Undiagnosed peripheral neuropathies and exercise

Glen Harman gharman at dc.net
Tue Jul 15 22:08:39 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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