Numbness in hands – sleep disorders forum – ehealthforum type 1 diabetes autoimmune

Wow this is so weird reading all these posts here! This has just started happening to me really frequently. Sometimes I wake up three or four times a night with a numb arm — the feeling that the whole thing is missing, and I have to shake it and physically move it with the other arm, or it might just be starting to tingle. I’ve been assuming it is because I am falling asleep in a bad position. It really feels like the circulation has been cut off rather than crushed nerve though. I’ve been piling my pillows up really high under my head, and that seems to help.

This is quite common in the arms. The nerves which are being damaged are a group of large nerves passing from the lower part of the cervical spine in the neck, across the shoulder and down the arm into the hand. While this group of nerves run together they are known as the brachial plexus.


But as they go down the arm they divide into individual nerves which control different arm muscles and different areas of skin sensation.

In your case it is likely that when you are asleep, the position you lie in stretches the brachial plexus on that side. This could be aggravated by your weight which adds extra downward pressure on the shoulder. This may not happen on your right side because the nerves there may follow a slightly different course which makes them less vulnerable to being stretched.

an alternative explanation is an unusual abnormality of the spine where there is a small extra rib on vertebrae above the normal first rib, often only on one side of the body. This abnormality is known as a cervical rib, and it can press on the lower part of the brachial plexus to cause the one-sided symptoms you describe.

I first awoke to this feeling on christmas day 2005, while laying on my back with my arms to my sides – a very natural non-contorted position. This alarmed me, as one immediately thinks the worst [heart attack]. After standing, it went away. I’m a 39 y/o male who is in the prime of his sudden heart-attack years, and i’m about 20 lbs over my ideal weight.

Three months later, i’m still plagued by this problem, mostly at night and mostly in my left arm but occasionally in both. From my research, it looks to be a common pressure palsy from a nerve either being pinched or the blood flow being reduced or stopped to the affected limb. Typically i’m a side sleeper, and surprisingly this occurs most when on my back.

Approximately two years ago, I was rear-ended at an adjusted speed of about 40 mph. Since then, beginning about two months afterwards, i’ve had neck shoulder pain, sciatica [numbness in my right leg (removing or relocating my wallet to my left-rear pocket usually resolves or avoids this)] and finally this arm numbness. Unfortunately for me, the statute of limitations has run out so I cannot pursue his insurance company to pay for any related procedures, and I fear that I will continue to have ongoing and increasing health issues because of that accident.

Perhaps these links will be of help to you. I suggest that you see a doctor in any case, but especially soon if you’re additionally experiencing chest and/or throat pain as this may be an indicator of heart disease or the onset of a heart attack. Good luck take care of yourself

I agree with you. I started getting numbness in my fourth and fifth fingers at night. This would occur mostly In my left hand, but I also get it in my right hand. My wife started developing the same symptoms about six months later. Both of us had lower back aches upon rising in the morning (kidneys). We had been living in our new home for almost 2 years. After doing extensive research I decided our symptoms could likely be related to chemical or metal toxicity. I had our well tested and my suspicions were right. We had uranium in our water. Come to find out about 57% of wells in our area have it. The concentration levels vary significantly. Take a look at the national radon map and if you live in one of those areas you should test for uranium in your water and local foods. Radon gas is a daughter product of uranium. Our symptoms have mildly improved since we stopped drinking the water. Having a hard time finding any real answers on how to safely detox the uranium and radium from us. The medical field has been of no help.

I can also relate to much of whats been posted. Unfortunately, no resolution yet. It started with a pain in my right wrist over two years ago from working more than 10 hours a day on the computer for a couple of weeks. I then started going back to a normal 8 hours but the pain never disappeared. I waited until 2 months ago to finally see an orthopedic doctor/surgeon figuring I had carpal tunnel. He diagnosed it as tendonitis and gave me a prescription for methylprednisolone (a corticosteroid) to knock the swelling out. Nothing improved, I actually felt worse. Went back, but this time also complaining about mild stiffness in BOTH hands but still focused on the right wrist. Got a steroid shot in the wrist to see if that would knock it out but still no luck. A few days later, I started waking up in the middle of the night with the dreaded numbness/tingling in both hands. I have figured out that if I sleep sitting upright on a couch or recliner the numbness is minimal if not gone completely. But if I ever accidentally end up flat on my back with my hands on my stomach or by my side I do wake up every time with numbness. I went back to the doctor and this time I got a NCV nerve test from a neurologist just to confirm it wasn’t carpal tunnel, the results were negative, which was a relief. I’m 31 years old, 5’9 tall and weigh 180 lbs. and still have no idea what is causing this, so the relief was short lived. I am a little overweight so I’m taking measures to lose weight, hoping that that is part of the problem. I changed my work habits, cutting back my computer time. My next step is to get a blood test(for diabetes) and a chest x-ray to check out my arms and shoulders. One doctor suggested that this might be something that will pass over time, but I’m not willing to wait. My advice for people who use a mouse for long periods of time, buy a tablet or use something else! and take lots of short breaks. Hopefully next week I’ll have some answers and repost.