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  • Anyone with Nerve-Damage Experience?

    Hey everyone,

    I have been experiencing (for about the last 6 days) something very odd and a bit disturbing.

    Essentially my left hand, especially out in the fingers will feel as though they are going numb and i am losing sensation in the digits. It most pronouncedly affects my middle and ring finger and spreads also to the pinky, first finger and thumb when it is especially bad. The best way i can describe it is as though the hand has been sat on for an hour or so and i am experiencing the painful tingling/numb/throb as a body-part receives blood-flow and "wakes up." In addition to this a sharp throb will occur in my left tricep about mid-way down.

    I have found that it is much more pronounced when laying or not moving much, especially when laying on either side of my body and less so when laying on my back. If i stand and move around it seems to alleviate it somewhat but i have been for the past several days feeling the numb sensation in my ring and middle finger pads pretty much the entire day.

    Needless to say this has caused some havoc with my sleep as i wake up every couple of hours and by about 5-6 in the morning just give up on sleeping and try to get going cause my hand is numb and throbbing.

    From looking around online it would seem that there may be peripheral nerve damage a friend also mentioned perhaps Thoracic outlet syndrome however there seems to be no symptoms of improper blood-flow such as coldness to the touch or weakness in grip.

    To my memory there has been no significant trauma to the area, nor any of the nerves above it that would cause a severing of the nerve.

    One thing worth noting is that i herniated several discs in the past and this is listed as a cause of possible nerve complications. However always before my disc bulging has exerted pressure on the sciatic nerve and the pain has been located in the back and sciatica, but i wanted to mention this as i think it could be relevant.

    I am traveling home to Colorado in 3 days and am trying to get an appointment to see a doctor but as always i am one who tries to collect as much info as possible to bring to the doctor.

    Also if anyone had ideas for alleviating symptoms i would be open to anything as i would love to be able to sleep.

    Thanks alot for the time to read and any input/suggestions.

  • #2
    I slipped two discs over two years ago and have permanent nerve damage in my groin area in that the skin in parts is numb to the touch along with areas on parts of the top of my right thigh. I used to worry about it but just stopped as I am not in any pain. I still get twinges in my back but I perform regular hyper extensions and Mckenzie stretches

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    • #3
      If your shoulder girdle, traps, or neck are exceptionally tight for any reason that may be contributing to the numbness or tingling. Are you tighter than normal?

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      • #4
        Doubt there is actual damage at this point from how long its been going on. I would go see a chiropractor, IMO you will get a quicker DDX differential diagnosis's to figure out the problem rather then going through a MD general practitioner the refered to orthotpedics or neurologist then a PT.
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        • #5
          I do but it's from 2 open surgeries on my left shoulder 2 years ago. I expected that all the cutting would probably leave some damage.
          In your case though, with no discernable trauma having happened, i'd be more concerned as to the reason for it.
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          • #6
            What you are describing doesn't follow the pattern of a typical nerve entrapment/compression because the symptoms vary quite a bit and seem to cover multiple nerve distributions. That alone would lead me to think that it is either thoracic outlet related (you don't need cold hands, etc to fit a diagnosis) or you have some major disc problems. It is possible that you have several things going on at once - possibly herniated discs at more than one cervical level, combined with a thoracic outlet type problem...

            Is your doctor an orthopedic or sports medicine doctor? If not you might want to make an appointment with one of those - because most family doctors will want to refer you to one anyway.

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            • #7
              Thank you everyone for the replies.

              I appreciate the advice about specialist doctors, i am setting up an appointment with a sports-medicine specialist MD who works in a physical therapy office. Hopefully he will be able to give me some help and i wont have to play the referral game.

              To KidRok's point i really am having a hard time thinking about what could have caused the problem, like i mentioned i have had trouble with Discs in the past but can't think of anything i have done recently to aggravate them, though this may be the problem.

              I also wonder if it could have been a tweak in the shoulder? I do push-pressing in my routine, and while not that aggressive it is possible this could have caused something in the shoulder? Kind of just thinking aloud here as i am inexperienced in this area and a bit stumped.

              Again i appreciate the input.

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              • #8
                Very unlikely that shoulder exercises caused the problem, unless you have a really fragile neck and your form got sloppy... or if you never stretch and always sit around with horrible posture and rounded shoulders - that could cause a "thoracic outlet type" problem.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PTAaron View Post
                  Very unlikely that shoulder exercises caused the problem, unless you have a really fragile neck and your form got sloppy... or if you never stretch and always sit around with horrible posture and rounded shoulders - that could cause a "thoracic outlet type" problem.
                  Hmmm, ok, thank you very much PT, i was hopping you might have some insight in here as your posts have popped up alot when i was searching the forum for past posts about nerve issues.

                  I do spend a fair amount of time sitting as a student currently, i will try to more attentively think about posture as if nothing else this may be enhancing any other problems that exist.

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                  • #10
                    I had similar symptoms to yours and was diagnosed with "Cubital Tunnel Syndrome." Basically, it is like Carpal Tunnel syndrome except that it is in the elbow instead of the wrist. Turns out, I was resting on my elbows all the time and it was affecting the nerve that crosses the elbow.

                    Once I was aware of the problem, I made a concerted effort to avid resting on my elbows. By difference.
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