When sleeping on my right side I wake with numbness and pins and needles in my right hand fingers, please advise possible causes. regards.
Dr. Neil Warwick
Dr. Neil Warwick
Anaesthetist, Neurologist
Westmead
There are several possible sites, starting from the spine in your neck, pressure on nerves in the arm and elbow (commonly the little finger and ring finger) and the favourite: Carpal Tunnel syndrome. People can have a combination of these as well, just to complicate things. It is worth having investigated when it occurs frequently as permanent nerve damage can occur, while treatments are effective. Diseases like diabetes and vitamin problems usually give symptoms on both sides, but like everything else, not always! They also accentuate the severity of compressive syndromes.

 Brian Lee
Brian Lee
Physiotherapist
Melbourne
Depending on which fingers of your hand are involved, this can be used to serve as a preliminary assessment. If you are unsure where to start, you can either see GP or physio, both can assess for or exclude possible causes from their perspectives, and if they identify your condition is not for them to manage, they will refer you to an appropriate professional for further assessment and management.

Mr. Benjamin Gold
Mr. Benjamin Gold
Physiotherapist
Melbourne
You need to be assessed by a health professional. You may have anything from thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel, cervical radiculopathy to a vitamin deficiency.

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