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    Old 09-28-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
    Debra8305
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    Numbness in arms & hands

    For over a year now I have been having problems with my arms & hands. It's very difficult to sleep at night due to my arms & hands going numb & causing pain, especially my right arm & hand. There are times during the day that both hands become numb but arms not affected. I have extreme weakness in hands & find it difficult to lift anything over a couple of pounds or to even staple 2 sheets of paper together. I have had adjustments done & it did relieve some of the symptoms in my left arm & hand but my right arm & hand seem to have gotten worse over the past year. I just went for an MRI on my neck today & below is the report...Can you possibly tell me what it says 7 what type of treatment I should expect to relieve my pain??


    History: Neck pain, radicular pain.
    MRI of the cervical spine:
    Technique: Axial and sagittal images to the cervical spine were
    performed in T1-weighted images, T2-weighted images, and STIR weighted
    images.

    No acute fracture is noted. The vertebral body heights are maintained.
    Disc space heights are maintained. Disc bulging noted at the level of
    C4-C5 with uncovertebral osteophytes and mild right neural foraminal
    narrowing at this level. No significant central canal stenosis. Disc
    bulging noted at the level of C5-C6. No significant central canal
    stenosis or foraminal narrowing.
    At C6-C7, there is no focal disc herniation or significant central
    canal stenosis or foraminal narrowing.
    At C7-T1, there is no focal disc herniation or significant central
    canal stenosis or foraminal narrowing.
    Paraspinal soft tissues are unremarkable.
    There is no cord compression. No abnormal signal noted in the cervical
    cord or upper thoracic cord. Cervicomedullary junction is normal. No
    bone marrow edema is identified.

    Impression: Mild spondylitic changes. No cord compression. No evidence
    for significant central canal stenosis.

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    Old 09-29-2009, 07:05 PM   #2
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    Re: Numbness in arms & hands

    I don't think your neck is the problem. You have one area that is a problem but it is mild. there is a bone spur mildly pressing on the nerve that leaves the spine at C4-5. that might cause some pain in your right shoulder and arm but not hand. Even the disk bulge they see isn't touching anything.

    But you do have classic symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. CTS is another nerve entrapment syndrome where the nerves to the hand get trapped in the wrist. It causes all the symptoms you listed. You are text book. Why hasn't anyone tested you for this??????

    See a rheumatologist to be tested and treated or I'd even suggest seeing a hand surgeon for testing and possible surgery. There are treatments but you may be past that and need to go right to surgery. It's day surgery, not too painful, and will relieve your symptoms immediately. Leave it too long and it may become permanent.

    Check out the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome board here at the Healthboards.

    good luck..............Jenny(have had both hands done)

     
    Old 09-30-2009, 08:42 AM   #3
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    Re: Numbness in arms & hands

    I have the same problem but I also have tingling.

    I was also told possible Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but the thing is C4-5 does not really gone that far however Carpal Tunnel only really affects from the wrist down and 99% of the time it affects the Median nerve.

    If all your hands are numb and arms then its probably a trapped nerve. I would suggest you have an EMG test and I was also given a brain MRI as MS can present itself with similar symptoms.

    If you haven't gone then go see a Neurologist and see what they say.

    Hope

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