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Burning forearm pain, no concrete diagnosis

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  • Posted By: ChrisC
  • October 3, 2006
  • 08:01 AM

For the past six months I've had what was originally thought to be tendinitis, the deQuervain's, then a pinched nerve in my neck but thus far none of the suggested and practiced treatments for those have had any effect.

My symptoms, equal in both left and right forearms: chronic burning itching pain from elbow to hands seemingly in the extensors, similar burning pain seemingly in and around the flexor carpi radialis, deQuervain's like symptoms in the snuff box and above in the forearm but Finkelstein's test fails, doing it and having it done doesn't bother me in the least.

I've taken to typing with only my left hand and using my right not at all to see if a difference in severity can be noticed. No difference in symptoms after months of this testing, leading to the suspicion that it may be nerve related further up in the neck.

Chiropractics and ART, while very painful, are having no noticable effect.

I'm not looking for a solution here, after six months I'm just looking for a definitive name. So I'm asking for your help here: I'm at a loss as to what questions more to ask, who else to talk to, what tests (especially which sort of tests) might help, where to turn to get something more than someone's best guess and a shot-in-the-dark treatment.

Any suggestions you might have about how to further narrow down the cause are greatly appreciated.

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  • Have you ever had shingles? Although it's highly unlikely that you had it on both sides of the body, if you did, you could have Postherpetic Neuralgia - a chronic residual pain left over after the shingles rash goes away. From the sounds of it, the pain is mostly over the C6 dermatome, which might fit a normal case, except it's on both sides. This is probably useless, but given the lack of replies i figure i'd throw something out there.Try talking to a neurologistGoodluck
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 19, 2006
    • 01:08 PM
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  • I appreciate the reply, any little suggestion at this stage....I've never had shingles but that's at least an interesting suggestion :) Yesterday was the CT scan to check my neck and thoracic area - next step: neurologist.Thanks again for replying,Regards,C-
    ChrisC 1 Replies
    • October 19, 2006
    • 01:22 PM
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  • How long do you use a computer each day? What happens when you stop using a PC for 7 days?
    emma_chase 9 Replies
    • October 19, 2006
    • 01:30 PM
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