Numbness, which is medically referred to as paresthesia, refers to a partial or total loss of sensation in any area of the body. Numbness in fingers is something many people complain about. Though paresthesia isn’t a disease in itself, it might be a sign of a medical condition. Though tingling in fingers is usually associated with poor blood circulation, other medical conditions could also be responsible for finger numbness at night. In this article, we will examine the causes of numbness or tingling sensation in the fingers at night and the means to tackle this problem.
A variety of factors ranging from medical conditions to lifestyle-related problems can be responsible for causing numbness in fingers while sleeping. Here are part of the common conditions that may be subject to numbness in one’s fingers or arms.
Dr Martin Scurr has been treating patients for more than 30 years and is one of the country’s leading GPs. Here he answers your questions… Some months ago, I started to experience tingling and numbness in my fingers. I’ve been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. The tingling sensation has eased, but it’s been suggested a steroid injection or surgery might help (but is unlikely to provide a long-term cure). Adrian Smith, Stourbridge, W. Mids. Dr Scurr says… Carpal …
One of the most common causes of finger numbness is excessive usage of the hands. We use our hands throughout the day, whether we’re eating, typing or holding objects, the muscles in the hands are always at work. Such repeated finger movements can put undue strain on the nerves and tire out the muscles. This can give rise to finger pain and numbness. Construction workers, hairdressers, musicians, carpenters, or those who indulge in playing sports such as golf, tennis or rowing are quite susceptible to repetitive stress injuries.
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is among the most common causes of numbness in fingers. Carpal tunnel is a little space in the wrist through which the median nerve and tendons pass. Not only does this median nerve facilitate the freedom of movement of the wrist, it’s also responsible for the sensations felt around the wrist and fingers. When the median nerve gets compressed, one experiences numbness in the index finger or numbness in hands or arms. This could be caused due to repetitive hand movements, wrist injuries, pregnancy, obesity, or conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism or rheumatoid arthritis.
I am so ACHY! Any suggestions?I am 28 weeks pregnant, and I have had the perfect pregnancy! But, for the past 3 weeks or so, I feel like I have full-blown arthritis in my hands and feet. I can't make a fist or bend my toes much because I am so stiff and sore. And, I wake up several times every night with numb arms and hands. Did any of you experience this? And, what did you do to alleviate the discomfort? The numbness is mostly at night (occasionally during the day) but my fingers and toes are still almost constantly.
try a hot bath before you go to bed to relax ur bones and muscles and do everything slowly as your getting ready for bed. maybe try getting someone to massage your hands and feet every so often to reduce tenseness in them.
Oh yes, I had this soo bad, It was mainly in my knees. There wasn't much I could during the day, but before I went to bed I would take 1/2 of a Tylenol, it would let me sleep w/o waking up and having to stretch out, all night.
A pinched nerve in the arm could also cause numbness. Compression of ulnar nerve that runs behind the elbow on the interior of one’s arm, can also cause finger numbness. This nerve is responsible for giving sensation to the little finger and a portion of the ring finger. Sleeping with the elbow bent could lead to a compressed ulnar nerve.
While nerve damage due to injuries could lead to finger numbness, certain medical conditions could also be responsible for nerve damage. Diabetic neuropathy is one such condition that causes numbness and tingling of extremities. It is a complication of diabetes. When the blood sugar levels get very high, it can injure the nerve fibers. If it affects the nerves that give sensation to the fingers, one is liable to suffer from numbness in the fingers. Peripheral neuropathy could also be caused due to alcohol abuse.
Poor blood circulation is among the most common causes of numbness, as mentioned earlier. A reduced supply of oxygen to the extremities could be responsible for tingling sensation in fingers. A limited flow of oxygen-enriched blood to the hands could be caused due to various medical conditions. Poor dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle could also cause poor blood circulation. At times, numbness might be caused due to extreme cold. Exposure to cold can cause the blood vessels in the hands to constrict. This leads to a reduced supply of blood. These in turn, causes finger numbness. Constriction of blood vessels could also be caused due to Raynaud’s syndrome. Thoracic outlet syndrome is another condition wherein the blood vessels or nerves around the thoracic outlet get compressed. This gives to pain and numbness in the fingers and arms. A vitamin deficiency or use of certain drugs could also cause numbness in fingers.
Since paresthesia can be caused due to a wide variety of reasons, the treatment will vary according to its underlying cause. Poor blood circulation commonly causes numbness and tingling in hands which is why one must try to improve blood circulation. This can be carried out by leading an active life. Following a healthy diet will also help. Those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome must endeavour to rest their hands as much as possible. Repetitive strain can cause damage to tissues, muscles or tendons, so, one must take breaks. Using a wrist brace at night can help in healing the damaged muscles and tissues. Performing certain exercises can also help. Numbness in hands or fingers could also be assigned to one’s sleeping posture. Sleeping with curled arms or bent elbows could lead to compressed nerves, so correct your sleeping posture. If medical conditions such as neuropathy, diabetes, or peripheral vascular disease is responsible for causing finger numbness, drugs or other appropriate treatment options must be used in order to treat the condition.
Treatments for hand and finger arthritis include drug regimens, natural remedies, home remedies, and herbal supplements. In severe cases, a surgical procedure is required. There are also managements to help alleviate finger pain.
If your fingers turn numb at night, it would be better to get yourself medically examined soon. Drug therapy combined with certain lifestyle-related changes will definitely help in treating this annoying condition.