97 thoughts on “Ulnar Nerve Injury At Wrist

  1. Faye

    My wrists feel numb/tingly & it is uncomfortable. I work in an office typing a lot. What might it be?

    1. moxx4us

      By using the link you will find lots of information that can lead you to a possible self diagnosis. Then what is up to you. While it appears from the brief description to be carpal tunnel syndrome, it could also be something else. Read the information here and go to the link and you will find out much more to assist you.

      Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome includes the 11 symptoms listed below:

      * Burning fingers
      * Tingling fingers
      * Numbness in fingers
      * Finger paresthesias
      * Typically thumb, index and middle fingers affected
      * Not usually affecting little finger – symptoms in the little finger may indicate other conditions related to the ulnar nerve
      * Hand weakness
      * Hand numbness
      * Difficulty gripping
      * Difficulty making a fist
      * Dropping things
      * more information…»

      Research symptoms & diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

      Misdiagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      A diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome may be delayed or missed because early symptoms, such as hand weakness, pain and tingling often develop slowly over weeks or months. They can also be easily attributed to other conditions, such as aging, arthritis, tendonitis or tenosynovitis….more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome »

      Alternative diagnoses list for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

      For a diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

      * Ulnar nerve injury
      * Thoracic outlet syndrome
      * Peripheral neuropathy
      * Diabetic neuropathy
      * Increased triglycerides
      * See also causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
      * Trauma
      * Brachial plexus injury neuropathy
      * Pronator teres syndrome
      * Mononeuritis multiplex
      * Syringomyelia
      * Multiple scelosis
      * Ulnar nerve entrapment
      * Angina pectoris

  2. Ana Lizabeth

    What causes an ulnar nerve injury?
    I’m wondering because i realized i dont think its my hand thats stiff its that its numb from nerve damage, I hurt my thumb last week and im wondering if this is a possible cause. Could someone tell me more about this please

    1. Adam, California

      The ulnar nerve goes to the pinky side of your hand and branches to the pinky and ring fingers. The median and radial nerves cover the middle and thumb side of your hand. Also nerve symptoms travel away from the body so an elbow or forearm injury could result in problems with the wrist and/ or hand, but injuries of the fingers do not affect the wrist, forearm or elbow. The symptoms you describe sound more like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Numbness in the hands can sometimes be related to long term pressure around the shoulder area from a backpack or tight bra. Schedule an appointment with doctor your to rule out any serious numerological disorders. This can also be an early sign of Multiple Sclerosis or other type of nerve dysfunction disease.
      Good luck,

  3. Alysha

    ulnar nerve entrapment…help please?
    I have been told i have an ulnar nerve entrapment and the earliest i can see the doctor is this friday. I have the exact symptoms of an ulnar nerve entrapment, and its caused from a repetitive strain injury (RSI) and really need help. Each day the pain is getting worse during the evenings, especially from my wrist to elbow, and also my pinky and ring finger. Does anyone have any recommendations on what i can do in the meantime, or can anyone tell me what i am looking to in the future in terms of fixing this problem? I am a student at university, is there the possibility of having to take time off from my degree? I am involved in a very busy and hard degree which involves alot of handiwork and drawing, so i really dont want this to interfere with my injury and vice versa.

    Does anyone have any suggestions to reduce the pain at all?
    Please any help or suggestions would gratefully be appreciated.

  4. jim c

    Median and ulnar nerve lesions do not lead to absence of reflexes. Why?
    brachial plexus lesions do not lead to absence of reflexes. Why?

    1. Aidy

      Where did you get this info?

      Median nerve lesion
      Sensory supply

      * lateral palm and lateral fingers

      Sensory loss

      * as above

      Area of pain

      * thumb, index and middle fingers
      * often spreads up forearm

      Reflex arc

      * finger jerks

      Motor deficit

      * wrist flexors
      * long finger flexors (thumb, index and middle)
      * pronators of forearm
      * abductor pollicis brevis

      Causative lesions

      * carpal tunnel
      * direct trauma to wrist

      Ulnar nerve lesion
      Sensory supply

      * medial palm
      * 5th finger and medial half of ring finger

      Sensory loss

      * as above but often none at all

      Area of pain

      * ulnar supplied fingers and palm distal to wrist
      * pain occasionally occurs along course of nerve

      Reflex arc

      * nil

      Motor deficit

      * all small hand muscles except APB. However injury at elbow seems to preferentially affect first dorsal interosseus muscle
      * flexor carpi ulnaris (clinical evidence of involvement unusual)
      * finger flexors (medial 2 fingers). Again clinical involvement unusual

      Causative lesions

      * elbow: trauma, bed rest, # olecranon
      * wrist: local trauma, ganglion of wrist joint

  5. F.S.

    Why do I still have soreness and swelling?
    Three months after an oxygen tank exploded in front of me and I ended up with a wrist fracture …amongst other major injuries..my hand is still swollen, stiff and sore. I was told it was a Barton’s Fracture and the ulnar nerve was damaged. The wrist (which was almost distended) was reattached with aid of a pin extending from the wrist to the elbow and was recently removed. I am allergic to all NSAIDs and always in pain. Can anyone tell me how long it will take to heal and what relief I can get in the meantime? Thanks in advance.

    1. Douglas B

      The muscles in your wrist would be tight from all that going on and that would give you pain. There may be other muscles as well but it’s hard to know by what you said. Here’s how to free up your wrist muscles to get your relief:
      Wrist:
      With hand resting in front of you with the palm up, bend your wrist as far as you can.. Then press into the area behind the wrist, where they take your pulse, and hold a good amount of pressure on it. After 30 seconds slowly open your wrist up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your wrist open for another 30 seconds.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  6. emo chick

    Why does my wrist and thumb keep swelling up?
    Because I had a injury in the past, and I’m still having pain, the docs said everything is fine, but they didn’t tell me why it keeps swelling up its my left thumb side scaphoid and thumb its just a big lump over the bones, which hurts when I move it or touch it, its red blue it hurts more in the night, when I wake up it tingles really bad some times lost of movement. Help anyone what can I do. Would having another cast help keeping it from swelling. I was in a brace and had no support

    1. Kojoro

      Listen to your doctor, if they say it’s fine, it’s fine, likely you have a pinched nerve in your wrist, also known as nerve entrapment provided you try to keep your wrist immobile as possible and let it heal you should be fine, typical symptoms are swelling, discoloration, pain or numbness in your fingers and can be caused by trauma, or a sprained ligament. there are three nerves in the wrist and each controls a specific group of fingers, the ulnar nerve for instance would affect your pinky and ring finger, where as your median or radial nerve would affect the other fingers and the thumb. as your thumb is in on the side where the issue is occurring, it’s likely the radial nerve since you have limited movement in that part of your wrist/hand. you can find supporting casts in most general stores, specifically i’d look for a carpal tunnel wrist brace, they are specifically made to help heal wrist injuries and nerve entrapment and can be worn often at night and during the day (which is recommended-as people tend to damage their wrists further during the night while asleep without realizing it)

  7. P

    Am I suffering from Cubital Tunnel Syndrome? Will it affect my work?
    Hi,

    For the past couple of weeks or so – maybe as much as about six weeks – I have noticed a numbness and tingling sensation in my left hand. It seems to occur mostly in my little finger as well as running down that side of my hand. It also feels like it is in my ring finger, although slightly less strong. I may be confusing the sensation, but it also feels like it is in my middle finger too.

    I have noticed that it has become increasingly more difficult to grip properly at times, for example, I haven’t got the ability to open a bottle lid with my left hand at times. It also feels generally heavier or more restricted in its movements.

    It is not painful, nor is it causing any major issues, as yet, but I am concerned it could become a problem, similarly, if it is actually a more serious problem then that would be good to be aware of too, obviously.

    I quickly googled about ‘numbness and tingling in the left hand’ a few days ago and saw some info about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. At first glance, the info I read seemed to match my symptoms and, because I was in a hurry, I left it without looking much further into it.

    However, I just googled something similar today and notice Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. It sounds similar but probably more representative of the symptoms I have.

    Basically, is it either of the two, or possibly something else altogether?

    Since the new year I have been earning money as a freelance writer – which is a big chance from my previous employment. As a result, I am using my computer a lot more, sometimes typing for several hours a day. I wasn’t so busy for the first few weeks or so, doing the odd bit of work here and there; however, in the past 6 or 7 weeks I have been doing a couple of regular jobs that require me to type roughly 10,000 words per job. It takes about 6-7 hours per job, so about a days work and I have done about 10 of these jobs in the past 6-7 weeks.

    It was after one of these jobs – maybe a month ago – that I noticed that my hand felt a bit numb. I just assumed it was temporary and would disappear, except it hasn’t, yet. If anything, it has got slightly worse, plus I have noticed in the past day or so that the knuckle of my little finger (the knuckle closest to the elbow, if that makes sense) feels like it my be swelling a little, plus it has become a little painful.

    When I am writing I sit at one of two desk; the first is a regular sized table that seems of a good height; the second – the one I use the most – is a desk with a pull out section for a keyboard. I would use this is I had a keyboard to plug into my laptop, but I don’t at the moment. Therefore, the height of the desk is about 3-4 inches higher that I would like, even with my chair positioned at its highest.

    I’m not sure how relevant my typing position is, but I did read something about it being important to be the correct height. Maybe this is the cause of my problem?

    Thanks for reading my question and thanks also for any useful advice or information you think may be relevant. I would greatly appreciate any answers concerning whether it is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome; what it might be if it isn’t; whether I should see a doctor or if there is any treatment I could do myself without the need of a doctor (I read something about ibruprofen possibly helping); finally, can it impact on my ability to work as a writer, both in the short and long-term.

    Feel free to ask any questions too and thanks again!

    1. Avalon

      Cubital Tunnel Syndrome occurs when there is pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow causing pain/ numbness/tingling in the elbow, forearm, hand and or fingers especially the ring and little finger.
      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when there is pressure on the nerves at the wrist causing pain/numbness/tingling in the hand and fingers. It is usually worse at night and it affects the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger.

      It sounds from the symptoms that it is more likely Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Surgery is not the only treatment. It depends on the cause and severity. You would need to consult your doctor and probably be referred to a consultant. I am wondering however if the root of the problem is repetitive strain injury which has caused some swelling in the wrist compressing the nerve resulting in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

  8. KoolGirl

    Arm Ulnar Nerve Numb and Asleep?
    A few months ago,my mom crashed her arm into a cart and I guess it was hard enough to make it fall asleep.She does Physical Therapy and it doesn’t seem to help much.I don’t want her to get surgery but she might have to.Can you just give us some tips on the ulnar nerve before she gets surgery? Thanks!
    Oh and she had an emg done. It came out showing mild to moderate damage to the nerve, entrapped at the wrist..not at the elbow where the impact occurred.

    1. Timm

      The ulnar nerve is a nerve that runs near the ulna bone in the arm. The ulnar nerve is the largest nerve in the human body unprotected by muscle or bone, so injury is common. The ulnar nerve originates from the C8-T1 nerve roots in the spine. It proceeds through the neck, armpit, down along the back of the humerus, the large bone in the upper arm. Then it passes through the cubital tunnel around the elbow, which is where it is most often pinched, resulting in cubital tunnel syndrome. Then it travels alongside the ulna bone in the forearm, through the wrist, and then enters the hand, where it is directly connected to the little finger and the adjacent half of the ring finger.

      Conservative treatment (medication, splints, physical therapy) are fine for minor cases of ulnar problems. But studies show that the more severe your ulnar problems and the longer you have them, the less likely you are to experience complete recovery after ulnar surgery. Therefore, if PT isn’t working for your mom, she should strongly consider surgery. Ulnar surgery is typically successful, with over 70% of patients seeing complete recovery, and only a small percentage of patients not seeing any improvement at all. Be sure to find a surgeon that specializes in repairing the ulnar nerve. Good luck.

  9. Joe S

    What’s happening to my arm?
    I woke up one day with numbness in my pinky and ring fingers. I’ve had this before so I didn’t think much of it but it didn’t go away. I was diagnosed with an Ulnar Nerve injury or “Golfer’s Elbow” probably due to repetitive stress and told to wear a brace. After a few days I had a lot of pain in my elbow accompanied by swelling as well as a lot of swelling in may hand – I wasn’t moving my hand because it hurt my elbow so much so it just hung there which may have caused the swelling. I ditched the brace. After about a week my hand/fingers were back to normal but my elbow was super-sensitive. I lightly bumped it against the arm of my chair and I was nearly in tears. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I wake up to find the extender muscles in my forearm don’t work. With my palm facing down my wrist would just hang there and I could not raise my fingers. This time I was diagnosed with a radial nerve palsy caused by..? I received a CAT scan to ensure I wasn’t having a stroke, and X-rays of my shoulder and elbow which were negative. I had an EMG test which revealed I had radial and medial nerve damage. They estimated 2 months to full recovery which I am about a week away from. I have regained virtually all motion but I have a lack of grip strength in my hand. It has improved after physio but not much. None of the Dr’s I saw seemed to think my elbow had anything to do with this but I have been getting increased elbow pain again in the last day or two. I also get a lot of elbow pain when trying to grip with my hand and it is still super-sensitive. A slight bump will have me screaming. I don’t know what to do now. The Dr’s don’t believe my elbow pain is as bad as it is. Any ideas?

  10. lyndsey

    slit wrist, cut ulnar nerve?
    someone close to me recently slit their wrists and are in surgery right now. they have cut their ulnar nerve in their left wrist. is there anyway that they will ever be able to use their hand compltely ever again? is there a way to completly repair this?

    1. Libraryanna

      It depends on how badly cut it is (all they way through, nicked, etc.). Since they re-attach a hand successfully, there is a chance the surgery will be successful and this person will be able to use their hand completely again. It takes about 18 months for a nerve to completely recover from an injury.

      I would be more concerned about why they cut their wrists.

  11. Mark R

    Snowboard wrist injury. How can I take care of a pinched nerve?
    I recently fell on my left hand wrist while snowboarding and I’ve been having a tingly sensation in my pinky and ring finger as well as the “cushion” area under them. I have read some websites and I’m pretty sure I pinched a nerve called the “ulnar nerve”. There is no swelling or pain of any kind, and I only get the tingly sensation palm side. How can I take care of this at home?

  12. Victoria

    Arm Pain – Wrist to Neck?
    My spouse is a 25 year old male. About 6 years ago he sustained an injury to his wrist. He was told he would recover in a week, but things are getting progressively worse to a point where quality of life is greatly affected.

    First his pain was only in the wrist, then over time its moved up to the elbow and shoulder, and most recently the neck. After years, he finally got some diagnosis, but it was Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Doctors once thought the ulnar nerve was the issue since his pain defiantly runs along that path, but an MRI, ultrasound, cat scan cannot find anything wrong. He as been able to use his arm less and less over the years, and he now thinks walking might be an issue.

    He always has pain/discomfort and also gets the numb/tingly feeling. Lately he has been getting incredible pains where the it shoots from his wrist to neck, his neck and shoulder being the worse areas for pain. It seems over years that his wrist has become the lesser issue with his arm. He screams in pain until the point where he even passes out or his arm feels numb.The most severe episodes are in the evening lasting for even hours. He does get small episodes throughout the day the last a few minutes, as well as the continuous, more regular discomfort and pain.

    He as been prescribed most non-narcotic pain killers which haven’t worked, and he is very uncomfortable using Narcotics.

    This injury seems to be getting much worse over time and much much more painful. No one seems to be able to find anything. I want to know which type of injury this could be. Is it possible to hurt the ulnar nerve to this extent and it not be detected? Is there another injury that can be along the same path as this nerve?

    The only thing I’ve been able to find with some of the symptoms was Peripheral Neuropathy.

    1. dares2cares

      Ok since he has already been to the doctor, I would recommend that you see a chiropractor. This really sounds like a neck related alignment issue. In addition, I would recommend that you see a doctor who is trained in Applied Kinesiology or CHiropractic neurology. Both of these techniques tend to look for the cause of the problem. He may need some certain nutrition in addition to the chiropractic adjustments and the muscle work.

      I really wish you and your husband the best. If you have any other questions, please feel free to e-mail me at dare2care@dishmail.net. If you do e-mail me, let me know where you are located so I can help find someone in your area.

  13. Matt

    I have ulnar nerve pain in my forearm/wrist area. I am trying to figure out what to do it has been 6 months.?
    It feels like my nerve in my wrist/forearm is being stabbed and my two outer fingers go numb. I am very frusterated at this point and depressed quite frankly. I was hoping someone could help me find a solution.

    1. Timm

      Cubital tunnel syndrome (CuTS) is a repetitive stress injury (RSI) that can result in moderate to severe pain and numbness in the elbow and ring & little fingers. Untreated, CuTS can result in extreme pain, surgery or an unusable hand.

      The problem occurs where the ulnar nerve passes around the elbow. The nerve rests in a groove called the cubital tunnel tucked behind the bony point on the elbow. Repeated stretching or hitting this nerve results in numbness, shocks and pain, similar to what you feel when you hit your “funny bone.”

      Based on your symptoms, you need to see a specialist immediately. Unless it’s required for your insurance, skip your family doctor and head directly to a doctor or surgeon with direct experience treating cubital tunnel syndrome.

      If you are interested, you may wish to visit our cubital tunnel forums where you can share your experiences, ask questions and get answers about your condition. You should not have to live in pain! Good luck.

      http://www.cubital-tunnel.com/cms/index.php/Forums/

  14. jenlyn70

    Why is my little finger asleep?
    The left side of my left hand and all of my little finger feels like it is asleep. It’s been about 4 days now. I have had carpal tunnel before and this is similar but does not go away when my wrist is straight or when I am not doing data entry. I hate to miss work for a doctor’s appointment and make the co-pay for him to tell me he doesn’t know what it is.

    1. littleturtleboy

      Have you been picking your nose too much again?

      Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

      It can certainly still be carpal tunnel syndrome – especially if the inflammation has progressed far enough. Otherwise it sounds like a neuropathy which is injury or inflammation to the nerve that goes to the little finger. When you say left side of your hand, are you referring to the side of your hand that your pinky is closer to or your thumb – because that could be either way depending on which way your hand is facing.

      If it involves both the pinky and the side of the ring finger that is facing the pinky, it may be a neuropathy involving the ulnar nerve, which is the same nerve you hit when you hit your “funny bone”. Otherwise if it is only the pinky, you may be putting pressure on the pinky side of the hand – constant pressure can lead to nerve injury as well.

      The best thing is still to consult your doctor as you do need someone to examine it to give you a proper diagnosis. If you do not feel comfortable with your doctor, then you need to find a different doctor – feeling comfortable with your doctor is very important. You can consider following with up a neurologist or an orthopedists who happens to be a hand specialist as well, especially if you don’t need a referral from your primary care doctor.

      Hope this information provides a little start in figuring out your problem.

  15. kfksmom

    Can ulnar nerve transposition fail after many years?
    Had ulnar nerve transposition in 1999 and over the past weekend I am experienceing the same elbow pain and finger tingling I had before the surgery.
    Thank you Stephanie. I am making an appt. with my primary tomorrow, so hopefully she will give me referral back to ortho surgeon.

    1. Stephanie F

      Here is a study of 15 patients that it didn’t work on and had to have more surgery because of the wrong diagnosis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10616082

      Here is a place where a lot of people have had the same surgery and what they went through and if they felt it worked or not. It seems to me that the majority didn’t have any relief after the surgery.
      http://moxiefoxtrot.com/2008/03/23/ulnar-nerve-transposition-surgery/

      I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant, but I do not specialize in hand injuries and don’t know too much about it. I did just have a lady who fell and broke her arm and they rerouted her ulnar nerve and she could not move her fingers or wrist. The surgeon told her that it would take 3 months before she could move it. She was getting some back after a month, but she still had a long way to go. She went home and was going to get home therapy, so I haven’t heard how much she has gotten back since she left.

  16. mojo

    What causes my pinky and ring finger (ulnar nerve) to be numb?
    I recently hurt my hand playing hockey by having a skate cut it. I also fell on my wrist when this happened.

    Luckily the cut to my hand missed all of the nerves and tendons in my hand but my pinky and outer ring finger are still numb as is part of my palm. When I went to the doctors office he poked my hand to make sure the nerve still worked (it does) but I still have numbness.

    There is one place on my wrist that makes my numb fingers/hand tingle when I put pressure on it. Are there any suggestions on

    A. What is wrong with my hand
    B. Anything I can do to fix it and
    C. Why would there be a pressure point on my wrist that makes the numb part of my hand tingle?

    Thanks for the help in advance

    1. Kim

      A. The ulnar allows muscle activity (motor) and sensation (sensory) to your ring, pinky finger and part of your palm;it is the same nerve that makes your arm numb when you hit your elbow/ funny bone. You say that the nerve still works; I assume you mean that you can move the fingers (motor); but have decreased sensation. This usually means that you have some swelling or stretching of the nerve at the level of your injury. The sensation should return. The general rule of recovery is: the nerve sensation will return at the rate of 1 millimeter/day. So, if your injury is 100 millimeters away from the tip of your fingers, you will regain sensation in 100 days.
      B. You can’t really hurry this, but it helps to move your hand in normal ways (activities of daily living) like opening doors, brushing teeth, etc, to stimulate nerve function. Be patient.
      C. You are describing Tinel sign. See the link below.

      Be nice to your hand. You will get better.

  17. Loko Ebk

    18. Work in concrete construction feel shock like on right arm?
    I’m 18, when I’m working outside at my job sometimes when I am pulling on something or at work, I’ll feel like a sudden shock on my hand. Or it’s kind of like lost of power. Could it be something to do with the blood from my vein not coming through? I don’t know what it is.

    1. Mieren

      That’s cubital tunnel syndrome. It’s like carpal tunnel syndrome, but it’s the elbow instead of the wrist. Anything that compresses, strikes or irritates the ulnar nerve will cause pain in the forearm, wrist and hand. It crops up after using the arm too much, hitting your elbow on something, or even sleeping on your arm funny. Take advil or aleve, whichever works better for you. Your arm will eventually get stronger, but for now you need to take it easy for a few days, and try not to sleep on that side. Be sure to stretch before and after using that arm for anything. Since it’s not an injury, don’t use ice or you’ll make it worse. A heating pad is actually your best bet to increase circulation and help it to heal faster. I’d also recommend taking a full vitamin once a day, preferably with dinner since it can upset an empty stomach. Vitamin deficiencies will cause all sorts of problems, including slower healing. If you keep up with them, it will even prevent this kind of thing from cropping up in the future.

  18. PinkAndFrilly

    does tingling hands and fingers always result to diabeties?
    im trying too look up info on this and i keep seeing “sign of diabeties” now im freaked out… but it could also be carpal tunnel syndrome…

    1. S D

      No, there are many causes, including nerve injury (neck or arm) and thyroid disease. If you are young and healthy and have no family history and no other symptoms, it is very unlikely that it’s related to diabetes. More common symptoms are excessive thirst and peeing a lot, along with weight loss. The numbness and tingling also often happens in the feet as well.

      Carpal tunnel (a nerve/swelling/inflammation problem in your wrist) affects the thumb and index finger and middle finger, usually symptomatic at night at first. If it’s the pinky and part of the ring finger, then that’s often an ulnar nerve (funny bone) problem. But both can be related to a nerve injury in your neck instead of your arm.

      On the other hand, it could be simple hyperventilation – breathing too much because you are nervous or upset. (Given that you are freaking out, this may be the cause.) Next time you have it, try putting a paper back over your nose and mouth and breathing slowly and deeply into it for about 10 breaths. See if it goes away.

      If it persists, see a doctor. Even if it’s carpal tunnel syndrome, they should run a blood test. Diabetes and thyroid disease can often cause carpal tunnel syndrome, along with overuse, but few doctors run those tests. Realize that diabetes can mean changing diet and exercising more, it’s not as horrible as some people seem to think. Lots of people live normal lives with it.

      By the way, it’s called paresthesias – numbness and tingling.

  19. Lisa G

    I have a sharp shooting pain in my right ring finger. What could it be? Is it a nerve? ?
    It only lasts a few seconds at a time and the pain radiates up my arm, dying out at about my armpit. I have a high pain tolerance and the intensity of this is surprising.

    1. imsety

      See your health care provider as soon as possible (orthopedic surgeon or hand specialist), for consultation. Finger pain is defined as pain in one or more fingers. Nearly everyone has injured a finger at sometime during their life. After an injury, the finger can remain a bit crooked or stiff. However, your hand can still work quite well with minor deformities. Fingers do not need to open or close completely to be functional.

      Numbness or tingling in the fingers may be a sign of a problem with nerves or blood flow.

      Causes

      Blood flow problems
      Injury
      Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
      Nerve problems
      Osteoarthritis
      Raynaud’s phenomenon
      Rheumatoid arthritis

      Entrapment is a condition where the ulnar nerve becomes trapped or pinched due to some physiological abnormalities.
      The ulnar nerve passes through many tunnels and outlets which could cause the nerve to be compressed or “pinched”. Entrapment’s are classified according to the location of the compressed. Some causes or origins noted could be:

      Problems originating at the neck (thoracic outlet syndrome, disease of the cervical spine).

      Brachial plexus abnormalities.

      Elbow abnormalities (fractures, growth plate injuries, cubital tunnel problems, improper use).

      Wrist abnormalities (fractures, Guyon canal problems).

      Artery aneurysms or thrombosis.

      Guyon’s canal syndrome, sometimes called Guyon’s tunnel syndrome, is a common nerve compression affecting the ulnar nerve as it passes through a tunnel in the wrist called Guyon’s canal. This problem is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome but involves a completely different nerve. Symptoms include a feeling of pins-and-needles in the ring and little fingers, and may progress to a burning pain in the wrist and hand followed by decreased sensation in the ring and little fingers. One common cause of this syndrome is from pressure of bicycle handlebars seen with avid cyclists. Another is from hard, repetitive compression against a desk surface while using a computer mouse.

      See a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  20. chynablue

    need help translating short german passage?
    This is on a clinic report of a relative in 1956. “Tiefe Schnittwunde am rechten Hand-gelenk mit Beugesehnenverletzung und Durchtrennung des N. ulnaris und der Atr, ulnaris Schnittwunde am linken Unterschenkel.” I have today found this in family papers, and if I knew the gist of it, it would solve a family mystery. Especially if there is something genetic?????

    1. SarahLou

      I put it in a translating thing it says…

      Deep cut at the right wrist with bend chord injury and disconnection of the N. Ulnar nerve and the Atr, ulnar nerve cut at the left lower leg

      interesting…

  21. Dis-Tastic Four

    What is going on! my hands are turning blue?
    they look like someone drew on it with a marker! but i was looking straight at it for 20 minutes and they are starting to turn ocean blue whats going on?!!?!?

    1. Isaiah Ware

      Given your description of the hand as being somewhat bluish as compared with the other one, and given that there is some sensory distortion or loss in it, there are two possibilities that come to mind right away, probably working in tandem to cause this: first, one would expect this sort of presentation possibly in someone who suffers from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), a condition in which the structures of the scalene triangle (composed of the collar bone and first rib, an area where the ulnar nerve and blood vessels feeding the arm and hand pass between) become a little too close together, putting pressure on the nerves and blood vessels serving the arm and hand. This is a common, if controversial finding, and can cause pain, numbness, tingling in the hand on the affected side, as well as chest pain, shoulder discomfort, poor venous return, etc. Not serious but often annoying and sometimes causing limiitation of movement or difficulty doing repetitive tasks, it can be the result of an anatomical abnormality, poor body mechanics or an injury such as whiplash.

      The other possible cause, and one which might show up this way because of a mild underlying TOS that hadn’t caused problems previously, would be the use of Inderal, which can, in many patients, cause coldness and even some discoloration in the hands and feet due to constriction of capilaries as one of its side effects. If this is of new onset, it may be because you started the Inderal and perhaps have a mild TOS problem on the affected side.

      Your doctor could do a simple screening test that involves taking your pulse at the wrist on the affected side while elevating and manipulating the arm. This isn’t the gold standard but can be a useful tool for determining if TOS may be present. Often there is nothing much worth doing about it. If it causes considerable pain and limitation of motion, TOS can sometimes be surgically corrected, but usually it is managed with some simple exercises, posture awareness and practicing good body mechanics. It’s not serious in any event, but you might want to have your doctor take a look at this to be certain there isn’t some other, really obscure and unusual cause for the symptoms. It seems pretty likelly it is a combination of TOS and Inderal use, but of course only your doctor can say for certain.

  22. Sanguinum Bellator

    what causes pain beneath the elbow?
    lately i have been lifting weights and after im finished lifting, the area below my elbow starts to hurt ONLY when my arm stretched. also it does not hurt while im lifting, only before and after. ive been having this pain for a while now and its starting to get annoying. can anyone tell me how to stop it or avoid it? (i already tried putting bengay on it) thanks for any answers.

    1. Shafrini

      Information About Common Elbow Conditions
      Common elbow conditions including golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, olecranon bursitis, and cubital tunnel syndrome. These conditions can cause elbow pain, swelling, and stiffness.
      Tennis Elbow (7)
      1.Elbow Bursitis
      Olecranon bursitis is a common cause of swelling and inflammation around the elbow joint. Usually treated by draining the swollen bursa, it is important that olecranon bursitis be evaluated by a physicain.

      Medial epicondylitis is sometimes referred to as Golfer’s Elbow, not because only golfers get the problem, but because the golf swing is a common activity that can cause the problem.
      2.Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
      Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the ulnar nerve where it crosses the elbow. This problem is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, except that a different nerve is compressed causing slightly different symptoms.
      3.Radial Tunnel Syndrome
      Radial tunnel syndrome is a condition that can cause aching in the forearm just below the elbow.
      4.Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture
      When the biceps tendon ruptures at its distal insertion, near the elbow joint, patients often complain of lack of strength. Usually this condition requires surgery for treatment.
      5.Olecranon Fracture
      An olecranon fracture is an injury to the prominent bone of the elbow joint. When a patient sustains a broken olecranon, surgery may be necessary to restore the alignment of the broken bones.
      Monteggia Fracture
      6.A Monteggia fracture is a variant of an ulna fracture of the forearm. In addition to the fracture of the ulna, these patients also have a dislocation of the radial head within the elbow joint. Treatment of a Monteggia fracture is with surgery to repair the ulna fracture.

      Tennis elbow is a condition that produces severe, burning pain over the bone at the side of the elbow. The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis. The pain results from inflammation of the tendon that attaches muscle to the bony projection (called the epicondyle) on the outside of the elbow.
      Tennis elbow usually begins with mild pain and can worsen over time. The pain is worsened by pressing on the affected area, by lifting objects particularly with extension of the wrist. Using a screwdriver can worsen the injury and cause pain. In advanced cases, even simple movements of the elbow joint can produce pain.
      While tennis elbow affects up to half of people who participate in racquet sports, most people who develop tennis elbow do not play racquet sports. Work activities that involve frequent use of the forearm muscles, such as meat cutting, painting, plumbing, or weaving are also associated with the development of tennis elbow.

      . Most people who develop the condition are between the ages of 30 and 50 years, but it can affect people of any age. In most cases, those affected do not notice a particular injury or traumatic event before the condition arises.

      Tennis elbow is usually easily diagnosed by a physical examination. Up to 90% of cases can be remedied by nonsurgical treatments, and symptoms usually diminish within four to six weeks with appropriate treatment.

      Treatment goals include pain relief and prevention of symptom recurrence. Initial treatments may include application of ice packs to the elbow and use of anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen) for pain relief. Later, braces or wrist splints may be recommended along with range of motion exercises and other forms of physical therapy. Corticosteroid injections in the elbow area can be beneficial in more serious cases of tennis elbow. When performing activities that put the elbow at risk, a tennis elbow strap can often be helpful to prevent reinjury.

      For additional information, please visit the following MedicineNet areas:

      Hope this be helpful to you. Good Luck!

  23. spawn0726

    I have a pain in my right hand that affects my little finger and that side of the wrist?
    The pain affects the right side of my wrist and little finger. I have had 3 major injuries(getting hand caught between doors and a roof hatch slammed down on it) I don’t think it’s CTS because that affects the middle fingers(so I’ve read)

    1. B H

      The Median nerve is affected in carpal tunnel syndrome. It affects primarily the thumb through middle finger. The Ulnar nerve is on the lateral side (outside) of the wrist and affects primarily the little finger and the ring finger. There is some overlap, but not much. by your description, you have an ulnar nerve syndrome. The injury could be anywhere from the elbow (the “funny bone”) to the wrist. That’s what Brett Farvre had when he hit his elbow. You say you hit your wrist.

      Either CTS or an ulnar nerve syndrome at the wrist should respond to a wrist splint and rest. You can also take Thiamine (B1), Pyridoxine (B6) and Cyanocobalamine (B12). These vitamins are essential for good nerve health. They can be obtained at any drug store in standard doses.

  24. dave k

    I have pain that is in the round part of my shoulder. Then runs between my bicep and triceps. help please!?
    I have pain that is in the round part of my shoulder. The pain runs between my bicep and tricep, and Then runs down my ulnar nerve. It is very painful at the base of my thumb below the wrist and at high point of my elbow ( Tennis Elbow ). It is accenuated when I sherver.
    I had my carpel tunnel fixed, now it feels like the pain is down the nerve. Help me please

    1. xeydc

      This groove carries one of the tendons of the biceps muscle and it sounds like you have developed tendinitis…lifting heavy suitcases has done it to me but it sounds like you are in better physical shape. However your situation is complicated by previous injury and surgery. Two choices…stop all exercise involving the painful area except gentle ROM until the pain eases or go see a sports medicine MD and get a steroid injection in the tendon sheath (you’ll still have to let up on the exercise.)

    1. Greasy Slit

      Human design flaws

      1. Female pelvis too small for the human baby’s head making birth difficult and prone to perinatal injuries to the baby.

      2. Retinal arteries/veins lying on and in front of the retina of the eyes. Many causes of blindness come from this defective design.

      3. Wisdom teeth with secondary abscesses, occasionally dissecting up into the cranium -> brain abscess, meningitis, epidural empyema.

      4. Larynx too highly placed, leading to common choking deaths.

      5. A bony projection, called the Odontoid Process, an extension of the C2 vertebral body lie a long finger, up to the end of the brainstem. It can easily fracture, especially in rheumatoid arthritis. That leads to death or paralysis of all extremities and inability to breathe without a mechanical ventilator. A simpler rotatory ball-socket joint would be better and safer.

      6. Semi-soft disc material between vertebrae and just anterior to the spinal cord, were suited well to quadrupeds. But in humans the upper body weight compresses these and can cause herniations with mild to moderate trauma. There are 6 of these (none at C1-2) in the neck, 12 in the thoracic spine, 5 (rarely 6) in the Lumbar spine. That is 23 flaws or accidents waiting to happen.

      7. Hip joints perfectly suited to support human weight if there were four of them or 4 supporting limbs. In a biped, the stress causes extremely common hip degeneration, femoral neck fractures in women and older people. How often do you hear of that in a dog or horse?

      8. Knees similarly are not strong enough with the tibial cartilage in two legs for human weight, jumping down, and running. If we had 4 legs it would not be so bad. How often do you see cats with knee problems?

      9. Foot and ankle bones are badly designed. Most quadrupeds walk on their toes or the balls of the feet. This puts more weight on flexible tendons, ligaments and several bending joints spreading the stress. In the human food, we are walking on essentially our leg “wrists” and balls of the foot with an arch that is traumatised by walking and standing. When it falls it has an additional problem of severe foot pain. (see 10).

      10. In those fallen arches, the plantar nerves are badly placed. Instead of weaving between or over top of bones to their skin sensory receptors, these course “under” the ankle bones, under the arch to the metatarsal joints. When the arch slowly gives way it stretches those nerves and eventually compresses them. This never happens in dogs or cats.

      11. Human wrist must extend to provide maximum finger flexion; a major human task is to hold things in our hands. So the wrist flexes a thousand times a day. Problem is that the median nerve runs through a bony trough covered by tough ligaments, the Carpal Tunnel. With every wrist flexion the median nerve is pulled in and out of that canal. The canal is easily narrowed by minor injuries or repetitive use. The nerve is injured causing pain, finger numbness, and weakness in thumb opposition.

      12. The Elbow flexes and extends, but an important nerve, the Ulnar Nerve mostly motor to the muscles of the forearm and hand. It unfortunately does not go in front of the elbow in the safer soft tissue. It courses behind the elbow which is fine in horses, but human flex the arm at the elbow that pulls and stretches the ulnar nerve in a long course behind the elbow in an “ulnar groove” and additionally a human sitting often rest elbows on a table, and that compresses the ulnar nerve. Dogs and cats don’t do that.

      13. The Brachial Plexus is a cluster of the nerves to the arm that travels through a triangle with the first rib being the bottom, the collar bone in front, and the scalene muscles behind. Also in the triangle is the brachial artery to supply blood to the arm. Poor posture, hanging by exercise bars from the hands, or throwing balls, cause the triangle to compress either or both structures. This is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the Neuronal form when the plexus is injured and vascular form when the brachial circulation is impaired.

      14. Female urinary opening (urethra), vagina, and rectum all located in a close row so that rectal infection of the urethra/bladder/kidneys, or the vagina is risky. The old joke is why is the recreational park located at the sewage outflow pipes?

      15. Appendix is a seemingly useless relic of evolution that often gets infected and ruptures in a life threatening peritonitis unless removed quickly. A few postulate that it might have bacterial that make certain vitamins. That is unproven.

      16. Large veins in the legs, progressively dilating from standing, walking, run the risk of blood clotting when the human sits for a period of time. These veins send those clots north to the heart’s right ventricle and directly into the lungs causing pulmonary emboli (clots and lung infarction) that is often fatal.) Quadruped animals rarely die of this. Many humans do.

    1. jollyjoel2

      The ring and pinky finger are typically supplied by the ulnar nerve. Numbness may indicate injury to this nerve or compression of the nerve somewhere along its course within the arm. Common compression sites are in the elbow (this is the nerve you compress when you hit your ‘funny bone’) or in the wrist.

    1. Jamie

      Yes, DONT DO IT!

      Wrist cutting is sometimes practiced with the goal of self-mutilation and not suicide; however, if the bleeding is copious and/or allowed to continue unchecked, cardiac arrhythmia, followed by severe hypovolemia, shock, circulatory collapse and/or cardiac arrest, and death may ensue, in that order.

      In the case of a failed suicide attempt, the person may experience injury of the tendons of the extrinsic flexor muscles, or the ulnar and median nerves which control the muscles of the hand, both of which can result in temporary or permanent reduction in the victim’s sensory and/or motor ability and/or also cause chronic somatic or autonomic pain. As in any class IV hemorrhage, aggressive resuscitation is required to prevent death of the patient; standard emergency bleeding control applies for pre-hospital treatment.

      Arterial bleeding is identified by the rhythmic gush of blood (in unison with the heartbeat) that is bright red in color. Venous bleeding produces a continuous stream of blood of a darker red color. Arterial bleeding is more difficult to control and usually more life-threatening.

  25. Sandra

    Shoulder pain that goes to elbow, wrist, cold fingers-what kind of injury? Hurts to lift arm.?
    I’ve been working out a lot and also doing heavy lifting because I’m moving. I’m sure it’s just a strain or something. Hurts when I lift my arm at all (outer area of shoulder muscle) and pain radiates to my elbow and wrist and my hand is definately colder. Did I injure a nerve? Do I use heat or cold?

    1. B H

      From your description, it sounds like you pulled a muscle and the resulting spasm is putting pressure on a nerve. I suspect that its the ulnar nerve (it would start at the posterior deltoid and radiate to the elbow and then to the ring and little finger. The cold sensation is also consistent with a nerve injury. Your arteries aren’t getting the correct signals to dilate and so there is less blood flow. Rest is the appropriate treatment unless you have muscle weakness in your fingers. Then, you need to get this checked out more thoroughly.

      To speed recovery, you might also take vitamins B1 (Thiamine),. B6 (pyridoxine) and B12 (cobalamine). They can be obtained at standard doses through your drugstore. They are essential for proper nerve health and function and should be helpful.

      If your have spasms, then heat will help. Otherwise, just a littile “tincture of time”

  26. Kyle G

    Ulnar nerve question?
    Hey, around 9 months ago after learning on my elbow for a long period of time, with also having my wrist bent i got numbness in my pinky and half of the fourth finger. I went to the local clinic days later and was told it took a long time to heal. Now it definitely seems to be getting better, he did not do any tests other than inspection (Seeing my response to pressure on the nerve). Now a week or two ago i slept on my arm bent and it the nerve really acted up and i saw swelling near my elbow, it went away hours later. I feel that alot of feeling has restored compared to 8 months ago. but it made me do more research, im reading about atrophy and things about the nerve and im getting really worried, i want to make an appointment to a hand specialist but this was not recommended by the doctor i saw previously. I have not developed any clawing of the sorts after 8 months but the fingers do feel “different” (perhaps could be considered weak but i dont have trouble holding things, no clawing but it feels like holding your arm up for a minute or so but very slightly) but I feel things very well, eg. fabrics, surfaces, dips, pain etc which before the numbness was numb, Just the tips of the fingers feel any sort of numb feeling (Also i remember when i got the injury the side of my palm felt numb but that went away fairly quickly. How serious is this injury, i have read people lived with it for years and some who say its serious, I had it checked months ago but am starting to question his diagnostic as there wasnt any sort of EMG performed. He said he felt the nerve was in the right place.

    I have been keeping the arm straight as much as possible, especially when sleeping. Also trying to keep as little pressure on the elbow as possible, but have not resorted to taking anti-inflammatory like advil.

    Reading about atrophy has gotten me really frightened, like the doctor did not do enough to check out my injury, He did not give me a timeframe for the healing and now im scared. Has anyone here had extended numbness in the ulnar nerve? Is it getting better or am I just crazy, and stupid to have waited 8 months. I do use a computer for hours on a daily basis, but do keep my arm straight as much as posible. I try to take breaks and watch lots of videos where my arms are fairly still.
    Just to clarify, the doctor did not tell me not to go see a specialist, he didnt mention that it was an option and only recently did i find out that many people do. Perhaps he felt that it wasnt necessary that to be safe go see a specialist and see specifically whats wrong.

    1. high lonesome

      Your description of symptoms is almost verbatim to mine.I carried a huge heavy tv down the stairs one night and woke up with the same feeling,I went to the er because I couldn’t use my hand.The doctor blew me off and said I stretched a nerve but didn’t say which one.I play guitar and for the next month My fingers felt weak and funny,then I couldn’t open a car door or button my pants.I went to my regular doc and he explained the ulnar nerve to me and preformed an EMG.Sure enough I had problems.He sent me to a neurologist and he said surgery was needed.They pull the ulnar nerve away from the tip of your elbow and stuff it a few inches up so when you flex your elbow it contracts rather than stretches.Anyway I said lets do it as I was scared shi……and wanted the use of my hand back.I had surgery the next morning as they had a cancellation.It went well,that was July1 09.Atrophy is not reversible.Also I wasn’t told by the surgeon that the surgery doesn’t repair the problem you already have it prevents future damage.That was nice to find out after the fact.It’s been 3 months now and I can use my hand and fingers very well but the strength is so slow coming back.It can take up to a year easily.My forearm looks a bit funny like it was cinched up a little and is sore every morning.I’m glad I did the surgery thank God I got my feeling back.I cant even begin to imagine what people with severe spinal chord injuries go through so Ill stop my whining.Take care of it asap.Once the damage is done it’s to late to fully recover.good luck to you

  27. JUSTIN H

    whats wrong with my thumb if i have these symptoms?
    i hurt my thumb in basketball last night and i want to know what could be wrong with it i could move it a little bit but when i try to wiggle it it hurts like crazy. It hurts the most on the lower part where the bone is very badly and its a little swollen not alot but when i try to massage it theres a sharp pain that runs through my thumb any answers?

    1. est1982

      lots of questions to ask you, but since this is informal, i suggest seeing an hand/wrist specialist in an orthopaedic setting. depends how you injured it, how old you are, etc. i’m thinking “game-keepers thumb”. google it and see if you match the symptoms. it’s also called an “ulnar collateral ligament injury” if it’s on the side of the thumb closest to your next finger. if it’s on the other side, it’s radial collateral. some might need surgery (if you fit the criteria with age and health history), some can be casted and well molded. because i dont know much about your symptoms, it might not be that, it might be an avulsion fracture (salter harris type fractures). if you’re young, your growth plate may be involved. i suggest seeing a hand/wrist specialist to get it checked. there will be xrays done, and he’ll check your nerves also. there are a lot of nerves in the fingers so it’s sensitive to pain. try to keep it protected and ice it if you can until you see the doc.

  28. Blondie

    Slight numbness, electric shock feeling in finger?
    I had ulnar nerve entrapment in my wrist a while ago from sleeping on a hand with a tight bracelet on, there would be electric shock feelings if I tapped the outer side of my wrist but eventually it got better. Now I’ve noticed when I touch the underside of my ring finger (next to pinky finger) Iget the same electric shock symtoms. Only started happening in the last few days. Coudl this be to do with the same injury and will it go?
    My doctor is unfortunately useless, she will just do what she did when I firs injured my wrist (tell me it would get better in a week.. it didnt!)

    1. McMike

      Go to a doctor for that. How can anybody possible answer nerve damage issues other than a doctor who needs to take xrays or something more extensive. Hopefully you don’t have fibermialga.

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      DID YOU TELL HER???

  29. Sarah

    What is wrong with my hand?
    Okay so yesterday I fell when I was rollerblading I went to catch my self and hit my had weird on the wrist guards we have to wear. My hand swelled up really bad and is bruised. Its gone down a bit but it hurts to use my hand and when i move my thumb my hand goes numb. So I was wondering if anyone had any idea what i did?

    1. imsety

      See your health care provider as soon as possible (orthopedic surgeon or hand specialist), for consultation. When you fall, it is natural to extend to reduce the impact from hitting the ground. The way you land on your hand can stretch or tear the ulnar collateral ligament. symptoms include bruising, tenderness, and swelling.

      Numbness in hands describes a loss of sensation or feeling in your hands or fingers. Numbness in hands is usually caused by irritation or compression of a branch of a nerve traveling to the arms, hands or fingers. Numbness in hands may be accompanied by tingling, burning, weakness or sometimes sharp pain. If you experience hand numbness, consult with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

      If the ligament is only partially torn, your doctor will probably immobilize your thumb joint with a bandage, cast, or splint until it heals. To ease pain and swelling, you can place an ice pack on your thumb twice a day for 2 to 3 days after the injury.

      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  30. deoapril

    I guess this is for medical students or doctors.?
    please whats the side effect if someone has an ulner nerve injury and still has not done the surgery on the nerves after 11 yrs but has the flesh stitched up and has partial feelings on some parts of the fingers affected?

    1. Orinoco

      In some cases there will be no residual deficit. However, the ulnar nerve supplies:

      - sensation of the little finger and half of the ring finger
      - motor signals to the small muscles of the hand

      and if there has been a laceration or an old injury that is impairing function there could be weakness spreading fingers apart or holding them tight together.

      If the injury is high up on the arm there may be weakness of flexing the wrist or cupping the hand.

  31. jdon

    Why is my wrist clicking?
    After injuring a tendon on the ulnar side of the wrist about a month ago, my wrist is starting to feel a lot better. When I put my wrist into extension though, I feel a click (not painful but annoying). What is that clicking and how do I get rid of it? Thanks.

    1. tHe sAmUrAi..

      I too had a wrist injury recently! I had punched my glass fish tank. That cut my tendon into 2. But my wrist recovered fin. I also had a wrist fracture which required my wrist to be in plaster for a month. After that movement became painful. With proper exercises under the doc’s guidance, I’ve recovered. But I never noticed any clicking. Maybe it is the injured nerves recovering. It would be more sensible to visit your doctor. He’ll know what is wrong. Maybe your tendon is still not healed. Uh, do you mean twitching or clicking? If it is twitching then maybe it is still not recovered. Talk to the doc. and give it some time to recover.

  32. ll lOViNGxxYOU ll

    ulnar nerve injury?
    for a few months i’ve had numbness of my pinky and part of my palm under my pinky. everytime i bend my elbow all the way i feel something pulling and it hurts. they tested me for a pinched nerve and found i didn’t have one. just recently the webbing in between my pointer finger and thumb has sunk in. i have yet to get a nerve conduction velocity test but i want some insight and see if anyone else knows what it might be. these symptoms are all in one hand.thankss.

    1. Richard C

      Have they taken a simple x-ray of the elbow to see if there is a problem as the nerve goes by the elbow? Obviously the EMG test will show if there is any slowing of the nerve from point to point. What you are describing is definitely an Ulnar nerve problem. The only question now is where the problem resides, elbow or wrist.

  33. leeskimmerz

    Why does my ring and little finger allways tingle ?
    My ring and little finger has been tingling for like the last week and i have tried everything to try to get it to stop….but now i cant straighten out those two finger all the way…….can anyone shine a light and possibly give me something that it might be…
    Para—–no i haven’t hit my elbow…..

    1. Paramimic

      Did you hit your funny bone recently? The ulnar nerve innervates the ring and pinky finger and if they’re tingling, it could indicate that there is pressure on the nerve due to injury or inflammation. It isn’t impossible that inflammation in the elbow is putting pressure on the nerve.
      ***************************************************************************************************************
      If you haven’t hit your elbow, the tingling sensation is a sign of pressure on the nerve. Pinched nerves are pretty common and can range from an annoying tingle all the way to severe pain and temporary loss of sensation and function. Often the issue resolves itself but you may want to consult a neurologist if the sensation is persistant or worsens. In the mean time try some ice and compression on the elbow. The ice can help reduce any inflammation and perhaps convince the nerve to scoot over where it belongs. Immobilizing the joint can also help.

      There are other medical conditions that can affect the sensation in your limbs. Poorly managed diabetics (or well managed diabetics, over time) can develop altered sensation usually in their feet and fingertips. The fancy word for it peripheral neuropathy. It typically affects the limbs bilaterally, (on both sides at the same time) so a disease pathology isn’t very likely to be the cause.

      Since what you are feeling is confined to the ring and pinky finger, that is a huge red flag that the ulnar nerve specifically is the culprit. We know that the ulnar nerve controls sensation and movement along the bottom part of the arm and then it splits in two parts and ends up in those two fingers. There are only a few places the nerve could be pinched: the wrist, the shoulder and the elbow. The wrist could be the problem, but its not a very common area for pinched nerves. If it were at the shoulder, we might expect other parts of the arm to be affected as well, this doesn’t seem to be the case. At the elbow, the nerve passes right through where the bones are moving and indeed this is where the most likely source of the problem is. Rest it, ice it for a while and if it gets worse or doesn’t get any better you should get the issue addressed by a physician.

  34. woohoo

    What do my symptoms point to?
    I just got back from my rheumatologist. Looks like I do not have arthritis, lupus, my blood sugar is fine (no diabetes), no Lymes disease.
    Heres what I do have: Severe pain in my hands especially at night and in the morning, but also throughout the day. It is less my wrists and more my middle and pointer fingers. I have a hard time straightening my hands which my MD says is not typical of carpal tunnel.
    I have pain in my knees in middle of night and mornings.
    My hands go numb when I am driving, or having them upright.
    My shoulder was hurting/ clicking for a while, felt like a torn rotator cuff, but I stopped working out and that seems to have stopped.
    I am worried that the inflammation is cancer?

    1. MonTana Tiggs (Smokey)

      II can tell by your description that you are a little depressed; more like alot because you are feeling like you -what in the
      heck is wrong-with me I know something is wrong am i crazy??? Right?????
      ______________________W-E-L-L_____________________________

      - I am going to be your little voice telling you: DO NOT GIVE UP! – LIKE I WAS TOLD BY SOMEONE ELSE- You
      know your body best and there is a reason for why you are feeling the way you do

      My dr has a new attitude, WITH

      THE RESULTS OF MY LAST TESTS…

      CAN I SHARE A SCENARIO:

      -I spent the last year and a half going thru heart tests (passsed with flying colors) CT scans, AND it was not my heart at

      all…however, NUMBNESS, ETC — and it was turing to PAIN>>> well after several specialists and a bunch of tests,

      my dr finally sent me to a NEUROLOGIST…
      I found out a number of things;

      I have been able to get off a few meds and I feel better already!
      – 1. I was on topamax for migraines, GONE
      – 2 i was on BP meds, the topomax was causing heart pain and chest pain and the exact same symptoms in my r arm (

      tightness and the numbness) BUT since it is a pinched nerver- GONE another med!

      I didn’t give up complaining, my DR referred me to a neurologist and did a bunch of neurological tests and found the

      problems!!!!
      my dr finally sent me to a NEUROLOGIST…
      WHAT A RELIEF!

      OK truth be known,because — I was dealing with the same thing. I found out i have a PINCHED nerves – occipital (head) and ulnar nerve at my elbow. .

      before suggesting, I would Take inventory of all that you have done:
      , injuries, meds, falls all dr reports etc.

      I did and this is what the results were: I had fallen, but I had no pain, however, within a month, I was not able to

      ‘grasp ” the steering wheel- my r side of my face- ear top of head and back of it wer all going NUMB– freaked me

      out and I thought i had a stroke- lol

      I kept telling the Dr and he was getting flustered. however – YOU KNOW DEEP DOWN THAT SOMETHING IS

      WRONG
      DO

      I used to type up a storm and have no errors- I am down to hunting and pecking- LOL (well – not that bad yet–)
      I had an MRI of my neck and head. The reports were that I had a herniated disk right at the base of my scull and

      that Occipital nerve and also my 3 fingers middle ring and pinky were going numb all the time.

      Eventually I will have surgery, but what was recommended is a soft elbow pad- to give it a little rest – do not lean on the elbow.

      My shoulder neck all of it was hurting so bad and i was also thinking that the brain tumor i have had gotten bigger-

      WHAT A RELIEF TO FIND OUT – some NERVE is just acting up

      ONE irritated little bugger ! LOL.

      rest assured no cancer!

      KEEP TRYING TILL U GET THE ANSWERS AND IF U NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO – EMAIL OR MSG ME

  35. Alysha

    ulnar nerve entrapment..should i go to the doctor?
    I just asked this question earlier, but didnt really get any replies. I have ulnar nerve entrapment and was wondering is there anything the doctor can do to help me with this problem. My mum thinks there is little a doctor can do, therefore doesn’t think i should go see one. However, i think that the problem is quite serious and that it needs medical attention. I was wondering what can the doctor do to help me with my trapped nerve, and is there any point in going to a doctor?

    Each day the pain is getting worse, so this is the major reason why i think i should go see a doctor. I’m pretty sure the doctor can help in some way, is this correct?
    3 hours ago – 4 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    I have been told i have an ulnar nerve entrapment and the earliest i can see the doctor is this friday. I have the exact symptoms of an ulnar nerve entrapment, and its caused from a repetitive strain injury (RSI) and really need help. Each day the pain is getting worse during the evenings, especially from my wrist to elbow, and also my pinky and ring finger.
    The pain basically runs from my elbow down to my wrist…i get quite sharp shocks there and then runs down my pinky and also the ring finger
    2 hours ago

    1. formerly_bob

      There is no way to what the doc can do for you unless you get an MRI of your elbow. Most of the time the treatment is pretty simple – figure out what you are doing to cause the injury and stop doing it.

      If you are not aware of any activity that might be causing this, the most probable cause is sleeping with your elbow in a bent position. You can easily test this out and correct the problem by paying attention to you arm position and wearing a brace or wrap to immobilize your elbow.

      If th problem is caused by some type of work you are doing, then only opinion is to find a different way to the the task, get a different job, or wear a brace to restrict movement.

  36. deytripper_yeah

    The tip of my pinky finger on my left hand is numb as is the outside of my ring finger on the same hand.?
    What in the world could this be? I haven’t had any injuries to my hand. Could it be a nerve thing? This is so weird, I’m nervous about it.

    1. hwynne2003

      Sounds like you’ve pinched a branch of the ulnar nerve, which is a nerve that comes right around your elbow across your wrist and into your hand. Usually its just minor inflammation that resolves over a few minutes to hours. You don’t need to do anything special, but if it lasts more than a day or two you could take an antiinflammatory like Motrin or Advil.

  37. B

    Pain in my elbows and arm?
    I get this recurrent pain in my left and right arms, it never happens in both arms at the same time, right now its my left arm, especially my elbow. It feels like my nerves are pressed tight or something like that, what could this be?

    1. Dr. DMF

      It’s possible you’ve developed Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, which is similar to the commonly-known Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (which affects the median nerve as it traverses the carpal tunnel in the wrist/hand) except Cubital Tunnel Syndrome involves the ulnar nerve within the medial aspect of the elbow, where the ulnar nerve enters the cubital tunnel. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is the result of compression of the ulnar nerve–generally a syndrome of overuse, not the result of trauma (i.e., it develops from poor posture, typing/sitting at the computer for long periods, leaning on the elbow for repetitively for extended periods, etc., rather than traumatic injury such as falling on your elbow/arm, etc). Incidentally, the ulnar nerve is unprotected for several centimeters at the elbow (when you hit your “funny bone,” it is the ulnar nerve that causes the ‘electric shock’ sensation) so compression of this nerve isn’t uncommon.
      The common etiologies (causes) of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome include: constricting fascial bands, subluxation of ulnar nerve over medial epicondyle, cubitus valgus, bony spurs, hypertrophied synovium, tumors (uncommon), ganglia, or direct compression of the ulnar nerve as it crosses the cubital tunnel. Further, elbow flexion decreases the volume of cubital tunnel thereby causing compression of ulnar nerve. As such, compression of the ulnar nerve causes pain at the medial aspect of the elbow, and symptoms at the forearm and hand. In addition to ulnar nerve subluxation, osteoarthritis of the elbow joint is also another associated, causative condition.
      Symptomatology of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome includes: Paresthesias (abnormal sensations–such as tingling, burning, pricking, numbness–without an apparent cause; commonly known as “pins & needles”) along lateral forearm, wrist, and 4th and 5th digits, which is commonly caused by irritation/inflammation of a sensory nerve/nerve root. In Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, associated paresthesias are often intermittent, i.e., present and subside periodically and sporadically, but without treatment and continued ulnar nerve compression and irritation, they often become more constant. In addition to paresthesias, other symptomatology includes: nocturnal elbow pain, medial elbow pain, diminished or loss of grip strength and diminished or loss of fine motor skills in affected hand (the ulnar nerve starts in the medial cord of the brachial plexus, descends the humerus, runs the length of the ulna (forearm) and ends in the little (“pinky”) finger and part of the ring finger, thus how it affects the hand and its function).
      Because Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a condition of overuse, common in athletes participating in throwing sports, racquet sports, weight-lifting and skiing, and also people who sleep with their elbows bent, their arms overhead or both, there are some common, general preventative measures you can try: 1) sleep with your elbows straight and avoid sleeping with arms overhead; 2) keep proper posture when working at a desk or during long periods of sitting; 3) avoid long periods of time with the elbows bent or with pressure on the elbows (e.g., sitting in a chair with hard arm-rests for extended periods can cause compression of the ulnar nerve, as such it should be avoided); 4) periods of rest during “flares;” 5) avoidance of any known aggravating activities.
      As for treatment(s) of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, initially, if there is no motor weakness, conservative treatment is appropriate. This includes: avoiding periods of prolong elbow flexion; avoid long periods of pressure and compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow; change the way you get out of bed so as to avoid flexion, compression, etc. Also, ice/heat packs as needed for symptom relief can be tried in addition to splinting or bracing the affected elbow/arm while sleeping to keep the elbow in extension (straight) and help alleviate pressure off the cubital tunnel.
      Medical and pharmacological treatment, as determined by your physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, may include corticosteroid/local anesthetic injection (such as methylprednisolone, triamcinolone or betamethasone, etc., mixed with 0.5% bupivacaine or 1% lidocaine) into the ulnar groove, parallel to the ulnar nerve. This can reduce irritation and inflammation of the nerve and surrounding tissue and also alleviate associated pain with the local anesthetic; however these injections are considered “second-line” treatment/therapy, meaning they should be reserved for when other treatments have failed. Those other treatments would be pharmacotherapeutic medications: specifically, Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs [NSAIDs]–over-the-counter preparations such as ibuprofen [Advil, Motrin, et al], naproxen sodium [Aleve]–as well as prescription NSAIDs such as diclofenac, etodolac, fenoprofen, meloxicam, piroxicam, et al. Other pharmacotherapeutic medications include various other types of analgesics such as acetaminophe

  38. ARGA

    Ulnar nerve numbness digits 4-5?
    I was resting on my elbow in my bed 3 days ago, and my pinky and digit 4 still feel slightly numb as if I hit my funny bone. It’s been 3 days and it’s not going away. If I damaged my ulnar nerve by resting on my elbow, will it heal on it’s own?

    1. Rusty

      It probably will in time by not resting on it or using it much. I have had ulnar nerve surgery on left elbow and at the wrist and mine still have not gone away. Mine was from a injury at work.

  39. Mark

    Effects of using a punchbag without gloves?
    What are the effects of using a punchbag without proper tape or gloves? The worst I’ve gotten to date are bloody knuckles which I’m not too concerned about because they can heal, but could it ruin my wrists or something else?

    1. ruée

      Yes you can definitely ruin your wrists as well as your hands! I would not recommend that you continue to use a heavy bag/ punching bag with out gloves or a wrap. No pro fighter would risk injury to their hands.
      Plus even if you injure your hand temporarily that still takes times to heal which takes time away fro training. It is also very easy to fracture a finger in combat sports and when a bone in the finger is fractured it can cause improper alignment of the entire hand.
      And most injuries are long term damage.

      1 sprained wrist

      2 cartilage damage

      3 ulnar styloid fracture

      4 nerve damage

      5 traumatic arterial damage

      6 broken wrist

      and so on….

  40. sroloson

    Will physiotherapy help my hand?
    I broke my wrist on August 30, and my cast came off on October 11. My wrist is already becoming more flexible, but I have some numbness in my pinky and ring fingers as well as my hand under these two fingers. Will this improve over time, only improve with physio, or is this something that is going to linger?
    I have been doing light exercises that i found online and I wear a splint when I sleep to keep my wrist in a neutral position. But my insurance does cover physiotherapy?

    1. jano

      Occupational therapy might be more helpful at this point.

      You likely have some ulnar nerve compression (possibly from the cast or possibly from the break). Your current symptoms may improve out to one year from your injury, but after this… you’re stuck.

      Best of luck.

  41. muji8u

    What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
    hey guys can someone give me a brief definition and an easy explanation of what it is?

    1. purplegirl

      Its a repetitive strain injury (Carpal tunnel is one of the injuries included in the blanket term of RSI).
      You get pains along your forearm from your elbow to your wrist and especially at night your forearm will really bother you. The arm will be tingly and have shooting pains. Its the median, ulnar and radial nerves that are irritated.
      If its really severe and does not get better with rest they can do surgery and cut a tendon in the base of the palm and this often fixes the problem.

  42. Smile

    What education do you need to become an physiatrist?
    I need help knowing what my options are going to be when i go to college, so i wanted to know what types of courses i will need to do that. I’m already think of taking Psychology so i just need to know what else.
    I’m in the UK. So Can all answers relate to that. and not an answer for an american to become a physiatrist.

    Thank you!
    All effort is greatly appreciated!!

    1. Anonymous

      Are you talking about a psychiatrist or a physiatrist? For both you need a lot of science and math as well as strong writing skills/.

      What is a Physiatrist?

      Rehabilitation Physicians May Treat:

      Amputations/Prosthetics

      Arthritis

      Osteoarthritis

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Back Pain

      Brain Injuries

      Cardiac Rehabilitation

      Geriatric Rehabilitation

      Neck Pain

      Nerve Pain

      Radiculopathy

      Ulnar Neuropathy (Wrist Pain in Bicyclists)

      Osteoporosis

      Pediatric Rehabilitation

      Post-Polio Syndrome

      Spinal Cord Injuries

      Sports-Related Injuries

      Stroke

      Women’s Conditions

      Female Athlete Triad

      Pelvic Pain

      Pregnancy and Back Pain

      Work-Related Injuries

      To learn more about the types of PM&R treatments available for these conditions, click HERE.

      Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians,
      are medical doctors who are:

      *

      Experts at diagnosing and treating pain
      *

      Restore maximum function lost through injury,
      illness or disabling conditions
      *

      Treat the whole person, not just the problem area
      *

      Lead a team of medical professionals
      *

      Provide non-surgical treatments
      *

      Explain your medical problems and treatment plan
      *

      Work not only on treatment but also prevention
      http://www.aapmr.org/condtreat/what.htm

      Psychiatrists begin their careers in medical school. After earning their MD, they go on to four years of residency training in mental health, typically at a hospital’s psychiatric department.

      According to Marcia Goin, MD, past-president of the American Psychiatric Association and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Southern California, psychiatric residencies include a range of subspecialized training, such as working with children and adolescents.

      After completing their residency, these physicians can be licensed to practice psychiatry.

      http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/psychology-vs-psychiatry-which-is-better

      Both of these specialists are physicians (doctors), so you would need a pre-med curriculum in college, and then medical school.
      Advanced science and math would be necessary for both

    1. At Work

      I will just cut-and-paste this exerpt, as it contains all you need!

      “Axillary nerve (C5-C6): gives an articular branch to the shoulder joint, motor innervation to the deltoid and teres minor muscles and sensory innervation to part of deltoid and scapular regions.

      Radial nerve (C5-C6-C7-C8-T1): supplies the skin of the posterior and lateral arm down to the elbow, the posterior forearm down to the wrist, lateral part of the dorsum of the hand and the dorsal surface of the first three and one-half fingers proximal to the nail beds. It also provides motor innervation to the triceps, anconeus, part of the brachialis, brachioradialis, extensor carpi radialis and all the extensor muscles of the posterior compartment of the forearm. Its injury produces a characteristic “wrist drop”.

      Median nerve (C5-C6-C7-C8-T1): gives off no cutaneous or motor branches in the axilla or the arm. In the forearm it provides motor innervation to the anterior compartment except the flexor carpi ulnaris and the medial half of the flexor digitorum profundus (ulnar nerve). In the hand provides motor innervation to the thenar eminence and the first two lumbricals. It provides the sensory innervation of the lateral half of the palm of the hand and dorsum of first three and one-half fingers including the nail beds.”

  43. AnotherAuthor

    Arm sore without known injury?
    My arm is extremely sore from the top of the hand to the top of my elbow. The pain is constant and it gets worse from day to day. The pain is shooting and it feels like it is going numb. Sometimes I get a tingling in my fingers. It is very tender and a little swollen around the elbow. I have had wrist problems before – one fracture and a stress reaction – but this is quite different. It hurts to completely bend the elbow. I didn’t hurt it via physical injury that I know of.
    What could it be? I have been to the doctor but the results from the tests aren’t back yet. Thanks.

    1. AuntKatie

      It could be an elbow problem. Elbow pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many common causes of this problem. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. If you have elbow pain, some common causes include:

      Lateral Epicondylitis – tennis elbow, symptoms being pain over the outside of the joint and difficulty gripping objects, and you don’t have to be a tennis player.

      Medial Epicondylitis – golfer’s elbow, causes discomfort around the inner side of the joint, and not just golfers.

      Olecranon Bursitis is most common behind the elbow joint, swelling and tenderness behind the joint over the bony prominence called the olecranon. Infections of the bursa can complicate the treatment.

      Tendonitis can occur in any of the tendons that surround the joint, often biceps tendonitis (in front of the joint) and triceps tendonitis (in the back of the joint).

      Cubital Tunnel Syndrome occurs when there is compression of the ulnar nerve as is wraps around the inside of the joint causing elbow pain, or shooting pains along the forearm and numbness and tingling of the fingers.

      Radial Tunnel Syndrome is an uncommon condition that causes nerve compression of the radial nerve, often found in people who have lateral epicondylitis, but do not improve.

      Elbow Fractures can occur abound the elbow after injuries such as falls, sports injuries, and car accidents. The most common elbow fractures are olecranon fractures and radial head fractures.

      If you are unsure, you should seek medical attention. Treatment of these conditions must be directed at the specific cause of your problem. Some signs that you should be seen by a doctor include:

      Inability to carry objects or use the arm
      Injury that causes deformity of the joint
      Elbow pain that occurs at night or while resting
      Elbow pain that persists beyond a few days
      Inability to straighten or flex the arm
      Swelling or significant bruising around the joint or arm
      Signs of an infection, including fever, redness, warmth
      Any other unusual symptoms

      The treatment of elbow pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Not all treatments are appropriate for every condition, but may be helpful in your situation.

      Rest: The first treatment for many common conditions that cause elbow pain is to rest the joint, and allow the acute inflammation to subside. It is important, however, to use caution when resting the joint, because prolonged immobilization can cause a stiff joint.

      Ice packs and heat pads are among the most commonly used treatments for elbow pain.

      Stretching the muscles and tendons that surround the joint can help with some causes of elbow pain.

      Physical therapy is an important aspect of treatment of almost all orthopedic conditions to increase strength, regain mobility, and help return pre-injury level of activity.

      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications, commonly referred to as NSAIDs, are some of the most commonly prescribed medications, especially for elbow pain caused by problems such as arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.

      Cortisone injectionn are powerful medications that treat inflammation, common problem with elbow pain. Discuss with your doctor the possible benefits of a cortisone injection for your elbow pain condition.

      Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery is a surgical treatment for relief of some types of symptoms. While not useful for all causes of elbow pain, arthroscopic surgery is a treatment option for several common conditions.

      http://orthopedics.about.com/od/elbowconditions/a/elbowpain.htm
      http://www.medicinenet.com/elbow_pain/article.htm

  44. Victoria

    Spreading wrist injury?
    My spouse is a 25 year old male. About 6 years ago he sustained an injury to his wrist. He was told he would recover in a week, but things are getting progressively worse to a point where quality of life is greatly affected.

    First his pain was only in the wrist, then over time its moved up to the elbow and shoulder, and most recently the neck. After years, he finally got some diagnosis, but it was Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Doctors once thought the ulnar nerve was the issue since his pain defiantly runs along that path, but an MRI, ultrasound, cat scan cannot find anything wrong. He as been able to use his arm less and less over the years, and he now thinks walking might be an issue.

    Lately he has been getting incredible pains where the it shoots from his wrist to neck, his neck and shoulder being the worse areas for pain. It seems over years that his wrist has become the lesser issue with his arm. He screams in pain until the point where he even passes out or his arm feels numb.The most severe episodes are in the evening lasting for even hours. He does get small episodes throughout the day the last a few minutes, as well as the continuous, more regular discomfort and pain.

    He as been prescribed most non-narcotic pain killers which haven’t worked, and he is afraid of using Narcotics.

    This injury seems to be getting much worse over time and much much more painful. No one seems to be able to find anything. I want to know which type of injury this could be. Is it possible to hurt the ulnar nerve to this extent and it not be detected? Is there another injury that can be along the same path as this nerve? If you need more answers Ill gladly provide them.

    Thank You
    I don’t think its cancer, he injured his wrist on the job and he has also had numerous tests, the problem is we can’t real diagnosis.

    1. Loz

      Hi Victoria,

      I’m terribly sorry about your spouse. I have had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for 11 years – the last 2 years I’ve had it full-body. It certainly sounds like a neuropathic pain issue, whether CRPS or otherwise. Does he have obvious changes or ‘just’ (I use the word advisedly…I know only too well how bad it gets) the pain and sensory changes. As you may know, CRPS causes changes in the circulation, skin, hair growth, etc. Does he have any swelling or colour change in his skin? Does his bad arm sweat or is the skin excessively dry – does it peel or flake? Does he have more/less hair growth compared to his good arm?

      To answer you other question – I’m not a doctor (well I am…I’m a vet!) but I should not think that it’s possible for this to be a nerve injury if they’ve tested for that – you don’t mention whether or not he’s had nerve conduction studies done.

      As for medications, what has he tried already? I can understand his reluctance to use narcotics, but it may be that a combining a very low dose with a non-narcotic (e.g. an anti-depressant or anti-convulsant). If it turns out that he does have CRPS, he may also benefit from a treatment such zs a ketamine infusion.

      I’d also suggest that you and he also have a look at look at Mirror Imagery and Graded Motor Imagery.

      All the best – and please feel free to email me if I can be of any help in any way.

  45. Lee 34

    what does it mean when the doctor say’s the following?
    My elbow is swollen (only a little) maybe due to an irritation of a nerve and possible Carpal tunnel syndrome as she did the test thing and my last 3 fingers on left hand tingle. Even when I touch my elbows near the funny bone seem like a loose lump on both and moves. Is stiff and sore. Is this normal? Also have at times really sore wrists. No injuries or sports. Under active thyroid since 2007. Is this just a nerve?
    I’ll know for certain next month. Any clues?

    1. David B

      On the inside of your elbow is a groove that the ulnar nerve passes through. We commonly refer to it as “the funny bone”. You might look it up under “Cubital tunnel syndrome”

    1. cher96

      There are so many reasons for this to happen.
      Carpel Tunnel: nerve compressed in your wrist from over use.
      Ulnar Nerve compression along your elbow and to your hands.
      Tendinitis: tendons swollen from over use.
      Muscle Soreness
      Injury

      Personally, I take Aleve or Naproxen for my nerve, muscle, and joint pain and I rest the arm for a day or two and not use it at all.

      If it is really bothering you, see a doctor.

      Hope this helps.

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