Back in mid Dec. I was sent to a workers comp dr to have an EMG test for carpal tunnel. That test came back negative. I was told I should see a neurologist. On Jan 6, 2010 I went to see a neurologist and he did an EMG test of his own since I had symptoms of carpal tunnel. His test also was negative for nerve damage. He noticed that my right hand, which is the wrist that has been having unbearable pain in it, was ice cold. My left was warm. He then told me that I had Reflex Sympathic Dystrophy. He referred me to a pain care dr to have sympathic ganglion nerve block injections. So I went. I had 5 injections into my neck. These injections only lasted for 1 1/2 days. After the 5th injection my pain care dr referred me to a hand surgeon. Since the one that he referred couldn't get me in til mid March I requested another hand surgeon. This dr wanted me to have a MRI done of my right hand and wrist. When I went back in to see him he said that the report showed a worn and frayed triangular legament. He suggested to have an injection into that legament to help with the pain. I had the injection, which is suppose to last for 4 weeks. I went back to work 4 days after the injection and after 5 hrs the pain was back. I called the dr and he decided to refer me to another hand surgeon, which is the one that I was referred to to begin with. My first appt with this dr was on March 18, 2010. He showed me on the MRI where the triangular legament is and said that my ulna bone is longer than my radius bone and this could be causing the wearing of the legament. He discuss having a surgery of shortening the ulna bone. He set up another appt to come back after he took some more time to think about the surgery. That appt was April 1, 2010. In this appt he wanted to have an x-ray of the left hand and wrist to see if my ulna bone was longer in that arm too. It showed that it is. Now, he said that the pain in my right wrist shows signs of carpal tunnel and the other pain in the side of the wrist pointed toward that legament. I explained to him that I've had 2 EMG tests and both came back negative for carpal tunnel. He said that I could have carpal tunnel but test negative for it. He suggested to have an injection of cortizon and see how that does. After 5hrs my fingers are painful and stiff. This morning it's the same, just hurts more.
If anyone has carpal tunnel but was tested negative on an EMG test, please answer back to this post. I'm so confused and don't know what to tell my employer.