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Hands, now feet, falling asleep a lot

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have a c1-c3 fusion from fractured c1 and c2, & ddd, spinal stenosis in the rest of my c-spine. The worst area is from c5-c7. I might have 'something' in my thoraic spine going on as there is one spot just to the right of my spine that is always tender and if I put pressure on it, I can produce sharp pain in my right shoulder area. I have cervical radiculopathy as well with pain in my right hand, fingers, forearm, elbow, scapula. I have some other things as well, but I don't think they could be causing my hands and feet to fall asleep so often.

My hands have been falling asleep more frequently, especially when I am in bed or lying flat, and now it's happening in my feet as well. This morning my right foot looked swollen - almost like I had edema. I kept rubbing and moving it until it "woke up" and then the swollen look disappeared. I haven't noticed any type of swelling in my hands before. Swelling is really the wrong word - it's just how my foot "looked" while it was asleep.

Does anyone else have this problem frequently? Is it related to something in your c or t spine? How do you distinguish between numbness (have gotten this in my head occasionally, and "falling asleep?" If you're experiencing either, do you know the origin or cause? Which disc with nerve impingement might cause this?

I'm not taking Neurontin or Lyrica at the moment..

Thanks for sharing your experience/insights.

[ I feel like a small truck ran over me today! (Much better than the days when I feel like it was an 18 wheeler though..;-))


  • I have numbness in both arms sometimes together but predominantly one side at a time depending on how my disk is getting impinged. One of my feet has a numbness in between 2 and 3 toes. I hope I do not need lumbar work.

    Gosh these new neck issues are so different from my life a few months ago when I could swim at the pool and enjoy my familly and work. Oh well gotta keep up a good fight for healing!
  • I don't know if you're taking lyrica or neurotoin? I noticed since taking meds I get numbness to feet and swelling and numb hand. I would def tell your Dr. about this new numbness and swelling. Keep us posted. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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