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four fingers on my right hand are basically paralyzed... can't do my job

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 28, 2013
  • 03:26 AM

I am a 54 year old female.. About a month ago I found I was having some difficulty writing, but could still write just fine.(I have basal joint arthritis that I thought was the problem). A week or so later I could not pinch open the clip that retailers use to hang pants on their pant hangers. My writing is illegible, I have 3 bulging disc's, C5,C6,C7... but these disc do not effect these fingers, the Dr. thought it had to be C8, but that looks fine. I have had 9 Dr. appts in 14 days, urgent care due to extreme nerve pain, they sent me to emergency who wanted to admit me, but I was out of state and wanted to deal with it at home. I saw my internal medicine Dr. who referred me to a Neurosurgeon, who referred me to a neurologist (actually 2 in the same practice are involved) I have had a MRI of the spine, EKG, EMG, chest x-rays, blood work, neurological exam twice... and my Dr.s are all totally confused. Now I am having another MRI of the brain to check for strokes and tumors... The EMG pretty much ruled out nerve damage, the spine MRI ruled out spine issues that would cause these problems. All of the Neurologist were pretty convinced that it was an Ulnar nerve issue prior to the EMG... the brain MRI is really a shot in the dark to rule things out. I am on indefinite leave of absence from my job, which means they will have to replace me. I was a part time manager. I am frustrated, angry and want to move on with my life, but everyone seems perplexed with my inability to move my fingers. I am so frustrated and scared to death... any suggestions would be much appreciated. thanks

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