about this?? thanks!
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:07 AM
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Jess, I'm not sure what you're doing when asleep but I've had this and a couple of my bootcampers have as well. I got it when I was carrying heavy books in a bag and I let my shoulders fall forward; my bootcampers when they used heavier weights than they were used to and let their shoulders curve forward as well. I'm not sure what nerve it is, but I think it's a nerve in your shoulder and that if you focus on keeping your shoulders back and down you should be able to avoid pinching it. Hunch up your shoulers, roll them back, press your shoulder blades down your back as far as they can go.

I expect rear flys might help as well to strengthen the back of your shoulders.

That's my .02 without seeing your or knowing much! :) HTH
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I don't know. When my massage therapist massages my delts, she keeps saying how surprised she is that my arms and hands don't go numb more often due to how tight my delts are pressing on a nerve. Sorry, I don't remember the name of the nerve. When she massages my forearm, sometimes it's so tight, the numbness shoots right into my hand. Freaks me out! I've been trying to stretch my delts/pecs/shoulders/forearms, and notice less numbing at night. The numbness can get bad enough to wake me up in the middle of the night at times. I don't notice it during the day.

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Old 06-30-2008, 10:13 AM
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Could you have cubital tunnel syndrome? http://www.assh.org/Content/Navigati...tal_Tunnel.htm

I have it on my right hand and carpal tunnel on both hands. :P It gets worse for me in the second half of my menstrual cycle.

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Old 06-30-2008, 10:54 AM
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the cubital tunnel syndrome sounds alot like it. My DH said something about the nerve issue coming from my elbow. I didn't think about the shoulders etc. I'll look more into this.
I've wondered about pinched nerves etc in my back also. I get frequent tension headaches in my neck etc. Thanks for the information everyone!
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Please get this checked now. I had CARPAL tunnel and got surgery on both wrists (it was a snap). I told my orthopedic surgeon about a guy at work who never got his carpal tunnel fixed and told me his arms had been numb for ten years. My surgeon slapped his clipboard down on the counter and said "That's so STUPID! If you don't get the problem fixed it becomes permanent. Why do people do that?" Please, get this problem looked at NOW before it becomes completely debilitating and unfixable. Also, you really need to know exactly what the trouble is. I can tell you each of my carpal tunnel surgeries took 20 minutes, under local, and I was back at work in two weeks. I haven't had an issue since.
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This same exact thing happens to me every night. Even when my arm is over me and I'm not even laying on it. It's very frustrating. Sometimes I'm afraid that when my feeling comes back that the fingers will be bent in a way they shouldn't be bent and then I'll start feeling pain. That hasn't happened, but that's how numb my hands get.

I know my traps and upper body is always tight. This could be the problem.
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:30 AM
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It's probably a nerve in your elbow. I get this when I work on the computer for extended periods of time. Especially since I have a tendancy to lean on my elbow while reading through stuff.

Since your pinky and ringfinger are effected it is probably the ulnar nerve. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00069

My orthopedic doctor had has me do stretches and application of hot and cold compresses.
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Old 06-30-2008, 12:03 PM
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http://www.aspartamekills.com/mpvalley/

Okay, so I'm posting this link just about everywhere right now. Numbness and tingling in the extremities is a common complaint regarding aspartame (artificial sweetener) consumption. If you drink a lot to diet drinks and/or eat a bunch of sugar-free foods, take a look at the symptom list on the link. Perhaps this could be the source of your problems?????
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My vote is for cubital tunnel syndrome. It's very common in this situation for your hands, especially the pinky and ring finger, to fall asleep at night if you sleep with your arms bent, such as when you lie on your back with your arms folded over your stomach.

I have it, and it can develop into more than just your hands falling asleep. It can get pretty darned painful. The primary problem was at work, because of a bad desk setup. Make sure your arms are bent at a 90-degree angle or less when you type. You might need to get a drop-down keyboard tray. Also, make sure you sleep with your arms straight. It's tough to get used to, but for a long time, the only way I could sleep without my hands falling asleep was flat on my back with my arms straight at my sides.

Try making changes like this, and be really aware of how your hands and arms feel during the day, not just at night. If that doesn't clear it up, there is surgery.
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