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When i wake up in the morning my right arm and hand is completely useless. Is it sign of having stroke?

why does one sometimes wake up and lose feeling and movement of the right hand completely. Is it a stroke.? When one wakes up the right arm and hand is completely useless, without any feeling and unable to move. When I use the left hand to lift it up and move it then it returns to normal. Does it mean I suffer a stroke during sleep or is a nervous ailment. What is the cause? What shall I do to avoid or treat this condition.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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this can be due to two reasons either compressing nerve (median, radial) while you are sleeping or you may be more prone to nerve entrapment secondary hypothyroidism which is most commonly seen during night and then waking up with numbness.Stroke is unlikely with your given history.Consult neurologist for same
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This may also be an indication of carpel tunnel syndrome. I have this come and go. When the episodes begin I have to wear a brace. Ask you doctor what he/she thinks. Of course it may also be as others mentioned - sleeping on it etc.
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