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Can you get a blood clot by sleeping on your arm? I have a

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Can you get a blood clot by sleeping on your arm?
I have a cardio appointment toward the end of the month but I keep waking up with a numb arm that I am laying on or both arms when pressure is positioned across my forearm or wrist.
It's happening more often than not. I am a side sleeper.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.

The symptoms that you are having i.e. numbness is usually not a sign of blood clot.

By sleeping on your arm the most likely thing that can happen is a nerve pinch.

A nerve being pinched while lying on your arm can cause one to have numbness like what you are experiencing.

So it seems most likely to be a nerve problem rather than a clot problem.

A nerve can be pinched either in your arm or in your neck before it goes to your arm.

Let me know if you have more questions.

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Kind regards

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My issue has persisted while awake and mobile and involves both arms.
After I sent my question I went back to bed and stayed on my back during sleep.
The numbness is in my right forearm and occasionally right pinky, ring finger as well as my left deltoid, bicep and forearm.I just want to avoid an ER trip if is nerves rather than cardiac/blood clots.Is it a neurologist I should follow up with and not a cardiac doctor? As this is now happening 4 nights in a row and happens over all at minimum 2 nights each week.
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.

I think that with the symptoms that you are mentioning it seems likely that it may be a problem with nerves being pressed in the neck by bulging discs or a bone disease of the neck leading to compression of the nerves in the neck causing your symptoms.

So I would recommend that you should have x-ray and MRI of your neck (MRI is the best test).

MRI will help tremendously in diagnosing your problem.

It does not sound like a clot.

Let me know if you have more questions.

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