Nerve Pain in Hands/Feet
I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction.
I am an English major who likes to play a lot of video games. I write for the school newspaper and copy edit for it, too. Needless to say, when I started having nerve pain in my left hand, my doctor looked to my computer use and referred me to an orthopedic specialist. By the time I got appointments there and a clearance for an EMG, the pain was in my right hand as well. This made no sense to me, though, since I was not left-hand dominant, but I figured they were right. All of the symptoms - tingling, numbness and nerve pain - fit.
My EMG was clean, and both hands had healthy nerves. The nerves were tested in my hands, my wrist, and my elbows in both hands, and everything was completely normal. When I was jogging, the numbness would sometimes happen in my left foot, by this point, too. I was referred to an orthopedic neurologist.
My x-ray was clean, but my MRI showed a slight protrusion of discs C4-5 and possibly 6. It restricted my spinal fluid, but the pain was more severe than it should have been considering. I had never had a back or neck injury.
Sometimes, it hurts to walk and I limp between classes. The pain situates itself the worst in my big toe, and my hands hurt everywhere. It's hard to go jogging, and it gets difficult to type. The pain is not localized usually, and it's too sporadic to get used to. Neurontin has helped my hands a little, but the pain's not gone and my feet are as bad as ever. Tramadol helped for a short time, but it came back. The epidural to my spine didn't do a thing except blow some absences against my maximum allowed.
Any thoughts or advice on how to proceed? As bad as my foot hurts sometimes, I don't know how I'll make it to all the things I need to do. I can also not write for pleasure anymore, video games are out, and I can no longer play guitar pain-free. This isn't sustainable, and since it's been an issue since June and I still lack a diagnosis, I'm at my wit's end.