Recently I've been having neck pain, which feels stiff and my hands sometimes feel a little numb or like I'm getting pins and needles. My arms are fine it's just my neck and hands. Could anyone please tell me if this is related to the spondylitis in my spine? Many thanks.
You need to see a board certified rheumatologist. This site isn't for diagnoses.
The term Ankylosing in AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis) means the vertebre are bent into an arch and being frozen that way. That gets worse over time, generating a lot of pain as it does.
Hand numbness is usually cause by a nerve that feeds from the spine to the arm. But then so many things can cause that such as carpal tunnel. EMGs are generally the diagnostic test for numbness.
I'd tell you to talk to your doc about getting an MRI on your neck and aEMG on your upper extremity 's?
It's most likely that you might have some evidence of cervical spondylitis that is effecting your Ulner Nerve in your arms? We just now discovered that I have had a natural fusion of C6&C7 along with evidence of constant muscle spasms and DD.I go for my EMG in a few weeks because of my numb arms and hands?Bring it up and see if you have any damage ? Better to find nothing then ignore symptoms like those in your neck? Good Luck I'll be saying a prayer you don't and it's just plain Carpel Tunnel easy peasy.🙏🤞☺️
Hello @A MySpondylitisTeam Member, I love your post about this nerve pain. I have it really bad. I have a stimulator to help me with this pain. But I still have the pinched nerve. I like your way of helping with it. I just might try it along with my stimulator help. I already have my arms resting a lot, like when I'm on my computer. ( I have a table, like what they have in hospitals). So that I can sit in my recliner so I'm not having to lift my arms. I had gotten to where I couldn't lift my left arm. With the help of my stimulator, I'm now able to lift it and use it. But I do wish to be able to use it better than I am. Hugs, Katy
Yes, neck pain and hand numbness can be a result of the stenosis caused by axial spondylitis. It was affecting my ability to use tools which prompted me to get surgery. Worst mistake of my life. Have it diagnosed, find where the nerves are being pinched, and what you can do to relieve that specific area. A change in movement habits to reduce inflammation at a hot spot can make a huge difference. Even something as simple as using armrests, or resting your arms over something on your lap can release the nerve temporarily.
One of the most confusing factors for me is that you can experience increased pain as the nerve is released and starts to come back to life. It takes careful observation to feel which (bad) positions feel ok because the pinched nerve is keeping it numb, and which initially painful (good) positions, when maintained, result in better movement and less overall pain. Its very difficult to find a physical therapist that understands and can help with this, but they exist.
Muscle knots feel similar and confuse the issue of figuring out how to release your pinched nerve, so work those all out first. Therapeutic massage is great if you can get it. Otherwise move your arms till you hit a peak pain point. Hold it right there for a count of 10. If the pain goes away before 10 and does not produce tingles or numbness, you have worked out a knot. Continue till knots are gone. What remains are probably your pinched nerves. All those muscle knots were probably the result of compensating for the pinched nerve.
I am not a doctor, but this process did help me.
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