Originally Posted by azoremom
Hi, I am new on this site, but I have a history of cervical problems and some lumbar problems. I have several things in the cervical column including a congenital fusion of C-5, C-6, some stenosis, some disc degeneration, severe soliosis (most of curve being near to cervical area). I had a recent CT scan that showed 7 "haves" and since it is in a different language I cannot interpret it completely. Neurologist wishes I would wear my soft cervical collar when doing more of my housework, but surgeon says no not too much - build strong ox muscles. I had an appointment with the neuro surgeon who comes to our island and he said that I need to live a happy life and try to deal with the numbness and weakness and things that are going on in my hands. Surgery is not recommended at this time because I could end up "like Superman was". His words. Anyway, I am not interested in surgery, but more answers. He speaks English pretty well, but I felt he was telling me I need to deal with it and go to terapy and yes, that is life, but a couple more answers would be good. I have recently started having shooting pains in wrists when I wring out the dishcloth. It would also stay there for certain other types of movements and a couple hours later be gone. I am not a baby with pain, but these REALLY hurt when they come. My same wrist gets a shooting pain when sweeping, vacuuming, trying to use a hand trowel the other day to plant flowers. This pain is on the top of the wrist right close to that bone on the end. Just a shooting sharp pain. Sometimes when sitting still but mostly when doing certain things and never consistently. Sometimes I can vacuum with no pain. The other wrist gets pain at the base of the thumb (therapist suggested de Quervain's (sp?) disease. Well, that is not consistent either. My question after all this, "Is this probably just nerve related to the cervical problems in my neck?" The way it comes and goes makes me think that. The big problem comes in that it comes on me when I never know including the weakness in the arms. I have been playing the piano publicly and had to get a replacement up to take my place. My pride made me very embarrassed since I know I need to live with it, but I don't want to have to stop completely "in case". Does anyone else have these symptoms and if it is nerve related, I will just live with it. Didn't know if I need to check something else. My hands also swell when I am sitting for too long in services or at special functions. Is swelling also associated with this stuff? My hands when this happens are at my side on the arm rests.
Swelling and tenderness of ankle extensor muscles happens often too. That and weakness in legs and pinching pain in the lower back and extremely sore buttocks and hips on the side. Hurts like I am bruised if touched with some pressure. CT scan will hopefully show what causes all this.
Thank you for any feedback.
I have Sensoral Axonal Pheriphial Neuropathy.
I also seperately (not related to my PN) have deQuervain's Tendinitis in both wrists.
From your description of how you feel I'd say you have deQuervain's Tendinitis.
Here's a URL about it.
Sadly I let mine go so long that I was just in misery.
I used to work at a computer 8 or 10 hours a day.
My wrists would get sore and I told myself "part of the job"
When I'd go home I'd crochet as an excercise to bend my wrists a diff way than I used them at my desk job.
Then I retired.
At first the wrist got on fire was when I gardened.. then when I did housework involving my wrists. I took to wearing elastic wrist supports just to carry in groceries.. But after so long it just gets so your wrists are just on fire so much of the time and so weak.. I finally saw a wrist specialists.
He said it was deQuervain's Tendinitis.
He said there is surgery and there is therapy.
I choose therapy. No you don't have to have surgery for it.
There is therapy that simply involves wearing a removable cast to keep your thumb pushed away from your hand for 6 weeks.
I did it and It works.
Sure when you wear the cast you'll feel the "pull" as your tendon stretchs and it does hurt but it's healing..really it is.
The therapist told me that many people have surgery for it but it always comes back anyway..so just do the therapy.
When my wrists feel a bit bad now I simply wear a Thumb brace overnight and the wrists are all good again by morning.