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This info. might be helpful to someone. I would sometimes wake with numb fingers on either hand. Lots of rubbing would bring it back. When that happened, I woke up laying on my arm, and a couple of times, I wasn't laying on it, the elbow was just bent.

Then a couple of yrs. ago I bumped my left elbow (crazy bone - which is actually a nerve) and my pinky and ring fingers and the side of my hand went numb and couldn't be woke up. Dr. sent me to a sports specialist. All he said was we'll see whether or not it will heal on its own. It took a couple of yrs. for the nerves to start healing (sometimes they never do) but the numbness is gone although it sometimes comes back a little & I rub it away. With little info. from the doc, I had to do some research on my own to find out what was going on.

I learned nerves run down the arm, next to the elbow, and around the tips of the fingers. Different nerves affect different fingers. And sometimes if fingers fall asleep at night, you can wake them up, sometimes you can't (permanent nerve damage). The things to remember are, don't lay on your arms when you sleep, and if you have a problem with waking up to numb fingers, don't bend your elbows very much when you sleep. When I say 'very much' I don't mean 'very often', I mean only bend them slightly. When you bend the elbow, it stretches the nerve.

To keep elbows straight at night, some people wear elbow braces to bed, others (like me) always sleep in certain prearranged positions so that the elbows are either straight or only slightly bent. It is different for everyone because we all have our favorite positions. Mine involves keeping a chair next to the bed with a pillow on it to rest my arm. Since I have been doing this, I have only woke once with numb fingers, because that night I bent my elbow too much while sleeping.

It is also important when you test bs not to prick the tips of the fingers or it can cause permanent nerve damage. It can also be caused by elbows on tables.

And I'll throw these 2 things in for good measure. When you feel a corpel tunnel pain coming on, straighten your wrist, make it as straight as you can and the pain will soon be gone. And charlie horses usually happen in bed. Jump up immediately and put all your weight on that leg and the pain will be gone.
 
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yeah I've noticed that sometimes if I put my hands on my stomach when sleeping and obviously if I leave it like that, it's elevated really and I can get that nerve pain in the arms from that. I figured my main problem is probably my neck and back not moving right and pinching my nerves... chiropractors say their job is to free up your nerves. I notice if I get neck pain I wind up with nerve pain going down my arms too. That's probably another factor to consider... is your neck and back joints moving or not.
 

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An unexpected benefit of going on CPAP for me was having to train myself to sleep on my back so the CPAP mask stays in position better. Once I was able to sleep the night through in a supine position without reverting in my sleep to prone position, I have eliminated the numb arms & other aches/pains I was experiencing for many years, and which would often waken me in the night. It's tremendous to be an old woman like me & not feel achy & stiff upon awakening! :D

My arms just relax at my sides during sleep.
 
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An unexpected benefit of going on CPAP for me was having to train myself to sleep on my back so the CPAP mask stays in position better. Once I was able to sleep the night through in a supine position without reverting in my sleep to prone position, I have eliminated the numb arms & other aches/pains I was experiencing for many years, and which would often waken me in the night. It's tremendous to be an old woman like me & not feel achy & stiff upon awakening! :D

My arms just relax at my sides during sleep.
that's the position I aim for too Shanny... sleep on my back :D But during this week just gone I was whinging of a pinched nerve in my neck (based of skull too and shooting both ways)... had heat packs and inflammitory gel out to try and calm it down. I'm not sure if it's my BP going up so much this week that has played a part?... maybe I'm actually tossing and turning and this has caused it when I wake?
 

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Learning to sleep on my back has also made a great improvement for the bulging cervical discs I have at C4 and C5. On the rare occasions they flare up anymore, I take 800mg of ibuprofen, and if they're really squawking, a dose of vicodin & wear a soft foam cervical collar.

Ibuprofen is my "go-to" for inflammation. If I need pain relief, I take vicodin, but ibuprofen is a good anti-inflammatory agent.
 
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Learning to sleep on my back has also made a great improvement for the bulging cervical discs I have at C4 and C5. On the rare occasions they flare up anymore, I take 800mg of ibuprofen, and if they're really squawking, a dose of vicodin & wear a soft foam cervical collar.

Ibuprofen is my "go-to" for inflammation. If I need pain relief, I take vicodin, but ibuprofen is a good anti-inflammatory agent.
yeah I've had to take a couple myself this week in the morning reluctantly just to get to work... I'm apparently supposed to not take them as they're not good for my stomach. But panadol just doesn't do the trick when it's nerves.
 

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yeah I've had to take a couple myself this week in the morning reluctantly just to get to work... I'm apparently supposed to not take them as they're not good for my stomach. But panadol just doesn't do the trick when it's nerves.
Right, panadol is only an analgesic, not anti-inflammatory. Since inflammation is cited as the culprit in many of our ailments, I like to err on the side of reducing inflammation! :)

Can you get ibuprofen with an enteric coating? That might help the gastric issues . . .
 
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Right, panadol is only an analgesic, not anti-inflammatory. Since inflammation is cited as the culprit in many of our ailments, I like to err on the side of reducing inflammation! :)

Can you get ibuprofen with an enteric coating? That might help the gastric issues . . .
No Shanny, I haven't actually seen any ibuprofen with enteric coating on our shelves here. I'm not sure if it's perhaps by prescription only? My doc mentioned that he'd rather I didn't take ibuprofen, although he understands sometimes I may have to... he mentioned "take it sparingly". Codeine also isn't so great for my stomach either he tells me. It's annoying when you need pain relief and you have to try and figure out what you're allowed to take... most people don't think twice and just take whatever they know works. Thankfully I only had to take it 3 mornings in a row (so only 2 tabs for the entire day) and it helped ease the pain. Although I did carry my inflammitory gel to work and had to use that a couple of times during the day... trying to bypass my hair to put the gel on was tricky. lol. It was just pain shooting up one side of my head and I know I'm prone to migraines and didn't want one of those starting up on me. I really need to get back to chiropractor to get my joints moving properly again... but I'm now supposed to be seeking alternative therapies for my stomach too, it's all so costly really. I was previously told by my chiro that migraines are likely caused by my neck mostly... and I did notice I had less migraines when I had regular adjustments done by him. The pain has gone for now thankfully, so will see how I go.
 

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I really need to get back to chiropractor to get my joints moving properly again... but I'm now supposed to be seeking alternative therapies for my stomach too, it's all so costly really. I was previously told by my chiro that migraines are likely caused by my neck mostly... and I did notice I had less migraines when I had regular adjustments done by him. The pain has gone for now thankfully, so will see how I go.
During my last round of college, a chiropractor came to speak to the class. It's been a few years, but what I remember most was his statement that almost any ailment can be traced to spinal alignment. Maybe seeing a chiropractor could help with the pain and stomach issues?
 
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During my last round of college, a chiropractor came to speak to the class. It's been a few years, but what I remember most was his statement that almost any ailment can be traced to spinal alignment. Maybe seeing a chiropractor could help with the pain and stomach issues?
yes I know... they actually work to free up your nerves in your body through your back where of course all your nerves run from in your body. They focus on keeping your joints in your back moving which they believe would allow the nerves to function properly. Each part of the back relates to a certain part of your body. They are not taught to use drugs at all and believe they can help you heal naturally. I have a family member who is a chiropractor and he shares lots of stuff with me about it... but I haven't asked him to ever work on me as yet. lol. I did have discussion with him today about what happened during the week... he offered to do an adjustment for me... but I said I'm feeling Ok at the moment. He mentioned that it's really common what happened to me. He also knew the chiro I used to go to. In regards to the stomach he said he's not sure he can help with that... there's some things they can't help with I think. But if anything it's a therapeutic thing and helps to keep nerves healthy. It would be good for all diabetics.
 
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