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Radial Tunnel Sydrome

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 20, 2007
  • 04:01 PM

:( I got hurt at work on 10/8/2006. I was origanally told that I had Lateral Epicondylits (tennis elbow). I have had 2 cortisone injections and neither one helped. Now my doctor said that I might have Radial Tunnel Syndrome. Has anyone ever had this? If so what happened?

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  • Radial tunnel? Yes, I have had it and I still do. ( I am typing with my one good arm) I too was missed diagnosed. My general Doc said it was tennis elbow and sent me off to physical theropist. I would get better then the pain would return. Then it was off to a specialist. I was shocked when he told me to give myself one tear to heal. He was right it did take a year. The most difficult part was thinking (feeling) I was better and using the arm again only to have the pain return because I really was not healed. After feeling 98-99% healed I began doing some of my old tasks at work and now my arm is in pain again. I came close to having an operation before but I could find no info stating the operation would truly help. That it why I saw the physical theoropist, wore the braces at night and refrained from using the arm even when it felt OK. I am upset about having to go all through it again.
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  • i am 6 days post op from having a subacromial decompression, i am convinced that they had the wrong diagnosis from the beginning , 4 years ago to be precise i was diagnosed with tennis elbow as i worked on a factory doing repetitive work,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, even last week before the op i said the pain goes right down to my thumb, forearm and it aches really badly into my neck,,,,and this is not linked to impingement syndrome which the doctor said i had,,,,,,,,, this feeling has not subsided at all after suregery on a supposed injured part of my shoulder,,,,,, i have been searching the web for other problems with arms that have the same symptoms that i have,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and ive found it,,,,,,, if i drew a line on my arm where the pain goes to and from,,,,,,, it is EXACTLY where the radial nerve goes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so now what,, its been a case of "lets get this sorted before we look at other parts of your arm,,,, " im so mad... ive got to convince the surgeon that im not making it up and they got it wrong
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  • i had this problem for years.the pain was really intense.i had to build a new wooden fence in a house i had bought--there was no one else to do it,and no money left over to pay anyone.so,lots of sawing ! i mean lots !result, no more problem,astonishingly enough! i think it worked for me because the sawing action moved the affected tendon without putting it under any strain.try the action,slowly,and you may see what i mean.the trouble with "exercise programmes"is often that they are not performed regularly enough,or for long enough periods.i was lucky ,i suspect in that i had to keep going with the job.for various reasons the fence was an urgent job,and though it hurt i had to keep going.lucky me !i think it may be the case that many aspects of self healing,the ancient,natural mechanisms,are predicated on the need of the animal(our bodies are animals !)to keep going whatever the difficulty,or starve or die of cold,or fail to escape the jaws of the hungry beast that lurks at the back of the group,waiting for the weak to fall.these healing processes may have evolved in a context wherepain was a constant companion ,and "hurt"did not necessarily mean"harm".if we want them to work for us we have to reproduce those conditions,i think.others i know with this tendon problem are years down the line waiting for the pain to just go away ,as i did for a decade before i found my fence.an unrelated though effective treatment ,well understood by many doctors,is for those sufferers with partners to sleep on the other side of the bed.most adults wont have to think too much about this !
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  • HI, mine is caused by assembly work on a factory for 23 years, the last year i was using an airpowered screwdriver that was suspended on a pully that didnt quiet reach my work area so i had to reach up, grab it from the right side and pull it down at an angle and really lean my arm and body onto this tool to get the screws in,,,,,,,,, i felt a pop, and from then it hasnt stopped acheing, night is worse its like a break, a dull burning throbbing ache,,,,,, and 4 years of different treatments for what i know is the wrong thing,,,,,, ive had steroids accupuncture, physio, more steroids, steroids under local anasthetic. and bone scans, mri scans and ultra sound scans which, i read in my notes , was a 1 cm partial thickness tear in the supraspinatus tendon, 3mm deep,,,,,,,,,,, so all the last 2 years treatment have been based on this scan,,,,,,,,, which turned out to be wrong,, no tear, just bone chafing on the rotor cuff tendon,,which the doctor couldnt undertand why i am in so much pain,, i cannot hold a toothbrush,,, i cannot hold a news paper up,,, all these are nothing to do with rotatro tears,,,,,,, im seein my GP next week to put my findings to him,,, im not after time off work, im not after anything but to get this treated PROPERLY:mad: right im off for a sit down now, and some painkillers,bye
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  • I was diagnosed with tennis elbow in Nov, 2006 and sent for physical therapy. The pain got better but was not gone. I went to a specialist who diagnosed the Radial Tunnel Syndrome. I had a cortisone shot yesterday but now my hand hurts from that. I don't think surgery is the answer. My work is on a computer and this is my right arm. Any suggestions for other treatments?
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  • I have been trying to get over radial tunnel for a while. I wrote the second post in this thread. Anyway, I attended The Whole Health Expo here in Providence this weekend. I met this nice lady from www.gardendreams.org. She sells lotions and creams. I bought her Nerve Healing Oil and having been using it on the area where my radial tunnel hurt the most. Maybe my arm was just healing on it's own or maybe it's all in my head but my arm feels way better since using this. I apply it several times a day massaging it into my arm. It only takes a drop.The oil is not shown on her site yet but she says it will be soon. You could always email her and ask about. It is only $5.00 for a bottle that will probably last a long time. I don't know this lady, I get nothing if you buy from her. I just wanted to pass on my experience.God Bless, Dana Wilson
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  • I injured my right arm pulling clothes out of a washing machine in sept/08 and my GP referred me to a specialist straight away.Initially was diagnosed with torn muscle.then soft tissue injury and in jan/09 diagnosed with Chronic Tennis Elbow and Radial Tunnel Syndrome.Specialist told me to modify and adapt everything that hurts the arm and to learn to live with itI do physio with arm daily and wear a splint at night with some relief but the biggest hurdle is getting people to understand that these conditions are with you 24/7 and what you do determines the length and degree of discomfort at any one time.I will try anything to remedy the situation so I can get back to my bowling! Most things are done with the left arm after trying unsuccessful with the right.We shouldn"t have to suffer indefinitely!
    lilpig 1 Replies
    • January 26, 2009
    • 04:50 AM
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  • I had radial tunnel syndrome for 3 years or so. Mine flares up when I use the keyboard to change tools, I tend to have my hand cocked back and I'm told that's what caused it. I had the same story, diagnosed with tennis elbow and after physics, massage, acupuncture, etc I got a cortazone injection that did nothing. I started riding bike to the station (15mins) each way and I started to notice my arm getting better and suddenly I started getting aches on the weekend when it would normally be recovering. I then started jogging on the weekends and it was gone altogether. I got a flat tire about 3 months in and the aches came back, once I was back on the bike - all good again. I'm stoked, I'm 35 and it used to really get me down but cardio has done the trick for me. I really hope this helps some of you out too.Cheers, Dave
    DaveTatch 3 Replies
    • January 24, 2013
    • 11:14 PM
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  • I had radialtunnel syndrome for 3 years or so. Mine flares up when I use the keyboard to change tools, I tend to have my hand cocked back and I'm told that's what caused it. I had the same story, diagnosed with tennis elbow and after physics, massage, acupuncture, etc I got a cortisone injection that did nothing. I started riding my bike to the station (15mins) each way and I started to notice my arm getting better and suddenly I started getting aches on the weekend when it would normally be recovering. I then started jogging on the weekends and it was gone altogether. I got a flat tire about 3 months in and the aches came back, once I was back on the bike - all good again. I'm stoked, I'm 35 and it used to really get me down but cardio has done the trick for me. I really hope this helps some of you out too.
    DaveTatch 3 Replies
    • February 2, 2013
    • 11:09 PM
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  • Hey -This is an old thread, but I think I have the same problem. I've had on and off problems with elbow pain for about a year. It was originally diagnosed as tennis elbow, but 2 physical therapists have told me I have radial nerve impingement.For the people that have had this for a while - I've read that this sometimes clears up after a year or more. Is that anyone's experience? Thanks
    injureddude33 1 Replies
    • September 25, 2013
    • 01:49 PM
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  • I've had it for years and it keeps coming back if I don't do exercise for even a week. Something else that seems to help is popping my elbow. With a straight arm I push away from my body holding the back of my forearm with the opposite hand.
    DaveTatch 3 Replies
    • October 4, 2013
    • 10:14 PM
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