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aogallager

Partial numbness in hands during & after sleep.

Over the past couple of weeks I have founs that I am waking up more and more often with numb and partially numb hands. My left baby finger and the finger next to it are the usually suspects, they are most often completely numb. It takes a couple of minutes when I start moving my arm after waking; for it to return to normal. I told my neurologist at my last visit approx 6 weeks ago about those particular two fingers. He said it was most likely due to sleeping on a nerve. At this stage I know it happens when lying still on my back/ not \'trapping\' my arm or anything. Also experiencing ever-so-slight twitching movements in my left hand; of it\'s own accord. I am also experiencing more and more awkwardness in the movement of my left hand. Not severe or anything but I feel I have less \'full control\' over it. Has anyone experienced similar (specifically with the partial temporary numbness). I don\'t wish to sound paranoid about this.

funnybank

@funnybank

yes, i experience this throughout my arms. i told my ms about it and she looked sceptical and suggested wriggling my shoulders to get the blood flowing again. sleeping on a nerve theory again, but it's complete paralysis, i just have to wait until the feeling returns. it usually wakes me through the night and is a nuissance if i need to get up for a wee. she recorded the symptoms in a letter to my neurologist. it has got better recently and was at it's worst in the months leading up to and over a relapse. not that i'm suggesting it was a sign of the relapse, i put that down to ongoing stress. i used to get this just in my hands intermittently throughout my twenties, way before my diagnosis. i thought it was carpel tunnel syndrome. one of the many things i used to explain away my weird body problems. i'm 39 now so it has progressed, i occasionally get it in my legs. are you on any treatments? i posted a sticky about it on here but no one else came forward with the problem!

aogallager

@aogallager

Hi there...I do not have a diagnosis yet as I have just had one relapse; double vision for two months earlier this year. I have a 9mm lesion at the neck of my cervical spine that was the suspected cause of the double vision. I am currently taking Avonex. Only one month on that. Yeah I am not sure if I should go to someone about it. Maybe I will call the MS line to see what they say. Because it goes away a few minutes after I start moving around I know it doesn't count as a relapse or anything. In the limbo stage it's difficult to know what to make of these smaller incidences, or if they're related to MS. I currently have no symptoms apart from these little 'ripples' or twitches in different locations every so often. And spasms in my eyelids every so often. (Something I was told was possibly unrelated). Thanks for your reply Thanks for replying, hope you are doing good currently.

pottypete

@pottypete

Snap! My pinky finger and the next are the ones I get numbness in too, especially the right hand.

DJDsouza

@DJDsouza

Yeah, I get that as well, but I also used to get a totally numb arm as if it had been chopped off! Worked out it was a combination of being electro-sensitive and having MS. Have blogged about it as it's either a sign of my weirdness or unluckiness! http://djdsouza.wordpress.com/2007/08/24/why-the-growth-of-wifi-scares-me/

tngirl

@tngirl

My pinky too! This stared about a month ago. I thought it was a trapped nerve, as well. I understand carpal tunnel to be bilateral. It made sense. Now I wonder...

funnybank

@funnybank

hi aogall, in my brief conversations with my neurologist, i asked about the fluctuating states of my symptoms and the minor problems that turn up and if these are 'relapses'. his response though incredibly frustrating at the time referred to the 'ebb and flow' of ms, he suggested that i would come to understand the way my symptoms worked and find a way of getting through things. i still can't work out if the guys useless or really good, but his reply did help me to come to an understanding. i'm sure that people who have lived with ms over many years get the hang of the difference between a relapse and the ongoing affects of the damage that ms has caused. you are doing the right thing with treatment, the scarring on your spine can have lots of affects, not just double vision. i still don't understand how a neurologist can pinpoint which symptoms relate to what type of damage on spine or brain. i found a good exercise on youtube to help realign cervical spine, cos i get a lot of pain in that area, it's incredibly simple but relieves a lot of the pinching and has loosened up my right arm which suffered quite badly in my last relapse. it's stopped a lot of the crunching and grinding noises i hear when i'm moving my head. i hope it helps someone www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhflOZe4YKA

kiddiecarlos

@kiddiecarlos

I have had numbing/tingles in both hands nonstop for past 9 months. Its worse at Night/bedtime

highheeledfagin

@highheeledfagin

I have had this from the bicep down in one arm for the better part of a year now, though it could be longer as I usually disregard small tingles so I don't know how long this one has been building up for - only just bought a symptom diary. Although it is actually constant, it is much more noticeable in bed as it becomes almost impossible to get comfortable. That said, I had some "special" cakes with my friend the other day and the tingling now felt amazing.

aogallager

@aogallager

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/funnybank/' rel='nofollow'>@funnybank</a>; thanks for all the advice I appreciate it. It is good to speak with people who are better experienced in certain situations. I will become accustomed to reading my symptoms given time:) I hope you are well. Thanks for everyone's replies. Keep well.x

lightningduck

@lightningduck

I actually used to get this a lot...I would have problems with numbness in my hands, etc...when I slept and I always attributed it to loss of circulation because of how I was sleeping. Feeling would return after a few minutes (ironically, that's the way I now describe my paresthesia in my right hand "feels like I fell asleep on my hand and it won't wake up") I say "used to" because I'm just very careful with how I sleep now so it as not to cause this <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/funnybank/' rel='nofollow'>@funnybank</a> - I've run into that as well, MS ebbs and flows, up and down "good days and bad days or good hours and bad hours" and I used to spend time thinking "what did I do to make me feel bad now" but I've gotten resigned to thinking "it is what it is, no answers to why, just live in the moment"

msue62

@msue62

This was my first symptom. I thought it was carpal tunnel syndrome at first too. What a shock to have a diagnosis like MS. It seems to be quite "normal" for MS sufferers! Well described lighteningduck!

AmeliaLily

@AmeliaLily

Hi Iv'e been diagnosed with ms for just over 2wks now and for the last few mths have had numbness e.t.c in my arms and hands infact it woke me up the other night!. It's very uncomfortable when it happens I wriggle my fingers for a while then they seem to be ok. My arms are very heavy while i'm typing this!.

norfolkgal

@norfolkgal

I get woken by number tingling (if any feeling) in arms but passed as soon as I move......not good to be woken though as I don't sleep well. Another feeling that wakes me too is if i am laying on my side my ear goes very very numb & painful.

kimmsdietforwomen

@kimmsdietforwomen

I have exactly the same symptom. My pinkie and the one next to it are numbish most of the time. It doesn't really bother me but it does worry me that these are the only symptoms from relapses that have never really gone away. Must be permanent damage done in that area. I'm hoping that there is a way to regenerate that area in time. The body does replace all it's cells every few years.

highheeledfagin

@highheeledfagin

Though mine is much worse when I wake, I do have the numbness constantly so it can't be sleeping on a nerve.

msue62

@msue62

Lots of things cause the numb/fizzing feeling! Stress, holding things, leaning on the elbow and both my legs have it too can't think of a special reason, quite random really. It's horrid and it makes me wobbly but I have got to say I am not too bad compared to some.X

AmeliaLily

@AmeliaLily

msue62, I'm like you and basically think if I can cope with it for as long as I can without taking any medication I'll be ok.x