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CT symptoms different in hands...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 2, 2006
  • 07:59 PM

Hi there,
I'm 21 and am a full time student and write papers constantly. I believe I have carpal tunnel because I have broken my left wrist and shattered my right hand. The only thing is they are very different in their symptoms. My right hand is painful and I wake up with pain in the morning, it subsides in the afternoon, then in the evening it's very painful and I usually ice it. However, my left wrist dosn't hurt at all, but I experience a constant "falling asleep" pins and needles feeling in my left hand. I usually take anti-inflammitory and it subsides during the afternoon (usually). Is it normal to have these different symptoms? Does anyone have advice?
- erika

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  • I have been experiencing numbness, pain, weakness in both arms, wrists, for about 7 weeks now. It has been the most frustrating experience of my life! I am a claims processor (glorified data entry).I am being treated by an orthopedic doctor for bilateral tendonitis and carpal tunnel. The doctor is following treatment by the book for me.... night splints, advil, then it was naproxen, emg/nerve conduction tests, cortisone injections. I will have numbness and dull pain/ache in one arm and at the same time shooting wrist and upper arm pain in the other arm. My doctor however continues to tell me that I am able to work! He will not give me a medical note advising my employer that I may occasionally need to take time from work when the symptoms are really bad and unable to continue keying.None of the treatments have been working so far and I'm becoming a wreck... worried about my job ....worried that by working thru the pain that I am making matters worse. The doctor will only say to take 5 minutes each hour of keying and do some other tasks. I repeatedly tell him that there are no other tasks. Nowadays everything is done on the computer (paperless system). My job does not involve phones, filing, etc. It is strictly keying.The doctor always acts like the each treatment should resolve my (little) problem!! Going to work has been torture everyday. It's pathetic. Co-workers as well as supervisors see my discomfort and the pain I am going thru and also cannot understand the doctors attitude. The doctor by the way is one of the topmost specialists in the area that I live......... I just don't know what to do.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 03:43 PM
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  • I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands in 2003 that was totally successful. My symptoms started out as numbness in my hands, all my fingers except my pinky, especially when my arms were above my head. Then the numbness was all the time and then I started having pain in my forearms, severe, it felt like someone was squeezing my arms. This was especially bad at night. Are your symptoms similar to this? Have you seen a hand surgeon? Your case might be more complicated since you have injured both of your hands in the past.Laurie:)
    laurie hahnlen 19 Replies
    • November 16, 2006
    • 01:10 AM
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  • Try getting hold of some Chinese medicine balls. These are two metal golf ball sized spheres with bumps on them and have a slight vibrating charm tone in them that vibrates to penetrate deeply into the hand tissue and bone. I nearly lost the function of my right thumb due to pain (for different reasons to yours, I have hyper mobility, possibly Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) but with one session of the balls most of my function had returned and most of the pain vanished, and I had been in pain for months. I still have slight pain but nothing noticeable unless I press the joint.The Chinese have been using these things for centuries for arthritis, RSI and all sorts of other hand problems, I can see why not for you condition; I would be interested to see the outcome. They exercise all the tendens and muscles in the hand without putting pressure that may damage muscles. I have to be very carefu with my connective tissue disorder.The balls sell in novelty shops i think, but ask around the health stores and other places as well, someone is bound to have heard of them and they are really dirt cheap, but invaluable for the benefit they give. If I have any trouble with my hands I pick up the balls. They are heavy so sit down with them as it is not pleasent when one falls on the foot. :-) And they can be tricky to use at first, especially for those with small hands. I have huge hands so not a problem.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 16, 2006
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