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moriah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:34 AM
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Burning pain/tingling in arms ..
Years ago when I was doing transcription, I had these pains and was told I had moderate ulnar nerve entrapment, likely cubital tunnel, and needed to sleep with my arms straight. They did have me wear splints to prevent bending at the elbow at night. They stopped.

However, I'm starting to get these pains again -- and they aren't just running down the outside of my arm and down into my pinkies and ring finger now, but I'm also having pain into both palms and my left thumb.

I know it's doctor time, and I'm going to go even if I grumble and gripe about it, but anyone recently have treatment for RSI/nerve entrapment/stupid typists injuries? Are they doing anything new and cool in the field to treat them?

I picked up a pack of methyl salyicate patches and have put them over the cubital tunnel in the elbow, and around both of my wrists, for tonight.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:03 AM
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1. If you were here, I could conduct a musculoskeletal branching exam for hand and wrist
and diagnose you from that. But without it, I'd just say what you already know: you have a repetitive stress injury, possibly carpal tunnel syndrome. I'd prescribe some meds for the pain, and refer you to an orthopedist.
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:46 AM
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4. Oh cool, Aristus. Are you a doctor?
I didn't know. That's awesome.

:hug:
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:38 AM
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2. Acupuncture.
Best thing in the world for an RSI. Saved me From surgery.
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:44 AM
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3. I agree
I used it for arthritis in hands. I no longer feel aches in my finger joints.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:58 AM
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6. Wow, great. I should add ...
That not all acupuncturists are equally skilled. I'd find somebody that trained in China or Korea for a long time. My guy is a traditional Chinese doctor all the way, with herbs and deer heads on the wall. It's not unlike going to a witch doctor- heh- but it works. :)
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LeftyFingerPop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:51 AM
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5. Although this certainly sounds like an RSI type of injury...
do not overlook the possibility that the pain could possibly be originating from your neck...your cervical spine.

In my case. I have stenosis in the foramen (sp?) at C6 and C7. The foramen are canals at the side of each vertebrae that major nerves pass through.

Because of disc degeneration I have developed bone spurs in the foramen, causing an entrapment of a major nerve.

The result is a crippling pain that runs down my left bicep, forearm, wrist, hand, and into my middle finger.

I'm just presenting this as a possibility...sometimes the pain is not originating from where you might expect.

I have been offered surgery if I quit smoking for 6 months. My first course of action will be to try acupuncture. If that does not help, I will try a cortisone shot into the spine.

In any case, I really wish you the best of luck...the type of pain that you have can be horrid.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:17 AM
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7. I am going to lock this and encourage you to see your primary care physician.
DU members are not qualified to give you medical advice. Please see your doctor and good luck.

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