A 29-year-old female asked:
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when i am sleeping on my back my hands fingers and arms laying down beside me go to sleep they are numb why is this?

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Dr. Scott Hacking
17 years experience Family Medicine
Numbness: sensory nerves are being compressed. Possible locations include the neck, shoulder, the elbow or wrist. Consider cervical radiculopathy, thoracic outlet syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment, or carpal tunnel syndrome. The specific places you are numb will give your doctor clues. Seek medical attention immediately.
Answered on Jun 21, 2016

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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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Carpal Tunnel: Sounds like irritation of median nerve. Your new job must involve a lot of computer work. See a neurologist.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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It depends: You are probably describing a condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome. I would have it evaluated before beginning any exercise program.

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