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numb fingers, pain for a while...

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  • Posted By: international_guy
  • June 3, 2008
  • 10:18 PM

I cannot get a valid diagnosis.

two months ago, i had massive pain up and down my left arm.

now, i have numbness in the lower part of my palm, my pinky, and the bottom of my index finger

the emg indicates damage at the C8 nerve
my disks are reduced.
the doctors see the mris and cts and think that there is a disk problem, but they cannot say for sure. they want to go on a fishing expedition in surgery.

currently, i am losing a great deal of muscle mass in my left hand where the numbness is.

i sit at a desk and work on a computer 10-11 hours a day.

it is not carpal tunnel nor cubital tunnel.

i do not know what to do.


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  • Hi there Mr International Guy!You need to be clearer. Where on your palm is this numbness? Is it in the big chunky bit at the base of your thumb (the thenar eminence) or is it in the muscles on the other side of your hand (the hypothenar eminence)? Or perhaps it's at the base of your fingers?Where on your fingers is the numbness? Where is the muscle wasting? Do you have back pain - why did you have a cervical MRI? How did you slip a disc in the first place?How do you know it's not carpal tunnel? Have you been tested for it?I would STRONGLY advise against a surgical fishing expedition. I'm assuming you're in the USA, so it's worth bearing in mind that the surgeons don't get paid unless they do operations. Here in the UK things are different, and every orthopaedic back surgeon I have spoken to says to avoid surgery at all costs - nearly everyone ends up with pain after the operation, and not many people get better. If there is no obvious lesion on MRI, then I would leave well alone. You may, I'm afraid, just have to live with it.
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