Exercise and PN

Posted by birdman518 @birdman518, May 6 6:01pm

Usually I try to walk 4 miles every other day. Since I just started Medicare with AARP/UHC, I used my Renew Active to go to my local town fitness center. I thought I was starting very easy… I did 15 minutes on the rowing machine, and 30 on a recumbent bicycle. After it was over, I thought I would have some typical new exercise soreness, but it appears that it has aggravated my PN in my right hand and arm, along with my left shoulder.

Was I crazy to think that if I ignored my normal right hand numbness that I would be able to do these two activities?

Thanks!

@birdman518 my mother had neuropathy in both arms. Turns out it was due to her arthritis in her shoulders. Have you followed up for the cause of your neuropathy?

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@avmcbellar

@birdman518 my mother had neuropathy in both arms. Turns out it was due to her arthritis in her shoulders. Have you followed up for the cause of your neuropathy?

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Actually tomorrow is my first real appt with a neurologist. So essentially I am starting my journey now. I definitely have arthritis….. already had a left hip replacement at 61…Thanks for suggesting this!

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@birdman518

Actually tomorrow is my first real appt with a neurologist. So essentially I am starting my journey now. I definitely have arthritis….. already had a left hip replacement at 61…Thanks for suggesting this!

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@birdman518 I just want to add she complained to her PCP of her burning sensation in both arms. He tried to help her by thinking it was neuropathy due to a lack of B12 so for many months he told her to take the supplement. She was very hopeful. She took it for almost a year before deciding it wasn’t helping. After a year of dealing with her burning pain her new PCP ordered an orthopedic consult. It was her orthopedic doctor who found the problems stemming from her shoulder joints due to the arthritis. My mother decided against the surgery to replace her joints because of her age. She is now almost 91 and still remains independent in her own apartment. I help with finding ways for her to complete tasks using devices for the lack of shoulder movement. She never did see a neurologist. Not sure if a neurologist would have been able to help her. I wish you well in finding the right answers. Good luck. Toni

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I think sometimes our choice of exercise is experimental. We try things and see what works. Personally, the last time I was on a recumbent bike, my neuropathy flared up all over my body. I have a cruiser bike that I ride outside all of the time without this happening. There's just something about the position of the recumbent bike. I find that the elliptical fits my body needs better. Trial and error. 🙂

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@birdman518

Actually tomorrow is my first real appt with a neurologist. So essentially I am starting my journey now. I definitely have arthritis….. already had a left hip replacement at 61…Thanks for suggesting this!

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Birdman, I hope you'll let us know how that first appointment went. I had my first appointment with a neurology RN last Monday. She sent me off to get blood drawn, and arranged for me to get a brain MRI (next Monday). Where all this is leading, I don't know. That's why I've added interest in your journey. ––Ray

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My personal trainer had me start out on the elliptical, rowing machine, etc. using the lowest settings and for no more than five to ten minutes. I wanted to do more but followed her instructions and slowly built up to higher settings and for longer periods of time. You might want to try that… Good luck!

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@ray666

Birdman, I hope you'll let us know how that first appointment went. I had my first appointment with a neurology RN last Monday. She sent me off to get blood drawn, and arranged for me to get a brain MRI (next Monday). Where all this is leading, I don't know. That's why I've added interest in your journey. ––Ray

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Hello @ray666 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It is great to hear you've started the journey to getting answers for your symptoms.

I see you are interested in connecting with @birdman518 so would like to help you by showing you that if you include a "@" + the member's handle (birdman518), that will trigger a notification to them. Feel free to use it whenever you want to flag someone on Connect.

Will you come back and share more as you progress with your MRI?

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@amandajro

Hello @ray666 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It is great to hear you've started the journey to getting answers for your symptoms.

I see you are interested in connecting with @birdman518 so would like to help you by showing you that if you include a "@" + the member's handle (birdman518), that will trigger a notification to them. Feel free to use it whenever you want to flag someone on Connect.

Will you come back and share more as you progress with your MRI?

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Hello, @amandajro! That's for that tip. Oh, you betcha, I'll be back. As I mentioned in my note to birdman, I've no idea what's in store for me. In a nutshell, I've been dealing with worsening balance for a long, long time. I'd been through a good half dozen "standard" physical therapy workshops, but with only questionable success. Finally, I asked my primary doc if she'd refer me to a neurologist –– and that's the juncture I'm at. So, most definitely, I'll be back! ––Ray

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@ray666

Hello, @amandajro! That's for that tip. Oh, you betcha, I'll be back. As I mentioned in my note to birdman, I've no idea what's in store for me. In a nutshell, I've been dealing with worsening balance for a long, long time. I'd been through a good half dozen "standard" physical therapy workshops, but with only questionable success. Finally, I asked my primary doc if she'd refer me to a neurologist –– and that's the juncture I'm at. So, most definitely, I'll be back! ––Ray

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Whoops! @amandajro, my typo! I didn't mean to say "That's for that tip." I had meant to say "THANKS for that tip!" Silly me.

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@ray666

Birdman, I hope you'll let us know how that first appointment went. I had my first appointment with a neurology RN last Monday. She sent me off to get blood drawn, and arranged for me to get a brain MRI (next Monday). Where all this is leading, I don't know. That's why I've added interest in your journey. ––Ray

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My apologies to all for resending this. I hadn't realized that I needed to add "@" if @birdman518 were to receive my note:

"@birdman518, I hope you'll let us know how that first appointment went. I had my first appointment with a neurology RN last Monday. She sent me off to get blood drawn, and arranged for me to get a brain MRI (next Monday). Where all this is leading, I don't know. That's why I've added interest in your journey. ––Ray"

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Okay all… just back from my appointment. The doctor revisited some of the strength tests he had done before. The bottom line he is thinking this is cervical (C6/C7) radiculopathy, not PN. He also wants to check for ulnar nerve issues. The problem is that although most of my issues are my right hand/arm, I also have leg weakness that may indicate lumbar issues.

The next step is that I will be getting both EMG and CT Scans to try and further determine the cause(s).

So really this is pretty much where I wanted and expected to be, namely in a diagnostic phase. I feel that my issues are not as serious and/or debilitating as for many, but as my right hand is getting more useless, I want to get to the bottom of it.

Thanks to all of you for your support!

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@birdman518

Okay all… just back from my appointment. The doctor revisited some of the strength tests he had done before. The bottom line he is thinking this is cervical (C6/C7) radiculopathy, not PN. He also wants to check for ulnar nerve issues. The problem is that although most of my issues are my right hand/arm, I also have leg weakness that may indicate lumbar issues.

The next step is that I will be getting both EMG and CT Scans to try and further determine the cause(s).

So really this is pretty much where I wanted and expected to be, namely in a diagnostic phase. I feel that my issues are not as serious and/or debilitating as for many, but as my right hand is getting more useless, I want to get to the bottom of it.

Thanks to all of you for your support!

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For years I’ve spent hours at a computer contributing to numbness, tingling, and pain in my hands and lower arms. I do have PN, but my hand issues started developing prior to my diagnosis. I found at least some relief and better mobility by going to occupational therapy. They gave me a stack of exercises, some stretch bands, and therapy putty. As I have to use a computer for work, I continue to do the exercises on my own and find they definitely help. Good luck with your pursuit for a confirmed diagnosis and treatment!

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