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Banged head. Had shock waves through spine, finger and elbow. Tried warm water and tylenol for relief. What can be done?

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i bang my head hard yesterdy mornin had bad dream it sent shock wave electrics thru my spine to both my hands painful like burning electric r both my finger and elbow are in pain it made it difficult to brush my teeth, drive,etc. i tried warm water and tylenol pain reliefe not working.
Posted Sun, 14 Jul 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Prasad 2 hours later

Thanks for the query.

Bilateral sensory disturbances like burning electric pain is unlikely to be related to head injuries. Head injuries to the thalamus (part of brain) can cause unilateral sensory disturbances.

I feel the head injury was incidental. The shock waves and burning electric pains in upper limbs can be a sign of spinal problems or peripheral neuropathy. A detailed neurological examination of spine and peripheral nerves along with battery of tests - blood counts, ESR, Vitamin B-12 assay and if needed MRI scan of cervical spine can help us identify the causative condition.

I think it is time for you to fix an appointment with neurosurgeon. In the interim vitamin B-12 supplements can benefit you.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

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