A 17-year-old female asked:
why do my hands go numb when i lay down or go to sleep at night?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Ronald Krauser answered
51 years experience Rheumatology
Carpal tunnel: This are classic symptoms related to carpal tunnel syndromes. There are several possible causes for cts. Have the problem evaluated.
Answered on Aug 15, 2017
Dr. Laurence Badgley answered
52 years experience General Practice
Shoulder or wrists: Teenager with both arms "going to sleep" at night likely has nerve impingements in shoulders or wrists. Thoracic outlet syndrome usually unilateral. If carpal tunnel syndrome then ergonomic insults become of concern. Neurologist can diagnose, but many doubt reality of tos, so avoid one of those. Physical therapists are often very helpful. Except to rule out a cervical rib, x-rays not helpful.
Answered on Jan 22, 2016
Dr. Peter Ihle answered
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Carpal tunnel?: Many times when u sleep, u will flex ur wrists. This bends the median nerve over the transverse volar carpal ligament, ; this pressure effects the sensation 2 the thumb, index, middle fingers ; 1/2 of the ring finger on the thumb side. Check it out ; c if that's it when u wake up. Does not mean surgery, usually nite splints will b all u need . Image missed the side of the ring finger.
Answered on Oct 15, 2017
Dr. Frank Holmes answered
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Nerve compression: Lying down in a certain position may create nerve compression and produce numbness. Repetitive bending/flexion of the elbow often results in ulnar symptoms and thus, the ring and pinkie fingers fall asleep. Carpal tunnel symptoms result from compression and/or inflammation of the median nerve when the wrist is bent/flexed for long periods of time. Try altering your positions to see if this helps.
Answered on Oct 2, 2016
Dr. Aron Tendler answered
18 years experience Psychiatry
Carpal Tunnels: You may be naturally resting on the palms of your wrists (maybe even laying your head on your wrists), unintentionally pressing on the flexor retinaculum which is a band that compresses the carpal tunnel. This is the pathway for the median nerve entering into the wrist, causing numbness. People who work on computers all day have the same problem.
Answered on Nov 4, 2017
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