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    Old 06-03-2003, 06:29 AM   #1
    Midge130
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    Question Asleep or Numbness??

    For the past (about) 3 weeks, I've been sleeping with my arms above my head while I'm on my back. I've never done this before. Anyway, I always wake up with my arms partially asleep, every time!! Do you think they are really going to sleep, or could it be numbness coming on? I've never experienced numbness before.

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    -C-section 1990
    -C-section 1992
    -C-section 1995
    -Shoulder pain since 2000
    -C4-C5 bone spurs causing central canal stenosis. Annular tear.
    -C5-C6 mild narrowing of canal.
    -C6-C7 disc bone spur and annular tear.
    -C7-T1 bone spur and annular tear.
    -Myelogram 6-5-03
    -Surgery-unknown yet, probably in 7-03
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    -C-section 1990, 1992, & 1995
    -Shoulder pain since 2000
    -C4-C5 bone spurs causing central canal stenosis. Annular tear.
    -C5-C6 mild narrowing of canal.
    -C6-C7 disc bone spur and annular tear.
    -C7-T1 bone spur and annular tear.
    -No surgery;I'm not bad enough yet!

     
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    Old 06-03-2003, 06:44 AM   #2
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    Hey Midge,

    That exact same thing happened to me before surgery, where I would sleep with my arms above my head and wake up with tingling down my arms and hands and sometimes the whole hand feeling dead. Everything would stop in a matter of seconds once I moved. I think we put pressure on the nerves with our arms like that, but there's something about putting the arms above the head that eases the neck pain--and that's, I guess, why we do it.

    As far as numbness, I got several spots after surgery. These are spots on my leg where I can't feel the razor and an area in my palm that I can't feel when I'm washing my hands or putting on lotion. It's really strange. I tested to see if these spots were really numb by putting an ice cube there, and I couldn't feel the ice in any of the places for several weeks. I have one spot on my thigh where I still can't feel an ice cube. It's also very sensitive, meaning I can't stand to touch that area or have my husband touch it. The other areas still feel numb, but I can feel an ice cube now.

    Hope this is helpful.



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    Old 06-03-2003, 07:15 AM   #3
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    Hi Midge,
    Yes, I get numbness in my arms about a minute after I've put them over my head. I never even get a chance to go to sleep that way. I also get numbness if I'm lying on my side and my arms are lying on top of each other. It's the pits. I haven't had surgery yet, so I don't know if it will get better after or not. Don't know if that helps or not.
    Jeanine

     
    Old 06-03-2003, 08:03 AM   #4
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    I too am numb...I could only wish. My arms hands and neck sometimes are all numb(this is a good day). When I lift my arms over my head they go numb in minutes now. Surgery is coming up soon but after reading that mans post about having that tube for three days I am beginning to have second, third and fourth serious qualms now. I hope this resolves itself for you and maybe just knowing others are having this will help.
    Have a pain free day.
    Peach

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    Old 06-03-2003, 08:48 AM   #5
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    I think that the post about the tube is the exception and not the rule. Most people, from the posts I've read, do not even remember the tube at all. Try not to worry too much about that. More than likely you'll wake up with a sore throat, that's it, and that goes away quickly. If I had to choose the things I'd worry about, this would be WAY down there on the list. His story is rather unsettling, though.

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    Old 06-03-2003, 11:34 AM   #6
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    I also get the numbess , legs /arms you name it. One of the problems when your arms are raised over your head , is if the numbness is nerve related or circulation , most likely a combination.
    When you are laying down, and your arms are over your head, the circulation is naturally diminished, and they will go to sleep. For us cervies, arms over head greatly reduces the neck and arm pain. I think it is both the cervie issues and circulatory both working together to increase this phenomena.
    I hope you have a good day, take care, Mel
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    Old 06-03-2003, 05:21 PM   #7
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    I've not had any surgery but I get my arms going to sleep on me from the elbows to the finger tips constantly just lying down...no matter where I put my arms...anyone else?

    Joanne

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    • 1993 X-ray Diagnosed DDD
    • Nov,2002 MRI C4-C5 posterior osteophytic bar effacing ventral thecal sac, stenosis of neural foramina.C5-C6 posterior disc protrusion effacing VTS. Stenosis of neural foramina.C6-C7 posterior disc herniation effacing VTS.stenosis of neural foramina.C7-T1perineural cysts in both neural foramina.left convex scoliosis mid thoracic spine.wedging of T7. wedging of T5.degen.end plate changes at T8-T9. L4-L5 diffuse disc bulge effacing VTS.hypertrophy of facet joints,central spinal stenosis.L5-S1 posterior disc protrusion with associated tear of annulus fibrosis. hypertrophy of facet joints.S1-S2 Perineural cysts involving S1-S2 nerve roots.
    • So far have tried: meds,physio,acupuncture all to no avail.

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    Old 06-03-2003, 05:30 PM   #8
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    Hey Joanne,
    me too. Arms and legs, no matter what position, but it you raise them, it increases the rate at which they go numb.
    Mel
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    Paracentral Disc herniations ,bone spurs C4/5,C5/6,C6/7
    loss of lordotic curve
    Advanced myelopathy inc. walking difficulty, loss of gag reflex with swallowing problems, neurogenic bladder, occipital neuralgia, spacticity

     
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