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Posted By : motogirl - 5/19/2017 1:47 PM
Hi, I was diagnosed with ulnar neuropathy 6 months ago after about a year of numbness and loss of function in my right hand. I am 22 years old (21 at the time of diagnosis) and the surgeon suggested conservative treatment as my nerve conduction test came back normal. I also had blood work and tested negative for the RA factor.

Now I am experiencing the same thing on the left side, along with occasional pain in my ribs and chest. I started wearing an brace on my left, which has relieved some numbness.

I should add, the ulnar neuropathy on my right has worsen. I came in with minor claw deformity and atrophy of the ring and pinky, but it has now progressed to my middle finger. The right thumb had untreated trigger finger from birth, so I have always had pain in the carpal nerve due to the deformity.

Hope that wasn't too confusing, but I have been reading about peripheral neuropathy and am wondering if anyone here was diagnosed with the disease and started seeing systems in the upper body first.

Posted By : straydog - 5/19/2017 3:29 PM
Hi motogirl & welcome to Healing Well. Has any of your drs determined what has caused this? There are many different ways a person can get PN. Other than an EMG is that the only testing that has been done? What kind of dr is overseeing your care now? What medications has the dr tried you on to help with the nerve pain? Sorry for the questions. Since PN affects the CNS it can move to other parts of the body.

I cannot say for sure if we have had anyone come here with PN as you are describing, usually what we see are folks that have had an injury which caused it.

Take care.
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Posted By : motogirl - 5/20/2017 10:40 AM

The dr. figured it was just a repetitive injury of the ulnar nerve since I weight lift and train for endurance sports. She gave me 15mg of Meloxicam to take when needed, and I usually take it only when I can't open my hand. I haven't seen a dr. for the new symptoms because I have to change insurances, but I am planning on making an appointment in June as soon as I graduate from college. She had wanted me to come in again, but being 6 hours away makes it hard to see the doctor regularly, and the lack of monitoring may be why things seem to be picking up speed.

I continue to lift and train, but adjusted a bit for the neuropathy. Now that it seems like it is getting worse, I am wearing my elbow brace more regularly and bought another one to wear on the newly symptomatic left arm. I figured out it is worse staying still for too long or at night, so I have been moving and stretching more since it seems to help.

I'm not sure it is PN, so I signed into here after reading some posts to get insight from people who have been down this road. I started taking a B12 supplement and bought a vegan multivitamin after reading the posts. I am lactose intolerant and don't eat animal products about 90% of the time, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to start that. As far as I know, I don't have a family history of autoimmune diseases. I had some big stressors the last few weeks, and the new symptoms followed that. It makes me think it is all in my head, but most of the stress has been resolved and the symptoms are still there.

Posted By : straydog - 5/20/2017 11:22 AM
Ok, now I understand the picture a little better. You started with ulnar nerve pain but no dx for PN. The specialist recommended conservative care & rightfully so. I am sure the weight lifting is most likely the culprit even with the modifications you have made. The inflammation stay aggravated, sometimes worse than other. Continue with the stretching & moving.

Since Meloxicam is an NSAID keep in mind there are OTC NSAIDS available too. Just as a precaution if you ever get any stomach issues from taking an NSAID get something like OTC prilosec or any of those in that group.

Perhaps once you get finished with school if you feel you need further medical care you can get in with the dr.

Take care.
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