For the past year or so I have been waking up during the night because my pinky and ring fingers are numb. Once I wiggle my fingers the numbness goes way until I fall asleep again. This happens almost every night and it happens in both hands. I usually sleep on my left side or on my back with a pillow between my legs when I am on my side. What can I do to stop this? What could be causing this?
It sounds like your ulnar nerve is being affected, which shows up in the pinky and ring finger. Either you are laying on your arms and compressing it, or perhaps there is something going on in your cervical spine. I have that symptom in my right hand due to cervical spine compression which had to be surgically stabilized. The ulnar nerve can get trapped in your elbow also.
[QUOTE=minstrel2;4011161]It sounds like your ulnar nerve is being affected, which shows up in the pinky and ring finger. Either you are laying on your arms and compressing it, or perhaps there is something going on in your cervical spine. I have that symptom in my right hand due to cervical spine compression which had to be surgically stabilized. The ulnar nerve can get trapped in your elbow also.[/QUOTE]
I agree. I have the same issue, I had the ulnar nerve sheath cut open to release pressure and it helped but the numbness is still there because i have issues with my c5-c6 area of my c-spine.
You can get a emg test and they can pin point which nerve is being bothered
personally,i would just ask your primary doc to simply send you for a contrasted MRI for now. since you are actually having this symptom bilaterally,the most likely place for the ulnar nerve problem could just be some level of "centrally located" issue like a bulged disc that is protuding straight out instead of like a bit more one sided? discs can herniate or bulge in many ways. but when you are having the same symptoms in both extremities, it is usually a more of a central issue up there that is just compromising both sides of the nerves in reference to the spinal column. once you find out just what may or may not be going on at the c spine level, then you can move on to more definitive testing with an EMG. that should be started from the c spine and then down the key spots down your arms to the hands. any real true Dx is really a matter of tracking back any symptoms to their natural sources,or their "base of operations". in this case,it would be the c spine and cord area then down from there.
while you don't actually have a c 8 vertebrae, you DO have a c 8 nerve that is also called the ulnar nerve. any affectation below/at C 7 to T 1 could be the problem area for you in there(and not everyones actual anatomy is ALWAYS exacting as textbook, you can have some level of crossover with innervation too). but if i were you, i would request that MRI with contrast just to kind of get the ball rolling here first. its just when dealing with any nerve related problems within the hands, its always good to try and rule out or rule in that c spine first as the culprit. if for some reason it is not, then you do the more in depth EMG/NCV along the arm to the hands to pinpint the affected area(s).
i do wish you luck with this and hope its nothing overly major going on up there. please keep us posted as to what you find out, marcia
See a acupuncturist. I did for the same thing and it disappeared in an instant and never returned.
Cure for numb hands & arms while sleeping.
I had a similar problem of my hands and arms becoming numb & tingling while I was sleeping. This went on for over a year. I looked online and found nothing that would explain what was causing this. I'm in good health otherwise, so I did not believe it could be a disease of any sort. I asked my doctor about this but she did not give me an answer.
Finally, I found someone else that had the solution.So, a week ago, I did the same thing and so far my arms and hands are not getting numbness and tingling when I'm sleeping. Here's what I did...
Take vitamin B-12 (1,000 mg per day) and vitamin C (500 mg per day)
Since taking these vitamins, I've been able to sleep all night long without waking up and having to shake my hands and arms.
If this doesn't work for you, then the problem could a food allergy. I would start by stopping all eating of dairy products including anything made with dairy products. Do this for 30 days. If you still are having the numbness at night then, you may have a serious medical condition that will require a doctor.
I hope this helps. - Cubegirl
My left pinky and ring finger are numb, as are the right and left toe next to the big toe, with burning under and on top of feet. Left arm aches constantley at a moderate pain level until I am reast, then feels aching sorness on inside and back of arm. I have to type with one hand because the left pinky finger will fall hit the control key. Does this sound like nueropathy? Whom do you see a nuerologist? I have parkinsons and am told that is not what is affecting me in the above manor by a nuerologist.
have you ever had that neuro actually refer you for a good full spinal MRI with real emphasis on that higher up c spine area? this would, as with the other poster here just be the best possible place to really start to look for possible issues that could easily be impacting anything that is just below the c spine level if the spinal cord is involved in some way? everything that is just below a level of real spinal cord impact can just create really insane feelings and symptoms from right directly beneath it on down to your toes depending. it just really NEEDS to be fully looked into with your particular symptoms you are displaying. if the neuro mentioned that this is NOT part of your parkinsons, what does HE seem to think this is stemming from then? did he give you ANY resonable explanations?
if ANY doc, espescially any specialist cannot actually give you real/solid explanations/reasons for any symptoms like these are, they OWE you some better more in depth types of testing to find out what is causing this in any patient. i would really push him for an MRI just to see the more likely area of the possible problem which in this case with these symptoms just very easily could be some level of real affectation of your spinal cord somewhere. there are just sooo many different possible things that can seriously impact anyones spinal cord. if this particular doc rewfuses to even do this one test for you, i would seriously consider possibly changing neuros? or asking your primary doc to refer you could work too. but this area really just does need looking into. it would rule it in or out as a possible area of involvement. i do wish you luck in finding the answers. please let us know what you find out. Marcia
i get this too only while sleeping starting to get annoing