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Numbness in tip of fingers after sleeping on floor. Nerve damage?

After sleeping on the floor, I woke up to find that the tip of my fingers were numb. The numbness and tingling effect progressed trough the tips of my left hand fingers and became worse after doctors tried to give me a drip through my left hand. I pain gradually cept up my lower and upper arms and my muscles became weak. I feel little pain around my neck but the nerve pain had trasferred to the left side, my waist and down to my leg AND FOOT. cAN YOU PLEASE HELP AS i HAVE DIFFICULTY SLEEPING AND FEEL WEAK WHEN I EXERT MYSELF. There are one or two other possibilities for my possible nereve damage : Excessive inhalation of whitewash paint Inhalation of traces of argon gas over a couple of weeks Intestinal problems or diabetes Dejean Johnson
Asked On : Thu, 8 Nov 2012
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Dear Johnson,

Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.

Abnormal position during sleep can cause compression of neurovascular structures resulting in tingling, discomfort and pain. The symptoms can last for few minutes to days depending on the amount of nerve damage. These phenomena can explain the symptoms you had in the upper limbs, while I am unable to explain the lower limb weakness too.

If a definite weakness is documented by your doctor, then you would need to get a CT / MRI scan of the brain and rule out intracranial pathology such as ischemia / demyelination.

A specific treatment can be planned based on the results of scan. If no significant / clinically co-relating pathology is found, then we may attribute these symptoms to anxiety and stress.

Hence a scan is mandatory. Discuss with your treating doctor.

Hope this information suffices.

Answered: Fri, 9 Nov 2012
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