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Old 06-17-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Numbness in left hand and slight swelling...

I'm already on 300 mg for nerve pain in my feet. I am experiencing numbness and tingling starting in my ring finger and thumb of my left hand and it progresses up to my elbow if I raise my hand above my heart. Also some swelling in fingers. Could this be something other than pinched nerve. Since I'm already on neurontin I'd think that would take care of the nerve issue..... Any ideas?

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Old 06-25-2009, 07:43 PM   #2
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Re: Numbness in left hand and slight swelling...

Hi 2tiredmom...

Your story sounds a lot like mine but I'm not on any meds. I haven't seen a doctor yet, but I'm making an appointment tomorrow AM. It's to the point where I sleep sitting up with my hands down at my sides--which lasts abt 2 hrs before it wakes me up. I think it's time to see the doc. I've got a little bit of swelling-but mostly it's the pins/needles/numbness thing. To the point where right now my left hand--my entire index and pinky finger-most of my middle finger and the tip of my ring finger are numb all the time? Have you had that problem yet--or can you still shake them out? I can shake out most of my right hand but it seems like it's starting to follow the left. How about your feet--are they going numb? Mine was left hand,then right-then out of hte blue my right foot fell asleep-during the day--just normal in a chair feet on the floor sitting. The left foot started abt 3 days later. BTW--typing is really tough but MUCH better than writing on paper. It kills to hold a pencil.
I couldn't believe it when I ready our post--that I actually found someone who knew what I was going through. I just hope someone out there can help. My friend is a cardiac care/open heart surgery nurse--he told me it's probably cardiac/circulatory in nature b/c it accellerates when my hands/arms are held at or above my heart. Even tho we have MS in our family, he said the "above the heart" thing (and it spreads like a wave down my arms) suggests its not neuro.

If there's anyone out there who has been thru this or can shed some light on what may be going on--please share. Thanks in advance for your help.

1spicymeatball (I'm a tired mom too!!)

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Old 06-25-2009, 08:01 PM   #3
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Re: Numbness in left hand and slight swelling...

2 tiredmom--I had a few people immediately suggest Carpel Tunnel...which is not corect -at least in my case. I don't do any type of repetetive work, and also because of the "above the heart" thing CT wouldn't apply. He--my nurse friend-- also said that while first symptoms of Carpel Tunnel are also numbness/pins/needles, it is thumb, first and middle finger that are affected. Was wondering if any "wannabe doctors" out there "diagnosed" you with Carpel Tunnel too... 1spicymeatball.

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