Last reply 1 month ago
Waking up with numb hands

Hello MSers!
I was wondering if you have ever woken up with numb hands and if this could be related to MS or medication (Tecfidera)?

This sensation is different, is just like when you sleep in a weird position and your arm or legs fall asleep, very different from the normal MS numbness and tingling I would feel. I thought maybe I’m closing my fists while sleeping or not moving my hands or something, this is just happening very often and only after being diagnosed, so I was wondering if this could be MS related or not… anyone with a similar experience? TIA!

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1 month ago

@tania_pilz One of my first symptoms was waking up feeling like i’d slept on my arm & it was numb. I’d slept normally not on my arm. It went away

1 month ago

I would have the awful habit of sleeping on my stomach and woke up with a numb hand one day and realized I had slept with my hand bent up around the top of my head…not good ;-0 then I would occasionally have a numb left hand and I’m right handed…so this wasn’t carpal and the fingers impacted were wrong (according to a friend who does PT) so I I discussed with my Neuro as I also had issues doing movements like shifting things around in my closet…hand above shoulders moving back and forth. I asked him if this was MS as I blame everything on that ;-0

He said no I should discuss with my general Dr and she poked around abit and said I should do yoga and get a massage. I should do more movement and stretching. Good advice…I went for a massage and I have a very astute gal who noted the issue was my 1st rib wasn’t staying in place and rubbing against my collarbone pinching the nerve to my hand. Wow! so then to a chiro who worked on that and gave me exercises to do to strengthen my shoulder and upper chest. I think what helped most was belly dance as there are so many moves you do with your hands held to shoulder height, shoulder shrugs, etc. With my shoulders strengthened and paying attention to not slumping my shoulders…and not sleeping on my stomach 😉 I haven’t had the issue for about a year.

So- not everything is MS…as my neuro said…I still will have all the other curses that people have 😉

1 month ago

Hi @tania_pilz I’ve noticed the past couple of months or so that I quite often have numb hands when I wake in the morning and I wouldn’t say it was down to my sleeping position so I just assumed (rightly or wrongly) that it was my MS. I’ve only just started treatment today (Tec). I meant to mention it to my MS nurse but I forgot but will say to her next time I speak with her.

1 month ago

Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences with me!
I don’t want to attribute everything to MS. One of my symptoms is tingling on my arms and legs, mainly my left side. However, waking up with both hands numb feels completely out of place and weird, I do recover the feeling once I’ve woken up, I just cannot explain how come both hands have fallen asleep at the same time overnight … anyways, I will discuss with my neurologist next time I see it.

@laura_martin I’m on Tecfidera too, this is my second month, the first month was challenging,I’ve gotten used to it without complaints… Good luck!

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