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Everynight in bed I get pins and needles in both hands which

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Everynight in bed I get pins and needles in both hands which often wakes me up. Why is this, and how can I make it stop happening. I seem quite well in other respects.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 years ago.
mysticdoc :

hello,

mysticdoc :

thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

i understand your discomfort.

mysticdoc :

these symptoms are likely due to the nerve impingement at night time.

mysticdoc :

any disease at cervical spine ( arthritic changes, disc prolapse or narrowing of spinal canal) can cause pinched nerves at your upper spine resulting in these sympyoms.

Customer:

what exactly do you mean by "impingement?" Is this the same as carpel tunnel syndrome?

mysticdoc :

these symptoms are precipitated when you are sleeping due to the postural issues.

mysticdoc :

yes

mysticdoc :

but carpal tunnel happens at the wrist,

Customer:

oh, so it could be back problems causing my hands to tingle and go numb??

mysticdoc :

but if you have your entire arms involved then the problem likely lies at your neck.

Customer:

is it serious? should I be worried?

mysticdoc :

yes.

Customer:

no its just my hands

mysticdoc :

are your entire arms involved or just your hands?

Customer:

just the hands

mysticdoc :

ok --then it is likely carpal tunnel

mysticdoc :

try usine wrist splints at bedtime--very helpful.

mysticdoc :

also avoid heavy lifting to let the nerves heal

Customer:

could it be connected with theamount of time I spend typing on a computer?

mysticdoc :

yes--very much

Customer:

what are wrist splints?

mysticdoc :

that is what the main problem currently

mysticdoc :

these are also known as CTS splints.

mysticdoc :

here is an example:

Customer:

oh, so I should try not to work on the computer so much

mysticdoc :

yes try togive as mucg rest as posdsible for now.

mysticdoc :

buy a ergonomic keyboard to avoid this in future.

Customer:

oh I see. I live in England, so perhaps I will try to get them from the doctor.

Customer:

Thanks very much for your advice

mysticdoc :

yes--correct

mysticdoc :

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Customer:

as you see I am still working at 10.30 pm on a sunday night.

Customer:

i'll press the accept button now!

mysticdoc :

lol--yes you need to say goodnight now--

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