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    Old 01-17-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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    Arm Nerve pain

    I've been having issue with my arm for 6 months now, tingling, numbness, burning in my forharm, hand and up to my shoulder. I also have a stiff neck. It all started with pain in my hand,thumb and wrist while using the mouse (I am a computer IT analyst) and slowly started to affect the whole arm, shoulder and neck.
    I have had an ultrasound to check for tendonitis, Nerve studies to check for Carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel and they didn't find anything. I had an MRI of my neck and it's normal apart from some cysts adjacent the nerve roots.
    One doctor wants me to see an orthopedic surgeon to have them checked and another thinks they are asymptomatic and aren't the cause of my problem.
    I cannot find anything specific on these cysts for the cervical area. Any advice ??

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    Re: Arm Nerve pain

    If they are a Tarlov cyst, for decades they were thought not to be a cause of pain, and many doctors still believe that to be the case. Since you have ruled out the more common things that cause the symptoms you describe, it is probably time to consult with a spine specialist. This could be either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon who specialize in the neck and back.
    (Not sure how it is done in Australia!)

    The spine surgeon could tell you what type of cysts they are. Tarlov cysts are mainly found in the sacral area, but can form in the cervical area.

    A Tarlov cyst forms on the outer covering of the nerve. Cerebral spinal fluid somehow gets trapped inside the outer covering, which is caused the sheath, and forms a little fluid-filled sac. This fluid can put pressure on the nerve inside the sheath and on the adjacent nerve roots and causes a great deal of pain. This can develop anywhere along the spine where there are nerve roots. They cause problems because the cyst and the nerve become one and therefore cannot be cut out. So they are difficult to treat.

    There may be other types of cysts as well. This, and synovial cysts, are the types I am familiar with. Since you have no other answers, I would get the cysts checked out.

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