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Monday, June 22, 2009 GeoMen, Community Member, asks

Q: Have numbness tingling sensation. Hand feels swollen finger tips they are to burst

Have numbness on right side of left hand to thumb and pointed finger.  All fingers have a tingling sensation.  Hand feels swollen and finger tips feal like they are going to burst at the tips with prolong use of the hand.  Recently I started feeling same numbness sensation from elbow down to the wrist on left arm.  Started to feel some tingling and swelling of all  fingers on the right hand.  I had Cervical Laminectomy on C4 to C6 in 2000 which brought 24/7 pain. Can these symptoms be part of the cervical surgery?

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
6/26/09 7:03am

I can't say whether the symptoms you describe are directly related to the surgery, but they could be related to a pinched nerve in your cervical spine.  You really should see your doctor to find out for sure what is causing the numbness and tingling.

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Stevie, Community Member
12/ 7/09 3:05pm

I have had the same exact symptoms for over 5 years now and went thru the nerve conduction testing and was told I had compression in both elbows , the neck and hands.  I went to a Ortho and he convinced me to start at the hands and work my way up, so I had the carpal tunnel release and now after a year my symptoms in that hand are worse.  I have a very painful neck and MRI showed osteophytes as well as loss of disc height.  I know a lot of the symptoms I am having in my hands and arms are probably from the neck but I  can tell it is coming from the ulnar also.  The feeling like your hands have been injected with novicaine and going to burst is the most irritating to me plus I can't hold a phone to my ear but maybe a few seconds and it gets worse.  I even have a feeling of loss of sensation in my arm pit area. My thoughts on this is once a compression occurs higher up as in the neck, then it makes it easier for compressions to happen along the route as in the elbow and the hand. I have not wanted surgery on my neck what so ever as that is a little scary and it seems if you had that done and got worse then surgery isn't the answer. I think maybe some form of tissue manipulation , deep rolfing or massage to break up scarring. I wish you the best, ran a crossed this and know what your going thru, others can't and some times I feel like people think I am making it all up.

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By GeoMen, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/02/13, First Published: 06/22/09