I have been having some symptoms that dont seem to add up.
- I have been getting numbness and tingling in my hands and fingers, especially my pinky and ring fingers.
- I have been getting extremely intense pain in my arms, from the top of my deltoid to about the middle of my forearms.
-i have restricted mobility of my hands, I cannot squeeze hard or I get an electric jolt in the hand. It is also difficult to raise my arms.
-these symptoms are in BOTH arms, not just one. They are fairly equal in pain, and the pain usually fires up to its worst when i use the arms, ir quickly grab a rail when I trip, or evengrab my dofs collar.
*most importantly yeah, my neurologist dr said carpal tunnel, but it doesnt really make sense with some of the other symptoms im having. Specifically, my ring and pinky being numb and tingling constantly (my understanding is carpal tunnel is numbness in thumb, pointer, and middle finfers), as well as intense pain on the outside of my forearm (i believe carpal tunnel should only cause pain on the inside of forearm, where for me, it as not as intense on the inner forearm)i So, i have been to 3 drs,all of them have said different things. But i have had 4 ruptured discs in my lumbar spine for 5 years, and sciatica, and this arm pain trumps that back pain, no question.
** last thing, sorry for the novel, i had an mri and the ER doc said he didnt see anything, but that he thinks its thoracic outlet, but mri was only cervical so we dont know for sure. I had the test with needles in the nerves and electric pulses sent through them, my neutologist didnt say much about the results, other than severe carpal tunnel in the right hand and moderate in the left.
** i told my neurologist my mom has 4 autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, and that she has fibromyalgia. His response was the statistical probability was 1-20 have carpal tunnel and 1-2300 have rheumatoid arthritis, so its more likely its carpal tunnel. He never once looked at or touched my hands or arms.
Im 26, male, weigh 215lbs and am 6ft tall. I have had chronic migraines since 1st grade. Also, my sciatica seems to be a little worse since these symptoms started.
Medications i currently take are gabapentin for the sciatica and migraines, adderall, zomig (zomitriptan) as needed for migraine.
Any help would be amazing, I am a loan and investment officer for a credit union, i type all day but cannot type much withoutbreaks, i am just desperate for anything to help, and I DO NOTwant to follow my neurologists recommendation of surgery for carpal unless I know for sure that is the problem. Thanks!