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Old 10-31-2007, 12:55 PM   #1
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lost hand strength

About 2 years ago both of my elbows started hurting and the strength in my hands was nearly totally gone. The doctor did xrays and found nothing, also drew blood and was tested for arthritis and was told that I had lupus and told to come back for another blood test for lupus. The second test showed negative for lupus. Doctor put me on a round of steroids and after that the pain was gone but the strength is not back to normal. Any ideas

 
Old 10-31-2007, 08:13 PM   #2
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Re: lost hand strength

2Years is a long time to wait for a dx... Go back to your doc, Ask for a referral to see a Neuro. He will order a MRI scan. He will check the nervous system. You obviously have inflammation around your nerves. That's whats causing the weakness. Do you have pins & needles feeling, numbness ???
Any other symptoms. What did your doctor say after yr Lupas results came back negative?
Glad you feel better after steroids... I've had them before too..

 
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:52 AM   #3
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Re: lost hand strength

Thanks glamourgirl for your reply. My dr gave me some pills for arthritis that he said that I tested negative for so I stopped taking them. Maybe I should have continued with them, it's possible that it could have been for inflamation, I suppose.

 
Old 11-01-2007, 06:00 AM   #4
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Re: lost hand strength

Thanks glamourgirl for your reply. My dr gave me some pills for arthritis that he said that I tested negative for so I stopped taking them. Maybe I should have continued with them, it's possible that it could have been for inflamation, I suppose. And yes I do have a tingling at the top of my back feels like the first right around the first vertebrae. At night my hands go to sleep and sometimes when I am getting ready for work my middle and ring finger to to sleep if I keep my hand elevated for too long which I really dont feel like is a long time.

 
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Re: lost hand strength

given your symptoms and the lack of any real findings with other tests,i am rather suprised that your doc didnt just do what GG recommended,get that MRI.honestly,this would be the usual next step with your particular types of symptoms.an MRI done on your c spine would possibly reveal a nerve affectation of some degree.this could be anything from a herniated disc,to stenosis or bone spurs that are just a few of the many possiblitys for your particular symptoms.this really should be done,with a contrast agent also used to highlight certain areas that do not show up really well upon plain MRI.'something' is indeed causing your ongoing symptoms,it just needs to be tracked back to the source.an MRI would really be the best next step for you in finding that source.i would have a chat with your doc about having this done before anything else.it IS the best way at this point in time to really take that more in depth look down to the cord and nerve level.depending on what does or does not actually show on that MRI would kind of dictate what your next steps should be.but getting it done in your case,is really a must.trust me when i say this,that you have no real clue just what is really going on inside of your own body or what may have been 'given' or passed onto you congenitally til you take a good hard look at any area.i have had a few,and my son a few little 'suprises" pop up as incidental findings on MRIs and ultrasounds.kinda freaky.just get that done and see what comes from it.good luck with this and please keep us posted as to how things go,K? FB
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:05 AM   #6
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Re: lost hand strength

Thank you, feel bad, and I think I'll take your advise. Might be a while before I can get in but I'll let you know what I find out. I really appreaciate your input.

 
Old 11-01-2007, 01:58 PM   #7
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Re: lost hand strength

hey,no problem jen,just seriously push your doc for that MRI.i really DO feel this is badly needed given your ongoing symptoms.this is definitely what i would be doing if this were me.it will give you alot of info an possibly rule in or out alot of different possibilities.by all means,keep us posted hon.good luck, FB
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:43 PM   #8
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I'm glad your going to take the advice here. I'm no doctor but numbness that doesn't go awat, seriously needs to be checked out.
Dont wanna scare you, but 7 years ago, i had a numb foot 24 hrs, 3 days later i was in hospital numb from the toes till way up to my torso.. MRI picked up stuff i wont discuss till you get your results. Dont wanna freak you out. Just like feelbad said there's lots and lots of different stuff they can dx.. A neurogolist would be the best place to start if your GP wont help you. Good luck.

 
Old 11-02-2007, 05:55 AM   #9
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I'm glad your going to take the advice here. I'm no doctor but numbness that doesn't go awat, seriously needs to be checked out.
Dont wanna scare you, but 7 years ago, i had a numb foot 24 hrs, 3 days later i was in hospital numb from the toes till way up to my torso.. MRI picked up stuff i wont discuss till you get your results. Dont wanna freak you out. Just like feelbad said there's lots and lots of different stuff they can dx.. A neurogolist would be the best place to start if your GP wont help you. Good luck.

 
Old 11-02-2007, 06:08 AM   #10
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Re: lost hand strength

Thank you too, glamour girl and I really appreciate both you and feelbad's replies. I hope both of you are ok now from all your "bad luck". Won't be able to get to the dr until after the first of next year. Take care!

 
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Re: lost hand strength

when you say you can't 'get to the Dr' is this a new one like a specialist or your primary in general?thats an awfully long time to have to wait.if you are referring to some level of specialist,you CAN obtain that MRI before then by getting the referral for it thru just your primary doc.mine refers me all the time just to stay on top of my many different medical issues.having one later today as a matter of fact to check out what in gods name i did to my freaking shoulder.the MRI referral should not be any sort of actual problem for your primary to get rolling for you.at least you could get some sort of an idea whats up now vs having to wait til after the 1rst of the year.just a suggestion for you.good luck jen, FB
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:36 AM   #12
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Re: lost hand strength

It's me and my insurance. I was told by a friend that an MRI is around $1500. I have a $2500.00 deductible and feel like if this is something requiring surgery or whatever it would be nice to start the year off meeting that deductible rather than pay that in the last two months of the year and then turn around and pay it again at the 1st of the next year.I probably should get there sooner but the finances just arent there for that kind of pay out. Hope your MRI shows a minor problem and can be taken care of easily and quickly. Good Luck, jen

 
Old 11-02-2007, 03:26 PM   #13
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Re: lost hand strength

HI girls..
The health system there makes me feel so bad for you guys.. We're lucky here to have Medicare. we hardly pay a thing.
If you symptoms get worse. Go straight to yr ER. Surely they wont turn you away. AT least there they will run all the necessary tests you need. You may have to exaggerate your pain to get through but it will be worth it just to get treated sooner.
Feelbad.... Hope yr scans come back with good results. I've read your posts around the board. You seem like a wise lady. Good luck with you too.

 
Old 11-03-2007, 06:24 AM   #14
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Re: lost hand strength

Maybe I should move to Austrialia, always wanted to see your part of the world anyway.

 
Old 01-08-2008, 09:39 AM   #15
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Re: lost hand strength

Just wanted to let you know that I have seen a dr and have started some tests. Dr called today and said that my anti-inflamitory conditions are off and need to go back to rule out some things like lupus. Also had some xrays done to see if there are any pinched nerves in my neck but don't know the results of that yet so hopefully when I go back on the 18th maybe I'll know something more then.

 
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