I had cervical laminectomy on C4 and have had constant pain since then. My right hand is numb and my fingers tingle, and if I use my hand for too long it feels like my fingers will burst. Recently I started feeling the same type of pain in my left arm. Could this have been caused by surgery?
It is possible that the surgery caused a nerve compression that could be causing your pain. Unfortunately, some people who have back surgery find that it increases pain in other areas.
I'd recommend that you see your doctor to find out for sure what is causing the pain and tingling. In the meantime, very gentle exercise (like gentle yoga) has shown promise in helping people recover from chronic pain.
These articles on how to do more while living with chronic pain may also be useful.
How to do more with less pain part 1
How to do more with less pain part 2
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.