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Hand paresthesias

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 28, 2008
  • 11:00 AM

Hey everyone, I love this website and I've got a few symptoms that I need help with because I'm not sure what type of doctor I should see.

After using my computer too intensively for about two weeks I got throbbing neural pain in the palm of my right hand. Assumed it was Carpal Tunnel and so rested it etc for a week. That didn't really help and I was getting other tingling in other fingers, especially the little finger. Also started getting them in my left hand and (strangely) some shooting pain in my right foot. None of these were really serious or stopping from doing too much, but went to a physiotherapist. After a cursory look she said CTS as well and gave me a few stretches.

Well it's been about six weeks, and I still get a range of random paresthesias. None painful, and in fact probably better than it was originally but still fairly persistent. I definately get them associated with the median nerve (in the palm and index finger), and the ulnar nerve (the ring and little finger), and possibly even the radial nerve (the back of my hand and top of the wrist), but strangely never at the same time. Makes me think that the nerves might be getting trapped higher up the arm or even at the shoulder or neck. I'm quite healthy and in fact am probably part of that ever growing crowd of the 'worried well' because I tend to obsess a little and may be doing so here.

So I guess my questions are a) should I really worry now or wait and see if it gets better or worse, b) whether anyone has had something similar or has some suggestions, c) who is the best to see over such things? is this a rheumatology issue, or a physiotherapy or osteopath or neurologist or some other specialist I've never heard of?, and finally d) could it be spine related? I have what my family calls the 'duck bottom' because we all have a kind of curvature in the back that makes our rears stick out a bit. It's a bit uncomfortable to sit up in stiff and high backed chairs but otherwise I've never really thought it could cause a problem...



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