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It was probably thought that your arm pain was all from your neck but now that your neck is fixed, they are finding out that you actually had carpal tunnel at the same time. It's really hard to figure out which problem is causing what. I had surgery on both shoulders and found that the pain went down some but didn't go away. The rest of the pain was from my neck. With that fixed, all the pain was gone. But I do still have some carpal tunnel problems but they aren't bad enough for more surgery(operated on once for carpal tunnel).

The neck didn't cause carpal had it all along. Just no one could distinguish it from the pain that your neck was causing.
hi jenny,
why i am worried is that i did not have numbness or tingling in my arms or hands before the ACDF surgery. I had just pain in both arms to the bicep levels in each, and my hands felt a bit achey at times and seemed to be cold at times.. The numbness on my left has been there since right after the surgery, i kept on being told this is due to post op swelling and is completely normal, AND if i squeeze my left arm at any point,, it hurts terribly, the entire left arm hurts a ton if you squeeze it. My right hand numbness started 3 months post op, it started as a small area at the thumb, now the whole hand, gets numb, and it hurts to turn my forearm badly... That is on BOTH sides too that it hurts to turn my forearm, hurt to open a door, roll down a window, and just holding anything in the hands now hurts. The other thing is my wrists dont actually hurt, my hands, fingers and forearms do..

My post op MRI of the ACDF surgery looked "normal" my family doc said but I am afraid that this numbness and pain radiating down the left arm is coming from my back the c5, c6 nerve i had worked on, because like i said the whole left arm is painful, from my bicep/armpit down. I still have terrible neck pain and upper back pain, and when they did the acdf surgery my left side was worse than the right. I just want to make sure that the surgery to correct this is done at the correct point in my body. My other thought is this, do you have pain all the way up the arm to the bicep and shoulder with carpal tunnel? I remember i had carpal tunnel 17 years ago when i was pregnant with my daughter, and after i delivered i went right away. I remember at that time that the numbness was just at my hand and wrist. I have an appointment with my neurosergeon tommorow and am making a list of questions for him. For now I am wearing splints on both hands/arms, and i do get some relief with wearing them. When i take them off to shower or to dress, i am in a ton of pain/crying. It is a big difference when i dont have them on, althogh my right fingers went slightly numb even with wearing the splint.. How reliable are the EMGs? I am wondering if i should ask my neurosergeon to do an ultrasound of my arms to make sure where the damage to nerve/nerves is. Is the pain relief from the carpal tunnel surgey immediate? thanks,,,, Estella

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