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Old 02-10-2009, 05:57 AM   #1
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Pinky and partial ring finger fall asleep during sleep

Lately over the last couples weeks I've been having my pinky and most of my ring finger falling asleep. Generally it's only in my right hand though. When it's just my right hand I can shake it and it returns to normal after not too long, but sometimes my left shoulder also falls asleep with my right pinky. When it does I have to shake my left arm, then flow to my shoulder returns to normal and flow to my right arm even though I didn't do anything with it. Not too worried about it, it does make it hard to sleep some nights though.

 
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:49 AM   #2
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Re: Pinky and partial ring finger fall asleep during sleep

the fingers you mentioned actually(and exactly) correlate with the c 8 nerve(the ulnar) op in the c spine. if it was 'just' the fingers with that problem,it could be much further down(the problem) than the c spine area,like the elbow,is a common place for ulnar impingement since it runs outside the elbow area in that little crease(this is also your 'funny bone' that you hit sometimes that gives you that nerve jolt?). but since this is also appearing to affect things a bit further up the line.i would be willing to bet that you have 'something' up at that c spine level that is intermittantly impinging that c 8 nerve from time to time. the fact that you are actually waking up with those symptoms would indicate that it is somewhat posistional in nature. the way the weight gets displaced when we are standing vs sitting or upright are two totally different things.

the simple fact that when lying down actualy produces symptoms would be a big plus in just getting that MRI,which is also done in the lying on your back posistion. this would really be a big help in determining just what gets 'layed' upon or affects that ulnar when lying,on your back.

but this most defiitely need to be looked into much further with a trip to your primary for an eval and a referral for that c spine MRI. this would also show,just becasue it happens to show when doing the c spine,the upper T spine too. the area where your nerve is more than likely being affected(if this IS IN your c spine and not along the nerve down to your fingers) would be within or between the c7 and T 1 vertebrae. while you do not actually have a c 8 vertebrae,you DO have that c 8,ulnar nerve. just see your doc and get that MRI done.whatever shows up or does not show up would realistically kind of dictate what your very next steps should be here. good luck and please keep me posted.Marcia
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:56 PM   #3
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Re: Pinky and partial ring finger fall asleep during sleep

Marcia-

I have the same problem, but it is only in my pinky and part of my ring finger on both hands. Is this a problem in my elbow or back?

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Re: Pinky and partial ring finger fall asleep during sleep

with most bilateral symptoms,it is a central problem of some kind,which would lead up to your c spine area. could be a bone spur just sitting in that right spot or even a herniation. you just wont really know til you have that area MRIed. this would at the very least either rule that area in or out as the underlying reason for your ongoing symptoms. an MRI would simply be the best starting point in determining where your ulnars are being affected. could also be two totally seperate issues casued by some other issue,but looking at the most likely area of involvement first would simply make alot of sense,ya know? push your doc for that c spine MRI and let the results be your guide to your next step/s. please keep me posted,Marcia
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:07 AM   #5
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I have a very similar problem in both hands. When my left arm hangs over the side of the bed when I sleep, my hand will be swollen and several fingers will be numb. It also happens when I work my crafts to long. I get so frustrated by it, that I can't seem to think straight, but to this date my Dr. does'nt seem to be to concerned.
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