tingling in back and all fingers apart from pinkies

by Kathy Gilfoyle
(liverpool uk)


Tingling in back and all fingers apart from pinkies.

I have suffered from neck and shoulder pain after lifting my son out of his baby bouncer 17 years ago; it felt like a twist right on top of my lung and shoulder blade which hurts to breath.

I feel a stabbing pain when I breath; it comes and goes but after a fall in august which left me with a bleed on the right frontal lobe and 2 days in hospital for observations.

About 4 weeks ago i started to experience tingling in both my hands except my pinkies and now am getting a sort of vibration in my upper and lower back; my neck is stiff and sore and so are the muscles around both lungs.

I also have restricted movement in both shoulders; i have had numerous diagnosis from a pulled muscle to arthritis of the neck and spine to chronic muscle pain.

I had an mri just of the top of my neck which said there was a bulge and wear and tear but not enough to warrant surgery? Any advice please; by the way the fall was to the back of my head against a brick wall which knocked me out and a small cut to the base of my neck.

Hello Kathy,
There are different things going on here. The most obvious and clearcut is a displaced rib head where it joints with the spine; pain on deep breathing is pathognomonic, assuming you're not running a temperature. It's one of the easier things we chiropractors fix, except you've had this so long.

Is there any swelling in the fingers? Is the tingling in your fingers worse in the morning? Most likely you have carpal tunnel syndrome; that jerk on your neck has put pressure on the nerves to your hand. We call it a double crush syndrome; usually both the neck and wrist have to be addressed, and sometimes a muscle in the forearm or shoulder. See our CT page.

It is possible that the blow to the back of your head could be causing these more recent symptoms. You'll have to ask a neurologist about that.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B


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1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

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Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

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6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

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11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

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And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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