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why do my arms fall asleep when im on my back

A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. K. Olson
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39 years experience Psychiatry
Paresthesias: Could be due to kinking your neck while reading or watching tv in bed. If there is cervical neck nerve compression due to arthritis or trauma (recent ... Read More
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Position: It may have something to do with the position of your head and neck or the position of your arms. In either case this may be causing some decreased bl ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let help you: The most common reason for arms to fall asleep at night, to have condition called carpel tunnel syndrome. The way we sleep in the fetal position (hand ... Read More
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Dr. Gregg Albers
41 years experience Addiction Medicine
Arm Asleep?: Most of the time this is caused by simple pressure on the nerve that innervates the arm. Pressure on the nerve will reduce or stop the blood flow to ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
53 years experience General Practice
TOS: 30's person has bilateral (most unusual) arm global dysesthesias at rest. Absent neck pain there is concern for impingement in region of brachial neu ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
19 years experience Neurology
Arm numbness: The feeling of falling asleep is like numbness. Sometimes this happens during sleep because there are no position changes. Movements of the arms ten ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Not uncommon: Most often this is associated with pinched nerves at wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome), but could be compressing nerves at elbow or even shoulders (thora ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rohit Keswani
25 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Position: Arms "falling asleep" is something that usually comes when your arms are in one position for a long period of time, and pressure is being applied to t ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
18 years experience Sleep Medicine
No: When you get some area that falls asleep it typically means that there is pressure where the nerve is not getting regular flow/circulation. The muscl ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Rothman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Circulation: This sounds like a problem with your circulation. Sometimes this can be purely related to being in the wrong position, sometimes this could represent ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Possibly your thoracic outlet blood vessels or nerves are being pinched by the maneuver. Get a vascular opinion and testing. Some will respond to phy ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Possible: Might also be carpal tunnel or another peripheral nerve syndrome. Hard to tell without better understanding of your symptoms.
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