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hand pain from botched cervical epidural

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in New Member Introductions
6 years ago I had a cervical epidural to relieve neck pain. When I awoke from surgery I could not move my left arm and had excruciating burning and tingling in my left hand. The MRI showed that the doctor had punctured my spinal cord. The result: my left bicep is almost non existent, I cannot turn my hand so that it is palm-up, and I have constant burning, numbness, coldness and tingling in my left hand.I have excruciating pain is in my middle fingertip. I tried narcotics for a while and found no relief.I have been on Lyrica (150mg 3 times a day)for 3years. I wear a stretch glove on my hand and use an electric heat mitt to help with the burning.Is there anyone out there with a similar problem? My doctors say my case is a one in a million occurence after an epidural.


  • That sounds like a mess. I am wondering has anyone suggested a Spinal Cord Stimulator? For some they do what nothing else can do and block the pain signals from reaching the brain.

    I have no idea as to if one would work for you. What all has been tried in the past?

    So sorry to hear of your experience. That sounds awful to have to deal with.
  • I have had only 2 cervical epidurals and after reading your post that will be the last 2 I have. That is just horrible and I am so sorry that happen to you. I hope you can find something that will help, other than the Lyrica I can't think of any drug.

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. good luck as you seek pain relief! :D Jenny :)
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