Undiagnosed peripheral neuropathies and exercise

Glen Harman gharman at dc.net
Wed Jul 16 19:05:51 EST 1997

Subject experiencing pain, burning, sensations of warmth,

and occasional tingling in both hands - affecting median

and ulnar nerve regions and areas served by multiple

root nerves.  No loss of sensation or strength.  Occasional

slight swelling.  Various blood tests, EMG's, NCS's, MRI's,

and XRAYs all normal.  At present, cause unknown.

Subject has tried braces, rest, various anti-inflammatories,

Amitriptylene, and Neurontin - all had little if any affect.

Question:  What would be considered moderate chores,

exercise, typing, etc produces a short-term (?), moderate

increase in symptoms.  Should the subject minimize

hand-use or continue/ramp-up his exercising?

Phrased a different way, is exercise likely to be productive

in cases of undiagnosed peripheral neuropathies or is it

likely to further aggravate the nerves involved.

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