I have recentely, over the last 3 months, begun to experience numbness in my hands (In my left hand, more than my right though) while I sleep. I often wake up multiple times in one night as a result. The numbness is not just in a couple of finger, but rather the entire hand streching up into the arm. Similar symptoms can be induced by holding my arms straight up above my head. I have seen a doctor, but they were not able to give me a conclusive answer. They mentioned that my pulse, in my left hand especially, was very weak with my arms above my head.
I looked into carpal tunnel syndrome, since I work in IT and am at my computer the majority of the day, but the symptoms did not seem to match. I also heard of a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome, which is said to possibly be cause by increased exercise of the upper body. So I thought that might be a possibility, but it just seems so remote, since I have a small frame and am not abundantly muscular.
I am looking into getting a second physician opinion, but thought I might query the forum to see if maybe someone out there might have an answer.
P.S. My father was diagnosed with CP. Oddly, he's right handed but it was his left arm that was giving him more trouble. He had surgery on the left arm only, and both arms are fine now.
I don't know about anyone else, but my limbs go numb very quickly. At one point I could only sit in a chair for 5 minutes without my entire back loosing feeling. That is when i went to the doctor, and they told me I fractured my lower back.
Go to a doctor if it persists!
sorry, dont have an aswer for you but anoyther similar condition. Sometimes i take xanax to go to sleep. One time for some reason the xanax took affect b4 i made it to my bedroom and i fell asleep in my chair. My head was slumped forward during my entire sleep. when i awoke in the morning, the entire left side of my head/skull was 100% NUMB and tingly. I figured i had pinched a erve and it would go away in time. HOWEVER... it remained numb for over a month. this scared me pretty good. but the feeling has since came back.
NOW.....last night, i fell asleep on my arm and now my right arm feels very similar. i have little control over my right hand and fingers & wrist. Example: I am unable to use a cigarete lighter. I can't even hold a pen- it just fallls out of my hand. I woke up at 7am today and it is now 3;30pm- feells exactly the same. i am normally perfectly healthy, young, and normal;normally have incredible dexterity in my fingers and hands. I''m also a professional guitarist so my fingers perform as precision surgical instruments. I normally type faster than any human should be able to do and right now i am typing with one finger on my lleft hand. I didnt have a stroke, no history of nerve disorders, (unless this is the beginning) but i do have a history of back problems (herniated discs-4) and occasionally get some sensations or tingles on a bad day but for the most part, i am fine.
Does anyone know why this condition takes so long to go away and go back to normal?. email me please if you know.
&nb sp; &nb sp; I know your post was a while ago now, but just wondering if you found the cause. I also seem to have the same symptoms. I also noticed that it does become worse after a heavier workout. I have seen doctors and no one yet has given me a precise diagnosis. I personally believe it may be Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, as when your muscle mass increases and becomes tighter, then it will put pressure on the nerves in the Bracial Plexus region. I think a Chiropracter or Physio is probably the best solution. Neck stretches also seem to help alleviate the problem a little.