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Arm & Hand Tingleing/Numbness

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,900
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
Does anybody know, or have experienced bouts of their arm and or hand tingleing ( like when it falls asleep )and numbness? It is happening more and more frequently now, so I am wondering if it is something I should let my doctor know about. I also would love to know if anyone know what this could be?

Thanks!

Tara
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  • Tara,

    Symtoms like you are talking about is what started my recent trips to doctors and will result in my Sept 17th surgery.

    For about the last year and 1/2 I would wake up at night because my hands and arms would get numb. Different then when they fall asleep. I talked to my regular doctor and she just told me they were "tired" because I work on a computer. This past March I developed numbness and pain in all my fingers and thumbs that NEVER goes away. Doctor suddenly took more interest and sent me to a neurologist. He got hung up on Carpel Tunnel (which can have these symtoms) and tested me for it. Turns out I do have carpel tunnel in my right hand and borderline in my left but that was not what was causing the problem. After a month of wearing the splints the neurologist recommended and getting NO lessening of pain, he finally sent me for an MRI and the rest is history. 3 herniated cervical discs, spinal cord compression, crushed nerves etc etc. I got 3 opinions from two neurosurgeons and one ortho and everyone is in agreement that surgery is a must unless I want lasting and worse damage so............surgery is scheduled. My suggestion to you is depending on what else is going on get an EMG (test for carpel tunnel) and an MRI, test for cervical disc issues.
    Good luck
    LJ

    Upcoming surgery to fuse discs. C3/4 large right lateral disc/osteophyte complex etc contribution to focal contour defect of the spinal cord. C5/6 disc/osteophyte complex effaces the ventral aspects of the subarachnoil space and mildly indents the ventral aspect of the spinal cord. C6/C7 disc/osteophyte complex indents upon the ventral aspects of the subarachnoil space. Responsible for mild degree of spinal canal stenosis.
    C7/T1 no evidence of disc protrusion or extruision Woo Hoo (gotta be at least one good disc in there)30 years worth of back pain and issues with disc damage (can't remember which discs for sure since its been a long time since I had an MRI of my back. NS says deal with cervical discs first.
  • Thank you for the info!I was kinda thinking that this meant something was going on in my back, but was hopeing I could be wrong.

    TaraW :''(
  • You may just need a bone adjustment, I had this before also, every morning. Could also be something to do with your blood being too thick or too much cholestorl, may want to have to checked just to be safe. But more than likely it is something in your neck causing the problem. Once I got an adjustment the symptoms went away.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,714
    The tingling you are describing sounds like it is nerve and disc in origin. There is a difference between the discomfort resulting from Carpal Tunnel or Tennis elbows.
    Our spine is divided into three major sections (there is a fouth but hardly discussed)

    Cervical C1-C8 (Head,Neck,Wrist,Hand)
    Thoracic T1-T12 (Chest and Abdominal Muscles)
    Lumbar L1-S5 (Leg Muscles)
    Sacral S1-S5 (Bowel,Bladder and Sexual functions)

    Problems/Discomfort/Numbness can normally be identified to the disc causing the problem.

    Its sounds like you may had a cervical disc that is pressing on a nerve causing that numbness and tingling. Doctors can pinpoint the Disc by knowing which finger(s) are numb.
    If your doctor believes there could be a disc involved then
    they might suggest going in for diagnostic testing.
    (Which could be MRIs, EMGs, etc)
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Tara,
    There are a lot of things that could be causing your symptoms - best to see a spine specialist to get and accurate diagnosis.

    Here is the collection of articles on Spine-health - hope it helps:
    http://www.spine-health.com/information/arm-pain

    Kind regards,
    Stephanie
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