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Weakness in both hands

bravesbbraves Posts: 1
edited 11/30/2015 - 5:57 PM in Chronic Pain
This issue dates back roughly 14 months. I woke up one morning with both hands basically useless. Had no strength to even button my shirt. Went to the Dr a couple of days later. Xray showed nothing. Went to a neurologist a couple of weeks later. By this point, most of my strength had returned. The neuro didn't want to do a lot of tests he said since he said generally improving symptoms were not a great comcern. He did do some strength tests and reflex tests and seemed to think that was fine. Well, 14 months later and things still don't feel right. Still feels like there is mild weakness there and very mild discomfort in hands, especially when doing fine things like texting. Also, some activities can leave my arms very fatigued, but majority of that goes away with rest. No neck pain at all. Any thoughts?

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  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    edited 12/01/2015 - 4:20 PM
    Several years ago I was told to "just ignore your left arm"...... apparently it was going to be just fine. The physical therapist and I have different definitions of "just fine". My arm is not usually painful but my hand is always numb and weak. I cannot feel what I am touching. I can pet a dog but have no idea what kind of fur I am caressing. My left hand no longer opens jars, door knobs or acts as a back up for my right hand when I am engrossed in my art work. The problem is a disk in my cervical spine that herniated. It's a tricky spot for surgery and since I still have full use of my right arm..... but I had been ambidextrous. Both hands fumble when I need fine motor function. putting on earrings, using buttons, even snapping the leash on a dog.

    And physical therapists and doctors are right- no single thing is a "big deal" but there are now many "single things" and there are times I feel helpless. My suggestion would be to keep using hand exercises. Squeeze balls and work on grip. I'm not sure what is considered "diagnostic loss of use" but if you are accustomed to having a good grip and you lose it, you know it!

    I had another physical therapist (I just quit PT after her. I had had enough!) who told me I needed to be grateful I could walk! Of course she was only looking at that part of my records for the part of my body she was assigned. She had absolutely no right to attempt to inflict guilt! I fight daily for every bit of movement I have! Keep fighting!

    I have no diagnosis only the words to motivate you to do whatever you can to maintain what you have!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
  • nicholennichole Posts: 14
    edited 12/06/2015 - 10:07 AM
    Maybe a trip back to the doctor is needed. Have you ruled out carpal tunnel? Pinched nerves? If you have the ability to go to the doctor, I suggest going back and telling them you want to find the problem
    Crack, pop, oww, grunt,pop...I'm ok :)
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