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My aching hands!!! (burning, swollen, painful!)

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 30, 2009
  • 09:17 PM

Any insight you can offer would be most appreciated!

I'm a 25-year-old female with a history of fibromyalgia and paresthesias in my arms and hands.

Two months ago, I began to have focal burning pain in the base of my hand (palm side) and pain upon pressure.

Last week, I woke up in the morning, and the burning sensation flared up to a level 10 pain scale and encompassed my entire hands and forearms. It felt like I was being held in fire, and the only thing that helped the pain was submerging my arms in ice water. This continued for two days and gradually died down to a level 1 - 2 pain scale.

Then came a terrible, shooting pain on the top of my left hand, between the index and middle finger knuckles, exacerbated by reaching for things. This lasted for two days. Now today that part of my hand is completely numb, and the space between the index and middle fingers is puffy/swollen.

(Test History: Recent EMG of left arm was totally normal. An ANA test from a couple years ago showed low titre 1:160, speckled pattern. Negative RF. Negative for individual antibody tests. (I don't know if these antibodies can spontaneously show up or whether a person is born with them???))

In the past month, I have been diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy, fibromyalgia and reflex sympathetic dystrophy. The general practitioner, rheumatologist and neurologist all disagree with each others' diagnoses.

Any thoughts?


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  • Also forgot to mention that prior to cervical radiculopathy diagnosis, my general practitioner thought it was thoracic outlet.And, other symptoms that have been troubling me...In the morning, my hands *feel* swollen all the way up to my elbows, as though I'm wearing long gloves, and when I try to open them, the fingers don't all open together as they normally should (i.e., pinky and index fingers lift up while the others stay depressed).My ears turn bright red a few times a day, with the affected ear (usually they light up one at a time) typically occurring along with pain on the same side of my neck (yes, I also have neck pain, though that isn't my primary complaint at this time...my hands are).
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    • August 31, 2009
    • 01:07 AM
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