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Q. My full body feels numb when I wake up. What could be wrong?

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Dr. Aida Quka
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 12, 2018

Hello doctor,

I have chronic paresthesia. My full body feels like dead in sleep. When I wake up and reposition myself, it will take time for the blood to start flowing from my leg to upper body. I can feel it flowing and entering my kidneys, liver, etc. I had this issue for a long time but it was not this severe earlier. From the last few months, it is getting worse.

Dr. Aida Quka



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I read carefully through your question and would explain that your symptoms could be related to a sleep disorder or thyroid gland dysfunction.

A connective tissue disorder (arthritis) cannot be excluded either.

For this reason, I recommend performing a polysomnogram and some blood lab tests:

  • Rheumatoid factor.
  • PCT, sedimentation rate.
  • Vitamin D levels.
  • Thyroid hormone levels.

You should discuss with your doctor on the above tests.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask me again.

For more information consult a neurologist online -->

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Thank you doctor,

I have these data and attached to reply message. Will it help you to confirm the same?

Vitamin B12- 576.3 pg/ml.Vitamin D 22.29 ng/ml.Triiodothyronine 1.17 ng/ml.Thyroxine 12.48 ug/dl.Thyroid stimulating hormone 2.85 ulU/ml.

Dr. Aida Quka



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Your vitamin B12 and thyroid hormone levels are normal.

Vitamin D levels are below the normal ranges. For this reason, I would recommend taking vitamin D supplements.

I would also recommend performing a polysomnogram and the other above mentioned tests.

I remain at your disposal for any further questions.

For more information consult a neurologist online -->

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