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I've had this alot over the past week or so. It doesn't just feel like a typical case of having slept on my arm, and then not having any feeling for a while. When I wake I automatically realise I can't move it, it takes a huge effort to try and move it and after about 30 secs I can eventually do so. I experience no pins and needles, just temporary paralysis. Doesn't sound like a long time I know but it's very alarming. My heart is beating really hard and fast, and I felt breathless, although I don't know if this was more to do with me panicking. While looking on the internet, I've come across all these wierd and wonderful illnesses and diseases that I might have and so just to put my mind at rest I am wondering if anyone has experienced this. I do have a heart problem but I don't want to go to my gp if there is just a simple explanation.
sometimes when i wake i have a dead arm or fingers/hand - even though i've not been lying on it. i wiggle it and it comes back - but i just put it down to a nerve being trapped by my excess baby weight!
Noddyholder it is in my left arm, and I do have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, you do as well don't you. I am on Amiodarone and Altenelol. After my last echo, done last week, I was able to read the report from it (actually hid in the toilets reading my notes!) and it did state I had slight valve leakage, and systolic dysfunction, but don't quite know what to make of that, as I didn't bring it up at the time, too busy thinking about already prepared questions. Were your doctors not concerned then? Do you get temporary paralysis or heavy limbs, as I certainly can't move it at the time even though I give it all my strength.
Just out of curiosity MW and NH how did you find out you had a problem?
I'm not being a hypocondriac but sometimes I feel as though my heart has stopped beating and it's literally for a couple of seconds but it bothers me a bit and few weeks back someone else had posted about the same problem. I just wondered if I should get it checked out.
NBG, I always think its wise to get any concerns regarding your heart checked out. Even if its to put your mind at rest. I do know though, that it is very common to experience ectopic beats, which is totally harmless and like what you described. It feels like your heart has stopped for a minute. Cardiomyopathy is relatively uncommon 1 in 500, I think. What do you mean though about getting that sensation down one side of your head?
I found out I had the condition from a medical that picked up a heart murmur, and then went on to have a ecg. I think ND is a bit more complicated though because of a kidney transplant beforehand. Apologies if I'm wrong Noddyholder
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That sensation is literally down one half of my head and I only get it at night. It feels as though my head is just completly numb. There's no tingling like pins and needles just numbness.
Your probably right about the heartbeat thing, I guess if I did have problem I woul have known about it before now. Thanks anyway.
How are you anyway, have you had anymore numbness?
I had something similar to this last year -- I felt like I could not move my arms in the morning... no pins and needles... and it never happeneded during the day... saw the doctos who did some pin prick tests and said it was all fine-- he said it was quite common for arms to feel heavy and dead in the morning... don't get it as much now - get it checked out just to put yor mind at rest
Newbarnsleygirl, I don't know which of us that skerriesmum was referring to but maybe we should both get ourselves checked out anyway. I really don't have a clue why you could be getting numbness down one side of your head, but I can imagine it does worry you too. Yes I got the arm problem again last night, and it terrifies me, but what a waste ot time worrying when it could be nothing, like Loudman suggested, so def going to go to docs just for piece of mind. I reckon you should to, come back and we can compare notes By the way, I always though that ministokes affected the complete side of your body rather than certain parts. Am I wrong?
I don't tend to sleep with arms above head, not that I'm aware of. When you say your arms go numb, are you also unable to move them? I must sound like a right hyperchondriac, but when i have these strange episodes, my arm is totally paralysed, no amount of rubbing helps, I just have to wait until I am able to move it again.