Neuralgia in my left hand, haven't worked out in a month..Ideas??

  • Sk8Tex

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    Jun 04, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    So back on May 3rd I was out jogging after work and as I was finishing up and opening the gate in my front yard somehow I caught my hand on the gate and ripped a pretty large gash in it. icon_sad.gif Now its a full month later and I am starting to get concerned that maybe the damage done is permanent and im totally unsure of what I should do. I suspect I may have neuralgia in my left hand now because it is pretty much verbatum with what im experiencing lately. Cant touch my pinky and ring finger without getting pins and needles or burning sensation which is really frustrating because I was just beginning to feel like working out was having a positive effect on my body. I have been trying to just work it out myself by doing little things and so far I have gotten to the point of being able to straighten all my fingers except the pinky. Which brings me to my question, I haven't been able to do any curls or pushups with my left arm and im trying to find some kind of replacement for the two that I can do with minimal use of the hands, if anyone has any good ideas I would greatly appreciate of the input.
  • DCEric

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    Jun 04, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    Umm. Have you thought about maybe, just maybe, getting a medical doctors perspective?
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    Jun 05, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    DCEric saidUmm. Have you thought about maybe, just maybe, getting a medical doctors perspective?

    Yes, see a doctor, who might want to take an X-ray to determine if there's a hairline fracture. The symptoms can be just as described in the OP.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Jun 07, 2010 1:56 PM GMT
    Yea been there done that, I had my hand stitched up for about a week and a 1/2 then after the sutures were removed (too early in my opinion...) it re-opened so they said it just had to heal on its own, and that the nerve damage "may go away on its own over time."
  • neosyllogy

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    Jun 07, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    There are probably many and better options.
    But off hand the first thing I'd do (for bis and tris) is two handed exercises with dumbbell or cable and use my left forearm to generate additional driving force. (i.e. hold the dumbbell with right hand, then put the left forearm under/over right forearm and lift with both).

    Depending on how bad your hand is you can also try wriststraps (basically a peice of cloth that goes around your wrist then wraps over the weight handle then you thread back to your hand. You still have to hold the strap, but a great deal of the force is transfered to your wrist (bone) making it easier.

    For barbell bench you don't actually need to use your thumb (have a spotter or use power bars though). Some people actually think it's better form to have the bar resting on the heel of your palm directly above your forearm and just curl the fingers (no thumb). Again, use power bars (safety bars so the bar can't fall on you if dropped) or spotter if you do this.

    And of course there are some machines that don't require you to take a grip at all (they may offer one, but you can just use your wrist to push in (just be sure to do so with both wrists for balance's sake).

    More power to you for working around your injuries!
  • awayfromtheci...

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    Jun 16, 2010 7:50 PM GMT
    Skip the work out tips....you are not even close to ready. Immediately back to the doctor. A really good one this time, that will tell you that to get back to 100% will take about a year. He/she will also give your a clear idea of what to expect and what you can do along the way to get yourself, safely back. Get a specialist if need be.

    If you are resolved that this is the way it is going to be and that is that....then you are past getting it better. From all you have given in terms of detail and the timeline, you have a TON more healing and then a structured and progressive therapy program to get functionality back. Take your time, one year to get back is nothing when your life span is another fifty to go. In the mean time, since you are concerned....walk/jog to keep lean and the rest will come back fine. Best
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    Jun 16, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    I really feel for you. I have nerve damage in my upper back/shoulder on one side from a car wreck that skips down my left arm to my pinky at times. It's gotten better with time. It used to take a lot of concentration to control where I was placing my pinky because sometimes I cannot feel it very well and other times I get the pins and needles sensation.

    It doesn't bother me too much anymore. Though occasionally during a heavy workout it will tend to unclench the bar or grip or whatever during the movement and try to hyperextend itself towards the back of my hand. My other three fingers and thumb seem to automatically compensate for this pretty well. It just looks kinda weird. Sorta like the extended "tea-sipping" pinky, but while you're trying to throw up 80 pound dumbells.icon_lol.gif

    If it continues to bother you, maybe you can get some sort of physical therapy for it. My insurance never covered it, but maybe yours does.

    Good luck!

    -robby
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    Jun 16, 2010 8:18 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI really feel for you. I have nerve damage in my upper back/shoulder on one side from a car wreck that skips down my left arm to my pinky at times. It's gotten better with time. It used to take a lot of concentration to control where I was placing my pinky because sometimes I cannot feel it very well and other times I get the pins and needles sensation.

    It doesn't bother me too much anymore. Though occasionally during a heavy workout it will tend to unclench the bar or grip or whatever during the movement and try to hyperextend itself towards the back of my hand. My other three fingers and thumb seem to automatically compensate for this pretty well. It just looks kinda weird. Sorta like the extended "tea-sipping" pinky, but while you're trying to throw up 80 pound dumbells.icon_lol.gif

    If it continues to bother you, maybe you can get some sort of physical therapy for it. My insurance never covered it, but maybe yours does.

    Good luck!

    -robby



    Robby, have you seeked treatment from a chiropractor that also does soft tissue rehab? I'm a chiropractor and I see alot of patients with nerve damage due to car accidents, they all do really well with soft tissue muscle work like trigger point therapy and Active Release Technique, alot of times these neurological signs are aggravated more so by tight musculature which compresses down on the nerves running below, especially when you workout your chest and shoulders, something called "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome". If you do seek a chiro, make sure he ALSO does soft tissue rehabilitation and doesn't just adjust you icon_smile.gif

    I would suggest the same for you too SanDiego, give it a try, you have to make physical changes to the soft tissues involved in order to have successful quicker recovery time icon_smile.gif

    hope that helps guys!

    Dr. P
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    Jun 16, 2010 8:35 PM GMT
    crazycool said
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI really feel for you. I have nerve damage in my upper back/shoulder on one side from a car wreck that skips down my left arm to my pinky at times. It's gotten better with time. It used to take a lot of concentration to control where I was placing my pinky because sometimes I cannot feel it very well and other times I get the pins and needles sensation.

    It doesn't bother me too much anymore. Though occasionally during a heavy workout it will tend to unclench the bar or grip or whatever during the movement and try to hyperextend itself towards the back of my hand. My other three fingers and thumb seem to automatically compensate for this pretty well. It just looks kinda weird. Sorta like the extended "tea-sipping" pinky, but while you're trying to throw up 80 pound dumbells.icon_lol.gif

    If it continues to bother you, maybe you can get some sort of physical therapy for it. My insurance never covered it, but maybe yours does.

    Good luck!

    -robby



    Robby, have you seeked treatment from a chiropractor that also does soft tissue rehab? I'm a chiropractor and I see alot of patients with nerve damage due to car accidents, they all do really well with soft tissue muscle work like trigger point therapy and Active Release Technique, alot of times these neurological signs are aggravated more so by tight musculature which compresses down on the nerves running below, especially when you workout your chest and shoulders, something called "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome". If you do seek a chiro, make sure he ALSO does soft tissue rehabilitation and doesn't just adjust you icon_smile.gif

    I would suggest the same for you too SanDiego, give it a try, you have to make physical changes to the soft tissues involved in order to have successful quicker recovery time icon_smile.gif

    hope that helps guys!

    Dr. P


    Hey thanks crazy. If I could afford the copays right now, I would certainly follow your recommendation. Is thoracic outlet syndrome the one where your arms start to fall asleep if you keep them raised over your head for more than a few seconds? If it is, then I have it...lol
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    Jun 16, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
    Robby.....buddy......YOU HAVE THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME!!!! hahaha
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    Jun 17, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    crazycool saidRobby.....buddy......YOU HAVE THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME!!!! hahaha


    Oooh, I feel special now. It actually sounds kinda sexy.icon_razz.gif
  • Sk8Tex

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    LOL Well I did finally manage to start working out again, though doing pushups is really akward...but once I get goin its all good. The problem hasnt really been curling my hand, its the straightening out all my fingers thats hard to do. I think when they stitched up my hand they should have at least straightened out my finger first? but NOPE! Anyways in regards to the chiropractic advice....I dont think thats really going to assist me any considering my injury was from a piece of metal tearing thru my hand >.> lol There was this little doodad thingy hanging out when it happened that kinda looked like a chow-mein noodle. icon_eek.gif Doc cut that off and put everything back inside and stitched it all up.
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    Jul 02, 2010 10:11 AM GMT
    I had similar experience....I took a break from exercising a month and the pain healed