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Finger, Hand, Forearm, Bicep and Underarm symptoms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 20, 2006
  • 09:36 PM

I'm new to the forum, so please be patient with me. I have a long story, but maybe someone can help. I've had Psoriatic Arthritis for years. I have had neck problems for over 20 years. Most recently, I've had problem with constant numbness of my left pointer finger. When I move the left arm in any fashion, I get a "contraction" in my underarm and at the same I feel pins and needles climb up my finger/palm/hand/forearm and into the mid section of my bicep. As it climbs it switches to the outter side of the arm, but starts at the inner. My doc couldn't get a pulse on my left side and thought it was Thoratic Outlet Syndrome. Today, another Doc. did an EMG which he said was normal...no nerve damage and it might be from arthritis in my neck. My neck doesn't hurt at all (and I know neck pain). He wants me to ice it 5x a day for a month or two and if no better, then I should get a neck MRI. I'm not satisifed with this opinion and am certain more is going on here. Now I'm feeling like the Doc. thinks I'm goofy or something. Anyone have any opinions here? Thank you for your help

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  • ? cervical rib
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 10:12 PM
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  • I found out 20 years ago that I do have "bone spurs" and arthritis in my neck. Would that be the same as "ribs?" At that time I was also told that I herniated the disc bet. C5 & 6. About two years ago, an emg indicated I herniated bet. C6 & 7. I left one part of my story out. My Rhuematologist was checking my shoulder for my complaint of pain. He pulled it around to check motion and you heard a very loud "pop." The next day, all of my symptoms started to happen (including my finger being cold for about 1 & 1/2 weeks, then it regained regular temperature).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 10:19 PM
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  • a cervical rib is a bit like an extra rib that pokes out of the side of one of the neck vertebrae. Usually too small to feel, but there are certain tests that can be done. The fact that the pulse is absent would lean in favour of a cervical rib (the brachial artery doesn't go anywhere near the neck). An MR scan of the neck is probably the wrong investigation. A careful clinical exam by your GP can suggest the presence of a cervical rib. The best investigation would be a plain X-ray, although sometimes CT scans are needed
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 10:27 PM
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  • I had a shoulder xray done, but not a neck. I made an appt. with my primary Dr. today because I feel he needs to "orchestrate" what's being done now. I have to wait unti 11/6 to see him. I will certainly bring up a "cervical rib" possibility to him and I thank you for so kindly sharing your thoughts. Do you have any idea what would be done for something such as a cervical rib? Is it something that will bother me sometimes and then go away again?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2006
    • 10:42 PM
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  • Update to anyone interested. Finally found out the problem. C5 & 6 have damage, C6 & 7 leaking disc, along with arthritis. All is pressing on the spinal cord & causing symptoms. Will have cervical epidural treatment done on 2/14 & hoping it works so as to avoid surgery.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
    • 02:57 AM
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