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Whats Causing My Arm To Fall Asleep
My left arm falls asleep when i sleep on my right side. Could this be spondylosis? Everytime i fall asleep on my right side, my left arm falls asleep and becomes numb. My nuerologist says this is due to a compressed nerve. Could I have spodylosis?
While : While lying on your right side, how do you position your left arm? Depending on what part of your arm goes numb you may be mechanically compressing the ulnar nerve at the elbow or the median and ulnar nerves as they enter the upper arm from under the pectoralis minor muscle. Most people who sleep on their sides bring the opposite arm across the chest compressing the nerves. If it is the ulnar nerve at the elbow, the pinky and ring fingers will go numb. Pectoralis compression can make the whole hand go numb. This is unlikely to be related to spondylosis. ...Read more
Neck problem: (C4 or C5 issue) or supraspinatus or axillary nerve. Other symptoms. (Weakness of the biceps or deltoid muscles?) Pain in neck radiating to shoulder or hand?. Does your radial pulse in the wrist do away when you lift your arm to the side (vascular thoracic outlet syndrome?) Any rash? If this problem persists you are going to have to see a doctor who may order a scan or refer you to a neurologist ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The tip of my pointer finger will not wake up and im worried. My hand falls asleep when i sleep on side due to new mattress. Pinched nerve ?
Read below: When your foot falls asleep it is usually due to a compressed nerve or a build up of Lactic Acid from muscle overuse. The position that you are standing in can cause pressure on the nerves behind the knee or into the foot to create numbness, especially if you are standing in the same position for a long time. ...Read more
See below: Most common cause would be carpal tunnel syndrome which is a condition in which the median nerve gets compressed at the wrist. It causes numbness, achiness in the hand and in the thumb, index and middle finger. A condition called cubital tunnel at the elbow causes numbness and tingling in the 4th and 5th fingers. Also problems in the neck can cause symptoms in the hand like this. ...Read more
Variety of Causes: Most often people think pins and needles, or the arm falling asleep automatically means carpal tunnel. This is often misdiagnosed. A cervical disc bulge/herniation, Thoracic outlet syndrome and peripheral nerve entrapments should be considered. Start with conservative care with your chiropractor. If it does not resolve, an MRI, and/or EMG/NCV may be necessary. Specific wrist guards may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Started to wake up to find my arm is numb. Is there anything i could do to prevent numbness when i awake?
I suffer from anxiety and when i try to fall asleep my left side of my body goes numb and my heart stops. Then my body jolts me awake.
You're OK.: Anxiety can make you imagine that the worst of the worst can, happen. Not true in reality. Your heart doesn't stop-- you would be dead. Your extreme anxiety is your real enemy. It is not uncommon to experience one's body jolting awake when overly tired or stressed. Many people do including me. Relax, you are ok. But seek help from psychologist/psychiatrist to alleviate anxiety. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Why does my arm fall asleep when I put it in front of my head laying down on my stomach? Is it normal?
Also why does my left arm feel like it wants to go to sleep when I fall asleep? Should I be worried?
May be nerve problem: If an arm falls asleep, goes numb or tingly, or has changes in circulation, just in certain positions of the arm, there may be compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels to that arm. A primary care doctor, neurologist, and physiatrist (physical medicine & rehabilitation doctor) can help figure this out. Sometimes special x-rays are done to see if there is a problem of the nerve at the spine. ...Read more
possible CT Syndrome: If symptoms are only in hand and not above wrist then ct syndrome is likely. See a neurologist. ...Read more
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