Tingling Feeling and Numbness while Sleeping

By ccritch Latest Reply 2010-07-26 22:50:38 -0500
Started 2010-07-20 13:04:39 -0500

Has anyone had tingling arms and fingers while you sleep? I like to sleep on my right side and it does not matter which way I lay on my right side, when I wave up both my arms and fingers are tingling and feel numb. Not sure what causes it. It kind of feels like when you sit on your foot and get up it is asleep and feels like pins and needles. Well welcome to my world lately. I can't explain it.

Or when my daughter lays in my arms while watching a movie my arms go numb immediately, That is unsual never happened before why now.

What does that mean? I don't want to hear Neropathy! Please Not Neropathy!

11 replies

stoneshedd 2010-07-26 22:50:38 -0500 Report

you shuold not be to afraid of Neuropathy, I have this in my feet and take Cymbalta and it works wonders for me , ask myour doc

LKeplinger 2010-07-21 08:08:59 -0500 Report

I tend to agree with Bettymachete. By the description of your symptoms, I would tend to look toward a neurological source vs a neuropathic source. It has been my experience that when we hear hooves, it is not necessarily always horses. Because you are a diabetic, however, that may (neuropathy) be the 1st course of pursuit for an answer. Keep track of your sugars and also keep a detailed record of when the tingling occurs, the circumstances surrounding the event. what relieves the tingling, etc. and touch base with your Dr.


bettymachete 2010-07-21 20:19:44 -0500 Report

I agree with Linda, when you address this with your doctor sorry to say, the first thing he/she will consider is diabetic neuropathy even though arms are rarely affected, only because, if it's winter and you sneeze, you may automatically think you are coming down with a cold, right? But, just because you are diabetic doesn't mean you can't have other things causing you problems that have nothing to do with being diabetic. I am still leaning on it being more nerve compression rather than neuropathy onset from the description. The best thing you can do is what Linda suggested also listing if you have had any falls, occupational injuries, auto accidents etc.. and take this information with you to see your doctor.

Diane987 2010-07-21 21:11:51 -0500 Report

If it is a compression problem rather than a neuropathy problem a chiropractor would be able to help with that. It would not take too long to figure out if the chiropractic treatments are helping.

Another thing to consider is how old is your mattress? The pressure on your body while sleeping on an old could be creating these problems. If you are in the market for a new bed might I suggest a sleep number bed. I use to roll around like a rotisserie chicken on a spit. But with the sleep number bed I typically stay in one position through the night.

bettymachete 2010-07-20 23:50:12 -0500 Report

Ok no mentioning neropathy. Here's a couple things to check. Since it is both arms it could be a brachial injury. Had you been in an auto accident or falling accident in the past several years? Any sudden jerk can cause an injury like this. We had a lot of people come into the ER with neurological problems like this but the real injury was months even years before. The thing with accidents is, you could be injured and never know it for a long time. There is a bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus that begins in the spinal cord near the base of the skull, runs through each side of the neck, shoulders, arms, and ultimately hands. Pain that shoots from the neck to the hands usually involves irritation of these nerves (this is common in automobile accidents). There is another (completely separate) major nerve called the trigeminal nerve that begins in the brain stem and branches throughout the skull.
You may also want to get your ulnar nerves checked you may have an inflamation that is causing pressure to it or pinching it. This also happens with carpel tunnel. I have cubital tunnel syndrome which causes my whole arm to "fall asleep". You may also try taking an OTC anti inflamitory before you go to sleep and see if that helps when you wake up. If it does, then there is something that is expanding and putting pressure on your brachial nerve Does cold water help?

abjt4 2010-07-20 13:27:09 -0500 Report

Sometimes when I have the back of my arm pressing against something, it will sometimes go numb. It is a certain spot. But there has been times when I woke up during the night and both my arms are numb. It only takes a second of moving them around and the feeling is right back. It is worrisome. I just try to make sure that there's nothing pressing on my arms where the arteries are and keep them in comfortable positions. Stretching a lot helps too.