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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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What causes pinky and ring finger to go numb?

What causes pinky and ring finger to go numb?

Ulnar Nerve: When your thumbs point outward from your body, the bones of the forearm open: the ulnar side has the nerve from the elbow (the funny bone sensation). The roots are in the neck, the fibers forom the c-8 & t-1 exit, and form the nerve on the other sie of the brachial plexus. Stretching anywhere along the nerve causes numbness. ...Read more

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Numbness (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more


Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
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What are the causes of a pinky and ring finger to go numb?

What are the causes of a pinky and ring finger to go numb?

Nerve compression : Numbness to the small and ring finger is often due to nerve compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow called cubital tunnel syndrome. A hand surgeon can evaluate this with exam and additional nerve tests to determine if you do have this syndrome and then give appropriate treatment. New minimally invasive surgery has decreased the recovery after cubital tunnel surgery. ...Read more

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I was cleaning my stove and where the knobs go n it shocked me now my pinky & ring finger feel numb is this ok?

No it's not: Have a physician check your finger for nerve damage. But most of all have an appliance repair service check your stove. A short circuit can damage the stove, cause you harm, or start a fire. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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What causes my ring finger and pinky finger to tingle, go numb and shocks?

What causes my ring finger and pinky finger to tingle, go numb and shocks?

Nerve pinching: The location of your problem is in the distribution of the ulnar nerve, and there may be compression at the elbow, wrist, or even higher in the chest or shoulder. This can be readily evaluated on physical exam, and can be further studied, if necessary by an EMG test. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
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Why would my left middle, ring and pinky fingers suddenly go numb starting with the middle and moving around?

Why would my left middle, ring and pinky fingers suddenly go numb starting with the middle and moving around?

Irritated nerve.: My first thought is you may have an irritated or pinched nerve around the area of the elbow. See a physician and find out! ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hello. My dad says that his left pinky finger is numb.He's 57, and has no communicable illnesses. What would cause one's finger to go to sleep?

Ulnar nerve: Pressure on the ulnar nerve could be the source of the numbness, often at the level of the elbow, but could be anywhere from the spine to the hand on the same side as the numbness. The pressure could be the result of something as common as resting ones arm against the car door while driving. Ones doctor can help assess the problem. ...Read more

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What would cause my pinky fingers to tingle and go numb? Sometimes traveling up to elbow?

What would cause my pinky fingers to tingle and go numb? Sometimes traveling up to elbow?

Nerve Entrapment: If this doesn't resolve after a few days, consider seeing a sports medicine doctor or physiatrist to see if there is any testing needed to be done regarding that burning pain and hand numbness issue. It can also be your neck, so I would make sure the neck is evaluated as well. ...Read more

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When my elbo is semi bent or all the way bent my pinky an ring finger goes numb. An my fingers ache with or with out the elbo being bent.?

When my elbo is semi bent or all the way bent my pinky an ring finger goes numb. An my fingers ache with or with out the elbo being bent.?

Nerve compression: Sounds like ulnar nerve is compressed at the cubital tunnel at the elbow. Have your doctor examine you. An EMG test likely will demonstrate the problem and point the way to therapy. ...Read more

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