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Numbness in fingers, shoulder pain. Taking Norspan and forte. History of frozen shoulder. Any advice?

during the night when I go to sleep on my back I get woken up with my thumb and first two fingers takes me 10/15 minutes to wake them up..i try and sleep on my side with same results..tried every pillow and none ,no same shoulder was frozen 20 years ago and after I unfroze it myself I have had pain in the back of the shoulder..tried everything from my gp for pain ie norspan+p/forte..i can deal with this but this numbness is only giving me 4 hours sleep so I stay up for a few hours then try and get a few more hours,until the numbness wakes me up again..any advice I would be thankful for..i am a 77 year old male in a1 health apart from this..thank you.....
Asked On : Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

Numbness in the thumb and first two fingers suggests an involvement of median nerve, a nerve that supplies sensation to thumb and first three and a half fingers.

The most common reason for the involvement of median nerve is entrapment of the nerve at the level of wrist, a condition called as carpal tunnel syndrome. Another possibility is increased sensitivity to pressure palsies.

Doing a nerve conduction study would help diagnose these conditions.

They improve with medications such as gabapentin or pregabalin.

I hope it helps.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,
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