Fibro/Hand pain and tingling

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Tracy Boesse
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   Posted 8/18/2010 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
HI all I linger around and read posts.....hope you are all doing well today!
I have a rhem dr that I love he is so into whatever I want to try we work great together my issue is that I have a problem with my hands started over 3 years ago tingling if I use them for more than 2 mins at any one task.  They often go numb.  I have had carpal tunnel sx in my right hand.  Now my issues are increasing.....I have tendonitis in both my thumbs and the hand issues are getting more painful!!  HAs anyone ever had this issue with fibro?  I am wondering if I have fibro and something else just with my hands.  The heat is awful on my fb and I often feel dehydrated.  Urgh fibro sucks alot of the time!  rolleyes I am 33 on cymbalta for 3 months now(not helping) went thru a miriad of ssri's to no avail.....I have tried tylenol...advil....naproxin.....tramadol....meloxicam and flexeril(works but nocks me out).  I am seriously frustrated and tired of my hand pain and numbness episodes.  ANyone have advice??????????  Love ya all!

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   Posted 8/19/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tracy and glad to see you posting. I also have numbness in fingers and in feet. Have you ever had any ex-rays on your neck and back. Alot of times numbness can be a sign of spine problems. If not you might want to check that out. Hope you find some answers soon.
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   Posted 8/19/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Shirley. Numbness and tingling are not a fibro thing. Look for a pinched nerve. A pain clinic can do a nerve conduction or order an MRI to locate the pinch. It can be wrist, elbow, shoulder, but often lower neck if you have arm involvement.

I had to stop using my right hand on the computer mouse because I was getting carpal tunnel. Takes a bit of getting used to, but the pain relief is worth it!

I take tramadol for fibro pain, but don't take that on top of Cymbalta. The combo can cause serotonin syndrome.

I also have a tiny hot tub I squeezed into the back half of my walk-in closet space... Walled off the closet and opened it up to the bathroom of course. Twice a day I sit in it and do stretches. It makes a huge difference. You might even be able to deduct expense if you can get a Rx.

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   Posted 8/19/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Tracy. I have had numbness and tingling in my hands since I was in my 20's and I am 64 now. I have had all the tests and in the late 70's had surgery. I don't think they even do this surgery anymore for called thoracic outlet syndrome. I had a rib removed. It seemed to help at first but not any longer. What works for me is massage on the shoulders and lots of gentle stretching. I even stretch my hands.

I would definitely have all the usual tests done to make sure it's not something else but maybe you could try massage and stretching to see if this gives you any relief.
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   Posted 8/19/2010 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tracey and welcome. Are you doing any repetious type activities? I am asking because when I was cleaning horse stalls every day my hands did the same thing. My chiro finally told me to wear a hand brace ONLY when I was cleaning stalls. The horses are now outside all the time with a big run in shed, no stall mucking.
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   Posted 8/19/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have had this problem and still do occasionally.  Whenever I would try to write checks, my fingers would go numb and I'd have to put my hand down to my side and shake it.  I had all the symptoms of carpal tunnel, too.
I managed for several years and then it got worse and my right thumb got really bad.  The joint at the base of the thumb at the wrist got a lump on it and it was warm.  I thought I was gettng arthritis.  I had great difficulty lifting things and my hands were very weak.  I couldn't open jars, either.
I continued taking ibuprofen with food and it started getting better and now I don't have a lot of problems with my hands.  My fingers do lock and pop when I open my hand from a closed fist but I do take the over the counter stuff and it keeps the pain at bay.
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   Posted 8/19/2010 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you've been experiencing this pain Tracy. It might be time to ask your doctor for a referral to see if carpal tunnel is the problem. If it is, it's a relatively easy "fix" but does require a fair amount of time for healing. You'd want to check into all other treatment possibilities first, to be on the safe side.

I've been experiencing severe pain in my fingers over the past month...I've never had that before, and I think it's reaction to a med I'm on (Cesamet) and the increase in dosage we put into effect. It's been just over a week with no relief yet, so I might have to stop the drug and try something else, or just tough it out. The Cesamet is helping so much where it should...I would hate to have to stop taking it.

I hope you're able to get answers and solutions so you're feeling 100% again Tracy. Hang in there and feel free to vent!

DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Fundoplication Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)

Meds: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vit. D and Multi-vitamin

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   Posted 8/19/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tracy. I sometimes get the hand numbness/tingling but mine isn't carpal tunnel related but rather comes from my shoulder. I have sloppy shoulder joints especially the left one that can cause impingement on the nerves when they are out of alignment. Also I have been having increasing pain in my right hand in the joints and across the back of it. I asked my chiropractor about it and he adjusted my hand and wrist once and after a week the pain was pretty much gone. I feel kind of stupid that I didn't ask him about it 6 months ago. I probably won't have had to suffer that much. If it is bothering you that much I encourage you to pursue a diagnosis and course of treatment. Good luck, Lisa
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