Hand numbness and pain

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   Posted 12/27/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I haven't posted much lately due to being so busy during the holidays, but mainly because my hands are bothering me a lot.
I'm not sure if this is carpal tunnel syndrome or from the WETHTI (WhatEver The Heck This Is) syndrome, but it's getting worse. (I haven't been diagnosed with MS yet.)
I've had what I've suspected to be carpal tunnel syndrome for several years, though the tests only show mild to moderate problems and the results are usually atypical for CTS. 
In September, my symptoms got dramatically worse, especially in my left hand.  Now, I'm having the same problem in both hands.  My hands go numb and are very stiff and very painful.  (I didn't know you could have numbness and pain at the same time, but it can be done!) The numbness stays for sometimes hours at a time, will go away for a short while, but then comes right back.  This makes it difficult to do anything with my hands at all, especially typing.  I wear a wrist brace at night on my left hand, which helps a bit, but not much.
Also, my middle finger on my right hand feels like there is a band around the base of it and it is very stiff as well. 
The thing is, with CTS, usually only the thumb and fingers to half of the ring finger are affected, but this affects all fingers and my hand as well. 
I have an EMG scheduled for next week.  Do you think that will show if this is CST or something else?  Has anyone had problems like these?

Lisa ~
Living in Limboland!
Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 12/27/2006 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shasi,

My hands swell up and become very painful, sometimes they will tingle for hours. Sometimes it is so hard just to hold something or get dressed. This has become worse over the course of time for me. I get severe pain in my hands, feet and legs. My thigh areas are numb and I get that burning pain that hardley goes away. I am having the top half tested on Jan 8th, soe=me nerve test, I had the bottom half done on Dec 11th and have to wait for results for all before Doc will see me to go over results.

Hang in there and keep us posted.

Dx 08/02/06 MS

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   Posted 12/27/2006 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It does sound a lot like carpal tunnel, especially since it seems to affect both hands. The EMG should show if there is peripheral neuropathy -- pain and/or problems with the peripheral nerves, the nerves specifially in the hands, wrists, and arms....or if there is something else going on (central nervous system problems). I hope you find some answers, and then can get proper treatment!
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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