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At night when I'm trying to go to bed my feet feel numb an tingling an I can't sleep an it seems to only got worse of the past week?

At night when I'm trying to go to bed my feet feel numb an tingling an I can't sleep an it seems to only got worse of the past week?

Couple possibilities: You may be encountering the beginning of restless leg syndrome, and less likely, would be presentation of a peripheral nerve disorder. See your doctor and get this evaluated, as either problem can be easily controlled. Read more

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Top of my right foot is numb. Could it be because I always sleep on that side at night?

Top of my right foot is numb. Could it be because I always sleep on that side at night?

It's possible but: The numbness should go away after you are out of that sleep position. if the numbness continues see a doctor Read more

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What causes my legs/feet to go sleep (numb and tingly)? When I sit in chair or cross my legs? What can I try/do to keep this from happening?

What causes my legs/feet to go sleep (numb and tingly)? When I sit in chair or cross my legs? What can I try/do to keep this from happening?

Likely benign: Not unique to compress nerves especially on crossing legs. Tends to be transient and reversible. If the numbness persists, then that suggest more permanent problem. Some people with early neuropathy have higher susceptibility, and familial susceptibility to pressure palsy altho rare may be a cause. Read more

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For the past week my feet keep falling asleep overnight. I wake up to one being numb. I sleep on my back and have never had this before.

For the past week my feet keep falling asleep overnight. I wake up to one being numb. I sleep on my back and have never had this before.

Be seen: It would be wise to be seen for a detailed neurological and vascular exam to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Although it would be unusual for someone in their 30s, one possibility is you have developed a sensory neuropathy. There are multiple other possibilities as well. Read more

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Why are my hands and feet numb when I sleep?

Why are my hands and feet numb when I sleep?

Not if your sane: When you sleep your muscles are pumping less fluid back to your heart so the tissues that surround tendons swell. This pinches nearby nerves causing numbness.C. Read more

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I have numbness by the side of my left foot, almost to the ankle. Irritating, sometimes I don't sleep due to changing position of the leg.

I have numbness by the side of my left foot, almost to the ankle. Irritating, sometimes I don't sleep due to changing position of the leg.

Lumbar spine: Consider l-5 disc protrusion or spinal stenosis. This is also the distribution of the sural nerve - check to see if you have an irregularity in the shape of the ankle area (lump?) that could represent something impinging on this nerve or if this numb feeling changes with movement of your foot/ankle versus movement of your spine/sleep position. Does it stop when you sleep in fetal position? Read more

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When I go to sleep at night I wake up with both of my arms being numb and when I wake up and put my feet on floor they tingle and feel numb?

When I go to sleep at night I wake up with both of my arms being numb and when I wake up and put my feet on floor they tingle and feel numb?

Positioning: Likely you are sleeping in some contracted position compressing the nerves in your extremities. Or you mattress may need to be replaced. Read more

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Dr said I have carpal tunnel as my hands go numb when I sleep. My feet have also started to go numb but goes away if I change position, what could itbe?

Dr said I have carpal tunnel as my hands go numb when I sleep. My feet have also started to go numb but goes away if I change position, what could itbe?

Hands & Feet?: The symptoms you describe are concerning in this respect. There are many, many reasons why a hand or a foot can go numb. You are saying that initially both your hands were affected and that now both your feet are also affected. The list of all the potential causes for your symptoms has just gotten more complicated. I suggest that you see a neurologist for his expert opinion and recommendation. Read more

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When I sleep/lay down, my hands go numb. After waking my fingers don't open and close properly but eventually return to normal by mid day. (Although there is joint pain) Also, my feet go numb. I have pain in my left foot and ankle. I have the same sharp p

When I sleep/lay down, my hands go numb. After waking my fingers don't open and close properly but eventually return to normal by mid day. (Although there is joint pain) Also, my feet go numb. I have pain in my left foot and ankle. I have the same sharp p

You need to see MD: The symptoms you describe are clearly not normal. The potential causes are numerous, and if not identified may result in significant medical problems ranging from loss of function and joint destruction to even cardiac issues. This can't be diagnosed via Internet. Make an appointment to see a doc ASAP. Read more

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Having severe pain and numbness in my hands and feet happens in the night while sleeping it wakes me?

Having severe pain and numbness in my hands and feet happens in the night while sleeping it wakes me?

GET IT CHECKED: You are describing neuropathy. Neuropathy has many causes, the diabetes is one of the most common. If he has not been checked for this, I highly recommend it. Neurologists and physiatrists can do noninvasive studies to identify this. It can be treated, but is always best in no what the source is. Read more

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Tingling, numbness spasms on legs and feet when laying down to sleep. Restless leg syndrome?

Tingling, numbness spasms on legs and feet when laying down to sleep. Restless leg syndrome?

Possibly RLS: It may be restless legs syndrome (rls), if you have an urge to move them which gets better with movement ; worse with rest. Please see a sleep medicine specialist to determine if it is truly RLS ; to adequately treat it. Until then, try to keep hydrated, do gentle leg stretches prior to bedtime, avoid caffeine, and try to regularize your bedtime. Hope that helps! Read more

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I have a pinched siatica nerve. Does that cause numbness in the whole leg? I get numb in the leg and foot when I run. Also sometimes when I sleep.

I have a pinched siatica nerve. Does that cause numbness in the whole leg? I get numb in the leg and foot when I run. Also sometimes when I sleep.

It's possible: Most likely condition would be a pinched nerve. The nerves that supply the feet stem from nerve branches traveling from the leg. The "pinch" could be from the back at its root, but it an also be locally due to musculature. Another thing to be checked is circulation because if blood flow is hampered to a an area, it can cause pain and reduce function in the nerves. Get checked properly. Read more

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My lower legs and feet start tingling and goin numb in minutes when lying flat keeping me from fallin asleep so I sleep sideways. What could this be?

My lower legs and feet start tingling and goin numb in minutes when lying flat keeping me from fallin asleep so I sleep sideways. What could this be?

Pressure on nerves: From the sleep position is most likely at your age. This is not normal, so you should experiment with using pillows under your knees, sleeping on your stomach etc. And also changing sleep position from time to time. If the condition continues or worsens, you should have an examination to be sure that there is not something going on in the spine or in the blood vessels. Read more

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My thumb shakes when scrolling on cell, numbness in hands sleeping/awake, numbness tinglin in both hands in feet. ..What is it?

My thumb shakes when scrolling on cell, numbness in hands sleeping/awake, numbness tinglin in both hands in feet. ..What is it?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities, I would not hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis. Numbness is a neurological symptom and a nerve conduction test can usually sort it out as well. The two most common causes are either a pinched nerve somewhere, with carpal tunnel syndrome being the most common that involves the thumb; or a neurological condition such as a neuropathy for example. Read more

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I've been having slight numbness stiffness & cramping in my middle toes & severe pain in balls of feet especially when walking after sleep?

I've been having slight numbness stiffness & cramping in my middle toes & severe pain in balls of feet especially when walking after sleep?

Pain and cramping: There can be several causes to this, and some may involve subtle changes in your electrolytes for example. Get an evaluation with some routine testing of your Electrolytes (potassium levels, etc). Other s causes can be evaluated and tested for too. Best wishes. Read more