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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 11/20/2006 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I am wondering what I could do about my arm and hand falling asleep.
Are there ways to admediately increase the blood flow?
My hand is sleep right now, and there is a kind of painful feeling in my fingers when I type this message!
And by me being a diabetic, it takes longer for my hand to wake up once the circulation is lost (or gone bad).
Is there a certain way I should hold my arm (in a sling or something), to help recirculate my bloodflow to my are and hand???
This is very annoying and a bit painful, when I grab things to hold in my hand. 

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   Posted 11/20/2006 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Tevoniel, is your whole hand asleep or just some fingers? If it is on the little finger side, it might be carpal tunnel, and there are splints you can use to help that. There is another condition, ulnar something that affects the thumb side, I think. But your doctor should be able to advise you about diagnosis and treatment. I just know from experience that I used to wake up with numb fingers from carpal tunnel. I had surgery eventually, but wearing a splint at night helped alleviate the symptoms. I hope you get some relief.
Take care. Lois

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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Probably should bring this up to your doctor so he/she can check for the base cause. To increase circulation the best thing is exercise. Doing some simple arm exercises while holding a can of soup in each hand will help your muscles to massage the veins and arteries. Muscle compression of blood vessels is one of the best things for them. This is why walking is so beneficial. Your body is meant to move and immobilizing your arm in a sling will only make circulation problems worse. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

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   Posted 11/22/2006 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   

I sincerely appreciate and thank you both for your words of encouragement and advise!

And today 11/21/06, my hand is beginning to feel normal again.

Last night I made sure I didnt sleep on my left side (laying on my arm) and that seemed to alleviate the problem because my circulation is increasing.

And in fact it is not my entire hand, it is my thumb, and the two fingers that follow (middle and trigger).

I know I had this problem once before when I would sit at this pc for hours while leaning on the hard armrest with my left arm. I eventually smartened up and put me a pillow on the armrest (LOL)!

But I will consult my doctor however, and I will see what treatment options (if any) he has for me.

Again thanx Jeannie143 & eljay1066!

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