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help with diagnosis

help with diagnosis

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Posted by Lisa on September 02, 2000 at 03:09:07:

I have had little luck with doctors and would greatly appreciate the knowledge of people with similiar symptoms. Please tell me what you think.

I'm 33 and have a chronic stiff sore neck. My hands tingle (especially when directed upward when holding a telephone or sleeping with arms bent upward toward my head). Occasionally my toes tingle or feel numb. My neck and hands have been this way for about 5 years. My hands have progressed to being very stiff in the morning (arthritic feeling) and ache all day, often radiating up my arms. I often "crack" my neck and wrists for relief. It doesn't work.

About 5 1/2 years ago, I was rear ended. It seemed very low impact. My neck hurt for about one day, stopped, then about 4 months later, I woke up with a sore, stiff neck that has never left. Both of my hands simultaneously began tingling sometime after the accident. I don't know if there is any relationship.

I recently had a nerve conduction test on my wrists, elbow, and neck. The doctor said everything was normal. I have been pretty much disregarded since then. I am trying to convince my medical insurer to allow me to have a MRI. Can anyone tell me what this sounds like? What kind of doctor should I see? Why are the tests coming back normal? I would really appreciate some insight. Thank you.


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