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I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction.

I am an English major who likes to play a lot of video games. I write for the school newspaper and copy edit for it, too. Needless to say, when I started having nerve pain in my left hand, my doctor looked to my computer use and referred me to an orthopedic specialist. By the time I got appointments there and a clearance for an EMG, the pain was in my right hand as well. This made no sense to me, though, since I was not left-hand dominant, but I figured they were right. All of the symptoms - tingling, numbness and nerve pain - fit.

My EMG was clean, and both hands had healthy nerves. The nerves were tested in my hands, my wrist, and my elbows in both hands, and everything was completely normal. When I was jogging, the numbness would sometimes happen in my left foot, by this point, too. I was referred to an orthopedic neurologist.

My x-ray was clean, but my MRI showed a [I]slight[/I] protrusion of discs C4-5 and possibly 6. It restricted my spinal fluid, but the pain was more severe than it should have been considering. I had never had a back or neck injury.

Sometimes, it hurts to walk and I limp between classes. The pain situates itself the worst in my big toe, and my hands hurt everywhere. It's hard to go jogging, and it gets difficult to type. The pain is not localized usually, and it's too sporadic to get used to. Neurontin has helped my hands a little, but the pain's not gone and my feet are as bad as ever. Tramadol helped for a short time, but it came back. The epidural to my spine didn't do a thing except blow some absences against my maximum allowed.

Any thoughts or advice on how to proceed? As bad as my foot hurts sometimes, I don't know how I'll make it to all the things I need to do. I can also not write for pleasure anymore, video games are out, and I can no longer play guitar pain-free. This isn't sustainable, and since it's been an issue since June and I still lack a diagnosis, I'm at my wit's end.
Annikin, is the pain constant, or come and go? Is it worse in the evenings and night? Are there any triggers that you can identify?
Actually, no. It's kind of bizarre. If I hurt during the day, more often than not it gets progressively worse as the day goes on, but on other occasions I'll wake up with it in my feet (and occasionally my hands) already.

It gets worse if I use them, but if they start to hurt during the day, taking it easy doesn't help it get better.

I don't quite know how to describe it.
Most people get worse in the evenings/night so I was curious. Course use will make it worse. Lately I get these really sharp pains that just last 30 seconds or so, but man they take your breath away. If those pains ever stay, I'm in deep trouble. Even morphine would not help much I don't think.
hi,
I have had very similar symptoms to yours. I have had a bulging C5-6 disc since Dec. There was some nerve impingement on the left nerve root. Nothing helped.
2 weeks ago, I developed rigidity on walking, a falling sensation, and numbness/tingling in my hands/feet. This has been an everyday thing. I've seen several doctors and had a 2nd MRI, which showed the disc is still bulging and some narrowing in cervical spine.
Now the dr I saw yesterday (a neuro) tells me she doesn't think these new symptoms are related to the neck at all. She took blood to rule out a number of deficiencies/conditions, but she did say I have mild neuropathy in hands/feet.
I hope we both get some answers...
julie





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