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Why Does My Pinky Finger 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
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
Probably ulnar nerve: The small finger's feeling is provided by the ulnar nerve. If this nerve is pinched, it will cause numbness in the small finger, and the side of the ring finger closest to the small finger. The most common place this nerve is pinched is the elbow, and symptoms are worse when leaning on the elbow or keeping the elbow bent. The nerve can also be pinched at the wrist, or the neck. ...Read more
Ulnar nerve: Numbness of the the ring and little fingers is usually the result of compression of the ulnar nerve somewhere along the arm and usually at the elbow. It is called cubital tunnel syndrome not to be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome. It can also be the result of a herniated disc in the neck. An nerve test is used to localize the cause and help determine treatment. ...Read more
Pinky finger still feels numb. It was very very cold outside. Took bus right afterwards so my fingers got squished - holding upper handle. What to do?
Wait for 1 week: If symptoms do not start to improve, see a neurologist. ...Read more
Why would my left middle, ring and pinky fingers suddenly go numb starting with the middle and moving around?
I was cleaning my stove and where the knobs go n it shocked me now my pinky & ring finger feel numb is this ok?
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. Thats 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?
Yes it is possible: If numbness continues see doctor/hand surgeonGet a more detailed answer ›
I shut my pinky finger in the car door. It is three days later and it is still numb and swollen. Could it be broken?
What causes numbness in just the outside of my right pinky finger? I have diabetes but could this be a sign of stroke??
I dropped a soccer goal on my pinky finger and now it's numb I can bend it. but its really numb. should I get it checked ?
Yes: You may have broken itGet a more detailed answer ›
My ring finger is cold, &cold in the area between the finger &the pinky.Colder than other fingers.Its not numb just cold.Is this bad/worry?
I felt my pinky finger suddenly getting numb now i have alittle bump on it. The bump feels kinda numb and hard when i touch it. What is that?
My pinky finger was smashed in a car door. It is a little swollen but no discoloration and I can move it. It is a numb on one side. Is this normal?
Yes: You lucky! no more damage! If you able to move finger - than bones and tendons intact! Little swelling and bruising can happen . As finger was squeezed nerves in finger got " irritated" and you may feel some tingling , numbness in finger. It should resolve in few days. Ok to use ice and gentle massage. Exercise range of motion - as squeezing soft ball. ...Read more
I have a constant nagging pain in my right pinky finger there are no signs of swelling but this pain gets worse, and sometimes it feels numb. Help!?
I felt a my pinky finger getting numb while i was using my phone nowtheres a small bump on the side of my finger that still feels numb from the inside?
When i lay down my right arm goes completely numb n tingly from my upper shoulders to my pinky finger tips should I wrry?
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.?
Following my right pinky finger up my forearm, goes numb very often for no reason. Been like that for a while. What could be the cause? I'm 24/Female
I feel my pinky and the ring finger numb for two days now .Dont know why this happened and how to fix it .
Pinched ulnar nerve: Pinching could be in the wrist or elbow or neck or beneath the collar bone. See an ortho . To send an e-mail click here https://www.healthtap.com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more