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Old 09-01-2003, 07:46 AM   #1
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Ok, this is wild. I had a nerve conduction test on both hands and both came back negative. There were slight differences (about 60 average score on right hand, and 70 in the left hand -- the right hand is where I have the most problem). The doctor said that there was no evidence of nerve entrapment. I've got all the symptoms -- coolness, numbness, stabbing pinprick in both hands, fingers go to sleep when holding the phone, and so forth. So...technically it's not carpal tunnel, but it has all the symptoms. Only thing I can think of is that it's in my neck, which has been tight forever. Now I'm doing the trigger-point theraphy up there and it seems to be helping, but I still feel like I'm shooting in the dark. Anyone else experience anything similar?
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Old 09-15-2003, 10:10 PM   #2
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You should check out Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Otherwise known as TOS. I have bilateral TOS plus bilateral Carpal Tunnel. It is not nice, but can cause many of the symptoms you mention. Plus, there is a connection between the two ailments, and the compression by TOS can result in CTS later, as I found out. There are different versions of TOS, which can affect nerves or blood vessles or both. It can also have different causes, such as an extra rib or small space in the thoracic outlet. You definetly want to try therapy, posture, headsets on all phones, exact pillow height, correct height of computer mouse & keyboard, limit any activities with hands forward or up, limit lifting, etc. since the surgery is removal of the extra rib if you have one, and/or removal of your first rib, and cutting loose some of the muscles attached to this rib which help hold your head up.

Old 10-14-2003, 07:48 AM   #3
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I've had four nerve tests and all 4 came back negative, I've had 3 surgeries on my left had twice for carpal tunnel and the last time for the ulnar nerve. All three times my nerves where pinched. My hand specialist can't figure out why my nerve studies come back normal. I have gotten little relief from the hand surgeries, I still have the pain, numbness, coldness, and tingling in my forearm. My dr. has put me on 4 different kinds of medication from steroids to anti-inflammatories and I am now taking Elavil, with little improvement. My dr. said if this doesn't "correct" itself...?????.... that my only other option is to undergo another surgery this time on the cubital tunnel in my elbow... I had all the tests done on my neck and there was nothing there, so don't give up..keep trying..even if it means getting a new dr. Good Luck.....

Old 10-17-2003, 03:08 PM   #4
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I had almost the exact same thing happen to me. I had horrible symptoms, but my nerve conduction tests were negative. I can tell you what worked best for me. Get the book "It's not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome". It helped me out more than anything. I suffered to the point of disability for 10 months. After going to 2 neurologists, several General Practice Physicians, Chiropractors, several physical, occupational, and hand therapists, and a psychologist, I was desperate. The book has about 25 stretches, excercises, and nerve glides that really helped out. It also goes over ergonomics, and a ton of other factors that help manage this terrible disease. Through this book, and the Grace of God my hand problems are under control and I have my life back. Note Ė I donít doubt that the kinds of doctors can help out a lot, and a person having problems ought to go see them, but I found that the ones I went to just werenít informed. After I was well on my to managing my problem through use of the book, I finally found a hand therapist that had the same approach as the book. He helped solidify what the book was already doing which was good. Good luck to you.

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