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I need to see a doctor but I know that is what I have. I went kayaking two days ago' date=' then played guitar a bit when I got home. Utter agony up my left fore arm which is a prime sign based upon what I can tell.[/quote']

 

I had the same thing a few years back, was sure it was Carpal Tunnel, saw my doctor. Turns out it wasn't, I had a sort of golfers elbow (I hadn't golfed in years btw) agonizing pain down the left arm from the bicep and elbow to the thumb and first finger. A cortisone shot in the elbow, and I've been fine for years !! My advice, talk to a doctor. Hopefully this helps.

 

- Jay

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They thought I had MS, and now they are clueless except to say I have "something". Of course another series of expensive tests will solve it. thwap.gif I've lost some motoring skills (chord forming is sometimes challenging) and I suffer from short term memory loss. The first six months of this year I was taking lessons at a music shop no more than 10 minutes from the house. About three months into lessons I started not remembering a thing from the lessons that had just taken place. Needless to say that the second half of the lessons was money down the drain.

 

I just keep at it and take whatever I can get from my hands and mind. Some days it's a pain in the a--. However, other days it doesn't even bother me.

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Cortisone, eh? I recall my dad getting cortisone shots for bursitis. If I recall correctly there is an upper limit as to how many of these you can get. But you are right, I shouldn't jump to conclusions. Maybe it is arthritis instead! I certainly hope it is neither and I hope that isn't the case for you, CB.

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Cortisone' date=' eh? I recall my dad getting cortisone shots for bursitis. If I recall correctly there is an upper limit as to how many of these you can get. But you are right, I shouldn't jump to conclusions. Maybe it is arthritis instead! I certainly hope it is neither and I hope that isn't the case for you, CB.[/quote']

 

I had all the same symptoms as CT, pins and needles, sharp pains, numbness etc... My doctor said the actual test for CT is more of a form of torture than diagnosis. He also said some doctors would just assume it's CT and suggest surgery, rather than put their patients through the test to verify you really do have have CT. So it is very often misdiagnosed.

 

The test to absolutely prove you have CT involves placing needles into the nerves in the upper arm and hands and sending electrical currents through the nerves. By timing how long it takes the current to travel from the shoulder to hand they can determine which nerves are affected. No thanks, not for me, it sounds like it was developed by the Nazi's in WWII.

 

It was suggested that I have the cortisone first before any other more painful procedures were done. And sure enough, it fixed the problem for me. From what I remember, I had golfers elbow which is very similar to tennis elbow, they are both forms of tendonitis. I think the difference is one is the tendon on the inside of the arm and the other is the tendon on the outside. I was told that without the cortisone to help the healing process, odds are it wouldn't heal on it's own.

 

Talk to a doctor before you get all worried about surgery, trust me I've been there, I had myself convinced I needed surgery. I am not a doctor, although I have attended some amateur gynecology seminars ... ahhh...

 

...but that's a story for another day. ](*,)

 

- Jay

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You'd have to tie me down for surgery!

 

A few years ago my right knee was bothering me. My doctor sent me to a specialist who looked at the X rays provided by my doctor and said, "Well, it looks like cartilage damage. We would need to look at it with an arthroscope. Since 99% of the time there is damage we may as well schedule surgery. Otherwise you can wait and just let it get worse. So what do you want to do? Don't leave me hanging!"

 

I said I would have to think about it, thanked him, and never talked to him again. And this guy was supposedly not "knife happy"!

 

My knee still occasionally bothers me but 12 years later I am doing fine with it. So nyet to surgery as a first option!

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After surgery on both my wrists i'm CTS free, thank god.

The first diagnose in 1998 was CTS in both wrists and i got surgery on my right wrist in 1999.

No complaints for years, even on my left wrist, but in 2006 i got CTS again.

Got surgery in april 2007 on my left wrist and have no pains anymore.

 

Peter

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I need to see a doctor but I know that is what I have. I went kayaking two days ago' date=' then played guitar a bit when I got home. Utter agony up my left fore arm which is a prime sign based upon what I can tell.[/quote']

 

For what it's worth. I don't think you could develop Carpal from 2 days kayaking unless the symptoms were there before. Sounds like you may have strained a muscle or a nerve. As others have said. Take it to a Doctor.

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I need to see a doctor but I know that is what I have. I went kayaking two days ago' date=' then played guitar a bit when I got home. Utter agony up my left fore arm which is a prime sign based upon what I can tell.[/quote']

 

Pain up the forearm is not a symtom of carpal tunnel. Numbness and/or pain in the ring and middle finger and ouside edge of the hand, dropping things, etc. are symptoms. I had it years and years ago from computer work and intricate leather tooling/carving. Had to eventually have surgery on both hands consecutively. It was about 4 months per hand before I was pain free and had full function return.

 

It sounds like you may have some muscle issues from the kayaking but always get checked out to be sure. What you are describing definitely is not a symtom of CTS though.

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David' date='

 

 

Sorry about the "condition". You are right about the cortisone...It can cause heat attacks as you get older.

It is, I believe, a steroide.[/quote']

 

Sorry to jump in and say this as an ex bodybuilder, Steroids dont cause heart attacks. Steroid abusers will in the end have heart attcks and steroids can lead to an enlarged heart if abused for long enough and cause it weaken. I myself used steroids sensibly for around 10 months to gain extra muscle and had lots of blood tests and scans to make sure all was ok.

Very similar to alchoal, you abuse your liver go's crap. You abuse steroids your heart gets weak in the end. (And liver with some meds)

 

Not having a go just like to inform people that the media has given steroids a very bad rap to say if you touch you will die. It can be used safely for a long time with no ill effects. Thats why men and women recieve HRT treatment for years. Mens HRT is generally an injectable drug called Sustanon 250 and this is one of the best bodybuilding drugs also, i know the amount will be a lot different but sensibly it is very safe.

 

Hope your arm gets better soon mate,

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I've suspected arthritis or CT for a while now. I am pretty sure it is not a temporary thing brought about by paddling, especially since my arm was hurting the next day and even today I am feeling numbness in my fingers.

 

If you look up the symptoms of CT, pain in the forearm is one of them.

 

As has been said by others I will need to see a doctor. However that will have to wait a couple of weeks as I will be going out of town.

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