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New to forum, numb hand

ozzylevenoozzyleven Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all, I've been poking around this forum for a little bit trying to find some answers/support. Six weeks ago I was in a car accident. Basically, a couple days afterwards I had onset of numbness/tingling in my right arm hand. It sort of runs down through the shoulder and into the thumb. I have function of my hand, but it feels weak and I try not to use it because if I pick up anything too heavy I irritate it a lot. So far, its pretty much been referred to as severe whiplash. I've been doing PT three times a week and while its helping release some of the neck tension/spasms the numbness is completely the same.

My MRI showed a herniated disc at C5/6 with no significant signs of impingement, C4/5 to a lesser degree. I had an EMG today and while I haven't seen the final report, the neurologist (who didn't impress me with her people skills) seemed like she was in a total rush, caused my hand to bleed profusely for about an hour (hit a vein I guess) and scooted me out the door saying it looked normal. The whole test took 10 minutes. I guess I thought it was supposed to be a little more involved than three needle pricks.

I'm getting really upset because I feel like my doctor isn't helping. She keeps saying its just muscle tension and prescriber muscle relaxers, but they don't touch the pain and turn me into a zombie that still has a numb hand. She seems to think that the herniated disc is completely unrelated. Is it time to look for a new doctor? How long can muscle tension cause numbness? What other options do I have?


  • I have the same symptoms as you. My nerve is pinched off the the disc. That is what is causing the shoulder, arm, thumb tingling and numbness and radiating pain down your arm as well as weakness. Go get another opinion and be very proactive in your own care!
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