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Old 05-16-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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March 20th I noticed my small and ring finger were numb on my left hand. I have had a history with carpal tunnel problems off and on but this was different because once it started it has never stopped. I was in the process of changing insurance companies and could not go to the Dr til early April. My doctor referred me to a neurologist who I was last week. He diagnosed ulnar nerve entrapment. He acted like it was urgent to get things going as there was loss of strength in the hand. He set up an EMG for today but cancelled it when he found out my regular doctor had found I was having vasospasms. I asked about a follow up appointment and they can not get me in for 5 weeks. The receptionist insisted that this will not be detrimental I asked her to verify that with my doctor but she never called back. I called her but she was evasive and insisted that 5 more weeks was ok I am not sure that she talked to him. I do know that I can feel it getting worse, not more painful but weaker. I can not work my hair barrettes with that hand now and Have trouble turning knobs and keys. I am 38 and I rely on my hands to pay my bills. Can some one let me know if it is really safe to wait so long? Also my reg doc started me on doxy due to a weak positive on a lyme test and nitroglycerin ointment for the vasospasms and raynaud's. I dont know if these could be contributing to the hand feeling weaker or not. Thanks you very much!
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Switch neurologists or have your regular doctor get on the phone with them and see what he can do.Or you could keep calling everyday and harass them and complain. That's what I have done in the past and it seemd to work.You have to be the advocate for your health and be insistent. If you shrug it off and don't complain then the Dr's office will take advantage of you. You could also call the neurology office and demand that you speak to the Dr. as well.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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Thanks! I guess I will get on the phone in the morning and start making calls. I keep reading that over time with out treatment prognosis gets worse. It has been 2 months now and it is getting worse so I am worried. Thanks again! I needed the boost.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Thanks! I guess I will get on the phone in the morning and start making calls. I keep reading that over time with out treatment prognosis gets worse. It has been 2 months now and it is getting worse so I am worried. Thanks again! I needed the boost.
You are very welcome, good luck and feel better
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