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Woke up with sudden numbness in hand and arm.

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  • Posted By: ashleerose84
  • May 18, 2008
  • 02:49 PM

Hi, I'm a 23-year-old woman, and I'm healthy overall. I woke up this morning with my right hand and arm completely numb. To be more specific, it's affecting my first three fingers (thumb, fore, and middle), the backside of my hand, and about the first two-thirds of my forearm. I can feel it on the underneath of my forearm as well as the top. It's mostly my thumb and backside of the hand, though. I woke up about seven hours ago, and it hasn't gone away or decreased in intensity. I can't really grasp anything with it, as I just drop whatever I'm trying to pick up. Sometimes I can get it to start tingling like it might start to go away, but it never makes it past that stage. Eventually, it just goes back to "sleep" mode. I've never experienced this before, and I can't think of anything that would have caused this. Can someone please help?

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  • Do you have any type of neck problems? This chart shows how the neck can affect the area you are refering to. http://www.jointspinecenter.com/images/spine_function.gif Kiera
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  • Thanks for the reply. No, I've never had any neck problems, other than the occasional tension that can be relieved by a hand massage. I'm now going on about nine hours, and nothing has improved. I took some IB Profin earlier, but that didn't seem to help. I just started a new job, so I don't have health insurance yet (it kicks in at six months). Therefore, I can't really afford to see a doctor. I might try a walk-in clinic if it's not better by tomorrow.
    ashleerose84 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had this at one time and it was my neck. Have you considered a chiropractor? The thumb, pointer finger and 1/2 middle finger is associated with one nerve and this nerve may have gotten pinched while you were sleeping.
    kkrd99 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have the sort of the same thing and was diagnosed with radial nerve entrapment. The longer the nerve is entraped to the point where the forearm get cold and tingly the more it will not grow back. I have had a mri and it came back looking good per the doc's. I now have the same problem in the other arm along with other problems in both. I forgot the names of the tests for the nerve but some times they will be false. Emg and another one. Keep from repetative movements and heavy lifting. See a doctor as sone as you can.
    backache-in-ak 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, I'm a 23-year-old woman, and I'm healthy overall. I woke up this morning with my right hand and arm completely numb. To be more specific, it's affecting my first three fingers (thumb, fore, and middle), the backside of my hand, and about the first two-thirds of my forearm. I can feel it on the underneath of my forearm as well as the top. It's mostly my thumb and backside of the hand, though. I woke up about seven hours ago, and it hasn't gone away or decreased in intensity. I can't really grasp anything with it, as I just drop whatever I'm trying to pick up. Sometimes I can get it to start tingling like it might start to go away, but it never makes it past that stage. Eventually, it just goes back to "sleep" mode. I've never experienced this before, and I can't think of anything that would have caused this. Can someone please help?I am 21 years old and woke up with numbness in my right arm anything i hold feels very wired and washing my hands feels horrible. i have no idea what has caused this but my boyfriend thinks it is because i slept on my arm but it has been over 24hours now and i am beginning to get concerned what happened to your hand how long did it take to back to normal cuz its driving me bonkers.
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  • Hi, I'm a 23-year-old woman, and I'm healthy overall. I woke up this morning with my right hand and arm completely numb. To be more specific, it's affecting my first three fingers (thumb, fore, and middle), the backside of my hand, and about the first two-thirds of my forearm. I can feel it on the underneath of my forearm as well as the top. It's mostly my thumb and backside of the hand, though. I woke up about seven hours ago, and it hasn't gone away or decreased in intensity. I can't really grasp anything with it, as I just drop whatever I'm trying to pick up. Sometimes I can get it to start tingling like it might start to go away, but it never makes it past that stage. Eventually, it just goes back to "sleep" mode. I've never experienced this before, and I can't think of anything that would have caused this. Can someone please help? Did u find out what this was? I'm having the same issue for 2 days now. I'm a hairstylist and freaking a bit .. Lisa
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  • Did u find out what this was? I'm having the same issue for 2 days now. I'm a hairstylist and freaking a bit .. Lisa Went to c a neurologist today.. It is called radial nerve palsy. My hand,fingers,arm.. May or may not "wake up". :/ it is also referred to as "Wrist drop".
    Lsetzer 2 Replies Flag this Response
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