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Carpal Tunnel problem? Ulnar? Something else?

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Old 03-13-2013, 09:51 PM   #1
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Carpal Tunnel problem? Ulnar? Something else?

Hi -

I'm new to this message board and would like to hear from others with similar problem in the hopes that I am heading in the right direction. I'm in my late 30's and have no other health problems or injuries.

About 6 months ago, I begin having a fierce burning sensation in both of my palms. It felt truly and painfully *hot* -- touching cold things, ice packs, etc... really helped. It lasted for a week or two and then was gone.

Around that time I found that my fingertips were really lacking in sensation. But it's subtle... I can feel solid objects, but I can't feel hair or thread or cloth or texture or still water... anything that bends. I feel a little crazy when I try to explain. It also takes a few seconds for me to figure out whether something is hot or cold. It is constant and affects both hands and all fingers.

I went to the neurologist who didn't really do much except a very quick NCS and EMG. He said that the velocity was a little slow and suggestive of Carpal tunnel in one hand. I'm not sure that's right because I don't do any repetitive actions, it came on all at one time and I didn't have a pins and needles feeling. I wore wrist braces and took vitamin B-6 and after two months of no change, decided that was enough.

More recently, I have had some pins and needles sensation at night, but only in my pinky and ring finger. I have woken up a handful of times to find that I had total numbness and couldn't move those fingers until I shook them. I also wonder, though I'm not sure about it, whether I might have some minor atrophy in my hand. I do have a little trouble with things like peeling an onion or buttoning a button or other fidgety little things, but I'm not sure if that's a sensory issue or a motor one.

Does this sound like an Ulnar nerve problem? Carpal tunnel? Some other nerve compression problem? Something in the spine?

In one sense, it's not that big of a deal -- it doesn't hurt and the loss of function is not huge. But... it is a bit depressing to me to be unable to feel my children's skin or the texture of cloth or to pet the dog and actually feel her fur. So if I want to dig for an answer, who should I see about this? My GP has tested for B-12 deficiency twice. I get the feeling that whichever specialist I head to, I'll get their take on it... a rheumatologist will think it's some kind of systemic autoimmune issue or a neurologist will think it's spine related and an orthopedist will look for bone spurs or an endocrinologist will think it's a neuropathy from thyroid or diabetes or something. Anyway, what to do?

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Old 03-25-2013, 01:16 PM   #2
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Re: Carpal Tunnel problem? Ulnar? Something else?

It does sound a little bit like CTS. I started with that when I was 39. I also started with the most basic beginnings of menopause at that time. While it took me until now to be in menopause, looking back I think it was all connected. Of course they tell you that once you're pregnant, you're chances of getting CTS are higher. (I forgot to look...I hope that you're female). Anyway, wear wrist splints at night, eat a high fiber diet as well as lots of fresh pineapple (not canned). Try to stay off the internet or at least take breaks often. Walk for both exercise and circulation. See if any of this helps. You could also have some ulnar tunnel. My first symptom was pain on the back of the hand. Eventually it would go up my arm until I was losing sensation. I would have panic attacks while driving because the more I couldn't feel the steering wheel, the tighter I would hold it. Pinching and grabbing motions are bad for CTS patients. Also I had undiagnosed high blood pressure. Years later I have my bp under control and try to follow my own advice. Hope this helps.

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