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Radiating pain in the palm of both of my hands -- NOT carpal tunnel...HELP!

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  • Posted By: mama22qts
  • May 7, 2009
  • 03:10 AM

I'm not sure I'll ever find help for my problem.
I have constant burning pain in both of my hands, radiating out from my palms. It is NOT in my wrists or on the top of my hands -- it's strictly on the palm side.
I have seen a rheumatologist, a GP, a neurologist, and an endocrinologist for this issue. I have other issues (severe hypothyroidism, ulcerative colitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis) so I see the docs quite often.
I've been told that I might have a touch of carpal tunnel, but the symptoms just don't match up. I've been told that I have inflammatory arthritis, but this is constant, every day and night, and is not made worse by use of my hands. The pain is no worse on the days I'm online all the time than it is when I'm off for hours.
I have been taking Ultram, Ultracet, and Darvocet for years. I also am being treated with Methotrexate, but nothing seems to do any good. I also take gabapentin, but it only offers marginal relief.
I'm only 38 years old, and I'm not overweight. I weigh about 140 lbs and I'm 5'8". I run about 8 miles a week, so I'm active as well.
I'm taking way more medicine than I would like, and I'm only getting marginal pain relief. This is getting worse and I've got to figure out what to do.

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  • Can anyone help? I'm at the end of my rope. I'm going to a chiropractor today, and if that doesn't help, in a few weeks I'll head to the acupunturist. I've got to do something...
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  • Mama, I'm not sure exactly what type of pain you are describing. Have you ever had a neck injury? A pinched nerve in your neck can cause radiating pain down your arm into your hands. Is that what you are experiencing? Have you ever had any imaging of your neck? An X-Ray might be helpful but an MRI will tell you more if the pain is coming down your arm.
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