Suggest treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome
No, that is not possible.
Thank you for the query.
No, this is impossible. In general, firm and rubbery masses palpated under the skin are benign soft tissues lesions. On the back, such lesion is usually sebaceus cyst or lipoma. It is very hard for such lesion to compress any nerve. This lesions are too superficial.
Nerves are hidden deep in the tissues as our body needs to protect them. So you have skin, fatty tissues and few layers of muscles above any nerves on the back.
Your symptoms are caused either by nerve compression in the spine or by nerve compression in the wrist.
Spine nerve compression usually gives back pain, neck pain, headache along with arm, shoulder and hand pain. All fingers can be affected.
In case of nerve compression in the wrist, you can have carpal tunnel syndrome. The pain starts in first 3 fingers, radiates upward to shoulder. It gets more intense during night so you may be awaken by the pain. Tingling and hand weakness can appear as well.
To find out the source of your pain, you should consult neurologist. Spine MRI and EMG test should be considered.
Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
The masses should be checked.
What type of thyroid cancer it was and what stage?
Weight loss is very alarming symptom. It may indicate some cancer recurrence indeed. Joints pain in some cases is an reaction of immune system to a cancer so this might be an alarming sign as well.
CT can give some information about possible cancer spread, but if yours cancer was pappilary or follicular than we have radioactive iodine scan. It can identify small cancer areas. The other test which can do that is PET scan.
Enlarged groin lymph nodes and in other location should be tested correctly. Same thing with the lumps you are able to palpate. At least soft tissues ultrasound of this areas should be done and if an image will be suspicious, biopsy should be done.
So considering that you have had thyroid cancer, any new lumps or lymph nodes enlargement should be carefully checked. From the other hand, most of thyroid cancers has extremely good prognosis. But it has to be checked.
Description fits to benign masses.
Well, before answering this question I want you to know some thing. Please note that the skin on the back is very hard and thick. When you cut the skin on the back, sometimes you need to cut the same are two or three times before you reach the fatty tissue.
This makes any masses on the back hard to evaluate. You may palpate some mass as a large and immobile, but surprisingly after cutting the skin you get small and XXXXXXX lump.
The point is that as long as you are not experienced in physical examination it will be very hard for you to determine if its XXXXXXX or not and how large it is.
From your description this masses are benign. Round and smooth lumps are usually created by benign cells. Cancer grows chaotically so it has no time to create smooth surface. Cancer grows constantly so it gets larger with every week. And finally cancer rarely develops so superficially.
It is common that lipomas or sebaceus cysts are multiply. Actually very common. And can be close together.
I suggest you to have soft tissues ultrasound of this areas before visiting rheumatologist. Otherwise he/she wont be able to determine what is the lump build of. And ultrasound will tell if it has fatty structure, cyst structure or if its suspicious.
I also suggest you to have some basic tests for most common cancers. I do not know how old you are, but if you are close or over 50, colonoscopy would be a good idea. Breast mammography and transvaginal ultrasound is a good idea as well. Blood work (CBC) to see WBC levels is also advisable.
Hope this will help.
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