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Old 04-19-2011, 02:00 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Usually about 4 times a week I will wake up in a position where one of my arms will be completely numb the next morning. It's so bad that I can't even move it at all until I take it out of position.

Will this eventually cause damage to the nerves in my arms? It occurs most of the time when I adjust in the middle of the night onto my stomach and my arms are over my head and my hands are underneath my pillow. I have been having problem with this for about a year now. It seems like they numb so easy when I've used this position a lot in my life.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:58 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Invest in a better mattress and pillow, and you won't have that problem anymore.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Well, other than - don't sleep in that position any more, I don't have much in the way of advice. However your predicament reminds me of this skit/song and I just had to share:


YouTube - Slept on his arms
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:33 AM
 
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You don't mention your age?
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:44 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I'm 25. I haven't had this problem in the past. Not this bad anyway. I really don't think I should be losing the feeling in the position I mentioned. I've done it all my life. I just slightly bend my arms so I can put my hands under the pillow.

Guess it's about time to invest in a physical since I haven't had one since middle school.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:07 AM
 
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i suffer the same thing from time to time, and its because the way i lay on top of my hand at night, by morning i cant even twitch the fingers because its gone completely numb
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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sometimes, if it's tunnel carpal syndrome your hands will go numb...mostly at night, and sometimes during the day...
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Usually about 4 times a week I will wake up in a position where one of my arms will be completely numb the next morning. It's so bad that I can't even move it at all until I take it out of position.

Will this eventually cause damage to the nerves in my arms? It occurs most of the time when I adjust in the middle of the night onto my stomach and my arms are over my head and my hands are underneath my pillow. I have been having problem with this for about a year now. It seems like they numb so easy when I've used this position a lot in my life.

It might be something called thoracic outlet syndrome.

See here:

UCLA Ergonomics, Home of the Bruins

You might want to discuss it with a doctor. Some of the conditions that cause it are treatable.
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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It might be something called thoracic outlet syndrome.

See here:

UCLA Ergonomics, Home of the Bruins

You might want to discuss it with a doctor. Some of the conditions that cause it are treatable.

I just read the article and it does sound like Thoracic outlet syndrome could be a possibility. Thanks, suzy. I am planning on getting a physical soon and will ask about this.
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