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hand and arm cramps during sleep, constant tiredness.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 16, 2007
  • 09:00 PM

Hello,

for about 2 years i have progressively got less sleep and am constantly waking up with my hands curled up in cramps or numb. i get no satisfaction from sleep anymore and constantly feel tired and even fall asleep at times during the day. sometimes i feel breathless and have to have gulps of air. my wife says i dont stop breathing during sleep, so i dont think i have sleep apnoea.

i have suffered from major depression for about 2 years and wonder if i actually have depression caused by whatever is causing these other symptoms.

my regular doctor is on holiday and i will be seeing her when she returns about this problem. any advice or help here would be appreciated.

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  • HelloI have sleep apnoea and you dont have to be seen to stop breathing to have it.Also you might be having hypopnea's which are decreased levels of oxygen.I found out i have sleep apnoea incidentally when going to a sleep center for a different problem.It would really be worthwhile going asap to a sleep center where they can do tests while you sleep and find out.Sleep apnoea can cause falling asleep during the day and major depression amongst other things but i dont know about numb and cramped hands.If you do turn out to have sleep apnoea/hypopnea,they'll be able to tell you which type-obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea and theres different treatments like losing weight if your overweight,or a special mouthguard if its mild or a sleep apnoea machine if its more severe etcGod Bless
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 18, 2007
    • 01:56 PM
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  • Also carpal tunnel and other nerve impingements are often worse at night. Check this out also.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 11:27 AM
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  • Magnesium might help. You can get some MagPhos at the health food store and/or Natural Vitality Calm to drink before bedtime. You might have some arthritis kicking in, too.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 07:14 PM
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  • I am wondering if you have a bad sleep position. That does not rule out the other suggestions made by other posters as to the cause. Just thinking while you wait to see the doctor, you may wish to buy one of those special pillows that has an indentation for the neck and head. You can usually get them at pharmacies, and many people find they prevent this kind of numbness and help with breathing. If you are a side sleeper, try holding a pillow between your knees and see if it helps you. If you are a back sleeper, put one under your knees. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes before bedtime. They can cause sleep problems. It's hard to know if the pain/numbness is causing your poor sleep or if you have a sleep problem which is causing you the pain and numbness. Definitely check into the suggestions made by the others.Not getting enough sleep can definitely cause depression. Depression can also cause people to get not enough or even too much sleep. You may need to have both treated to break this cycle. Are you on anti depressant medication? Some of those do have side effects which may apply. Ask your pharmacist.
    BesideMyself 41 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 09:16 PM
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  • if you have any other joint pain, call your dr. it might be something like RA.
    HereToday 4 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 00:03 AM
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  • Also carbon monoxide poisoning?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 07:39 AM
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  • Also carbon monoxide poisoning?My family and I have experience for almost 2 years progressively Monoxide Inhalations. CO was coming from big generator close to the house. We were not aware about the danger, but deep sleep, caughing, palptaion and others were part of problem in the house. My daughters end up in the hospital. Running nose and vision problem affect some of the kids until today. Since that period, I have been facing hand and Arm cram during sleeping, high cholesterol with under tongue inflamation (sounds to be fat) without pain. 149ppm CO and 17% oxygen was registered around the house during 6 hours running the generator. Is really hand and arms cramps, cholesterol (even apply diete & exercising) on goind sequel for CO long time inhalating CO? How can I overcome this? How I can help my kids to overcome vision and depression problem? My email is ngandum@hotmail.com and I will appreciate your advice.
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