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Alpena, MI
A 26-year-old female asked:

My arm and hands go numb when my elbow is bent and now i've started having more joint pain in my fingers when i wake up. anything i can do?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Cubital Tunnel Synd?: What you are describing might be cubital tunnel syndrome. Recommend you see Orthopedic or Sports Med specialist for evaluation. Wearing a sleeve over the elbow that prevents you from bending the elbow when you sleep can help. Can find these at many pharmacies/ Walmart/ Target. Dr R
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Be seen: There are a number of potential causes, I would not hesitate to be seen and accurately diagnosed. A nerve conduction test may help to aid in the diagnosis. If the numbness involves primarily the 4th and 4th fingers and can be reproduced by elbow flexion, cubital tunnel syndrome would be a primary consideration.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Cubital tunnel: or another nerve compression syndrome can seemingly be worse with elbow flexion. Flexion of the elbow can also affect circulation to the hand and this can be followed by a feeling of tingling or sleepiness to the fingers. Trying to position the elbow to avoid this while awake or splinting when asleep can help but if this persists see a provider

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