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Numbness In Both Pinky Fingers
I had an open heart surgery 5 weeks ago. I still have problems with numbness on both my pinky fingers and down the left side of my left leg. I have asked my surgeon and my cardiologist and got the same answers. Whatshould I do?
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Cubital tunnel syn.: Though it can be neck or shoulder in origin this most likely represents a pinched nerve at your elbow. Try not leaning on your elbow and wrapping it in extension at night. If not successful I would see me or someone like me. (orthopedic/hand surgeon) hope this helps. ...Read more
The nerve supply to the little finger can be affected. A circulation issue can also account for numbness. Sometimes a simple bruise or contusion or a swollen finger can also make out feel "numb" or different
when looking for nerve compression start at the finger and work your way up tot the neck any compression on any area can cause the finger to fell different. Although we generally use the word "numb" or numbness a true numb finger has no feeling at all. Maybe a better word is tingling to mean only a partial difference in sensation.
Even a swollen joint from arthritis or a bruise to the finger can make the tip f a finger feel different. A swollen tendon or a trigger finger can also make the finger feel less normal.
A contusion or bruise to the palm can affect the digital nerves that go to the finger.
A site of compression can be a the wrist. The ulnar nerve at the wrist more commonly affects the little finger, but some people with carpal tunnel syndrome complain of little finger numbness even though we are not supposed to be "wired" that way.
At the elbow the ulnar nerve continues up the arm and the inside of your elbow where you would think of your "funny bone" as residing is a site of compression that can give tingling in the little finger. Hoever usually little finger tingling from the ulnar nerve at the elbow will be accompanied by tingling on the top of the hand on the little finger side too.
Finally a compressive site in the neck or at a lower cervical nerve root (the lower part of your neck or cervical spine) can also give tingling
as for circulation, there are a variety of systemic and localized conditions that affect circulation in the hand from ryanauds, a spasm of the blood vessels due to cold, to the decreased circulation (and neve issues) of diabetes, to a disorder that is associated with trauma to the palm and interruption of normal hand circulation.
Finally there are more severe conditions that can simulate 'numbness" in arm of exretemities that are indirectly related to nerve or circulation issues
should one who has little finger numbness need to worry about all these things and more? The answer is yes and no. That's for your health care provider to determine but if the numbness continues your should seek medical attention.
From a hand or orthopedic surgeons perspective: a lot of those who have numbness in the little finger have cubital tunnel syndrome, which is a chronic compression of the ulnar nerve
(your funny bone) at the elbow
in the meantime think about your arm position when you are sitting at the desk or kitchen table and typing, simply sitting and being on a keyboard both your hands rotated on the keys and the inside of your elbow resting on the table or table edge can also give tingling in the little finger!
those who want to know more about cubital tunnel syndrome affecting the ulnar nerve can follow the link provided. ...Read more
I've been having finger numbness on my pinky and ring finger for the past four days. What could it be?
Annoying pain in pinky finger. Used to have numbness months ago but meds healed it. Is pain due to cubital tunnel?
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I am having Pain/numbness in right pinky and ring finger and feels warm to touch when I massage it or apply ice ?
Small area of pinky finger skin is having numbness near the incision area of the 5th metacarpal. How many months will it take to heal numbness 100%?
See below: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
I have a numbness in my left pinky finger while I also have a twitch in my left thumb, what is this?
Numbness in hand: The most common causes of numbness in the pinky and ring finger is compression of the nerve at one of four places: the wrist, the elbow, the armpit, or the neck. The condition is unrelated to the chronic low back pain, although it is possible that you have arthritis in your neck and your low back that underlies both symptoms. ...Read more
Can impingement of left shoulder cause numbness/tingling in all finger tips, startess 2 weeks ago not gone away- all day and night. Ring and pinky less?
Ulne nerve issue: Your symptoms are fairly consistent with ulnar nerve entrapment. It is usually caused by repeated pressure of elbow along the 'funny bone' area where the nerve travels along before it reaches the 4th and 5th fingers. Try wearing a elbow pad with a sleeve especially during sleep to see if it helps. If symptoms get worse, then consult your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I have tingling and numbness in my right pinky finger and how it seems to be beginning in my shoulder and going down my right arm.?
Numbness: To know for sure, you need an examination. Differential diagnosis could be C8 cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in neck), brachial plexopathy, peripheral nerve entrapment such as ulnar neuropathy, or even myofascial pain with trigger points. Would suggest a pm&r evaluation for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Previous ulnar nerve numbness was treated and cured. Now pinky finger hurts but splint makes it feel like new. Is it ulnar or something else?
Find a hand surgeon: Thee are many causes for your complaints. You should seek consultation from a hand surgeon. ...Read more
Experiencing numbness in the outer half of my pinky in my non-dominant (right) hand. Pressing the area just below my finger, palm-side, hurts. Why?
Compression: Neuritis- see a physician for an examination. ...Read more
Dear doctors, recently my father, 55 years of age, have been experiencing numbness of the ring and pinky fingers of both hands randomly! Please help?
Should I be concerned with numbness in my pinky finger, ring finger, and along that same line up my left arm? Is it a potential clot or a nerve issue?
Ulnar nerve: This sounds like a problem with your ulnar nerve up in your elbow. This is the thick cord in your elbow called your "funny bone" that sends electric shocks down when you hit it. You should get this checked out by a doc to see what treatment needs to be done before this leads to permanent problems. ...Read more
I have recurrent shoulder pain and have numbness to my pinky and ring finger. I previously had cortisone injections but still don't know what is wrong. Can you help me please?
See your doctor: It sounds like whatever is going on is pressing on one of the nerves supplying your arm. The problem could be muscular, skeletal or neurological. RoshinG, a thorough history and examination by someone adept in musculoskeletal pathologies is indicated. If you’ve had it for a long time and the problem hasn’t progressed, it may not be too serious. But SEE A DOCTOR...soon ...Read more
Right shoulder subacromial decompression last year. Since then, numbness in right pinky and ring finger. Could it be related?
Elbow clicks when bent, been 2 years. Numbness in pinky and ring finger, gone when no physical activity for a few weeks. Maybe ulnar nerve?
Probably ulnar nerve: The numbness is almost certainly coming from the ulnar nerve. The clicking may be coming from the nerve flipping in and out of its groove. However, if the clicking is not coming from the inner side of the elbow, it is something else. At age 20, I would not ignore the numbness. ...Read more
Would the sharp pain from R elbow down that causes numbness & tingling in pinky, ring, middle fingers & now index be cubital tunnel? Thank you!!
Woke up to pinky and ring finger tingling and numb for past hour. I do have fibermyalgia. When should you be concerned about numbness in fingers?
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