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Numb hands 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
Does anyone else have the same problem as me? I like to sleep with both hands tucked up under my chin but for several months, maybe a couple of years, now my hands go numb just as I am dropping off to sleep. Or else I wake and find my ring and little finger completely without feeling. It doesn't take much to restore feeling, just letting them drop over the edge of the bed for a few minutes does it, but it does tend to put me off falling asleep as I'm conscious of what is going to happen. It isn't carpal tunnel as that usually affects the index finger and thumb and I have no problems during the day. I keep meaning to ask the doctor but because it doesn't happen during the day I keep forgetting about it - until bedtime.
 
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Re: Numb hands 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
I wonder is it caused by the pressure on the blood supply at the bent elbows Faye?

I do wake up sometimes with numb fingers/hands, then pins & needles, & think that is the cause of it.

Sleeping for hours in the same position.
 
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Re: Numb hands 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
Faye I have the same problem, only I usually go off to sleep alright but whenever I wake up, be it in the middle of the night or early in the morning my hands are always numb and tingling, and my fingers feel stiff and swolleen. After a few minutes of wiggling them or opening and closing my hand the circulation comes back again. I am sure it is a circulatory problem and like Lucky I am inclined to think it is because the flow of blood gets constricted by the bend at the elbow. I usually lie on my side with both hands up by my chin, in the summer, or in the winter I shove them up under the pillow!.
Actually, I have even got it at times sitting in the armchair with the phone up to my ear too long !! Then I have to change sides and drop the pins and needly hand straight down over the side and shake it all about till it behaves itself again. Should probably talk to the Quack about it sometime. I always forget to do so though.
 
 
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Re: Numb hands 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
I fling one arm up over my head in sleep & it goes quite dead at times, to the extent that I have to lift it down with the other hand.
It hurts like hell till the circulation is restored.

I think it is the elbow working like a tourniquet & if there is some arterial sclerosis it could add to the restriction.

The fact that we stay in that position for so long contributes to it.
 
Last Edit: 2009/08/27 20:12 By Fey Hag.
 
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Re: Numb hands 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
Mine start tingling before I go to sleep. That's what keeps me awake. I don't get numbness when I sleep on my back but then my arthritic knees lock up from having them straight down in the bed and it is painful to get them bent again. What a tale of woe. I also ache all over, in all my joints, through the night and have to keep moving around. For all that, I can't wait to get to bed at night and just love sleeping.
 
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Re: Numb hands 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
That sounds just like me a few years back Faye.

When I gave up the red meat it eased slowly off.
If I had a meal of red meat, within 48 hrs it was back with a vengeance.
Took me a while to get the message but I have been so much better.

I hurt my neck moving my husband a while back & that seems to have triggered a new bout of the general miseries.
One thing does seem to set the rest off.
I hope to get this bluidy neck sorted & see if it gets back to the comfort of the last few years.

It may just have been one of those mysterious remissions of course.
 
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Re: Numb hands 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
Seems like these symptoms are fairly common among us. Probably being a bit on the tubby side does not help I am guessing.
Funnily enough I have just been away for the weekend, sleeping in a bed I have never slept in before, and I expected to not sleep well at all really. How wrong I was. I slept right through both nights , all night! No tingles, no toilet toddles or tiddles whatever. That is very, very rare for me. Must have been the sound of breakers and the extra salt air.
WhenI woke at 2 am this morning , my hand and half my arm was numb and I went to the toilet, back to bed, and numbness had gone, went to sleep right off, but woke again 4 hours later and was all tingly again!. The bed I slept on while away was bit firmer than my own one I think. The mattress was on a wooden slat base, whereas my own is fairly firm but is sprung and on a sprung base as well. .
 
 
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Re: Numb hands 5 Years, 3 Months ago  
A common problem for sure , you are not alone.
I think we all know it is most likely the circualtion being interrupted by being in certain postions for longer than normal . In sleep we can tie our limbs and bits in knots here and there. Also any neck problems often call this when lying down in different or familiar positions.

Aged souls feel it more maybe beacause we are not as rested from our days? We just zonk out?

I find it cold as well as numb and, do a lot if flapping to reactivate the blood there. eeeks! Creepy stuff.!

But the worst for me now is when I raise upright from a lying position or sit too long in one place, the positional pain of my readjusting tail feathers, I then feel very tingly (and painful in buttocks and back of thighs) numb from the waist down to my feet.. now this makes for very awkward moving and walking, or to bathroom visits..it lasts about 15 -20 minutes before I feel safe upright again..pressed nerves .Then when 'adjusted' snd it wears off, off I go again racing, the old hen running clucking as usual..yep!!.
Not sure the last needle did any good methinks it added more..bugger!
 
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