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Poor Circulation while asleep.
FitnessFreak77 posted:
I'm 33, I'm in the gym 6x a week and I eat healthy. I have been having circulation problems for about a month or so now, but only when I'm asleep. I wake up and both my arms will have fallen asleep. It wakes me up and I'll do a couple sit ups or jumping jacks and go back to sleep. I have no chest pain, I'm running stronger than ever with good improvements because my asthma seems to have disappeared, due to running hills I think. But anyway, I'm 6 ft. 189 at about 18% bodyfat. Nothing I'm doing so far is helping, cutting out more fats and sodium. Adding more potassium, magnesium, fiber and antioxidants. ...Any thoughts?
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

"I have been having circulation problems for about a month or so now, but only when I'm asleep"

"Nothing I'm doing so far is helping, cutting out more fats and sodium. Adding more potassium, magnesium, fiber and antioxidants. ...Any thoughts?"

What has your doctor said about this?

A so-called "falling asleep" sensation, i.e., numbness or tingling (paresthesias), in any position, has various causes (benign to serious to life-threatening), or it can correlate with, or be triggered off by other symptoms (e.g., pain). Most common areas affected are the hands, arms, legs and feet, though it can occur anywhere on the body.

be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s) at ALL times.

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bobby75703 responded:
I had a similar situation happen to me as well. I would wake up with numb arms and hands. I would shake my hands out and get the circulation going and it would go away.

I thought it was my sleeping position doing this.

But then I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism with a TSH of 6.5.
After taking thyroid hormone replacement my TSH dropped to 3.0 and the numbness in my arms and hands went away forever. That was 10 years ago. Hasn't come back.

That was the situation in my individual case. I suppose there could be other causes.
James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
Thanks for posting!

The first question I'd ask is - are you sure it's a circulation issue? While possible, that would be fairly surprising in a fit young person without diabetes. However, a pinched nerve (or nerves) can be more common, especially in someone who lifts weights, does push-ups etc. Your doctor can help you work through the different possibilities.

It would be interesting to see what might happen if you decrease your upper body exercises for a few weeks and see if it goes away or decreases in frequency/severity. Keep me posted!

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