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Posted by: Teresa O.
03/09/2004, 17:49:04


Mom has been having a problem with her hand going to sleep. She says it doesn't matter what position she has it in. It can happen when she is awake or asleep. She has awakened in the night to find that it is asleep. Has anyone else had this problem and could it be related to the BEB?

Thank you.




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Posted by: Kathleen
03/10/2004, 08:26:06


I had to have carpal tunnel surgery a few years ago because of tingling in my hands and them going to sleep. When mine first started it was positional, but as it progressed it didn't matter what position my hands were in. I first noticed it in my thumb, index and middle fingers and then progressing to the entire hand going to sleep with pain up into my forearm. I don't think mine was related to BEB at all. Does your Mom do anything that requires repetitive motion of her hands, like typing, writing, gardening, etc.? People who do repetitive type things are more prone to carpal tunnel. It might be to her benefit to ask her neurologist about it (if that's who she sees for the BEB) or any hand specialist can diagnose. Other things that might cause it are pinched nerves in the neck or circulation problems, but those usually aren't limited to the hand.



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Posted by: Barbara
03/10/2004, 08:46:47


My hands have been going to sleep for years. Had al the conventional tests but came up with nothing. I do have fibromyagia and they do have several neurological components. Does you mom have that. Now I just forget about it because I know that I won't die from it and I just have a screwed up nervous sysmtem. I don't think it has anything to do with BEB though. Barbara



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Posted by: Lynn Yarbrough
03/10/2004, 11:23:13


I have had occasional numbness in my hands since a TIA (mini-stroke) in Dec. 2002. While the original was a symptom of the TIA (poor circulation and a blood clot) it appears even after all circulation problems have been relieved; my doctor says it's a "false numbness", an illusion caused by brain injury, rather than poor circulation.

So what your Mom is experiencing may be either poor circulation or the side effect of an unrecognized mini-stoke, or something else similar. I would suggest a thorough cardiological exam if she hasn't had one in a while. At least get the opinion of a good cardiologist.

AFAIK it's unrelated to the BEB.

--- Lynn




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Posted by: Linda Sue
03/10/2004, 14:55:53


My suggestion would be, if your mother has a neurologist who is giving her Botox that she call the office and speak to his nurse to get the information to her doctor. If he/she thinks it could be carpal tunnel than they would arrange an EMG to be done and that would confirm or disprove that diagnosis. If it is negative for carpal tunnel than at least they have a starting ground to work from to get a proper diagnosis. If she does not go to a neurologist than report the same information to her personal physician who can send a referral to the proper department.
Linda



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Posted by: Pippa from Scotland
03/14/2004, 11:44:38


I do occasionally have my hand going to sleep but have never thought of it being anything to do with BEB.
However I also have something similar which is permanent...a numb foot! Well, part of it is. It does have some feeling as though it has gone to sleep but when the doctor stuck pins in it when I was sometimes unable to feel anything at all.(My husband was horrified when he saw this happening!)
The Doctor just said I had some nerve damage, and shook his head sadly.
So perhaps what has been said before about it being a neurological problem is correct...But it doesn't affect me really apart from lack of sensation there. Just another wee part falling apart in my body!
Pippa from Scotland



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Posted by: Amy
03/21/2004, 08:32:40


I have the hand going to sleep very often but of course I have a generalized form of dystonia. I know that after my last BTX shots which released the muscles in the forearm, I have compressed nerves and the hand is much worse. This seemed to be caused by the contractions moving to the shoulders and compressing the nerves.

Does your mother have any contracting or muscle spasms in her forearms or shoulders? Even just tightness that she cannot really feel? This also can cause the compression of the nerve.

I am doing as the previous post and going back to the physiatrist on Monday hopefullt to have the EMG done and find out what to do from here.And, I am hoping he will make the right referral if he cannot do anything.
LOL,
Amy




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