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Do you suffer from arm issues while sleeping?

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#1 Lynnie


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 01:08 PM

Hi Everyone,

Can anyone give me some idea how I can stop waking up in the morning with a dead arm? The side I sleep on is numb and heavy as if no circulation has got to it! Then when I've laid on my back and "stretched it out" the feeling comes back. I've bought new pillows designed for side sleepers and literally tried everything. Sometimes it wakes me during the night as well. It is driving me totally crazy! :emoticon-bang-head:

Any help and advice would be very welcome.

Thanks all.

Love and hugs,
Lynn :emoticon-hug:

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 06:44 AM

Have you discussed this with your doctor? Could be a nerve issue that could be related to many possible issues.

I have had somewhat similar issues for a few decades and have found vitamin B6 seems to help somewhat.

Good Luck


#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 08:40 AM

Hello Lynnie

I'm with Craig because there could be so many cases it would be an idea to see your doctor for starters.

Take care and let us know how you get on.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:39 AM

I also have this arms issue. It varies: sometimes it is worse sometimes better. It seems to me that it helps when I have regular medicine massage. It seems to me that it comes from elbows. It intensifies when I have my elbows bent and becomes better when I stretch the arms. Therefore I have to put my arms around a pillow.
It is not a part of this story that I need another extra pillow between my knees. And a pillow on my head to avoid hearing when my husband snores. :)

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:35 AM

Hi! This probably won't be much help because as we sleep we move around so much plus you may not be a back sleeper like me, but if I sleep on my back and make sure my arms are down by my sides (a weird position for me, but it helps), my arms don't fall asleep (as long as they stay there, that is!)

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 02:56 PM

Hi, I've not gotten a diagnoses of Scleroderma, but this same thing has been an issue for me over the past 18 months. It began before then, but has worsened a good deal in the past 18 months. At first I thought it was because I had gained so much weight with my pregnancy. The weight is all but gone now and it's still bad. I agree with Erika, it does seem to come from bending your arm at the elbow. I have gotten it while sleeping on my back as well, and I think it's because of the bent elbow. I get it when I type even, because the desk is higher than my arms. Recently I woke up on my back and my entire left side from the shoulder down, had fallen asleep. I have NO idea what that was!

I'm with everyone else, you should let your doctor know. Hope that helped a bit. Peace and blessings to you. ~Andrea

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 06:53 AM

My hands have been sleeping off and on for sometime too and at times, my arms do the same. I have no clue as to why that happens either. I woke up one night picking up and dropping my sleeping arm with the other hand...go figure! Trying to wake it up in my sleep I guess... :lol: :lol:
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:51 AM

Hi All,

Several people have been asking about ARM ISSUES WHEN SLEEPING.

I have read these posts and resisted replying because what I have to say is probably quite different from what you are putting up with. Anyway, here goes.

I had all sorts of problems with my shoulders and arms, particularly when sleeping, I would wake up with my arms asleep and take ages to get comfortable again.

I thought it was rotator cuff damage, then a few years ago I had frozen shoulder on both sides (not at the same time thank goodness). This prompted an Ultra sound and visit to an Orthopaedic specialist, it turns out that I have a narrow Acromium gap (that is the gap the ligaments pass through at the top of you arm - google it if you want more detail) and my ligaments would get a bit irritated then would not pass through the gap properly. My 'deformity' is not bad enough to warrant surgery but carefully placed cortisone injections have relieved the problem to the extent that I have not had any pain for several years.

Some people say cortisone injections are bad for you, but so is pain!! and lack of sleep because of it. My specialist said that a dose or two each year is not going to cause any other lasting damage and in fact I have had only the one dose on each side 2 or 3 years ago. I have been thinking of going back lately, but the stiffness has settled again after a recent holiday - no housework fixes it!!!.

This may or may not help you others, but I thought it doesn't hurt to know these things.

Warm hugs from a VERY wet little country in the South Pacific!!

Judy T

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:47 PM

Judy, good point! Maybe a visit to Orthopaedic specialist is not a bad idea!


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Posted 01 September 2010 - 10:26 AM

I had the same problem for about 5 years. I started taking Diclofenac (Voltaren) to help with the tendinitis I was experiencing and it helped immensely with the pain and the arms falling asleep. It also reduced the inflammation in my back from mild scoliosis. So I don't know what helped better reducing the inflammation in the arms or the back (which can cause inflammation that cuts off the nerves causing the tingling) but either way the tingling is gone. You should talk to your doctor about what is going on. I'm not a doctor but this is just what worked for me so maybe they need to look at inflammation being a cause of the tingling. If your doctor does decide to try this drug with you, you might want to ask about checking your liver enzymes every 2 weeks for the first 2 months.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 08:41 PM

I was also prescribed Voltaren but I just take it occasionally few days when I have pain in joints. Since my digestion is sensitive I am afraid of gastro problem if I take it in a longer period.
How long did you take this medicine? Do you still take it?
I have massaged my arms myself for a few days now in the evening. I took olive oil and massaged tendons and muscles starting from hands to upper arms. It took me some 10-15 minutes. My arms are much better during the night.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 07:24 AM

This probably going to sound absolutely crazy, but what seemed to help me most was a combination of being warm enough when I went to bed and being sure the bed was also warm. I think what was happening was that if I got my hands/arms in a warm spot, I wouldn't move out of that position and not moving around decreased the circulation to my hands and arms and possibly put enough pressure on enough nerves for long enough to cause the numbness and tingling. Once I gave up on the summer pj's and left the mattress warmer on the bed all year round, the issues have decreased. :emoticons-yes:
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