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Severe upper arm pain followed by inability to move fingertip, thumb and wrist

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  • Posted By: Heidilee
  • December 9, 2010
  • 02:12 AM

I hope someone can help me. I have been to four doctors (neurologist, 2 othopedic specialists and general physician) and they are all baffled. In April, I woke up with severe upper arm pain, inside between my elbow and shoulder. I could not stretch my arm out for several weeks without a stretchy,crampy pain in my inner elbow and throughout my inner arm. A few days after this I could not bend my index fingertip and could not turn my wrist in. No pain in this area, just loss of motor function. Then, in October the arm pain came back. Very similar circumstances, but now my thumb tip doesn't bend. I have had MRI's on neck, elbow, upper arm and nothing is noted but some minor disc degeneration. One Doctor said I had Parsonage-Turner syndrome after the first episode, but that usually involves severe shoulder pain and doesn't happen twice. I have a vague pain/soreness in my rhomboid muscle (?) (in back upper back, below shoulder) on the same side, but don't know if it's because I am overcompensating and causing it to hurt or if it is somehow related. Does anyone have any ideas?

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