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I lay down to sleep my arms go dead if I bend them or lay on my side.

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when I lay down to sleep my arms go dead if I bend them or lay on my side.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr .Saha replied 6 years ago.

Do you have the symptoms daily?

On which part of arm do you have the numbness?

Is it on both side?

How long and how frequently are you having the symptoms?

Have you consulted doctor?

Do you take any medicine?

Did you have any test?

Do you have any other symptom or previous illness?

Thank you.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
yes the symptoms have been getting worse latley. I do have them dailyymptoms

the numbness is in the lower part of my arm, hands mostly.

It is on both sides

Symptoms were very slight at first maybe even as long as a year ago, but much more pronounced in the last few weeks.

I have not been to the doctor

I take no medication

I have no other symptoms and am generally very healthy. I do have tendonitis in both elbows but don't think it is related?
Expert:  Dr .Saha replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for the information,

The symptoms can be related to pinching of nerve.

This can occur at the neck spine or in the arm.

With posture the pinching or nerve impingement may increase.

When it is in the lower part of the arm & hand, carpal or cubital tunnel problems can be there.

Another possibility is compression or kinking of blood supply.

I feel you need an examination by doctor.

He can then decide about tests upon clinical findings.

I hope this information helps.

Happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

Best wishes.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
If it was compression of blood supply, what would that mean?
Expert:  Dr .Saha replied 6 years ago.

If there is narrowing of the blood vessels from atherosclerosis, some transient compression during lying down can occur.

Those can cause similar symptoms.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
are there other symptoms I would be having if atherosclerosis were present?
Expert:  Dr .Saha replied 6 years ago.
How is your blood pressure?

Are you overweight?

Have you checked your lipid profile recently?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
my blood pressure is normally very good

I am about 20lbs over average for my height

the last time my colesterol was checked (year ago) my levels were excelent

I do a job where my arms are raised much of the time

also at night if I get up at all when I return to bed I have palpatations for a while
Expert:  Dr .Saha replied 6 years ago.
Usually high blood pressure, obesity, high serum cholesterol are associated with atherosclerosis.

As yours are within normal except a little overweight, it may not be a factor for atherosclerosis.

When you are getting palpitation, you can have an EKG to find out the cause.
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