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I have a form of PN that causes pain in my feet and lower legs and recently in my hands. But I can be pain free all day, go to sleep and three hours later wake up in pain. Has anyone given you an explanation for what happens after you go to sleep that causes the pain to come on?

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@catro

I have a form of PN that causes pain in my feet and lower legs and recently in my hands. But I can be pain free all day, go to sleep and three hours later wake up in pain. Has anyone given you an explanation for what happens after you go to sleep that causes the pain to come on?

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@catro Hello. To the best of my knowledge nerves rest and attempt regeneration during sleep. Similar to recharging your battery.
Rachel

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@catro

I have a form of PN that causes pain in my feet and lower legs and recently in my hands. But I can be pain free all day, go to sleep and three hours later wake up in pain. Has anyone given you an explanation for what happens after you go to sleep that causes the pain to come on?

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@catro, there have been a few theories discussed, I like Rachel’s response the best. 😁My neurologist said it is because when we are at rest we are more aware of the pain; I am convinced it is a matter of poor circulation while in a prone position. Helen

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@helennicola

@catro, there have been a few theories discussed, I like Rachel’s response the best. 😁My neurologist said it is because when we are at rest we are more aware of the pain; I am convinced it is a matter of poor circulation while in a prone position. Helen

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Isn't interesting, I used to wake in pain throughout the night for quite some time. Now I've shifted and can sleep through the night however, the games begin again upon movement. And I do wake in pain no matter what. Hard not to have anxiety when you think about the challenges nighttime brings and waking. I agree, @helennicola, resting time does make one more aware of pain however, my abilities are so far gone at this point that resting is my only go to. Typically it's with heat to calm. Stinks to be a car with real bad wiring! Have a nice day all. 🌞
Rachel

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Have spinal stenosis! Nothing work! Had stimulator installed in back 2 days ago! Working great! Ck out,

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@helennicola

@catro, there have been a few theories discussed, I like Rachel’s response the best. 😁My neurologist said it is because when we are at rest we are more aware of the pain; I am convinced it is a matter of poor circulation while in a prone position. Helen

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I don’t agree with your neurologist although one of my doctors said the same thing. I can be sitting in my chair massaging my bare feet and legs and concentrating on how they feel and noticing that they feel perfectly normal. 30 minutes later I’m in bed with my feet and legs burning. So what’s going on?

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@catro

I have a form of PN that causes pain in my feet and lower legs and recently in my hands. But I can be pain free all day, go to sleep and three hours later wake up in pain. Has anyone given you an explanation for what happens after you go to sleep that causes the pain to come on?

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@catro, what do you take for your pain at night? I take gabapentin which puts me to sleep within 2 hrs. but before I fall asleep I find that moving my hands to a different position helps. That is also true for the foot cramps I often get.

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@helennicola

@catro, there have been a few theories discussed, I like Rachel’s response the best. 😁My neurologist said it is because when we are at rest we are more aware of the pain; I am convinced it is a matter of poor circulation while in a prone position. Helen

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@helencola, I used to think that way also when I was looking into getting a standing desk. I did a little research and found that a prone is actually best for circulation. The heart doesn't have to work as hard to pump the blood up and down (I think). Here's a reference:

Effects of Gravity on Venous Return – CV Physiology — https://www.cvphysiology.com/Cardiac%20Function/CF017

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@catro

I don’t agree with your neurologist although one of my doctors said the same thing. I can be sitting in my chair massaging my bare feet and legs and concentrating on how they feel and noticing that they feel perfectly normal. 30 minutes later I’m in bed with my feet and legs burning. So what’s going on?

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My legs can’t stand having anything touching them, so sheets and blankets are a problem. If I wake up with a lot of leg pain, I throw off the covers and I fall back asleep until I get cold. Then I get up, make some cocoa and take 600 mg of gabapentin and a 4 mg of tizanidine and I usually fall back asleep in 30 minutes. But I wake back up around 4AM with the legs on fire again. Then I just get up and start the day.

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@darlingtondoll

My legs can’t stand having anything touching them, so sheets and blankets are a problem. If I wake up with a lot of leg pain, I throw off the covers and I fall back asleep until I get cold. Then I get up, make some cocoa and take 600 mg of gabapentin and a 4 mg of tizanidine and I usually fall back asleep in 30 minutes. But I wake back up around 4AM with the legs on fire again. Then I just get up and start the day.

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@darlingtondoll have you thought about a blanket lifter? I think @jimhd has mentioned them and that they help. Here are some product reviews – https://www.top5reviewed.com/blanket-support-lifts/

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@wilcy

Have spinal stenosis! Nothing work! Had stimulator installed in back 2 days ago! Working great! Ck out,

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@wilcy Yayyy!! This is great news for you. 😁

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Tks rwinney

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@catro

I have a form of PN that causes pain in my feet and lower legs and recently in my hands. But I can be pain free all day, go to sleep and three hours later wake up in pain. Has anyone given you an explanation for what happens after you go to sleep that causes the pain to come on?

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@catro
I have the same issue but only sometimes at night. I have it several times throughout the day and at times it's fairly constant. My doctor has said that she thinks it may be that my nervous system is overloaded with the worsening of the Tarlov cysts. It's also a symptom of arachnoiditis. I haven't been diagnosed yet but I sure check most of the boxes. There is very interesting reading if anyone wants to check it out at http://www.arachnoiditishope.com Arachnoiditis seems to go hand in hand with Tarlov cysts, injections, nerve blocks, epidurals, spinal cord injuries, trauma, etc. I wish you the best!

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@johnbishop

@darlingtondoll have you thought about a blanket lifter? I think @jimhd has mentioned them and that they help. Here are some product reviews – https://www.top5reviewed.com/blanket-support-lifts/

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@johnbishop

@helencola, I used to think that way also when I was looking into getting a standing desk. I did a little research and found that a prone is actually best for circulation. The heart doesn't have to work as hard to pump the blood up and down (I think). Here's a reference:

Effects of Gravity on Venous Return – CV Physiology — https://www.cvphysiology.com/Cardiac%20Function/CF017

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thanks John for that (I think!) Hard to decipher in my opinion! So why do you think we feel our pain more at night in bed? Any thoughts? Helen

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