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Chronic Hand and Shoulder Pain

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  • Posted By: laurajeanne79
  • May 6, 2008
  • 05:33 AM


I am a 29 year-old female with type 1 diabetes. My diabetes is in relatively good control. Back in December I started experiencing tingling and numbness in my fingers. About two weeks later, I started having extreme pain in my hands, especially my right hand. The fingers started curling up, and to this day I still can't open my hands all the way. Around the same time I started having severe pain in my shoulders. I also developed Raynaud's Phenomenon.

It used to be that this pain would hit me in the mornings and then go away by the afternoon. Now it's all the time.

I have gone to the doctor and had the following tests done:

1. Screening for rheumatoid arthritis: came back negative
2. Screening for carpal tunnel: came back negative
3. X-rays done on my neck area don't show any nerve impairment or damage.
4. Anti-inflammatories don't have any effect on the pain/swelling in my hands.

I don't have a clue as to what this could be. Two things did happen back in December that may have something to do with it. I took a pretty hard fall on the ice (hit my tailbone). I also had work done on a tooth. Part of the tooth had fallen off, which exposed a nerve.

I'm going back to the doctor soon, but the medical bills are starting to pile up and I'm hoping somebody can steer me in the right direction. I have heard some people mention peripheral neuropathy and even brain lesions.

Any suggestions? This pain is unbelievable and I just want it to stop!!

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