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i have numbness in fingers of both hands upon waking up at

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i have numbness in fingers of both hands upon waking up at night. this lasts about 5 minutes before i can pick things up without dropping them. i am 44 and in relatively good shape. this has been happening for about 6 months.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Doctor Harrison replied 8 years ago.


This sounds like a classic case or carpal tunnel syndrome. When you sleep, you tend to curl your wrists in awkward positions (we all do this as a remnant of when we were inside our mother's uterus). This wrist flexion puts stress across your wrist joint, which pinches a nerve called the median nerve. When this nerve is pinched, it makes your fingers go numb, "tingly" and weak. It usually resolves in the beginning by just awakening and straightening out your wrists. However if this continues for months, the pain will last longer and longer.


Try taking some motrin (if cleared by your doctor), and use wrist splints which can be purchased at any pharmacy. Buy two splints for carpal tunnel syndrome, and wear them while you are sleeping. Take them off during the day. I am confident this will relieve your symptoms.


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