It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-19-2002, 05:49 AM   #1
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Unionville, CT US
Posts: 124
jzzlvr13 HB User
Post pain in hands at night for a side sleeper

Any strategies for someone who wakes up often each night with tingling, burning, an pain in one or both hands. I sleep on my side and have tried two pillows, no pillows, neck pillows, towel and nothing works. I only have a bit of tingling during the day, nothing too bothersome but the nights are tough. I believe it's arthritis causing CTS symptoms. I don't work on a computer. thanks in advance.
b

 
Old 10-19-2002, 09:05 AM   #2
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 9
dodgeywristgeezer HB User
Post

Firstly, go see a doctor before following any advice on here - you might be hurting yourself unduly.
But here's my piece.......
Like most people here, we have newly acquired, or are....pardon the pun...'old hands' (!) at CTS.

Try sleeping on your back with your hands on your chest as if you're laid out in a morgue - it is a totally unatural way to sleep, but it can slow down the bloodflow to the wrist/hand area, and potentially reduce the pain and tingling.
Equally, while sleeping on your (right)side - tuck your (right) hand up underneath your pillows i.e. lay on it. And tuck you (left) hand up by the side of your face, or under the pillow with your (right) hand.
This is the same principle as keeping your hands raised.

(I've not tried the following myself) - the use of medically approved 'splints'. I did read somewhere that the best thing fro CTS sufferers is to try to get your wrist(s) in a situation where they are not bent....which , of course, is almost anytime of the day - which is why they sometimes advise to wear splints at night.

Get medical advice first.
I hope this helps.
D.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 12-01-2002, 06:26 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: upstate, NY, USA
Posts: 5
farmer_girl HB User
Post

Well, I don't work on a computer much either. Grasping and hauling stuff around all day is more my game.

My CTS flares up at night also. One person suggested arms in the air. Another said hang arms down low. My experience is more in line with the second person. When I hang my arms over the side of the bed, the pain and numbness lessens or disapears. I haven't resorted to splints yet, but I may.

 
Old 01-17-2003, 06:16 PM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: calgary, alberta, canada
Posts: 1
duckley HB User
Post

Hi

About 8 years ago, my sleep was disturbed by my hands "falling asleep" ... there was never any pain, just annoyance. I was diagnosed as having CT and had some wrist splints made for me. I was told to try to sleep with my arms/hands flat.

The wrist splints have long since fallen apart, and my sleep was rarely disturbed for quite a long time. Once again I am waking several times at night with my hands tingly and "asleep".

I have seen wrist protectors at the drug store designed to help those with weak or injured wrists. They look an awful lot like the splints I had made. Has anyone tried these? I am so busy, so not having to go back to the doctor and the folks who make the splints is quite appealing.

I can't sleep on my back as it increasing my tendancy to snore. This in turn disturbs my husband who in turn disturbs me ... so it may solve the CT problem, but now two people are having their sleep disturbed. I do keep my hands under the pillow often, but that doesn't seem to help either.

Any advise would be appreciated.

d

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
short term ACDF pain. w3hog Spinal Cord Disorders 13 03-03-2010 08:46 PM
Almost constant chest pain in the left breast and shoulder 468LC Acid Reflux / GERD 22 09-22-2008 02:59 AM
Pain wakes me up every morning...it'sso bad that I cannot breath beachgirl01 Back Problems 13 08-30-2008 10:38 AM
Waking up with pins and needles, numbness in hands justmarj Sleep Disorders 2 07-16-2007 01:39 PM
Hands and arm numbness, severe pain msmona Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 10 08-14-2006 06:35 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



Johands333 (4), Tree Frog (2), sjb (2), Harry (1), Wulffie (1), whackedback (1), msmona (1), momof6300 (1), snapbee9 (1), CattyID (1)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1164), MSJayhawk (997), Apollo123 (898), Titchou (832), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (758), ladybud (745), sammy64 (666), midwest1 (665), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:31 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!