Im a 27 year old female that has been experiencing numbess in my hands. It's mostly in my pinky to my middle finger reaching down to the palm of my hand. One hand my be worse than the other. Once I used my right hand for along time (days) the same symptoms will appear in the other hand. (the symtoms never go away in either hand one just may get worse than the other) I've experienced numbness from my shoulder to my wrist in both arms. I cant open jars, soda bottles, etc. I cant throw a ball and hardly lift anything. I cant pinch to pick up something with my thumb and pointer finger. At this present time, the fingers on my left hand are curved over to close postion. I cant open them straight out. Sometimes my fingers will become stiff and will stay in postion to where i cant moved them. Ive been testing for almost a year now and nothing has showed up. Several emg's mri's of the back and neck and pints and pints of blood it seems like. It's becoming frustrating. I have 3 kids and activity is very limited with them. I get tired quick. Is the familiar to anyone, what can i do?
One thought is that it could be an ulnar nerve problem or something going with the cervical spine like severe disc disease pushing on a root. It seems odd that all of your testing has come back normal despite the ongoing symptoms. Usually if there is a serious neurological process going on, the MRI spine, neurological exam or EMG should have picked up something. It's hard to say exactly what this could be as I have not personally examined you. But one possibility is a mitochondrial disorder. Mitochondria are the power cells of the body and if they are dysfunctional, you can become weak and all the tests are normal. And of course there are other are neuromuscular disorders that could be possible. One thing you could consider is a second opinion at a major academic or clinical center where they can get a fresh look at you and perhaps perform some other diagnostic testing at a well-equipped facility.
Hi I'm a 27 year old Mom also with similar symtoms. My left arm feels weak especially my pinky finger and my ring finger my right arm feels the same but not as bad. My left leg somtimes feels a little weak. My pinky finger on my left hand curls in at an odd angle. I'm sheduled to go to the DR's for some tests next week. Just like you I am an extremely busy Mom. I know how hard it is to be constantly worried about whats going on in my body and at the same time trying to take care of my little ones needs. I'm hoping beyond hope that all that is wrong with me is that I'm overworked and have to do alot of lifting. Maybe a pinched nerve in my neck. Possibly the Ulnar nerve in my elbow. Anyway if you feel like you need to talk to someone who understands pls write back.
I have the exact same symptoms, especially with the weakness and tingling in the hands and fingers. Fine motor activities, jars, buttons, etc. are difficult. I thought that I had a pinched nerve or slipped disc because I was in an MVA accident this past Jan. Unfortunately, I was wrong, and my diagnosis is MS. I hope this isn't true for you but I would strongly recommend having a detailed MRI to pinpoint your specific problem. I have small children too so I know exactly how you feel.
Good luck and all the best! Take care.
I have trouble with my hands and arms going numb, as well. During the night while I am sleeping, my shoulders and hands go numb if my pillow touches my upper shoulders or a certain place around the upper part of my neck. Sometimes, the numbness stays all day. I have carpal tunnel symptoms (cannot open jars, have lost fine motor skills with my index finger and thumb, etc.) as well. The pain in my hands varies from day to day. Some days the pain in my hands is excrutiating.
A week ago, I took 250 mcg. of Vitamin B12 shortly before I went to bed. Within 15 minutes, the pain in my hands began to subside. My subjective interpretation of the level of pain was that it decreased from a 9 to a 3, on a scale of 0-10, with a 10 being the highest level. That night, I had the best night's rest I have had in a while. The numbness in my arms and hands was nowhere near as bad as it had been previously. I have continued taking B12, sometimes twice a day. I take a multivitamin in the morning, along with the B12, since B12 works better with Folic Acid and B6. I have not seen my doctor, yet, but plan to find out what is causing this B12 deficiency. Characteristic signs (remember, you don't have to have ALL the symptoms) of B12 deficiency include fatigue, weakness, nausea, constipation, flatulence, loss of appetite, and weight loss. A deficiency can lead to neurological changes such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, as well as difficulty in maintaining balance, depression, confusion, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue. Vitamin B12 is involved in the production of the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves. Nerve damage can occur if left untreated. Long-term deficiency of B12 can cause permanent paralysis. Vitamin B12 is cheap and has a very low potential for toxicity. It should be very easy for you to find out if it helps you. You can ask your doctor to be tested for a B12 deficiency. Best of luck!
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