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45/f. Arm & hand pain while sleeping. Also wake up w/ arms tingling from arms falling asleep during night. Pain also wakes me up at night. ?

45/f. Arm & hand pain while sleeping. Also wake up w/ arms tingling from arms falling asleep during night. Pain also wakes me up at night. ?

Possible Carpal Tun: There are other possibilities, but the most likely cause for your symptoms is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is the result of compression of the median nerves at the wrists and it is common for people to wake up to "shake out the numbness." i would recommend that you see a neurologist, but while you are waiting you can ice the wrists, try otc ibuprofen, and buy carpal tunnel splints for nighttime. ...Read more

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I'm feeling extremely tired despite getting 8 hrs sleep a night, falling asleep during day. episodes of numbness over top of head on left hand side. ?

I'm feeling extremely tired despite getting 8 hrs sleep a night, falling asleep during day. episodes of  numbness over top of head on left hand side. ?

Quantity vs Quality: While you're describing an adequate quantity of sleep, you may be suffering from poor quality sleep, for instance, sleep apnea, which can lead to inappropriate sleeping during the day. Numbness is more worrisome and needs to be evaluated by your Family Doc. If it happens again (especially w/loss of strength), call 911 & get thee to an ER to evaluate for possible stroke (remember FAST). ...Read more

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What causes a woman to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

What causes a woman to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

Could be serious: This may be indicative of a serious medical condition: inflammatory diseases or even cancer. Also funny infections can do the same thing. I would see your doctor right away and get evaluated. ...Read more

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Woke up with both hands slightly swollen. I do remember falling asleep on them during the night which cut off circulation. Took Benedryl for hives?

Woke up with both hands slightly swollen. I do remember falling asleep on them during the night which cut off circulation.  Took Benedryl for hives?

What hives?: If you fall asleep with hand/arm in wrong position, it can swell a little or even get weak for several hours. As long as using them/moving makes the swelling go away and it does not become a recurring event, then it is not likely a problem. Hands may initially appear a little hyperememic (=red), but this should also fade over an hour or so. If recurs, see your Dr. ...Read more

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My hands keep falling asleep while I'm sleeping, even when I'm laying flat on my back with nothing pinching my arms or hands. Now my knuckles hurt. ?

My hands keep falling asleep while I'm sleeping, even when I'm laying flat on my back with nothing pinching my arms or hands. Now my knuckles hurt. ?

Requires an exam: This describes a situation that could be vascular or due to a neurologic condition arising in the c-spine. It could also be a post infectious phenomenon. You need to be seen to sort it out. ...Read more

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Why do my hands hurt and keep falling asleep?

Why do my hands hurt and keep falling asleep?

problem neck/back: If both hands (the whole hand) have this recurrent issue, there could be something very wrong with your neck or upper back. Nerve compression problems often manifest with numbness or pain in hands/arms. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my hands from falling asleep?

How can I prevent my hands from falling asleep?

Sleeping hands: It sounds like you are having tingling in your hands, this is often related to nerve problems in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome is one form of this. You cannot prevent this if it is happening, but you can see your physician for testing to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hands falling asleep for no reason?

What is the cause of hands falling asleep for no reason?

Must be a reason.: Hands actually do not fall asleep without any reason. There is a good reason but it cannot be known without understanding more about your symptoms. When does it occur, when does it not occur? What part of the hand is affected? Is there any muscle weakness? Is the r hand as affected as the left? At the end of the day carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve injury are the most common causes. ...Read more