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Asthmatic, anxiety prone, have numbness in arm, tingling in shoulders and hands. Cause?

I just woke up to my left arm feeling like dead weight and it was very hard to move. My shoulder and hand are still a little tingly. I have never had this happen before and it is very scary. I am a 24 year old female about 5 3 and 156 pounds. I have asthma and anxiety/panic attacks but no other known health issues. What could this be? I am concerned.
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Thanks for your query
As per discussion it seems that you have Saturday Night Palsy, also known as Radial Neuropathy, is caused by falling asleep in an unusual position such that the radial nerve is compressed. pressure on the radial nerve, which runs alongside the inside of the arm, by compressing the brachial plexus.
Treatments of Saturday Night Palsy depends on the severity of the damage. Minor damage may be resolved without a single treatment within a week. Severe damages may require surgery in cases that you neglect your condition
Related palsies include Honeymoon Palsy.
Handcuff Palsy
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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