Pain from neck to fingers. Do I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

by Tammy

I woke up out of my sleep in severe pain in my arm from my neck down to my fingers my pinky and ring fingers are numb like they fell asleep but most of my throbbing pain is in the muscle in my arm right below my elbow I had to go to the er they took xrays but found nothing they gave me Vicodin and I finally got some sleep and took the day off.

I was in pain on and off and taking the pain killer every 4 hours my pain was back and even worst than before,I work on computers all day 9 hours a day 5 days a week,the dr in the er said it might be a pinched nerve but never said anything about tendinitis or carpal tunnel he gave me a specialist number and said I should follow up if I was still in pain.

I started looking online and came across this which sound just like what I'm experiencing my question is do you think my symptoms sound like carpal tunnel or tendonitis?

Any information on this would be helpful.I'm still in so much pain I can't sleep at night.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Tammy.

Doesn't sound like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to me. CTS is pretty finger/hand/wrist/forearm specific.

Is it Tendonitis? It could be the result of a Tendonitis -dyanamic-, muscles and connective tissue being TOO TIGHT for too long, plus some chronic
Process of Inflammation.

Then you sleep funny one night, your body works to hard while you're sleeping, you your nervous system kicks in an acute defensive response which drastically amps up your currently existing Pain Causing Dynamic.

The first thing I would have you do is read this page: Magnesium for Tendonitis

Lack of magnesium keeps the body from being able to get out of the spasm mechanism that you're in.

It doesn't really matter what you call it. What you are dealing with is inflammation, TOO TIGHT muscles, nutritional deficiency, and a freaked out nervous system.

Reverse those factors to reduce your pain dynamic.

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Nov 13, 2013
i think i may have carpal tunnel
by: J&D

I have all the symptoms above but one it doesn't say or i'v missed but when i press a part of my elbow on the side its the most horrible pain i'v ever had it makes me feel sick is this to a symptom of it.



Joshua Comments:

Hi J&D.

If you have all the Carpal Tunnel Symptoms then it's a pretty safe bet that you could describe yourself as having CTS.

If you also have a really painful spot up in the forearm, that doesn't mean that you don't therefor have CTS.

Part of carpal tunnel is involvement of the entire forearm structure(s). So pain near the elbow is no surprise. That's just how the Pain Causing Dynamic works.

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