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06-23-2010, 05:16 PM
Hi! I am having this weird problem w/ my hand and i cannot find a darn thing online that describes it. Am wondering if I post here maybe someone will recognise it...

My pointer, middle, and ring finger on my left hand (which happens to be my dominant hand and my "mouse" hand) are slightly numb at the tips and feel stiff, the fingers keep getting these weird cramps that feel kind of like a back spasm mixed with a charlie horse. top of my hand at the base of my middle finger also hurts and it's sort of radiating up my arm. it is coming and going- the numbness and stiffness is constant but the cramps are every few minutes or so.

What the heck?! seriously?!?! it started last night at random.

it's not carpal tunnel according to the symtoms i've found, it's no an ullnar nerve problem which is common for constant mouse usage because that's your pinky and ring finger and is usually just numbness. i'm at a loss and dead end for every google/webmd search.


06-23-2010, 06:31 PM
it sounds like arthritis? obviously, go check with your doctor.

06-23-2010, 06:42 PM
oh yes i'm going. i couldn't take it anymore, so much pain! i hope it's not arthritis, but was wondering that myself. only other stuff i can find is on nerve problems, but i couldn't find anything that would just effect that part of my hand. weird.

06-23-2010, 08:19 PM
do you neck and shoulders hurt? most carpal tunnel syndromes don't cure the problem cause it's not carpal tunnel it's a problem stemming from the neck...both my chiro and massage therapist said the very same thing at ttwo different times..

06-23-2010, 10:45 PM
Said a prayer for you handshake...wink

06-24-2010, 12:15 AM
no neck pains really- lots of back problems, and the big boobs pulling my bra's shoulder straps into my flesh probably doesn't help. i do have a weird grinding popping thing that happens with my neck..

doctor says it's carpal tunnel- but only because he wasn't sure what else it could be. it's odd that my thumb isn't affected. it's arm brace for 2 weeks then check in with my regular doctor.
for now typing and mousing are ... a challenge. :(

thanks for the feedback- and hugs! :)

06-26-2010, 07:04 PM
I've had it for years and at first the doc diagnosed it as carpal tunnel, then bursitis and tendonitis before finally doing a MRI to find out it is arthritis. I find that the longer I am on the computer the worse it is. What works for me...limiting my computer time, weights (yes at first it hurts but it totally helps in the long run) and tylenol arthritis once in a while when it is really bad. Hoping though that is not what you have.

06-27-2010, 01:44 AM
i'm hoping that too, but now i'm worried. i've been wearing this brace full time like the doctor recommended. and to be fair- the finger cramps were gone all day today... but now my wrist hurts... i thought this brace was for wrist pain? what the heck. i dunno what to do now. guess i'll give it more time & see my regular doc.

i'm hoping it's just a repetitive stress injury from my mouse at work...

06-27-2010, 02:04 AM
My sister has problems with her pointer and middle finger going numb/tingly.

I know absolutely nothing except she gets some sort of crystalization/build up of something around a nerve in her shoulder. She was recommended by a specialist to get therapeutic massage when her fingers go tingly (which is about once a year or so).

However, she's a forest fire-fighter (yay female Hotshots!) and lugs a lot of gear (45-70 lbs) around for many many miles out in the wilderness which is a likely contributer.

This is probably the least medical description I will ever provide but it's coming from her interpretation of what her doctor says which I count as iffy from time to time ;>