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My hands fall asleep when I am sleeping, why is that?

My hands fall asleep when I am sleeping, why is that?

Parathesia: These occur primarily from blood flow or nerve impingements during sleep in a particular posture. ...Read more

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Why do my hands fall asleep when im sleeping? 26 weeks pregnsnt

Why do my hands fall asleep when im sleeping? 26 weeks pregnsnt

Carpal tunnel: A very common cause of nocturnal hand numbess in pregnancy is compromise of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. This is from the hormonal and fluid shifts in pregnancy. It usually clears after delivery and can be helped with wrist splints. In rare cases decompression at the wrist may be necessary. ...Read more

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

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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Why my hands fall asleep while I'm sleeping?

Why my hands fall asleep while I'm sleeping?

Sleep: It could be that you put pressure on your arm with your head or have medical conditions or low calcium. ...Read more

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Why do my hands fall asleep when I'm just sitting in one position for just a short time? My legs also, whenever I cross them, almost instantly. Also, whenever I bend my left arm or turn my wrist, it feels like I'm hitting my funny bone

Why do my hands fall asleep when I'm just sitting in one position for just a short time? My legs also, whenever I cross them, almost instantly. Also, whenever I bend my left arm or turn my wrist, it feels like I'm hitting my funny bone

Pressure palsies: There is a genetic entity termed "congenital pressure palsy" where patients are inordinately sensitive to nerve pressure. Although other patients have subclinical peripheral neuropathies which sensitize them to low level nerve compressions. See neurologist. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my hands fall asleep when I lay down and use my phone?

Could you tell me why my hands fall asleep when I lay down and use my phone?

Lying on arms.: Probably b/c you are lying on your arm and partially cutting off the blood flow and nerve transmission to your hands. When you shift positions, you feel the numbness and tingling. ...Read more

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Wh why do my hands fall asleep at night?

Wh why do my hands fall asleep at night?

Carpal Tunnel: This sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome. Try wearing a wrist brace at night when you sleep this takes the pressure off the nerve and can help with the symptoms. If this is not resolved I would recommend you see a hand surgeon for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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My hands "fall asleep" a lot. Why? Usually it's when I'm on my phone...

Carpal tunnel.: Sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome - a compression of the median nerve in the tunnel as it enters the wrist. Usually causes numbness / tingling in the first three digits of the hand. Treatment is rest / splint and non steroidal anti-inflammatory meds. ...Read more

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My hands fall asleep all the time even while I am driving my car?

My hands fall asleep all the time even while I am driving my car?

Carpal Tunnel: The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve compression at the wrist, are numbness and tingling at night, when you awaken, when driving, when holding a phone to your ear, when brushing your hair, and others. I recommend careful evaluation by a hand surgeon who can help you get an accurate diagnosis and treatment to hopefully permanently cure this issue. ...Read more

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My hands fall asleep every night on me. Also, during the day they tingle every once in a while. What could this be???

My hands fall asleep every night on me. Also, during the day they tingle every once in a while. What could this be???

Hand tingling: Do you think the part of the hands that falls asleep is the thumb, the index finger and the middle finger? Hands that "fall asleep" at night or during driving are common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This is best diagnosed with nerve conduction tests. For many people, special wrist splints, which can be found at the drug store, are very helpful for this. Consider wearing them at night. ...Read more

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My hands fall asleep at night and during the day. When I'm holding somethingand I have a hard time maki f a fist in the morning?

My hands fall asleep at night and during the day. When I'm holding somethingand I have a hard time maki f a fist in the morning?

Parathesias: At night we can have ulnar compression that results in hands getting numb. May be related to cervical spine disease, or thoracic outlet syndrome Would also check for carpal tunnel syndrome, especially if you work a lot with computers. Splints at night, motrin (if not allergic) may help. Rarely could be MS (usually not both sides). f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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At night while I'm in bed and in the mornings, both of my hands fall asleep and start hurting really bad. Also, in both elbows too.

At night while I'm in bed and in the mornings, both of my hands fall asleep and start hurting really bad. Also, in both elbows too.

Numbing of hands ins: You need to see a spine specialist to r/o any reason for spine bones to compress upon the nerves to cause those symptoms.
Once that is ruled out; other avenues can be explored eg blood levels of vitamin b12; or any local bolt lesion or cyst to compress upon nerve or compromise blood supply. ...Read more

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What are some possible reasons that my hands fall asleep during the night and it's only after I consume alcohol?

What are some possible reasons that my hands fall asleep during the night and it's only after I consume alcohol?

Hand tingling EtOH: There are many reasons that your hands can "fall asleep" during the night and many are positional. You typically move without awareness when this happens, or wake up and avoid it getting worse. Alcohol could prevent you from that awareness; but it is also toxic to the nervous system, so could ultimately worsen something like entrapped nerve, carpal tunnel or other syndromes. ...Read more

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I have very red palms, numbness&tingling in fingers & toes with sharp pains shooting up arms & legs. My hands fall asleep& I have to shake them.

I have very red palms, numbness&tingling in fingers & toes with sharp pains shooting up arms & legs. My hands fall asleep& I have to shake them.

Be seen: I would not hesitate to be seen. There may be more than one condition contributing, or they may all be stemming from one systemic condition. A nerve conduction test would probably be helpful in addition to being seen and examined. ...Read more

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Hands fall asleep everynight and in pain. Been wearing stints and now my wrists are itchy. What could be?

Hands fall asleep everynight and in pain. Been wearing stints and now my wrists are itchy. What could be?

Nerve-related.: The symptom of your hands "falling asleep" would suggest some compressive neuropathy, which could be located in the carpal tunnels in the wrists, at the cervical spine or someplace in between. A nerve conduction study may help determine the location of said compression. ...Read more

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'my arms and hands fall asleep after weight lifting?

'my arms and hands fall asleep after weight lifting?

Get examined: Sounds like u may have early carpal tunnel syndrome (pinching of median nerve @wrist).Gripping and re-gripping the bar w/ wt. Lifting could be irritating the nerve. Do your hands hurt @night? See your physician for exam (best to come in right after u wt. Lift). Good luck! ...Read more

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Haven't slept well since approx. Jan 2014. I wake up many times @ night bc arms and hands fall asleep no matter my pos. Feet & legs burn too. Cause?

Haven't slept well since approx. Jan 2014. I wake up many times @ night bc arms and hands fall asleep no matter my pos. Feet & legs burn too. Cause?

Need eval: You need medical evaluation for your complaints. I would start with evaluating your neck as I would be concerned there is something going on in your cervical spine that's causing some pressure on the spinal cord which could cause your symptoms. Also concern would be diseases that cause what is known as peripheral neuropathy. Please see your doctor for evaluation. Hope this was helpful. Good luck ...Read more

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I have severe muscle spasms in my left leg. Weakness in both legs. Both hands fall asleep and I have a loss of sensitivity in my fingers?

I have severe muscle spasms in my left leg. Weakness in both legs. Both hands fall asleep and I have a loss of sensitivity in my fingers?

See Neurologist now: Your symptoms are very concerning, urgent that you see Neurologist asap. Comprehensive workup is indicated including blood tests, MRI of spine and brain. If these symptoms just started, call 911 or go to nearest ER. You did not give any history, but it will be important to determine if you have had recent injury, trauma or involved in Motor vehicle accident. Please see Neurologist now, ...Read more

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3 Months - On and off tingly hands, lightheadness, tight right knee, floaters in eyes, hands fall asleep at night, - Brain MRI completely normal - MS?

3 Months - On and off tingly hands, lightheadness, tight right knee, floaters in eyes, hands fall asleep at night, - Brain MRI completely normal - MS?

Tingly hands: The symptoms of tingly hands and hands falling asleep at night may mean you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Having these symptoms and a normal brain MRI probably means you do not have MS.

The symptom of floaters is not common for MS. Tightness in the right knee does not normally suggest MS. Lightheadedness is caused by so many things, too many to list. ...Read more

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3 Months - On and off tingly hands, lightheadness, tight right knee, floaters in eyes, hands fall asleep at night, Brain MRI completely normal - PPMS?

3 Months - On and off tingly hands, lightheadness, tight right knee, floaters in eyes, hands fall asleep at night, Brain MRI completely normal - PPMS?

PPMS: No - these are not the symptoms of PPMS, but you could have some knee soreness, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Tell your providers about your symptoms, let them help you take care of them. ...Read more

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My hands have been going numb when I go to sleep. I haven't been laying on them or anything and the only time they get numb is when I fall asleep.????

My hands have been going numb when I go to sleep. I haven't been laying on them or anything and the only time they get numb is when I fall asleep.????

Carpal tunnel?: You should be evaluated by your doctor. In the meantime, you could buy wrist splints for carpal tunnel at the pharmacy and try sleeping in them to see if that helps. ...Read more

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I fall asleep quicker if lying on my right side but have an issue falling/going back to sleep on my left. Is it because I'm right handed?

I fall asleep quicker if lying on my right side but have an issue falling/going back to sleep on my left. Is it because I'm right handed?

Heart Anatomy: Not your handedness, but the location of your heart determines this. Your heart is on your left side and when you sleep most people will sleep on there right side, because you do not put pressure on your heart as when you lay on your left side. People do turn through the night and sleep on there back and left side for a period of time. ...Read more

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Why does my right hand fall asleep while im at work and while I sleep?

Why does my right hand fall asleep while im at work and while I sleep?

Correct Position: The sensation of a part of the body "falling asleep" is usually caused by compression of the nerve that enervates that area. Check the position of the hand during the night and during the day when the symptoms occur. Since there are other conditions that might cause this problem, best to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for a detailed exam. ...Read more

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My hands and feet fall asleep often especially my hands if I'm sleep I wake up with a tingling in my hands?

Probably diet: Sounds strange? The brain and nervous system are highly dependent on relatively low calorie intake with sufficient vitamin concenration. Too many calories, particularly simple sugars and sweeteners creates a relative vitamin deficiency. It is, in fact, like "choking" a car engine. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more

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If CTS is causing my hands to "fall asleep" during rest, will imbolization while sleeping help keep the CTS from progressing further?

If CTS is causing my hands to "fall asleep" during rest, will imbolization while sleeping help keep the CTS from progressing further?

Probably not: Here are 2 websites I recommend -- for complete relief from CTS. First is www. Flextend. Com, which explains a series of stretching exercises that invariably help when diligently performed. They also sell a device that enhances the benefit of the exercises--but it is not necessary. Second, is www. NewGrip. Com--for an inexpensive set of foam palm protectors to wear while driving, gripping, etc. ...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?

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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How did I make my hand fall asleep?

Pressure on nerve: If you sleep or sit on your hand or have your arm in an unusual position, you will temporarily decrease the vascular and nerve supply to the hand making it fall asleep. ...Read more