Saturday Night Palsy / Radial Neuropathy

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    May 16, 2015 6:41 PM GMT
    So - for the second time in about six months - I woke up without being able to control my left hand/ forearm. I went to see my physiatrist, and he said I probably just slept on it weird - after some tertiary tests, he had no need for greater concern. I would like to believe that's the case, but I AM a little concerned - since until last October I've never experienced this in my entire life… though I am approaching 50 now.

    From what I've read it sounds like these things can take a while to heal… But I was wondering what other peoples experiences were with this. I can barely extend my fingers on my left hand and the top of my forearm is tingly/numb.

    Any advice on things to do or not do are greatly appreciated.

    http://www.cordingleyneurology.com/radialneuropathy.html
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    May 16, 2015 7:36 PM GMT
    Sometimes I'll sleep with pressure on my upper arm and I'll wake up and it'll be completely dead; no feeling and I can't move it. I have to use my other hand to move it. After a few minutes it comes back and there is some tingling during that time.
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    May 16, 2015 10:33 PM GMT
    I think you should see a neurologist. Sorry to hear and hope you'll heal!
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    May 17, 2015 5:16 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidI think you should see a neurologist. Sorry to hear and hope you'll heal!

    Best answer yet!!!icon_idea.gif
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    May 17, 2015 9:01 PM GMT
    Sounds like you need to see a chiropractor.

    I have that problem sometimes, and my chiropractor adjusts my spine and it goes away.
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    May 31, 2015 3:57 AM GMT
    Thanks for your responses... They're appreciated - though it doesn't sound like anyone here (save Paul) has experienced the same thing. Unfortunately, I don't trust chiropractors.

    I doubt a neurologist is necessary - though I'll consider it. My physiatrist already did an EMG Test - and everything looks fine - my motor skills are already much improved in two weeks, as is my strength.

    I have found exercises and stretches to help with the condition online - was just hoping to find someone here that's experienced the same thing - perhaps repeatedly. If you have, please let me know.
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    May 31, 2015 6:37 PM GMT
    Have you considered a new bed/mattress? Could be a circulation problem.

    Also, are you left handed or right handed?
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    May 31, 2015 10:17 PM GMT
    You need to wait at least 15 minutes after jerking off before you go to sleep, in order to let your hand and arm recover.
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    Sep 29, 2015 3:56 PM GMT
    Physical therapy and rest solved it - thanks for all your advice guys!
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    Oct 02, 2015 6:19 AM GMT
    Glad you found a cure. If it happens to reoccur, consider getting a Tempurpedic mattress. I have a bad habit of sleeping on my arm and I have tried and tried to get myself out of the habit but I keep doing it. Sometimes I wake up and can't feel my arm for long periods. Once I got the Tempurpedic mattress the problem went away. Yes, I still sleep on my arm but the mattress allows my arm to sink into the mattress without cranking it so badly.