What Causes Arm Numbness While Sleeping?

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What Causes Arm Numbness While Sleeping?

For several months my right arm gets numb and tingles at night with hand cramps. Now I'm experiencing a radiant pain in my neck and shoulder too. If I lift my left arm my neck really hurts. This is stopping me from sleeping at night. What could this be?

Answer

Noctural pain/numbness/tingling with hand cramps sounds very much like carpal tunnel syndrome. But it could also be a irritated nerve in the neck. Before you rush off to the doctor, you could try some simple home remedies. First, you can try sleeping with a stiff wrist splint on your right wrist. This split keeps the wrist/hand from curling a squeezing the nerve too much. Another tip to keep the nerves from being kinked at night is to use a thick (preferably TempurPedic/foam neck pillow), this pillow can help support the weight of head/neck/shoulder region and keep the nerve happy while you sleep. Otherwise, off to the doctor for an exam and tests to find out what is pissing off your nerves.

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD