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Dealing with numbness

cjperkccjperk Posts: 77
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
How do you guys deal with the extremities numbness? I had a really good handle on mine until last week. I'm also sleeping on a new mattress that seems to be making it worse. Any tips would be much appreciated. It comes and goes in both hands.

Any tips to make it go away? Any pillows you can recommend?


  • Dealing with numbness can be quit hard at times. I live with permanent nerve damage so the numbness is always there. However recently I have some additional numbness, and it is very bothering. One thing I can tell you to help is to be sure your stretching out daily, and multiple times through the day. Also sometimes sleeping with your arms over your head helps. As far as the pill thing goes, be sure the pillow is not to high, that it has your head/neck tilted as that can put pressure on the nerves. Now hopefully your medical team is aware of the numbness, and may also have you taking a nerve med such as lyrica or one of the many others. I myself also find taking vitamin B, helps with nerve issues. I also get up multiple times a night and move around, as along with the numbness comes extreme pain with no movement.

    Hopefully you will find something that works. One thing to keep in mind is when trying something try one thing at a time, so you will know which one is working and which is not working. Good luck and hope you find some relief.
  • I had a really good handle on my cervical numbness until about 2 weeks ago. I mean literally, it has taken a couple of years to get to where I was (very rare that numbness occurs). Now I'm back to dealing with it daily. I had a doctor recommend me to a Chiropractor (I have no clue why) and he injured me.

    I'm also having bad numbness in my feet which I had never had before. No, I'm not taking a nerve med either.

    Anyways, it's back to as bad as it used to be. It comes and goes in both hands. It's doing the same in my feet. I had never experienced bad numbness in my feet until after this appt.

    When I read the RX for the Chiro, it said stretch, and some jarbled nonsense I could read. Not in a million years did I think it would hurt me. I'm smart enough to know not to be adjusted manually. I explicitly told him "no adjusting". He pushed around on me and used a trigger type thing. Whatever he did has set me back two years of progress. I'm rather disgusted with the situation and myself. I should have known better.

    I'm praying that I can get back to where I was at. I've also got a new mattress last Friday. I cannot tell if the Chiro visit or the mattress is making me worse. I was having these symptoms before the mattress arrived.

    I'm concerned about the pillow because the new mattress is more firm than my last. My neck sleeps different on it. I've got a cervical neck roll that I insert in to the bottom of my pillow. This is the same pillow I've used for years now, it's just not good for this bed.
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