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I am 40 years old and the last 5 years I cannot raise my arms or my legs have to be straight or I am in pain and tjey go to sleep who do I see?

I am 40 years old and the last 5 years I cannot raise my arms or my legs have to be straight or I am in pain and tjey go to sleep who do I see?

Seek help!!: This could be a serious problem with your spinal cord being compressed by your vertebrae where in certain positions other than completely in line, your spinal cord is compressing the rest of the nerves. Seek help immediately before permanent damage. Neck MRI would be diagnostic. ...Read more

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Every morning and when I go to sleep I have aching knees, my legs and arms feel like my bones are also aching. What does this mean?

Every morning and when I go to sleep I have aching knees, my legs and arms feel like my bones are also aching. What does this mean?

aches n' pains: Depending on your activities, work, your body may hurt.
It could be that you are developing arthritis, or another condition.
Depending on how long has this been happening and what triggered the start, you may want to seek professional help from your md. They are qualified to help you in this. ...Read more

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I'm having pins and needle and pain in both of my legs, also when I lift my arms above my head they fall asleep right away. What could this mean?

I'm having pins and needle and pain in both of my legs, also when I lift my arms above my head they fall asleep right away. What could this mean?

Seek medical care: Might be completely benign, but could also be symptoms related to nerve compression either in your spine (bulging disc, or other spinal stenosis) or in the soft tissues in your neck and/or hips/lower extremities. Might also be a symptom of a systemic illness, ie diabetes. It would be worthwhile having this checked out in person. ...Read more

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My right arms tingles and hurts inside whenever I go to sleep?

My right arms tingles and hurts inside whenever I go to sleep?

Arm Alarm: Your discomfort suggests compression of either blood flow to the arm or directly on a nerve. In the case of blood flow the tingling occurs as the tissues are deprived of oxygen which irritate the nerve. Direct compression of the nerve causes a similar irritation. A sleep splint with a ball attached to a velcro waist belt can be worn to keep you from rolling onto that side & compressing the arm. ...Read more

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When I lay down to go to sleep I very frequently get a very strange sensation in face and arms. Like when u feel like ur falling. Lasts couple secs.?

When I lay down to go to sleep I very frequently get a very strange sensation in face and arms. Like when u feel like ur falling. Lasts couple secs.?

Hypnogogic Phenomena: This is something that happens when you are in between wakefulness & sleep. Sometimes you begin to dream & are still not completely asleep. It's usually temporary & you don't treat it. ...Read more

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Area in spine between shoulder blades hurts until I "pop" it, it will wake me up at night because both of my arms will go to sleep?

Area in spine between shoulder blades hurts until I "pop" it, it will wake me up at night because both of my arms will go to sleep?

Arthritis: You may have arthritis in the back, have it xrayed and find out is there any arthritic changes if so the severity. Physical therapy might help with the symptoms ...Read more

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What causes your arms to fall asleep while you are laying on your back sleeping?

What causes your arms to fall asleep while you are laying on your back sleeping?

Sleep: Sleeping on the back can cause pressure of the arms if you put your head on the arms or could be other medical causes including sleep apnea. ...Read more

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My arms fall asleep when I am sleeping.

My arms fall asleep when I am sleeping.

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 (thoracic outlet), and it would be beneficial to get this diagnosed. See your doctor but also, try wearing wrist splints at night and see if it helps. ...Read more

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When I lay down to sleep my arms start throbbing/tingling with pain. It takes hours to go to sleep. They don't hurt any other time. What is this?

When I lay down to sleep my arms start throbbing/tingling with pain. It takes hours to go to sleep. They don't hurt any other time. What is this?

Carpal Tunnel : Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It can increase with progressive pregnancies.

http://www.centraljerseyhand.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome.htm. ...Read more

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I am 40 years old and my arms amd legs go to sleep and hurt if I don't keep them straight down at my side?

I am 40 years old and my arms amd legs go to sleep and hurt if I don't keep them straight down at my side?

Seek help!!: This could be a serious problem with your spinal cord being compressed by your vertebrae where in certain positions other than completely in line, your spinal cord is compressing the rest of the nerves. Seek help immediately before permanent damage. Neck MRI would be diagnostic. ...Read more

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If I don't keep my arms and legs straight down they hurt and go to sleep what is this?

If I don't keep my arms and legs straight down they hurt and go to sleep what is this?

Depends: I would need your age, your general health and your history. Since it is in the upper and lower extremities, this makes the picture muddled. If it were one or the other, one would think of a vascular blockage or a nerve impingement (kinking). Since it is in both upper and lower, you should see your pcp or a vascular doctor (cardiology or cv surgeon) or neurologist and get an exam and diagnosis. ...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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Every night, when I sleep, my arms will "go to sleep" or go numb as well. This happens after a short period and no matter how I lay.

Every night, when I sleep, my arms will "go to sleep" or go numb as well.  This happens after a short period and no matter how I lay.

Diet : The Commonest cause of this is lousy diet. A good diet is expensive and many people cannot afford it. I have seen this many times, especially in adolescents. The Commonest cause is vitamin b1 deficiency caused by taking sugar in all its different commercial forms. It is a sad comment on U.S. Diet. ...Read more

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Every time I lay down to go to sleep, my arms and hands go numb. I turn to help relieve it some, but the numbness doesn't go away until I stand up.?

Every time I lay down to go to sleep, my arms and hands go numb.  I turn to help relieve it some, but the numbness doesn't go away until I stand up.?

Nerve compression: Your symptoms are suggestive of a nerve entrapment problem;most commonly the median nerve @your wrists(carpal tunnel syndrome) or your ulnar nerve @your elbows(cubital tunnel syndrome). See your PCP or orthopedic surgeon for examination and definitive diagnosis. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Wondering y my hands and arms fall asleep all throughout the night no matter how I sleep, I wake up all night shaking them, what's going on?

Limbs fall asleep: Wondering if nerve entrapment at the cervical spine (neck) exists. Recommend checking with your family doctor for more workup. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Re mirtazipine if I don't go to sleep immediately I get almost pre-orgasmic but unpleasant feeling in my groin which ends in the involuntary jerking of my arms and legs. Goes on and on until I get up"?

Mirtazipine sleep: This medication affects the sleep and is dose dependent. I would encourage discussing with your doctor to adjust the dose to address getting to sleep issue. The medication is not a sleep inducer it's an antidepressant with sedative quality and once your depression symptoms clear up sleep should be in rhythm.Also, please let doctor know if using any other otc meds supplements. ...Read more

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When I go to sleep I get a horrible headache and my hands and arms go numb. If I lay on my back my hands go numb. Any ideas?

When I go to sleep I get a horrible headache and my hands and arms go numb.  If I lay on my back my hands go numb. Any ideas?

HEADACHE NUMBNESS: You need a check- up. It could be serious like aneurysm, space occupying lesions, or any circulation problems. It's better to know than guess what's causing the problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Ever sense I had my daughter 6 weeks ago my arms will fall asleep when I sleep elevated on my back why is this & what can I do?

Ever sense I had my daughter 6 weeks ago my arms will fall asleep when I sleep elevated on my back why is this & what can I do?

Nerve being pinched: The position you're holding your daughter is most likely causing some pinching of the nerves in your back, changing positions or sleeping on your side will often help improve this situation. Stretching and going on the "child pose" (yoga pose) every few minutes will help immensely as well. ...Read more

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My arms fall asleep all the way down into my chest when I sleep?

My arms fall asleep all the way down into my chest when I sleep?

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 a serious problem. You should get check by your doc. ...Read more

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Why do my arms fall asleep when sleeping on the recliner and my arms are just at my sides?

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 tend to alleviate numbness sometimes. This is especially true in carpal tunnel syndrome. Although I cannot make a diagnosis based on the information I have so far, perhaps a doctor visit, more information, or nerve conduction testing would help. ...Read more

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Why do my arms and hands fall asleep when I sleep on my back?

Posture: You may possess carpal tunnel syndrome, but could be compressing the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Unlikely that this represents neck or shoulder issues, although possible. Nerve conduction testing may provide answers. ...Read more

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My shoulders and arms fall asleep at night while I sleep. Will this have any long term effects? I am worried about it causing blood clots.

My shoulders and arms fall asleep at night while I sleep. Will this have any long term effects? I am worried about it causing blood clots.

Sleeping habits: It may be that you are falling asleep on top of your arms, or with your neck in a crooked position, causing compression of a nerve. If a nerve is compressed for long enough, you will develop paresthesias, the medical term for "pins and needles." this improves with changing position or shaking the affected arm. Changing your pillow or sleeping surface may reduce falling asleep on your arms. ...Read more

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I haven't had a lot of energy. Even if I sleep all day I still have no energy. Just recently I have pain in arms and legs when trying to fall asleep.

I haven't had a lot of energy. Even if I sleep all day I still have no energy. Just recently I have pain in arms and legs when trying to fall asleep.

No energy: Please start by seeing your primary doctor.
Most likely you will be referred to a Neurologist to determine the cause of your symptoms and plan correction. ...Read more

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Everytime I go to sleep, I wake up with a numb arm--what causes this?

Maybe carpal tunnel: Characteristic of carpal tunnel, but can be seen with ulnar compression at elbow. Possibly, problem in neck or shoulder. An electromyogram may reveal answer. ...Read more