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Why Do My Arms Fall Asleep When Im On My Back
Position: It may have something to do with the position of your head and neck or the position of your arms. In either case this may be causing some decreased blood flow to the nerves in the neck or the nerves that cross the shoulder which would then cause your arms to fall asleep. A physiatrist would be a good specialist to sort this out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possible causes: Chances are your are sleeping in a position that is impinging on the blood supply to nerves, kind of like when your legs fall asleep while reading a good book on the toilet:). If there are any other symptoms that go along with this then see a neurologist for further work up. There are a lot of neurologic conditions that can cause this as well. Consult with a neurologist as you see fit. ...Read more
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
Arm Asleep?: Most of the time this is caused by simple pressure on the nerve that innervates the arm. Pressure on the nerve will reduce or stop the blood flow to the nerve, and the numbness, tingling and pain ensues. It will likely wake you us, you will roll off the arm, blood will be supplied to the nerve, and within a few minutes, the nerve will be functioning normally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get examination : If this has been going on for an extended period of time i would suggest that you get examined to find the reason. Most likely it just muscular in nature. It could be as gimle as the pillow you use or the position you sleep in. Try placing a towel wrapped around your neck, secured by a pin and se if the extra support stop your pain. If do then try getting a pillow with a neck contour for support. ...Read more
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
Depends: Maybe you bed is too hard or too soft. If it's too hard, your body weight can produce pain at the pressure points of your back because you back is not straight. This pain is even more if you are skinny and have no body fat to use as cushion. If it's too soft, your back can bend too much and pain is produced from over stretching back muscles and ligaments. ...Read more
Possible CT Syndrom: Symptoms suggest left ct syndrome. See a neurologist. ...Read more
Position change: Try sleeping on your side with a pillow prop and stay off your belly. ...Read more
Consider: Perhaps you have some neck issues, such as degeneration of discs, which trigger headaches. Perhaps you are pinching the greater occipital nerves at the base of your skull, or causing jaw problems which secondarily go to headache. Your doctor could perhaps discover other answers. ...Read more
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