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My arms keep falling asleep (becoming numb) at night when

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My arms keep "falling asleep" (becoming numb) at night when I sleep. What could that mean? Other than menapause, I am in excellent health and weigh 120 (5'5"), very active, always have "lowish" blood pressure at my annual checkup. This just started recently. Thought I may be sleeping on them funny, but they even do it when I sleep on my back. Usually one or the other does it, not both at same time. I am taking normal amounts of ibuprofen for various aches and pains periodically--have not connected if this happens when I use ibuprofen. Thoughts?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr .Saha replied 6 years ago.

How long are you having this problem?

In which part of the arms?

Did you have any test or treatment?

Thank you.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Just the last few weeks.


Hands and up the arm.


Have not had any tests or treatment.

Expert:  Dr .Saha replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for the information,

The numbness during sleeping can be due to pinching of a nerve or its root in its course , in the spine or in the limb.

Obstruction to blood flow from any posture is also a possibility.

The other common causes like low calcium or electrolytes, vitamins , thyroid diseases, diabetes, or any nerve diseases,seems less likely here.

You need to see doctor for an examination

If he feels some tests or imaging studies can be taken.

I hope this information will be helpful.

Please ask if you need any clarification.

Best wishes.
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