Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-27

&quot Sleepy Fingers" 

Dear Dr. What could be the possible cause for waking up and feeling that finges in my left hand are " dead"  " sleepy" ? Only after moving them the " life"  comes back!

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Hi there

The most likely cause is what is called carpel tunnel syndrome. This is where the median nerve, originating from the neck and travelling down the arm and through a small fibrous 'tunnel' in the wrist to the fingers. From sleeping with your wrist in a flexed position the nerve gets 'trapped' at the wrist causing the numb, dead ' sleepy' feeling.

Wearing a wrist guard to prevent the flexion helps, but if it persists try a chiropractor and if that doesn't resolve the problem you may need to consult with an orthopaedic surgeon.

Good luck.


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