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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 9:20 pm 
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Hello all,

I have noticed since starting on Sub that when I wake up every morning that my hands are very swollen, most times so much that I can not make a fist. Also, my arms and hands are almost totally asleep and numb. Please do not think I am trying to "bash" Suboxone or "blame" Sub for my problem. (I am extremely happy I chose to start this medication and even with this side effect, I will not stop taking it....) The numbness goes away after I get up and move about, but the swelling in my hands only subsides maybe sixty percent during the day. Also, I do not sleep on my arms or anything like that. I am a back sleeper and my arms usually rest at my sides or across my belly.
I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar issue? If so, did water pills help?

Any info would be appreciated!

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Maybe I can kinda help. I am not a doctor, so please know this is my experience and opinion.

I too had noticed a lot of numbness and not always just in my hands. I have attributed mine to this . . . for the first time in my life I am actually sleeping. I am 39 years old, after a week or so of starting Subs I noticed this, not all the time, but alot. I have had insomnia since I hit puberty at around 13. I have never really slept good. I have found now that most nights, especially without my DOC that I actually sleep. And sleep like a log. The better I sleep, the less I move and I also have the numbness and swelling. I think its from not moving around so much during the night. I have also found that I drink ALOT during the day. I am a Mountain Dewaholic. They ever ban it, I am in trouble. I also try to drink water. I am taking in close to a gallon on most days. However, I would mention this to your doctor just to make sure its not an underlying condition.

SO long story short, sorry I tend to ramble at times, you might try to think if maybe you are drinking more liquids and that could attribute and sleeping better, without moving around can cause this a little bit. But I would definately mention it to your doctor. JUST in case. But I have attributed mine to sleeping better. Not as much stress, drugs and all that to keep me awake and not sleeping well along with the extra fluids. I hope this helped. Sometimes I think I just like to hear myself type. LOL

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I remember having alot of swelling in my hands when I first started treatment. The numbness is something I have always had in my hands and arms so not anything I personally related with suboxone. But I did get these weird little muscle spasms for the first couple months. My doctor wound up ruling out the subs as a factor in my swelling, it was just high sodium intake and after I changed my diet a bit it went away. The muscle spasms went away on their own after a couple months. I personally feel like this was directly related to the suboxone because it was a side effect I would also get when I was taking large doses of other opiates...

I guess what I'm trying to say is that it will probably go away after a few weeks. For some reason it seems to take a few weeks for most people to completely adjust to this medication. If you are terribly concerned bring it up to your doctor and see what they think.


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Thank you both very much for the replies. I actually did wonder if it was bc I have been sleeping so soundly. Like I am pretty sure I dont move for the majority of the night! And the salt intake is probably something I ought to consider. I am going to try to limit my intake and see what happens.

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