U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A member asked:

i have this constant numbing sensation in my pinky finger lft hand like when u sleep on it 4 4days now? is it serious? it dosent function like it used to the sensation is frm the tip of the finger to my elbow.

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
The : The symptoms you are describing are an indication of possible compression or injury to the ulnar nerve. This nerve starts in the spinal cord and ends in your small finger. Because of the distance this nerve travels, it can be compressed at several different points. One common site is on the inner part of the elbow at a point called the cubital tunnel. When you bump this area and feel a shock, the common saying is that we hit our "funny bone." another point of compression is at the wrist in what is called the guyon canal. A hand specialist can help you figure this out. You should seek professional help immediately. The longer your nerve is compresed the higher the chance of permanent nerve damage. Early intervention can prevent long term disability.
Dr. Par Fatteh
Functional Medicine 27 years experience
Ulnar neuropathy: This could very well be ulnar neuropathy of the elbow, which often gets triggered at night when the elbow is kept in the flexed position. An elbow sleeve, to keep the elbow relatively slight in your sleep, can take the pressure off of the nerve.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Dec 6, 2018

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.