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    Ok, so I'm not 35 yet but getting there, plus I would prefer a mature answer. I've been working out on and off for several years and seriously for the last year, have had good gains, now for some reason , my hands will just "fall asleep", you know the feeling like pins all over your hands, they will do this whenever, hanging down, lying down, typing whenever. Has anybody experienced this before and could this be a result in the growth of the muscles in my arms pinching nerves or blood vessels. Thanks.
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    Sounds like a pinched nerve in our neck. It probably is not related to muscle growth but could be related to your lifting.
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    Originally Posted by trickster734
    Ok, so I'm not 35 yet but getting there, plus I would prefer a mature answer. I've been working out on and off for several years and seriously for the last year, have had good gains, now for some reason , my hands will just "fall asleep", you know the feeling like pins all over your hands, they will do this whenever, hanging down, lying down, typing whenever. Has anybody experienced this before and could this be a result in the growth of the muscles in my arms pinching nerves or blood vessels. Thanks.
    Sounds exactly like Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

    Do your hands go numb at night with your hands under the pillow?
    Do they go numb gripping a Pen?
    Do your fingers tingle and it feels like theirs an ache in your finger bones?
    Do your fingers tingle / hurt more when you haven't cut your finger nails for a few weeks?

    I'm 99.9% certain you've got Carpel Tunnel.


    Edit: Message me if you need some more info as I had to get surgery for this, 1 year ago.
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    Your symptoms do sound like carpel tunnel.

    What has helped my carpel tunnel are wrist curls and reverse wrist curls.

    Also you might wish to get some wrist braces, I don't know the actual name, but they have a bent piece of plastic or metal in them, to wear at night, to prop the wrist. Drugstores carry them.
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    I had the same problem when I first started lifting (at about 33) and it went away after about 6 months of continual gym time. As my foreams developed the numbness lessened until it went away. I don't recomend ignoring the problem like I did though, best to have a doctor look check it out.
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    I had the same thing a year or two ago. I had no idea what was causing it. Doctor didn't know either. My best guess is that it was stress/anxiety.
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    Thanks everyone for the replies, as stated by TheReason, those are the same type of things that I am having, guess I will have doc take a look at.
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    I had a similar problem about 3-4 years ago, still have it to some degree. I would definately look at your cervical (neck) region. That's where my problem was stemming from. Neck problems can look and feel like arm/hand problems. Try these: Hold your hand and wrist up towards the ceiling. Take a couple fingers from the opposite hand and tap firmly on your wrist region 5-10 times. Now try flexing your wrist down (fingers towards forearm) and make a fist. Now open and close your hand 20-30 times. If you have carpal tunnel syndrom, these two activities should bring about the symptoms. If these don't, your problem may not lie in the wrists. BTW, I'm no health care expert. These were just tests that I was given, and since they are not dangerous, I thought I'd pass them on.
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    If your Dr. feels it may be Carpel Tunnel, then he can send you to a Neurologist who will hook you up to a machine that sends small electric impulses through your arm, like the frog leg in Biology class in high school.
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    My hands fall asleep, mostly at night, but other times occasionally. I just tried guitarlifter's test, twice, and had no symptoms. I guess the problem is in my neck. It does get stiff and tense, and will occasionally crack.
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    Originally Posted by Minotaur
    My hands fall asleep, mostly at night, but other times occasionally. I just tried guitarlifter's test, twice, and had no symptoms. I guess the problem is in my neck. It does get stiff and tense, and will occasionally crack.
    Try a new pillow or sleeping on your back. My arms never "go to sleep" when I'm on my back only if my arm is under my pillow and I'm on my side.
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    Interesting thread. I thought I was the only one who experienced weird sensations in my arms/hands.

    I know the reason my hand/arm falls asleep at night....because I sleep with my head on my arm (pillow between).

    But I occasionally experience my forearm and hand going numb after I've awaken and am shaving (the arm holding the electric razor). It hasn't happened in several months now, but I always assumed I was pinching a nerve/blood vessel when my arm was bent like that....although I knew it wasn't normal. I use a PC all day at work, but I never would've thought of CTS.
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    Not certain about the exact cause of your condition, but most of these suggestions makes sense. My only comment would be that the next time your hand goes numb, take advantage of the opportunity to treat yourself to a "stranger". It may change the way you feel about your condition.
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    Originally Posted by lukamar
    Try a new pillow or sleeping on your back. My arms never "go to sleep" when I'm on my back only if my arm is under my pillow and I'm on my side.
    True, it doesn't happen when I sleep on my back. But I'm uncomfortable that way. I naturally sleep on my side, which causes the problem. I've tried all kinds of pillows. None of them seem to be any better than another.
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    Originally Posted by Minotaur
    True, it doesn't happen when I sleep on my back. But I'm uncomfortable that way. I naturally sleep on my side, which causes the problem. I've tried all kinds of pillows. None of them seem to be any better than another.
    I've taught myself to sleep on my back, it's not comfortable or natural for me either. I use 2 pillows to elevate my head/shoulders. The other thing is when I sleep on my back my lower back is not as sore in the morning. I actually get a more restful sleep, or at least as good as you can get sleeping beside a wiggling 5 month old who won't sleep in his crib....
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    Originally Posted by lukamar
    I've taught myself to sleep on my back, it's not comfortable or natural for me either. I use 2 pillows to elevate my head/shoulders. The other thing is when I sleep on my back my lower back is not as sore in the morning. I actually get a more restful sleep, or at least as good as you can get sleeping beside a wiggling 5 month old who won't sleep in his crib....
    Hmm! Yeah I do use two pillows anyway. I'll give it a try. I used to always sleep on my back.
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