How do I get feeling back in my hand after it fell asleep?
November 29, 2007 8:21 AM   Subscribe

My arm fell asleep after I slept on it wrong, and a day later, my hand still feels funny. What do I do?

I can't pinpoint what exactly it is- It moves fine, and I can feel hot and cold and SOME pain if I pinch it, but I don't think I can feel pressure right... when I touch it with my other hand it doesn't feel like I'm touching myself. It's been a day. What now?
posted by BuddhaInABucket to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
One time I slept with my feet up on a cooler in the back of a Nissan Sentra, from Limon CO to somewhere near Kansas City. My calf was numb for a week or two. Basically, it's a smooshed nerve, that needs time to regrow.
posted by notsnot at 8:23 AM on November 29, 2007

Could it be compressed radial nerve?
posted by Memo at 8:29 AM on November 29, 2007

Coupla similar queries.
posted by penguin pie at 8:31 AM on November 29, 2007

IANAD, but I've had this happen. It always goes away after a few days. Unless you have extenuating health circumstances I wouldn't worry about it.
posted by desjardins at 8:46 AM on November 29, 2007

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posted by studentbaker at 8:47 AM on November 29, 2007 [9 favorites]

Been there. Try to keep from hyper-extending it. Maybe wear one of those wrist braces that look like a bowling brace to keep your wrist in line for a couple days. If it goes longer, see an orthopedic doc, and they might give you some physical therapy you can do yourself to get things back in order. Meanwhile, I like studentbaker's idea.
posted by The Deej at 8:55 AM on November 29, 2007

My arm falls asleep all the time, usually because I sleep on it. To wake up an arm that's asleep (or to stop the tingling if it won't go away), tilt your head all the way to one side, then all the way to the other. Be gentle, but really stretch it out in each direction, and see if that doesn't help.
posted by anildash at 9:03 AM on November 29, 2007

i also find it helps to take my watch off if my wrist or hand is feeling a little wonky.
posted by noloveforned at 9:24 AM on November 29, 2007

This has happened to me on occasion. Try gently massaging it when you have a free moment, and stretch and exercise the arm. That will help a lot. It's quite probably no big deal, and may take a few days or so to heal up. If it persists, of course go see a Doc.
posted by elendil71 at 9:36 AM on November 29, 2007

This happened to my leg once - it fell asleep and never woke up. The doctor said it was a compressed nerve and the feeling would probably come back (it did).
posted by robinpME at 9:37 AM on November 29, 2007

Response by poster: studentbaker: uh, 'unfortunately,' I guess, I still have sensation in my palms... it's the back of my hand that's lost feeling and I dunno how good of a stranger I'm going to give myself with that, haha...
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:51 AM on November 29, 2007

I apparently pinched the nerve that controls the feeling in the ring and small fingers on my right hand about... 3 years ago? It's still kind of numb. I've talked to the doctor about it (who wasn't particularly concerned), but haven't actually done anything about it. I've learned to live with it.

So... sometimes it doesn't come back. robinME's doctor was right to say probably.
posted by Doohickie at 10:27 AM on November 29, 2007

Visit a doctor.
posted by juiceCake at 11:27 AM on November 29, 2007

you've pinched a nerve. try stretching your arm and chest: stand with your arms out to your sides and your hands up, like a football goalpost. do this standing in a corner, with your arms up against each wall, and lean into the corner. this should stretch your pecs.

another good one: tilt your head and turn it slightly to one side, as if you were trying to see something in your armpit. you might have to hold your head down to get a good stretch. hold for 30 seconds. do it on the other side.

take some ibuprofen to reduce any swelling.

if it's still feeling funny after a day or two, go see your doctor.
posted by thinkingwoman at 1:02 PM on November 29, 2007

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