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Why Is My Pinky Numb
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nerve problem: As long as you aren't having a change in color of this finger it is probably a problem with a nerve such as the ulnar nerve (sometimes referred to as the funny bone). This can happen after injury to this nerve at the elbow or from resting your elbow too much on an arm rest. To find out you might need to see a neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mostly.... : It is not direct nerve damage... In those cases where the numbness is delayed from the injury it is usually related to inflammation and compression of the nerve. These are usually self limited and recover in weeks to months (sometimes shorter). Keep it clean and apply a antibacterial ointment 2 to 3 times per day to keep it moist and prevent cracking. ...Read more
I smashed my pinky and cut it pretty deep about a week ago, and my pinky has been numb and tingly ever since. Did i damage a nerve? Will it go away?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I banged my elbow hard the other day and my pinky has been pretty numb since then with no improvement. What to do?
My left pinky feels numb, what can I do to make it feel normal again? I my left pinky feels numb and awkward. . This happens often, and it eventually regains feeling, but it is very uncomfortable, and i'd like to know if there's a way to make the numbness
The : The most likely cause for your symptoms is an ulnar neuropathy at the elbow. This means that the ulnar nerve (the "funny bone" nerve) is irritated, stretched or compressed in the area around the elbow. Sometimes, merely keeping the elbow fairly straight can help. Some patients use an elbow brace at night to prevent too much elbow flexion. If your activities cause you to apply a lot of pressure to your elbows (such as crawling on the elbows), an elbow pad could help. Most important would be an evaluation by a hand specialist. The specialist would likely obtain electrodiagnositc studies (emg/ncs) to test the status of the ulnar nerve. Additional treatment would then depend on the test results and your physical examination findings. There can be other causes for your symptoms as well, less likely, so a proper diagnosis is critical. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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