Hands Numb While Sleeping: Don’t Ignore this Sign!

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Hands Numb while Sleeping

As a physician, I’ve heard patients for 25 years tell me that their hands go numb when they sleep. Should this be something that worries you, or is it no big deal? After all, if you ask around, hands numb while sleeping isn’t a super common complaint of healthy people. Here’s why you should be concerned about this problem and what may be causing it.

First, you need to realize that when any body part goes numb, it means that the nerve supply to that area has been cut off. So your hands going numb while you sleep means that some nerve that goes from your neck to the hand is being compressed. Nerves have their own blood supply around the outside, so pressure on a nerve cuts off that blood supply and the nerve eventually is starved for oxygen and nutrients, making the nerve shut down. If this happens for a short period of time, the nerve just wakes up again once the pressure is removed. However, continued insult on the nerve can mean that it gets a little damaged with each episode. So months or years of numb hands at night can mean damaged nerves.

What usually causes this to happen? The biggest and most significant cause is neck (cervical) stenosis or a disc bulge, or when there’s little room in the neck bones due to arthritis or that disc for the nerves to travel or exit. You don’t have to have constant neck pain with stenosis or a disc bulge and some patients just notice that their hands are numb. When the neck gets into a weird position at night and the muscles that protect it during the day relax, the nerves get crunched and the hands go numb. Many times a cervical collar worn only at night will reduce the numbness. You may need to experiment with different collars or varying amounts of tightness (usually wearing it loosely while sitting at the side of the bed is enough, as the shoulders come up when you sleep and this makes the collar tighter). If this helps your hands, you likely need a cervical MRI to check this out.

The second biggest cause is thoracic outlet syndrome or TOS. This means that the nerves are getting crunched in the shoulder area. This is a common problem for modern computer users, as the shoulder and head come forward leading to nerve compression. There are some stretches in our book Orthopedics 2.0 for this issue. Other causes can include carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrists. This is when the main nerve of the hand (median nerve) gets pinched in the tunnel that it traverses in the wrist. Usually if this is the cause, simple wrist splints worn at night can be a huge help. However, both of these issues may require your doctor to take a closer look at the overarching cause of this problem.

One of the reasons you should be vigilant about getting this figured out is that these nerves being off line can cause other problems. The biggest concern is that other problems can crop up in the upper extremities that are caused by the nightly nerve compression. These include tennis and golfer’s elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis) as well as arthritis in the hands and shoulder. How could this happen? The muscles protecting these areas go offline and the extra motion in the joint (which is imperceptible), ends up frying the joint over time. In addition, other new research shows that bad nerves may end up dumping nasty arthritis causing chemicals into the joints.

The upshot? Numbness in your hands at night is a big deal. It’s often ignored by physicians who aren’t experts in the area of musculoskeletal treatment, but take it seriously and find out its root cause. If you don’t, you’ll be wondering why your nerves are getting slowly less sensitive (changes in overall sensation) or why your shoulders, elbows, and hands ache all the time!

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150 thoughts on “Hands Numb While Sleeping: Don’t Ignore this Sign!

  1. bonnie davis

    I know there are a lot of aging people that may read this but due to lack of finances can not even try to help themselves Medicare will not pay for things that may help them and perhaps their Supplement help will not either. Seems to me that the older one gets the less they will help I shall order the Library Books from Barns Noble and with God’s help I may learn to help myself. If I have your permission I shall order The Formula . Thanking you for your kindness and trying to help other people.


    1. Regenexx Team

      Thank you for your kind words. We understand how frustrating that is. It would make much more sense for insurance companies and Medicare to make the least invasive types of treatment with the greatest healing potential available to patients, but unfortunately regarding stem cells, they’re just not there yet. While there are actually more studies published demonstrating that stem cell therapy works than there are demonstrating that common orthopedic surgeries work, stem cell therapy is still considered experimental. Not long ago most heart issues were dealt with through open heart surgery until someone figured out that most of those issues could be treated without surgery through catheters, and Interventional Cardiology was born. What we do is Interventional Orthopedics and a similar major shift is taking place. The long term result of this shift which will be that orthopedic surgery will be reserved for when it is truly needed, and most orthopedic injuries and conditions will be treated with patient’s own stem cells and platelets through injection. But unfortunately it will take the insurance industry time to catch up. The books are actually available for free at :https://regenexx.com/library-complimentary-regenexx-resources/ and you can order the Supplement at the bottom of this page:https://regenexx.com/regenexx-advanced-stem-cell-support-formula/ Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

  2. Austin

    Hi, I am dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome and wanted to ask about the treatment, since the blog doesn’t address this. Do you treat TOS using nerve hydrodissection the way other blogs have described for other nerve issues?

  3. Tina David

    What kind of doctor? I am 35 and this has been happening on and off 4 years now I need to get this addressed

    1. Regenexx Team

      Our Providers are the only doctors I could recommend for this type of thing… Here is the Find a Physician link: https://regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

  4. Eric Nguyen

    The blog mentioned TOS, but is Regenexx an option for TOS? How would Regenexx help with a compression of the brachial plexus? It seems like Regenexx is more of a joint repair treatment option, instead of nerve decompression, is that right?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Not correct. We’ve done groundbreaking spine and nerve work. Please fill out the Candidate form, so you can speak to one of our physicians about how we would approach your particular issue, as this is definitely not a one size fits all situation: Please see: https://regenexx.com/alar-ligament-treatment/ https://regenexx.com/nerve-regeneration/ https://regenexx.com/blog/spinal-stenosis-surgery-alternatives/ https://regenexx.com/blog/spinal-stenosis-injections/ https://regenexx.com/blog/radial-nerve-treatment/ https://regenexx.com/regenerating-radial-nerve-injury-injections/ https://regenexx.com/back-of-shoulder-pain/ https://regenexx.com/blog/neck-epidural-failed/ https://regenexx.com/back-of-shoulder-pain/ Use the “search” function on the website and there are many more individual cases treating the issues involved in TOS..

  5. Stephanie

    I am 28 years old and have had these issues since October of 2016. I started to see a chiropractor and the symptoms started to go away but have since returned, worse than ever. Is there a permanent solution to the pain/numb feeling or am I going to have to live with this nuisance

    1. Regenexx Team

      There is. All of the possibilities listed in the Blog are treatable with either your own platelets or stem cells. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/a-colorado-regenexx-patient-review-pain-free/ and https://regenexx.com/treating-hand-arthritis-without-surgery-regenexx-way/ and https://regenexx.com/avoid-carpal-tunnel-surgery/

  6. Mike R.

    Hi, I am dealing with the issue you wrote about as well as head aches when I wake up. What is a good type and style cervical collar? Thank you

    1. Regenexx Team

      Starting with a traditional adjustable soft cervical collar will help anwer the question.

      1. Erin Wymer

        My ex-husband used to have his hands fall asleep quite often. Many nights I woke up listening to him flicking his hands back and forth to wake them up. He was a journeyman carpenter, and rarely, if ever used a computer. I notice you said it was somehow related to that and/or carpal tunnel syndrome. Can you explain more on this?

        1. Chris Centeno Post author

          Working with your hands out in front for a job could also do the same thing. As the article explains, this can come from the neck, shoulders, or wrists (carpal tunnel).

        2. Ryan

          Hi I’m 34 years old and am also a Journeyman carpenter. I’ve been having numbness in hands for about 5 years on and off…it’s mostly in colder winter months. I wear my tool pouch with suspenders and also a fall protection harness. I think the weight on my shoulders may be a cause of the numbness in hands.

          1. Regenexx Team


            It definitely could be a factor; we’d need to examine you. The nerves to your hands originate in the cervical spine but anything that compresses the nerve or interrupts the signal can cause numbness. The concern would be the repeated assault over time.

  7. Sharon

    My thumbs fall asleep every night on a flat bed since I have been riding my bike. If I am sitting up or raised up with pillows it does not happen. My neck and shoulders are extremely tight when riding my bike. I wondered if yoga would help loosen me up and help with the fingers.

  8. Prerna Nahata

    Which kind of specialist should we consult in this case? Neuro? Orthopaedic? Any other? Please clarify.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Regenerative Interventional Orthopedics. Please see: https://regenexx.com/the-regenexx-procedures/back-surgery-alternative/ Here is the list of Regenexx Physicians. Those that have “Spine” listed do these procedures. Please see: https://regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

  9. Donna Parker

    I had these issues followed with falling like I was falling while sitting at my desk to the point of grabbing my desk. It lasted only a few seconds and I just got use to knowing it would go away. My left arm would asmlso get week at times. I thought it was all in my head at some point. ANXIETY….NOT. Unfortunately I had Sybclavian Steel Syndrome, a 90 percent blockage by the time the Dr. found it. thank God for the Doctor that knew. Please check your blood pressure in each arm. If the are too much difference go to the Doctor. It may not be this but being checked is could keep you from having a major STROKE . GOD BLESS !

    1. Regenexx Team

      Quite an unusual condition, but good information. Great job to the Doctor that recognized what was going on!

  10. Marion Dickinson

    I’m glad I found this page. I recently had an MRI on Brain and Cervical Spine looking for demyelination. I had some weird symptoms and was concerned about MS even though that was a long shot at my age (71). No demyelination was found and Brain looked good. There were however some disk bulges on the Cervical Spine (no Stenosis). Both of my hands get numb while sleeping. One at a time and sometimes both. I shake them out and reposition and they go back to normal rather quickly. I have ruled out this is caused by laying on my arm/hand. Of course I have told my Neurologist about this, and never got an answer and he didn’t express concern. Now that I’ve read this article, I feel my disk bulges may be the reason for the hand numbness. Should I see a doctor about this, and what kind?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Definitely worth looking into. The Regenexx Locations which have “Spine” listed to the right of the name are the only physicians that we can recommend to do that type of work up. Please see: https://regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

  11. Elizabeth Mwangi

    My left hand fingers gets numb at night but usually stops upon turning and sleeping in opposite direction and will start again when I sleep on that side..I’m worried now

    1. Regenexx Team

      It’s not uncommon for only one side to be effected. It would be a good idea to get checked out.

  12. Lynne Newkirk

    I was diagnosed with De Quervain’s. And even though I don’t do what caused the condition it won’t go away. Extremely painful sleeping hands wake me every single night. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Of late, DeQuervain’s Syndrome is often referred to as “Texting Thumb”, as it is commonly an overuse injury associated with texting. But people who have never texted suffer from it as well, as it’s actually arthritis of the CMC joint. It is treatable with precise image guided injections of your own platelets and stem cells. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/texting-thumb-treatments/ and https://regenexx.com/hand-basal-joint-cmc-arthritis-treatment/

  13. Dawn Romain

    It only happens to me if I have my pillows doubled up under my head.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Something to watch…always better to fix small things before they become big things. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/introducing-dr-centenos-latest-book-regenexx-proactive/ and https://regenexx.com/the-regenexx-procedures/back-surgery-alternative/

  14. J.M.

    Thank you for this info…My numbness is getting worse at night and is now up my arms as well as my hands..it’s also taking longer and longer to get the pain/numbness to go away..I shake them message them changing positions doesn’t help alone,and it hurts…I am going to try and use a pillow with less fluff and keep track of the nights it’s happening to maybe realize the cause…but hmmm..could not being active or sitting too much maybe make it worse???

    1. Regenexx Team

      We’d need to examine you to advise you in your particular situation. But generally, these are symptoms suggestive of a nerve issue which is a good idea to address because the type of nerve compression that causes the symptoms can eventually damage the nerve. Physical activity is generally a good idea unless contra-indicated.

      1. Jj

        Yeah, so i am a weightlifter. My right hand sometimes gets numb while i sleep and my wrist kinda hurt when stretched to much (pronated). Do you think j should get it checked out or is it just normal for weightlifters? To whom should i get it checked? Neuro? Ortho? Believe me, i would like to get advised from you guys. But, the problem is that i live in the philippines.

        1. Regenexx Team


          While something like this is not uncommon in weightlifters, it is something that really should be looked into. The thing you’d want to avoid is surgery, so whichever of the two which would spend the most time doing a very thorough exam would be the one to see.

  15. Po

    What other at home treatments do you recommend? I live in other country that is why its hard me to get it checked.

    1. Regenexx Team

      There isn’t a substitute for an exam to accurately diagnose the problem and treatment for it. Many people have found that good quality Curcumin and Fish Oil can help with pain and inflammation. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/new-research-fish-oil-can-turn-bad-inflammation-into-healing/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/does-curcumin-work/ and https://regenexx.com/regenexx-advanced-stem-cell-support-formula/

  16. Michelle

    I have been getting numbness and pins and needles in both hands at night for some time now. Quite often it’s the opposite side to the side I’m laying on, and it happens in both hands.
    Im located in Western Australia, is there anyone you can recommend here? I already see a rheumatologist as I have Myofacial Pain Syndrome and winder if it is related to that.

    1. Regenexx Team

      This is something that it would be a good idea to look into. While we’d need to examine you to make a diagnosis, this is likely a nerve issue rather than Myofacial Pain Syndrome. The one person we could recommend is Dr. Kevin Boundy. Please see: http://www.nssm.com.au/

  17. Arnie

    I’ve been struggling every night for 6 months. Waking up sometimes 3 and 4 times a night with right hand and fingers dead, can’t even feel the bed head. Have been referred to a specialist on the 19th of this month, left hand happen occasionally also. can a severe jolt or car accident cause any of this.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Yes it can. While these symptoms can be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome or a shoulder issue, a very common cause is a cervical vertebrae compressing a nerve which could happen as a result of a car accident.

  18. Katia Miyuki

    What type of doctor should I see for sleepless in my hands. I have it during routine workout and it has been continuously occurring during my sleep. It wakes me up multiple times and that is how bad it is. It improves dramatically if I just hand my hand facing down the floor on the side of the bed. It gets so bad that I am right now in bed, typing this message and had to stop to hang the hand down due the intense numbness. If feels like a pain but it is numbness.
    Both elbows have been very sore for a long time and it is worse while working out.

    1. Regenexx Team

      As it says in the blog, these issues tend to be cervical issues, thoracic outlet syndrome or carpal tunnel related but can be other things as well, so the type of exam that can make an accurate diagnosis is needed. These are the physicians who can do that type of exam: https://regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

  19. Brian Gates

    I have the numbness in one hand when sleeping. What kind of collar do you recommend? If you search “cervical collar” on Amazon it brings up mostly inexpensive soft foam collars–are these suitable to start with, or does one need something more?

    1. Regenexx Team

      A hard cervical collar made of firm foam or plastic is a good place to start. If that’s not tolerated, try a soft foam collar.

  20. jon

    I was diagnosed with elbow tunnel and was told that it was due to resting on my elbows for extended periods of time. During the day, it’s not an issue, unless I’m lifting weights or working at the computer excessively, but it can literally be a real pain at night. I would wake up in the middle of the night with my hands completely numb or worse, sleep through the night and wake up in the morning with the numbness multplied by 5. When this occurs, I immediately have to raise my arms straight into the air and start wiggling my fingers rapidly to get the blood circulating again. I find that rubbing my hands together and producing a bit of friction also helps. Over the years, I have learned that tucking my arms in and resting them on my chest or stomach, while flat on my back, can prevent these numb nights. The trick is to elevate your elbows off the bed like your hugging yourself. This can prove to be a real challenge, especially on those warm nights. It’s almost as though I need to make a constant, conscious effort to lock my arms while I sleep. I may start the night off in that position, but as the night wears on and my muscles tend to relax, I find that my arms usually fall to my side or my body turns to one side. Then, the end result is inevitable. I have experimented with numerous sleeping positions, such as sleeping with my hands raised above my head, lying on my stomach, propping my elbows up with a cushion or light blanket tucked under, and wearing a handful of various, carpal tunnel, wrist braces. All of these methods have proved either ineffective or uncomfortable. Can anyone suggest or recommend other possible solutions to curb my numbness? Thanks.

    1. Regenexx Team


      Yes. The type of exam that can track down the source of the problem. Likely suspects are listed in the blog but it could be other things as well. You can get that type of exam at these locations: https://regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

  21. Rick Smith

    I have had the numb hand issue for about a year now. Hand numbness during day and very bad with pain also. Neck hurts somewhat with stiffness. Terrible right elbow pain…The hand is numb pretty much all the time now. Worse when I bend it slightly. Gets very painful when I am texting or sanding in my shop.any ideas?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Yes, you need an exam. These things are often spinal issues which can be treated, but it’s very important not assume, but track down the cause in your case. The Doctors who have SPINE under areas treated on this list are the Physicians who can do the type of exam needed. Please see: https://regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

  22. Emmis

    I have been having this problem with numb fingers at night and sometimes painful… What do you guys recomend i do? Corncered

    1. Regenexx Team

      The most common causes of the symptoms were covered in the blog. We’d recommend an exam to see what’s causing the symptoms in your particular case so that the cause can be treated. These are the Physicians that can do that type of exam: https://regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

  23. zoey

    great website. my numbness is so bad , i have been up since 3 am . at first i couldnt believe that it had to do with bulges and neck and so on.
    but i was desparate. my numbness was not going away for 3 hours, so i corrected my posture, with the right neck position to the back not leaning to the front.
    the numbness instantly went away
    i know this is not a permanent solution, but i thought i was loosing my hand
    so grateful to this blog and so grateful to people with their insight and tips as well

    1. Chris Centeno Post author

      Zoey, Happy to help! Yes, correcting posture can be a simple and powerful fix!

  24. Ashley

    If experiencing this problem, what kind of Dr. should I go see? Should I see my family Dr. First or is there a type of specialist to just go right to?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Your family physican might be a good place to start but it’s not very likely they would be able to help. These are the Physicians who can diagnose and treat this type of problem: https://regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

  25. Kari

    Research vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Most things are because you lack minerals and vitamins due to the messed up American diet. B12 and magnesium are what these people need. Also, try cutting out the processed food too!

    1. Marilyn Cody

      I was diagnosed with vitamin b12 & D deficiency 5 yrs ago unfortunately I saw 17 Drs including 7 specialists,5 visits to ED ,2 brain & thyroid scans,stacks of blood & urine tests were done.Thank God for integrative Drs who can recognise symptoms of vitamin deficiencies.Pins & needles were only 1 of 25 symptoms.Unfortunately but my hubby & I have permanent nerve damage ,hearing & short term memory loss,numb feet peripheral neuropathy thanks to misdiagnosis & a flawed serum b12 level worldwide.To see the devastation b12 deficiency causes View the videos on b12awareness.org you may just save your life or someone you love.

  26. Angie pina

    My hands go to sleep only when I accidentally sleep on them. I have to have my hands stretched out by my side for them not to fallen a sleep. What can be done to stop them problem? I don’t like the pins and needles I get. I have to rub them to wake them up. I don’t have artritis .

    1. Regenexx Team


      We’d need to examine you to see what’s causing this in your case, as there are several issues that can cause the problem.

  27. Sherry Tingley

    I am 67 years old and have osteoarthritis in my lumbar spine and have had back pain for 3 years. I did have a spinal fusion surgery that didn’t take my pain away. Recently I have had radio frequency ablation in 4 levels of my lumbar spine – in the facet joint area. In the last 3 or 4 months I have been woken up maybe 5 or 6 times with extreme pain in my hands. It’s not just pins and neddles feeling, its almost a burning feeling and it makes it so I can’t make a fist. It does go away within about 5 minutes after the blood flow returns and I move them around. It’s vary scary to me and makes me wonder what would happen if I slept to long while this was happening. I never thought that this may be from neck issues. I notice this mostly when I take a muscle relaxer at night. My plan is to talk to my pain specialist that is treating my back pain. I also can wear the hand braces at night and use a better neck support in my pillow. Anything else I should be doing?

    1. Chris Centeno Post author

      If this happens with muscle relaxers you may need to ask your doctor to check for cervical instability in your neck by getting cervical flexion-extension x-rays.

  28. Rush

    My arms are going to numb every time I lay down in bed. It is the same feeling when you lift your both arms for a long time. So, as I feel it, I tried to put both my arms on both sides to avoid numbness. It’s been two months that I’ve experienced this kind of pain.

    1. Regenexx Team

      As it says in the Blog, don’t ignore this sign as the issues will likely get worse without treatment.

  29. Dani Rucker

    My hand that is on the top of my body seems to go to sleep verses the one that is under my pillow as I am I side sleeper. I have tried different pillows but nothing seems to fix the issue, they just seem to be getting worse and the numbness is getting more and more extensive in the last few years. I have ddd in my c-spine from c4-c6, and also have Chiari Malformation 1, and was dx with carpal tunnel in both wrists. What kind of treatment if any can I get to have relief?

    1. Regenexx Team

      We treat Carpal tunnel syndrome regularly. These issues are not surprising given the c4-c6 issues, but a Candidacy evaluation and exam would be needed to determine specifically what’s impacting what, as hand numbness is also a common symptom of Chiari Malformation 1. Please see: https://regenexx.com/hand-basal-joint-cmc-arthritis-treatment/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/avoid-carpal-tunnel-surgery/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/dramatic-improvement-severely-degenerated-cervical-joint-without-surgery/ If you’d like to see if you’d be a Candidate, please submit the “Are You a Candidate” Form to the right of the Blog.

  30. W.Henderson

    I’ve been having ongoing problems for about 3 years mostly with pins and needles at night also pain down left arm,lately I’ve developed a small lump on right hand having seen numerous doctors and specialists eventually diagnosed with stage 2 CTS. I wear splints at night which helped at the start but now Symptoms vary for tingling in fingers to just pinkies. I had steroid injections in both hands about 6 weeks ago but no improvement. Now been referred for an MRI scan of my neck. Also got chronic cold hands which doctor prescribed nifedipine tablets for help a bit.

    1. Regenexx Team

      If spinal nerves are being compressed treatment before more damage is done is important, so the Neck MRI is a good plan. Steroid injections should be avoided as they breakdown tissue and make things worse in the long run. If this is just Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, treating the nerve before arthritis sets in is also important. Please see: https://regenexx.com/the-regenexx-procedures/back-surgery-alternative/
      and https://regenexx.com/blog/carpal-tunnel-steroid-injection/ https://regenexx.com/hand-basal-joint-cmc-arthritis-treatment/ https://regenexx.com/blog/avoid-carpal-tunnel-surgery/

  31. Vincent

    Hi noticed that some people are waking up with headaches along with the numb arms and hands. I too have that problem. Could it be Sleep Apnea?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Sleep Apnea should be diagnosed and addressed as it can cause oxygen deprivation to the brain and in severe cases at the cellular level.

  32. Sulastri

    I get numb arms frequently at night. Even during the day they get numb when i placed them on the table with a slight pressure against the table. Which doctor can i approach in Singapore? Thank you.

    1. Regenexx Team


      The closest we can recommend is our Regenexx provider in Taiwan. Please see: https://ccspineandpain.weebly.com/?utm_source=regenexxreferral&utm_medium=webreferral&utm_campaign=regenexxlocations

  33. Pricilla

    Im a 38 year old female and i suffer with terrible pins and needles in my two centre fingers it gets so bad that i have too wake up and sit up on the bed for it to get back too normal but when i lay back down it starts again any help on this or can someone explain too me what is going on im really scared im from south africa

    1. Regenexx Team

      As it says in the blog, there are a few different issues that can cause this type of tingling and numbness. We’d need to examine you to see what’s happening in your case. Unfortunately, we don’t have a Regenexx providerin South Africa. If you can travel to one of these locations, let us know and we can assist in setting up a Candidcay review. Please see: https://regenexx.com/find-a-physician/

  34. Mike

    I am a 34 yr old male that underwent c5/c6 spinal fusion, 3mo postop. I have some bulging discs at the c3 and c4 area however, it is not significant enough for the doc to do surgery – I am guessing this is stenosis. I have been having numbness in my hands at night, so I looked it up and it brought me here. I enjoyed reading this post and I am concerned about my issues. I am taking Gabapentin 300mg, 3 times a day and norco for pain relieve. I also have a lot of pain in my legs for some reason and I am going to get an MRI down of my lower lumbar to see what that is all about. Question: Is numbness normal after spinal fusion or could this be a ongoing problem for me. I will try the neck brace to see if that helps however, even when I am sitting in a chair my legs go numb and when I wake up it, it is hard to walk. Even when I walk, everything seems to be painful.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Pain or numbness is very common after neck fusion. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/pain-after-neck-fusion-2/ Several different issues can cause your symptoms, so an MRI, followed by an extensive exam is needed. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/stem-cell-disc-treatment/ Our team at 855-622-7838 can assist in setting these things up.

  35. Angela

    Wow. Ive been dealing with numb hands while i sleep for 3 years and ive seem several drs and none gave it any attention. I have 3 herniated discs in my neck and 1 bulging disc this makes alot of sense! I do have a question about the point of the “bad nerves may end up dumping nasty arthritis causing chemicals into the joints” what chemicals do bad nerves release? I started to assume all my joints were going because around the same time my hands started going numb at night i also started waking up to stiff ankles and back that would go away as i moved around. I described it to my dr as feeling like something was building up im my joints at night he looked for autoimmune and didnt see anything. Wondering if this was related. Thank you!

  36. Rashid

    My left hand is numb when i not give a movement to the hand

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Rashid,
      We’d need to examine you to see what’s causing the numbness in your case. In the upper left you’ll find the locations that can do that type of exam. http://www.regenexx.com or give us a call at 855 622 7838 for assistance.

  37. Bren

    Well I was hurt at work, knocked self out by jumping up hard and fast under a medical microscope it won I lost! Hurt my neck and back. And WC denies just abt all diagnostic and tx. So 4 yrs later here I am, a lot worse then I was day 1 of accident and my hands arms feet and rt leg and foot are always go numb tingly burn ache sensitive to a touch and my hands and arms every morning are asleep and takes from 1/2 hr to few hours to wake back up sometimes it’ll ache so badly it’ll wake me up I’ve complained abt this to every dr from day one and nothing has been done at all

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Bren,
      A very thorough spinal exam would be in order… In the upper left, you can find the locations that can do that type of exam: http://www.regenexx.com

  38. Gayle

    I have degenerative disc disease in lower lumbar and cervical areas. For years I believe I have suffered from Notalgia Paresthetica. My dermatologist recently said my itchy back between shoulder blades may be a back issue and not skin related. Lately my hands have been going numb at night and I have a lot of trouble sleeping. I’m thinking these are related. I’ve seen Dr. Rodney Dade before for pain management of lower back. Is what you do something I can possibly be helped with?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Gayle,
      Likely, if this is a cervical or thoracic spinal issue. This is something that Dr.Rodney Dade can evaluate you for. 703-454-8933

  39. Wendy

    I have been coping with neck and shoulder pain and numb hands for a very long time. Over a year ago, though I contracted shingles, which developed from the left side of my head at the back and into my left ear and chin, shoulder and chest, also down my left arm. I have been struggling with the postherpatic pain and cannot drive as I cannot wear the seatbelt or turn my head to to shoulder checks while driving. At night, my hands both get numb in different positions. Is there any solutuon to this constant pain and discomfort?

    1. Chris Centeno Post author

      Yes, nerve hydrodissection using ultrasound and platelet lysate may help.

  40. Virginia Faith

    Only one of my hands goes numb the right one but not just at night it goes numb alot during the day as well I’m right anded so it makes doing things difficult at times I like to paint and I find this hard to do with my hand going numb at night its my hand and arm that go numb can you help me relieve this discomfort

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Virginia,
      As it says in the Blog, there are several conditions that can cause your hands to go numb while sleeping, some as simple as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. We’d need to examine you to determine what the cause is in your case. This location can do the exam and provide treatment: https://regenexx.com/los-angeles/

  41. Christina

    I’m 51 years old.. the last 3 weeks I have been waken to a burning up and down my right arm fingers on fire cant bend them fills like they are broke it goes on for 20 min i c as not stand the pain it’s all the way in my shoulder as well.. it’s getting worse and more intense. I can handle a lot of pain but this is over the top…please help me!!

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Christina,
      As it says in the blog, there are several possibilities, but with pain that severe, there are also others. We’d need more information through the Candidacy process, and to examine you to advise. To do that, please submit the candidate form here: http://www.regenexx.com, or give us a call at 855 622 7838 for assistance.

  42. Prabin Neupane

    Hi I am a 17 yr old boy I have had these type of numb episodes once inevery two days since few weeks. When I wake up in the morning my whole right hand below the elbow is numb. Can it be because of my 1 inch thick matress? Pls help.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Prabin,
      The only way we could help would be by examining you to see what’s causing the problem in your case. The closest location to you would be in Hyderabad, or Mumbai. Please let us know if your parents would like to set up an exam for you there.

  43. Jestina major

    Thank you very much, I have found out the answer to why I am feeling so many discomfort in my hands and feet.i can attest to just about every thing that was said.
    Many Thanks .

  44. A. Springer

    Any insight to why I have the following symptoms will be very appreciated.
    Recently developed, in the last 90 days or so, the last two fingers on each hand, the little finger and ring finger go numb during sleep. It is taking longe for the numbness to go away, and it is not just numb, there is pain as well.

    Developing during the last year, when I do any activity such as hand sewing, or picking up small objects, where my thumb and index finger are held close together as if making the OK sign, my thumb and index finger get very painful, almost as if in spasm. This happens in both hands so if my left thumb and index finger hurt, my right thumb and index finger hurts.

    I have experienced to some degree for at least 5 years. Any activity that requires my arms to be raised above my shoulders for more than a few seconds such as dusting the ceiling fan, or styling my hair causes extreme pain along the top of my shoulders. Also occurring for several years, a gentle touch on the top of my shoulders feels like my shoulders are being being pushed on by a very hard and hot object such as a steel rod.
    My GP tends to treat such symptoms as minor annoyances. But the pain and how the pain limits activities are far from being small annoyances, at times the pain at times, makes me have to stop or greatly limit activities.
    Again, any insight will be appreciated.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi A. Springer,
      We’d need to examine you to determine what’s going on in your case. The cervical spine and structures within it and that support it, are at the center of many of these types of issues. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/active-grandmothers-neck-pain-resolved-without-surgery/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/thumb-pain-and-dysfunction-thumb-mobility-without-surgery/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/heck-thoracodorsal-fascia-care/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/a-colorado-regenexx-patient-review-pain-free/ If you’d like us to weigh in on your case, please submit the “Are You a Candidate ” form, here: https://regenexx.com/conditions-treated/spine/

  45. Lynsey Palmer

    My hands have got worse with numbness at night, sometimes i get it in the day but not as bad, i gave Mgus which is a non cancerous condition 20% can lead into myeloma.
    It does say you get pins and needles and numbness with this condition (Mgus).
    Sometimes my hands really hurt when the sensation coming back.
    Just wondered if anyone else had thus condition.

  46. Natasha

    My hands go numb in the morning and through out the day when driving I drop stuff alot plus I get a shrap knive like pain in my back under the edge of my shoulder blade and it goes to the front under my chest????

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Natasha,
      We’d need to examine you to determine what’s causing your symptoms. While a spinal nerve is a likely suspect, pain under the shoulder blade radiating to the front under your chest could be cardiac, and needs to be checked out medically. Once those issues are ruled out, if you’d like set up an exam, please give us a call at 855 622 7838.

  47. Iris pruitt

    Recently broke my wrist.had surgery .Now with wrist in a cast
    my fingers have gone to sleep at night. This hurts so bad that tonight I just had to get out of bed. Drank a cup of coffee took a pain pill have been exercising my fingers and good movement except this going to sleep at night .

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Iris,
      If you didn’t have this symptom before the wrist injury, and didn’t injure your neck as well, this is likely a symptom you need to contact your orthopedic surgeon about.

  48. Christopher Kimball

    My hands have been going numb for a long time and it’s only getting worse it’s been months now but now it wakes me up and I have to stand up for 20 minutes or so to make it feel better it’s not just numb it’s the most severe pain I’ve ever felt what can I ask my dr for to help me with this during the process of figuring out what it is

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Christopher,
      There were several tips in the Blog for symptoms, however, the only actual remedy is correct diagnosis and treatment. We’d be glad to help you find a Doctor who can do that level of diagnosis and treatment at 855 622 7838.

  49. Lisa Touchell

    Who can I see about my hand going numb at night.I also have pains in my wrist. I suggested to the doctor that it might be carpal tunnel but he keeps shrugging it off saying its arthritis. Help

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Lisa,
      We have a Regenexx provider in Australia, but he treats knees and hips only. Are you able to travel outside of Australia for treatment?

  50. Yolanda Smith

    I have pain in hands during the night as if I was laying on them. My finger tips are very sensitive sometimes a change in color. Sometimes knots under the skin happen. Wrist and elbows are.stiff too. My hearing fade out sometimes too. Is this common.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Yolanda,
      The nerves that operate your hands originate in your cervical spine (neck) and cervical injury or issues can also affect hearing. These are important issues to address as ongoing nerve compression can cause damage to the nerves. If you’d like to see what’s going on in your particular case and whether you would be a Candidate for treatment, please submit the Candidate form here: https://regenexx.com/conditions-treated/spine/ or give us a call at 855 622 7838 for assistance with that process.

  51. Roger Bevins

    I have had an MRI 10 yrs ago that stated after the report i have a high grade central canal stenosis resulting from a protruding versus extruding impingment on my C5 C6 disk causing numbness in my estremities, now that bering said 10 yes later i cannot sleep at all without my whole arms going to sleep and hurt to no extent. I cannot even make a fist and it does not go away it eases up some but i have to deal with this excruciating pain on a daily. The disk dessication has since spread from C5-C6 to C6-C7

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Roger,
      Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/spinal-stenosis-surgery-alternatives-stem-cells-or-prp/ If you’d like to see if we could help in your case, please use the “Are You a Regenexx Candidate” here: https://regenexx.com/conditions-treated/spine/ or give us a call at 855 622 7838

  52. niekie

    Only my right hand goes numb at night and even througout the day too and i can even feel my elbo are painfull at night

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi niekie,
      We’d need to examine you to see what’s going on in your case. We don’t have a Regenexx Provider in South Africa yet. Would you be able to travel for treatment?

  53. Jeremy

    When I sleep n .mostly on it under my armpit hurts n down my arm but only my two middle fingers and it’s very painful and lasts hours please help with info

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Jeremy,
      Most of the possible causes are listed in the blog, but an exam is needed to determine the cause and possible treatment in any individual case. To set up an exam, please call 855 622 7838.

  54. Hester Loggerenberg

    Do o have to go to the docter with the numbness in my fingers while sleeping and this morning woke up with my vingers still njmb and dont go away.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Hester,
      As it says in the Blog, with continued nerve compression the nerve can be further damaged, so if it continues a thorough an exam of your neck and shoulder may be a good idea.

  55. Lisa

    My right hand goes to sleep every single night. A few years ago my whole arm nd hand used to go to sleep to where I couldn’t even feel it at all. I would have to stand up at night to make it go away. I thought I had a pinched nerve in my upper back by the chicken wing by call it, and now I’ve been using a TENS unit on my neck and in the area that I thought I had a pinched nerve. Is that a good idea that I be using the TENS unit? Occasionally my hand will go to sleep when I’m riding or using my cell phone to text or sitting at my computer typing something.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Lisa,
      General information and advice is given in the Blog, but to advise in an individual case we’d need to examine you. The extensive exam is usually covered by Insurance if you’re in Network, and there are 9 locations in California. To set up an exam, please give us a call at 855 622 7838.

  56. Lisa

    Are there any supplements that I can take or are there any exercises that I can do to alleviate this numbness. I do not have any pain at all with any of this except the pain that comes with the numbness. My neck doesn’t hurt during the day my back doesn’t hurt during the day where I thought I had the pinched nerve. It’s just that my and goes numb at night. It has been doing it for years. And me being on California covered insurance I can’t go to the doctor because I can’t afford to make a bill.

  57. Fru Teston

    I’m experiencing all of these issues, which have severely reduced productivity, enjoyment, etc.,, but the frustration has engendered coping mechanisms that are in turn burdensome. And those sleepless nights!!! Aggh! Thanks for this info. Now I know better where to start getting help. Fru, 87 years old!

  58. Razaford Choma

    Can I join

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Razaford,
      Are you asking to receive the Blogs regularly, looking for teatment, or something else?

  59. Vicki

    Every night I wake up with numbness in my fingers, hands and arms (somtimes) reposition my body several times a night, change pillows, nothing works, I made appt.with my doctor about 2 months ago and she told me it was lack of blood curculation and to lay flat with my arms at my side, does not work, now after getting up with the numbness and tingling in my finger tips the numbness stays in my fingers for about 30 minutes….is this a pitch nerve?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Vicki,
      It may be. We’d need to examine you to determine what’s going on in your case. This location would be able to do that: https://regenexxpittsburgh.com/?utm_source=regenexxreferral&utm_campaign=pittsburgh

  60. Juan D

    *its* root cause…

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Juan,
      Thanks! Corrected!

  61. Julie

    Suffering from numbness in fingets night and day. Dr diagnosis, Carpal tunnel …meds offered doesn’t help..I am a diabetic ..seeking further help

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Julie,
      We’d need to examine you. Let us know if you can travel for treatment.

  62. Helen Creaser

    Hello, I wake up during the night and most mornings with numb hands and arms. Not a pleasant experience.

  63. Robyn

    Who should I consult from numbness in both hands particularly at night a chiropractor or physico or osteopath.5 years ago I had disc 4,5,6 replaced with cage in neck I work in very physical job thanks

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Robyn,
      This is a common issue after neck fusion that we are often able to treat. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/pain-after-neck-fusion-2/ But we’d need more information to advise in an individual case. To do that, please submit the Candidate form here: https://regenexx.com/conditions-treated/spine/

  64. Opal Smith

    Good information I do have neuropathy but only a week or so I found my left hand would waken me with mild numbness on top of my stomach so I would. Lay it on the side of my bed the numbness goes away!

  65. Elizabeth Corn

    Great and helpful post. Thank you!

  66. Paul

    Help! Ive had this for about 5 years. I am a musician and I have a lot of pain in the nerves of my wrists and thumbs, the Median Nerve seems to be most affected. I have suddenly had the onset of pain when I hold a guitar pick and have had to play with my fingers, instead. My hands are numb every night and my thumbs and index fingers are tingly all the time. It is very painful but most troubling is the thought I won’t be able to play guitar or piano anymore. It is my life. I’m sure that my hand coordination has suffered, too. I am in Perth, West Australia and there is no regenexx person in West Australia. My doctor is an idiot and hasn’t done anything.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Paul,
      The two suggestions in the Blog may help narrow down whether a cervical issue or a median nerve issue is involved. Thankfully, we can usually treat either of these issues using the healing agents from your own body rather than surgery. Many people have found that Curcumin with Bioperine, and Fish Oil, can help with pain and inflammation. Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/new-research-fish-oil-can-turn-bad-inflammation-into-healing/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/does-curcumin-work/

  67. Lauren Mayer

    I have this problem nightly in both of my hands. What specialty doctor should I go see? Thank You!!

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Lauren,
      Please see: https://www.advpainmd.com/

  68. Angela C Cooter

    I am 45 yrs old and my job is lifting and loading car jacks, shop presses, cranes and other very heavy objects. The last month or so, I’ll wake up from a dead sleep and my hands are “asleep” and the pain is so bad. It lasts for approx 1hr or more. I have broken my finger and cut myself to where I needed stitches and fixed those things on my own but this? I dont know what I can do. Any suggestions?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Angela,
      Yes, there are several suggestions in the Blog. If the situation continues, our Nashville Regenexx location would be able to do the type of exam needed to determine what the problem is. Please see: https://regenexx.com/providers/nashville-regenerative-orthopedics/

  69. Sonya

    My problem used to only be at night. My right hand goes to sleep and I have excruciating pain all the way down my arm. My bones in my hand feel like they’re on fire. Please let me know what this could mean. Cause now it’s happening throughout the day.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Sonya,
      It would be important to look into this given the escalation. We’d need more information through a Candidacy review and ultimately to examine you to determine what’s going on in your case. To start that process, please submit the Candidate form here: https://regenexx.com/conditions-treated/spine/ https://regenexx.com/blog/why-is-my-arm-throbbing/ https://regenexx.com/blog/active-grandmothers-neck-pain-resolved-without-surgery/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/thumb-pain-and-dysfunction-thumb-mobility-without-surgery/

  70. Ashika Dassanayake

    Hi ,
    I have this problem. As mentioned in your article my PCP asked me to where a elbow brace at night. My problem is aching neck and shoulder at night and numb and tingling hands at night. which doctor should I show this to. Neurologist? Please advice.

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi Ashi,
      The article suggested trying a cervical collar at night, not an elbow brace and the use of a wrist splint in the case of carpal tunnel syndrome. We’d need to examine you to see what’s going on in your case. To proceed with that, please use the Candidate button here: https://regenexx.com/conditions-treated/spine/

  71. kIMM

    first I want to say the pain is excrutiating that I sometimes just cry. Now what can u tell me about my joints popping and the pain is like ive never felt, and the reality is sometimes I am doing nothing and there popping like rubber bands only to drop n stop me. Help me PLEASE

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi kIMM,
      Painful popping of joints can be caused by different things. We’d need more information through a Candidacy review, and then to examine you to see what’s going on in your case. To do that, please use the Candidate button here: https://regenexx.com/conditions-treated/

  72. Andre S Walker

    Facts. Exactly what I been looking about.

  73. Collette Froggatt

    I get numbness constantly in both hands at night. I wake up and have to keep turning over. It started in my right hand 11 years ago when I pulled a muscle in my back and trapped a nerve. They told me I trapped my medial nerve but with physio it would get better, it did but after a few years I developed a burning sensation in my thumb, index and middle fingers and the altered sensation has remained. A few years ago my left hand started to go numb whilst asleep but feeling returned when I stood up. Tingling sometime occurs in left hand for no reason. This occurs when I am driving to. I am about 7 stone overweight, could this be making it worse. I was 3 stone lighter when I pulled my muscle and trapped a nerve. Would deep massage help.

    1. Chris Centeno, MD Post author

      I would need to know more to see what might help. We do have an affiliate in the UK, I would suggest you see these doctors as they may be able to help you.

  74. Julie Taylor

    I find it difficult to get comfy at night back of my neck and both my hands are tingling and numb

  75. Sadiya yashfeen

    Hello sir my name is sadiya yashfeen..and i am 23 yrs old…and i am working as staff nurse ..and my concern is that as i am going to sleep suddenly my one hand is getting tingled on which hamd i am not keeping any pressure sir and at that when i am waking up rotating my hand itz getting fine…and when i am checking my bp at that time itz going to 80/60…

  76. Tamara DiPino

    I have coronary artery disease. Can this be a cause of this? Every time I lie down my hands go completely numb

    1. Chris Centeno, MD Post author

      It’s unlikely to be your coronary artery disease as a primary cause, although it could be making things worse.

  77. Stephanie

    About 3 weeks ago, I over stretched and pretty certain resulted in a spasm in my diaphragm. Since then, my body has been off- hands feel numb when I sleep, arm aches around bicep, cold hands. I have also been working from home in a bad chair so believe part of it is carpel tunnel.

    1. Chris Centeno, MD Post author

      It could also be related to rib issues. so you may want to see a physical therapist.

  78. Pat Roberts

    Thank you so much for all the information you have to give. I need to get started on taking care of this now.
    May God bless you helping all of us.

  79. Sheena Ann

    I have been surfing the net for this problem that I face with my hands and shoulders when I lie down to rest, or if my head is held at a certain angle (looking at my laptop screen), for the last two months without a convincing explanation. Thanks to the COVID19 situation, I am unable to leave the house, least of all visit the doctor or go for a checkup. This write up is precisely what I needed to know until the situation eases.

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