I posted a while ago about a return of the numbness/pain in my right arm and hand that I had pre-op. It started after new PT exercise so PA said to stop PT for a while, increase muscle relaxer and ice. Before the surgery I noted that the numbness/pain was worse when I was laying flat or sleeping in bed. It would wake me in the middle of the night and I would walk around the house crying until it went away. It eventually lasted all day. I Changed pillows, etc. to no avail. Since the return, stopping PT resulted in NO real change in numbness; maybe just a bit less arm pain. I have been sleeping in bed with an incline pillow and a memory foam pillow that is supposed to promote good posture or in the recliner reclined. Each morning I am awakened by terrible right arm numbness all the way to the tips of my fingers. It takes a while of being vertical for it to go away; ranging from one to 3 hours. This is how it started last time. WELL, last nite I fell asleep in the recliner sitting up and my husband didn't bother to wake me. Besides waking up a with a stiff neck I had ZERO numbness and also less "morning" pain in my neck.
Does it seem that a nerve is being impinged on when I am laying flat? But yet it didn't start upon again until after new exercise.
I am finding myself VERY FRUSTRATED with this whole situation...when I call the doctor I only speak with PA (policy) and she feels it is muscle strain; as long as it goes away after I am up,not to worry...that is easier said than done. I am keeping a log of when I have numbness and when I don't to bring to the doctor (not until end of november).
Has anyone had numbness that is brought on by laying flat or semi flat? thanks.