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smileynot
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Does anyone else deal with their hands being numb and tingly all the time. I can't tell if this is a Lyme symptom or if I need to have surgery on both wrists for carpal tunnel. I'm in process of having
an EMG scheduled to see what is happening with the nerves and to see if they are trapped somehow.

When I go to chiropractor, he tests me and says it's not my neck and it's not carpal tunnel, but can't figure it out.. because I don't have any muscle weakness in my arms.. but things fall out of my hands all the time more than usual.. I'm so frustrated..

I have to sleep each night with my hands in wrists braces to keep me from sleeping weird and my hands ending up in weird positions,

Is this happening to anyone else.. or do I need to pursue the fact that this is NOT a lyme symptom and pursue EMG and possible surgery?! ughghg... thanks friends..

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cbb
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If my Lyme brain is remembering correctly, I believe I read a couple months ago that numbness in the hands and feet can be caused by Bartonella.
I wouldn't be surprised if Lyme can contribute to the problem.
Hopefully, someone will have more info.

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I doubt the EMG will show the little creatures that have taken up residence in your hands. I too had horrible hand and wrist pains for years.

Wouldn't waste money or time on corpal tunnel healping. I too had to wear wrists/hand braces at night.

I used to sleep with my wrist curled and fingers into my palms. They say these bad guys like going places with low oxygen. It took months to retrain myself on sleeping with hands/wrist flat and open.

It still have episodes during the day with hands like falling asleep and numbness but I too contribute it to the bartonella that envades me nowadays.

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Pam,

Good catch about that EMG.

I agree, I doubt the EMG will show anything. Mine showed just a bit of a problem but, in reality, my pain was HUGE.

I also had to retrain my hands with sleep and used wrist braces for sleep for years. Really helped.

A EMG can be excruciatingly painful. I will never, ever, have one again. Ever. And it really was not able to detect the level of pain. I think the kind of pain with lyme is just not able to be detected by most tests.

YOU know it's there. It's there. You don't need a painful and expensive test.

You may need more magnesium & taurine and certain B-vitamins. Cordydalis is helpful to relieve pain, too.

GREENS POWDER & HEMP PROTEIN powder also help with my nerve pain.

You might consider mitochondria & myelin sheath support. Diet and supplements in her book are excellent:

Search: Terry Wahls, mitochondria, myelin

Qi Gong helped me a lot. Tai Chi, too.

Assess your ergonomics and body mechanics.

You might find a LL practitioner trained in FELDENKRAIS &/or UPLEDGER.

IF you consider surgery, be sure to first talk with your LLMD. You'd need a LL surgeon, for sure and know the dangers of steroids that are often used.

Your LLMD should be able to better guide you regarding further diagnostics, too. But, remember, carpel tunnel is so very often tightly woven to chronic stealth infections -- and various nutrient deficiencies.
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Do you have sticky blood? Many with lyme do and that can cause pain. Allicin, and certain other herbs or nutritional supplements can help.
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Have you checked your B6 recently?
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Before you go to the trouble and expense of all these other tests and procedures, try asking your doctor to draw a BMP to check your electrolytes.

Low calcium is a common cause of numbness and tingling in extremities. It can also cause muscle twitching and tetany. Easily fixed and often overlooked!!

Many, many things can cause low calcium, including PTH deficiency, renal insufficiency, vitamin D deficiency, use of loop diuretics or laxatives, and excessive use of magnesium supplements. And this is just a partial list.

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