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Bilateral hand pain that won't go away!

ATX FerretAATX Ferret Posts: 3
edited 12/01/2015 - 3:43 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I post this in the Back and Neck surgery area because, logically, the neck is where the problem should be. However, I still have major pain in both hands, including random inability to hold any weight at all in my left hand, after -

Right Ulnar Nerve Transposition on 12/06/13
Left Ulnar Nerve Transposition on 07/26/14
Anterior Cervical Fusion C3-C4 on 07/21/15

The pain generally starts on the Ulnar (pinky) side of the hand, then radiates inward; unless I'm trying to grip something, at which point it starts in the meaty part of the palm, which also indicates Ulnar.

I know it's possible to have entrapment of the Ulnar after surgery, but that seems highly unlikely considering it's bilateral, and there has been very little change to the pain after, and between, all three procedures. Which brings us back to the neck, which now X-Rays as totally clean.

So, that's where I am. I'm literally open to any suggestions on where to go from here. Doctors have no clue, and are talking about a spinal stimulator to nerf the pain, but I'm not sure I'm okay with just telling an unknown nerve problem to shut up.

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  • I'll put this as a reply since I just noticed the edit on my post, saying I should provide this info.

    Hand pain has pretty much always been there. I couldn't write very well in first grade due to having a hard time gripping a pen/pencil.

    No accident or trauma.

    No others in my family with these conditions.

    I've seen a pain doctor, neurologist, hand doctor, and orthopedist for my hands.

    Started with primary care, then pain doctor, then orthopedist with neurologist thrown in there at the others' request. I can still see any of them, but none of them seem to know where to go from here.

    Physical therapy and massage therapy have so far not been helpful. Injections in the neck were helpful only briefly. Nerve conduction, X-Ray, and MRIs all show my neck to be clear. Gabapentin 600mg/3 times a day doesn't really touch the pain.
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