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Hands falling aslep at night

spinaltapsspinaltap Posts: 50
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
For the last 3 nights, I have woken up at least once every two hours with both hands completely numb (asleep). After I move them around, they start to tingle and wake up. Has anyone else had this with a crevical disc herniation? Mine is at the c5-c6 level. I'm going in next Thursday for an ESI, but I'm wondering if I need to call my doctor today abou this. It really hurts.


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  • I had the same thing happening until I had C5/6 ACDF surgery, then it went away immediatley. I did not have any ESI's before my surgery. I did try Chiro and PT, but my Ortho said that he did not think any other conserative procedures would help my issue. I also did not know enough about this to push for trying anything else before surgery. I found SH after surgery too.
    I would let your doctor know, so he can make the decisions based upon your new symptoms too. I hope this helps and I hope you have much relief from the ESI. Maybe someone else can suggest differents pillows or some other ways they found relief while sleeping.

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  • My hands fell asleep also (mostly my right one) before my surgery. All better now.

  • Well, I called the doctors office and they prescribed Lyrica.......seems like I just keep getting more prescriptions. =P~
  • The doctors like to do that,but he probably feels that the pain is nerve related.I had numbness in both hands and arms before my surgery as well,it calmed down afterwards but i still had it once in a while ,then the car accident and it was really back alot numbness and hand coldness its gotten a bit better but still there. 8}
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  • my arms would fall asleep all the time before surgery. if i laid on my right side my left arm would fall asleep and vice verse. so severe i had to lift my arm with other.after surgery they still fall asleep, but not as severe or often. also had severe muscle twitches all over body. they are also going away. its been 8 weeks but i see an improvement.
  • Sounds like a silly question, but (carpel tunnel in both hands). If itis your thumb, index and big finger, the prolbem my be in your wrist (carpel tunnel) - if it is your pinkie, and ring, then the problem could be elbow, shoulder or neck. No doctor here, but had that problem for years - waited until the kids were old enough to dress themselves - recovery takes awhile from c.t. It got so bad, i had to 'awake' my hands when I would cut up my dinner!

    good luck
  • I have had the same thing happen which is recent. My surgery was back in Oct. I was hoping yesterday that I would be given a prescription since it's in my dominant hand and I could really use it because the numbness and tingling stay with me all day if it starts first thing in the morning or wakes me during the night. I woke up the other morning and my hand was dead like Cliffy describes. Scared the living daylights out of me! I jumped out of bed at 3:30 a.m. to make sure the rest of me wasn't paralyzed. I will probably end up having a nerve conduction study done before too long. I always make sure I make myself sleep in a position that I can't roll over on my hand and sleep on it.
  • When I'm sleeping or lying down, it's both hands about halfway up to the elbows. And it's the kind of asleep that Cliffy was talking about, where you actually have to lift the hand up with the other. In my case, both hands fall asleep so I can't even do that. I try to find humor in everything....the other night I woke up and both hands were so dead. I had to go to the restroom, but had to wait until my hands woke up! Good thing it wasn't an emergency.

    During the day when I'm not lying down, my middle finger, ring finger and pinkie are always "buzzing" if that makes sense. Like they are numb, but there is still a bit of feeling. It's a weird feeling. The thing is, I have had an EMG that shows nerve damage relating to the C5 C6 herniation and that should cause numbness in the thumb and first finger. The dr said that everyone is wired different and just because I didn't feel things the way the book said I was supposed to, it didn't mean it wasn't there....Good Doctor....
  • In the same boat so to speak.... I am 14 months and counting in this nightmare and can't seem to wake up. I had ACDF surgery in June '08 Levels C5-6, 6-7 using cages filled w/ my own bones spurs harvested during surgery also plates and screws. About a month after surgery you would think I would be getting better but I was the exact opposite. The excruciating headaches began, left shoulder impingement was found by my PT now having to be seen by an Ortho surgeon, another EMG, nerve induction, CT scan, & myleogram was ordered because of my new and increased pain symptoms that discovered I have permanent nerve damage in my left arm to my finger tips, carpal tunnel in my right hand, two more bulging discs @ levels C 3-4,4-5 that the NS is not wanting to operate on right now, and tremors in my right hand due to hitting my head during my car accident. Sorry for getting off subject but my NS prescribed hand splits for me to wear at night while I sleep for both hands. He said they would keep my hands in a straight position not allowing them to roll into a fist which cuts off the blood supply thus causing them to go to sleep. If you can stand the crazy things they have worked for me. Until I got mine I would wake up atleast 4-6 x's a night having to shake my hands to wake them up. So I hope this can be of some help.

    missb :)
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