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Old 07-03-2013, 16:28   #1
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The last couple of days my right arm has had some numbness, tingling in my pinkie and ring finger, along with a dull ache and shoulder stiffness. When I am up and moving it is mostly fine but when I sit down or lay down it starts. It seems to start in my back shoulder. Before the pain/tingling started I have been waking during the night with extreme stiffness in that area and my neck. So much so, that it is painful to change sleeping positions.

It doesn't seem like neurophothy (sp?) to me, I am young and have only been dx three years. I am wondering if it is the beginnings of frozen shoulder? Or a compressed nerve? I usually sleep on my right side with my arm up and under my head, so it has always tended to "go to sleep" on me, especially when I was pregnant. But I don't know how else to sleep!! :-/ I tried not to sleep on my side last night, but it was hard and I didn't sleep well, it seemed no matter how I slept it was putting pressure on my back shoulder.

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The last couple of days my right arm has had some numbness, tingling in my pinkie and ring finger, along with a dull ache and shoulder stiffness. When I am up and moving it is mostly fine but when I sit down or lay down it starts. It seems to start in my back shoulder. Before the pain/tingling started I have been waking during the night with extreme stiffness in that area and my neck. So much so, that it is painful to change sleeping positions.

It doesn't seem like neurophothy (sp?) to me, I am young and have only been dx three years. I am wondering if it is the beginnings of frozen shoulder? Or a compressed nerve? I usually sleep on my right side with my arm up and under my head, so it has always tended to "go to sleep" on me, especially when I was pregnant. But I don't know how else to sleep!! :-/ I tried not to sleep on my side last night, but it was hard and I didn't sleep well, it seemed no matter how I slept it was putting pressure on my back shoulder.

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This needs to be discussed with a physician, as soon as possible, in my opinion.

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I would go to a doctor too, and they might recommend a massage therapist. It's possible that you have a tight muscle that's compressing things. But you really do need to see someone. Good luck!

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I experience the same thing. I found out I have degenerative disc in my neck. I also have some problems with my rotator cuff on my left side...so if I lift something too heavy or overuse that area of my body, I will have difficulty for a few days. You may also have a pinched nerve. I would try googling exercises for what you are describing and doing some therapeutic exercises to help alleviate the pressure on the nerve or muscle. I would also see the doctor if it continues because its just always a good idea for a medical opinion on things like this.

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Well, I can't get in to the dr until the 19th (I was trying to avoid paying $95 to go to the dr). I have a message into the nurse in the meantime, when she calls me maybe she can tell me what to do until then (and hopefully she won't suck me into an argument this time!)

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Believe me ..You need to see a doctor to rule out any cardiac event.

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I have also been diagnosed with a coupla compromised cervical discs, and have managed it for 15 years by wearing a soft cervical collar when they flare up. Just recently OWC has complained of neck & shoulder pain during the night, to the point where he couldn't get comfortable enough to fall asleep. Three nights ago I persuaded him to try the cervical collar & he's now had three nights of good comfortable sleep. These soft collars aren't expensive either - I have a couple of them - one for upstairs & another for downstairs. They do come in difference widths, so if you have a particularly short neck like I have, take care to get a narrower one.




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Although it sounds relatively simplistic, I would also make sure that your pillow is up to par. When I start to ache and get shoulder and neck pain, I always make sure that my pillow hasn't worn down too much from standard wear and tear. A firmer pillow may help a bit at night, to make it more comfortable for you.

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I have cervical neck issues and one of the first signs is numbness in the pinkie and ring fingers usually both hands. It eventually eases up the numbness. I see a chiro and it works for me. There is also a condition regarding thoracic outlet which is basically computer related where you spend lot of time hunched over at a lap top that causes that also. If in doubt please see a physician. But this is what I was diagnosed with per my dr. and am treated for. Usually numbness is nerve related i.e. pinched nerve etc. in some cases.

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I experience this when sleeping at times, and it can be hormonal. It was very prevalent during pregnancy when tissues are more swollen and inflamed. But every so often when I have a hormone fluctuation I will get numbness down the shoulder I've slept on, and then it subsides to tingling in the fingers, then it goes away. Consider your cycle when it happens, as well?

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