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#1 summer

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 06:45 PM

For the last few years I have noticed that during the night my hand/hands would fall asleep and feel numb. I would also experience muscle weakness in the hands for instance when awakening if I had to squeeze anything, I wouldn't have the strength to do it.

I was only diagnosed with Limited /crest scleroderma in feb this year and this feeling in the hands has now become constant (only when sleeping) . During the night I have to constantly shake my hands to bring life back to them and am now getting pins and needles.

I haven't mentioned this to my rheumatologist but is it related to scleroderma?

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#2 Sheryl

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 12:39 AM

Celia, that is how my Carpal Tunnel started. When it got to the point that I spent most of the night with my hands above my head or hanging over the side, and became an all day issue, I went to get the problem rectified. It still took almost 2 months from the time I saw my family doctor about it. Wore the hand and arm guards and still no relief. Went for the Carpal Tunnel electrode type test then on to surgery. The surgery on my left hand also relieved pressure for the right hand somehow. I didn't need surgery on the other hand. I was greatful I chose to have the left hand done first. Saving any strength that I had for my right hand. I hope you get some relief soon. When meds stop working you want relief. Most likely you will start out with sleeping with the wrist/arm guards. Then you will find you need to wear them almost continuously. Hopefully, yours will go away with rest. Mine didn't. Hugs to you. I do know and remember how severe the pain can get. Sheryl
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Posted 13 September 2007 - 12:44 AM

Thanks for replying Sheryl, but is Carpal Tunnel related to Scleroderma?

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 01:01 AM

Celia, Yes it is. Not everyone gets it. But, several of us have had it. I'll be thinking of you. Sheryl
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Posted 13 September 2007 - 02:33 AM

Celia,
Like Sheryl - that's how my carpal tunnel started. They can give you an EMG test (I believe it's called) to test for carpal. You'll need to get a referral from your doctor. I was given a pair of wrist supports to sleep in and they helped tremendously. They stopped the night time numbness. Once I developed Raynaud's, the carpal tunnel symptoms went away.

Here's our link to carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 02:35 AM

Hi Ced,

I have been dealing with carpal tunnel in both hands since the beginning of all this MCTD> It is one of the many symptoms of early scleroderma. I wear splints everynight and so far that has worked. Mine are very light weight so they don't bother me. Hope you feel better . Those numb hands are annoying. Susie54

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 02:44 AM

That is how my sleroderma started. I would awaken at night with my hands and arms asleep and pain in my shoulders. I didn't have carpal tunnel syndrome. I have diffuse slero. So this feeling you are having is probably related, but check out carpal tunnel just to be sure.
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