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   Posted 3/11/2018 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
every night i wake up and my hands and feet are painfully numb?!?

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   Posted 3/11/2018 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I had this nightly in the beginning. Also laying on my side, my face/neck would go numb. It got a lot better with herbal treatment. I am currently not on any herbals or abx and it does happen from time to time but not like in the beginning. It has to do with circulation I believe.

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   Posted 3/11/2018 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I had this, too. It was the worst in 2012. The numbness was on both hands and would go up my arms. I had carpel tunnel- like symptoms too, although it wasn't true carpel tunnel. (That's actually come back somewhat in the last week.) In 2012, I was given a wrist thing to wear on the right hand, which was the worst. Wore it for 2 weeks and it worked. I wore it again after that for brief periods when it flared up again. I would try to relax my hands and keep them down by my side, but I don't remember if it did much good. Seems like sleeping with my head elevated helped some.

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   Posted 3/11/2018 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you using any herbals? There are some that Buhner recommends for numbness and neuro symptoms.

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   Posted 3/11/2018 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
My hands fall asleep a lot more easily at night than they used to, but in my case it's a positional thing like curling my hands under my pillow and head. This rarely happened before and from what I've read is attributable to bart, lyme or one of the co-infections. Getting older could have something to do with it, but I never had circulation issues until bart came along.

My lower legs from the knees down started doing this as well when in certain positions at night, but that has mostly faded away now with treatment.

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   Posted 3/11/2018 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
hannahrdog - I had that real bad. The numbness was one thing, waking from low-electrical shock feeling was another.

Lyme seems to alter circulation. Muscles and nerves need circulation.

For temporary relief: Massaging the forearms longitudinally gets circulation going. The opposite works too- have someone hold and twist your forearm skin in opposite directions (like ringing out a wet towel).
Had initial lyme symptoms late 80's, then again and with bullseye early 90's. Ended ABX for Lyme in 2015. Rebuilding / fine tuning / fixing muscles since then; member "10 Percenters Lyme Club". What an adventure this has been. Hashimotos adds to the enjoyment.
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