Long-term forearm pain and numbness
Hi there, I am hoping maybe someone has an understanding of what's going on with my arm. Here's what's going on:
After college I got a job working on computers. Within a month clicking the computer mouse became painful, starting in my finger and eventually settling in my forearm. Unfortunately, this pain has spread to other areas of my life, mostly performing music with a guitar, but also my current occupation as a house painting contractor, chopping up food with a knife, using a pencil, using a computer, and any other similar activities. In a normal state I will have little to no pain. But when performing any of these activities the 'stinging numbness' or pain can set in anywhere from right away to 15 to 20 minutes or longer on a good day.
This condition started around 7 years ago, the treatments and tests I've tried so far are, in order:
-Physical therapy with radial nerve glide stretches, and small electral shock treatments.
-Massage and rolfing therapy.
-Nerve conduction tests showing normal activity in nerves.
-MRIs of forearm and neck areas showing no abnormalities.
-More PT with different therapist who focused whole body and posture rather than just arm.
-Surgery to release radial nerve compression.
-More PT with surgery recovery/hand specialist.
-Series of massage treatments.
-Series of accupuncture treatments.
-More PT with different therapist.
-Read the Explain Pain book, talking about how the brain processes pain.
-Cut dairy out of diet for 2 months.
-Botox injections at scalene and brachial plexus at Seattle Spine and Sports Medicine.
-Hydro dissection at Swedish in Seattle to loosen fascia around nerve.
-Examination by thoracic outlet specialist, who concluded I don't have thoracic outlet syndrome, although I have wondered about getting another opinon.
-Second surgery to release radial nerve with different surgeon who specializes in these types of surgery.
-Currently seeing another chiropractor who also works with soft tissue.
Unfortunately none of these treatments have helped my condition so far. I'm wondering if there's someone out there who may have an idea what's going on . At any rate, if you made it this far,I appreciate you taking the time to read through this.