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    Old 12-06-2015, 02:47 AM   #1
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    Possible Ulnar Nerve compression

    Back in 2007 I started waking in the middle of the night. My left arm felt like a turnicate was above my elbow, my elbow itself hurt and radiated down to my wrist. My pinky and ring finger would go numb and painful and curl towards my palm during what i call my "attack".There was a burning pain between my shoulder blades. I would go into a cold sweat and my chest would hurt. I looked pale and felt sore and extremely tired after. This went on for years. The docs thought I was having a heart attack or stroke. I went to a heart doc he said my heart was fine. He suggested pulminologist and he said everything was fine and he suggested gastrointerologist. He said I had a hiatle hernia and gerd. Well after years of this I started to do my own research and to me, most my symptoms point to the ulnar nerve and the other symptoms anxiety attack? I went to a new doc last week and she finally listened to me, agreed, and did some initial exams. She taped both my arms and my left is significantly smaller then the right. I couldn't bend my left wrist to match my right with tops of my hands touching downward. My strength was significantly lower in my left arm. She started me on Gabapentin (lowest dose of 100 MG and every 3 days I add another pill). She has order a cervical xray, a EMG. She tried to order a MRI but my insurance has denied that for now. I wake up in such pain that I rock myself back and forth and rub my arm until it subsides sometimes 20 min or so later. This happens 2-4 times a night. Lately every night. And the pain in between my shoulder blades is always there now. I have tried keeping my elbow straight while I sleep. It doesn't seem to work. Even with it straight it still starts an attack. I've tried the laying on my back, hands to the sides and that doesn't work either. Here it is 4 am and I'm sitting out in my living room recliner affraid to sleep. Hopefully I will have these tests soon and figure this out. Any ideas if I'm on the right path or any suggestions?

     
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    Old 12-31-2015, 07:48 AM   #2
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    Re: Possible Ulnar Nerve compression

    Well I guess I'll comment and update on my own since no one had any ideas. After mri, EMG they have found I have carple tunnel syndrome. And a pinched nerve in my neck. I am now on Neurotin 300mg 3x a day and prednisone and wear a wrist splint at night and when I worked during the day. I actually slept 7 hours last night un interrupted and woke with no pain. It baffles me that this was my answer after so many years but I am enjoying the relief. I pray it continues.

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    Re: Possible Ulnar Nerve compression

    Are you on a short-term dosage of prednisone? It is a fabulous drug but has terrible consequences if used long-term.

    Do you know the cause of the nerve compression in the cervical spine? You might want to consult with a spine specialist if you haven't done so already. This may be more of a spine issue than a carpal tunnel problem.

     
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