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Doctors can you tell me why does my pinky feel numb when I have an injured neck?

Doctors can you tell me why does my pinky feel numb when I have an injured neck?

Just a thought: But the nerves that arise in the neck (cervical spine) travel down to your arms/hands etc so it is possible that there is a "connection"!
Hope this helps

Dr Z ...Read more

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I broke my elbow three days ago. Why is my pinky finger still numb?

I broke my elbow three days ago. Why is my pinky finger still numb?

Ulnar nerve: Sensation to the small finger is supplied by the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve lies along the inside part of the elbow. Swelling, pressure or an injury to the ulnar nerve at the same time as your fracture may be responsible for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Why is my left pinky finger always numb?

Why is my left pinky finger always 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 more

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My pinky keeps going numb. Why is it?

My pinky keeps going numb. Why is it?

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 more

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I fell and scraped my pinky very badly now its numb?

I fell and scraped my pinky very badly now its numb?

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

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My left pinky has been numb for a week. What should I do for this?

See a neurologist: Neurologist can evaluate nerve function with. Physical exam and emg/ncv and can order MRI if needed
most common reason is nerve compression and inflammation. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Inevitably there is: Damage to a nerve though you should not live with the constant tingling for long. It should not be a permant issue. Watch it for redness, swelling and increased pain, consider tetanus, etc if u got no attention gor it. Clean with soap and water 2-3 times per day. ...Read more

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I have numbness in my pinky. What could be the cause of this?

I have numbness in my pinky. What could be the cause of this?

Many possibilities..: Sensibility to the little finger comes from the ulnar nerve. This can be compressed at a variety of sites from the neck to the palm. There are other possibilities as well. If persistent, see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What can cause numbness in ring and pinky fingers?

What can cause numbness in ring and pinky fingers?

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

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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

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 more

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What can I do for pinky finger pain and numbness?

What can I do for pinky finger pain and numbness?

Get it evaluated: Numbness suggests nerve compression and that compression can be at one of several points in your neck or arm. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Numbness in pinky after injection for trigger finger, normal or not?

Numbness in pinky after injection for trigger finger, normal or not?

Possibly: It is possible that the medication used for your injection has affected your sensory nerve. However, the numbness should resolve within a few hours - if not, I would recommend that you follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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My left middle, ring, and pinky fingers are suddenly numb. What should I do?

My left middle, ring, and pinky fingers are suddenly numb. What should I do?

Nerve compression: Sudden numbness indicates nerve compression. You should seek medical attention to avoid permanent nerve damage. ...Read more

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What can cause my left pinky and half my palm to be numb for close to a year now?

What can cause my left pinky and half my palm to be numb for close to a year now?

Ulnar Nerve: That is a classic description of a pinched nerve - usually the ulnar nerve as it travels through the elbow. This can be diagnosed with nerve testing, but with typical symptoms like this, nerve testing is often not needed. If caught soon enough, often it can be treated with injections or surgery. After a year...That can be difficult. I would certainly see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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My left pinky has been numb and tingling for about an hour. Boss won't let me stop?

My left pinky has been numb and tingling for about an hour. Boss won't let me stop?

Nerve: Perhaps ulnar nerve at wrist or elbow, but could be in neck and/or shoulder. Also, can happen with digital nerve affecting one finger. An occupational physician can analyze this and order a work place eval. ...Read more

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My left ring and pinky finger have been numb. What is the cause and how do I treat it?

My left ring and pinky finger have been numb. What is the cause and how do I treat it?

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

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I banged my elbow hard the other day and my pinky has been pretty numb since then with no improvement. What to do?

I banged my elbow hard the other day and my pinky has been pretty numb since then with no improvement. What to do?

Ulnar neuropathy: Sounds like you injured the ulnar nerve (which innervates the pinky). It should get better over the next few days to weeks. If it persists, you might start with an x-ray of the elbow to rule out a fracture. ...Read more

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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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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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Hi. My dad is 57. He has a nagging cough with a numb pinky. What could this mean?

Hi. My dad is 57. He has a nagging cough with a numb pinky. What could this mean?

No relation betn 2: Nagging cough can be from Asthma, Allergy, exposure to fumes. Side effect of medicines or lingering cough from previous Bronchitis. If he has any heart condition, that can also contribute to cough. If none of above, have him get checked by his doctor to diagnose properly and see if he needs Chest Xray. Trial OTC Guafenesin, Ginger Tea, Turmeric can help meanwhile.
Numb Pinky -I do not know:-) ...Read more

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My left ring finger and pinky finger have been wierd and numb for about 2.5 weeks! Advice?

My left ring finger and pinky finger have been wierd and numb for about 2.5 weeks! Advice?

Many possibilities: These symptoms are usually caused by nerve compression, with the most common culprits being the ulnar nerve at the elbow or a nerve root in the neck. A neurologist can help you narrow down the underlying cause and find the best way to relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes numbness in my fingers my pinky finger has been numb for a week what causes it

What causes numbness in my fingers my pinky finger has been numb for a week what causes it

The: 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

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Sudden, random numbness mostly on side of feet/pinky toes, numbness sometimes spreads to other toes?

Sudden, random numbness mostly on side of feet/pinky toes, numbness sometimes spreads to other toes?

S1 nerve irritation: Can be caused by high heeled shoes which are too tight. Nubness on the outside foot and small toe can also be caused by irritation of the S1 nerve root, sometimes by a disc protrusion at L5-S1 which can give back pain, or leg pain or both. ...Read more

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I've been having finger numbness on my pinky and ring finger for the past four days. What could it be?

I've been having finger numbness on my pinky and ring finger for the past four days. What could it be?

Ulnar nerve: The little and ring finger are innervated by the ulnar nerve. Tingling can be caused by compression in the wrist elbow or neck. You need to be seen by a hand surgeon to determine the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Shot ice n arm looked to me like different color arm got red and hot tip of pinky went numb what's wrong?

Shot ice n arm looked to me like different color arm got red and hot tip of pinky went numb what's wrong?

Possible infection: Serious infections have been known to occur whenever people inject things in their arm. I would try to see a MD as soon as possible, and refrain from any further injections. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Possibly.: But the treatment will still the same, which is splinting it to the ring finger or with a dedicated finger splint. Numbness is concerning though, best to see your doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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What causes numbness in just the outside of my right pinky finger? I have diabetes but could this be a sign of stroke??

What causes numbness in just the outside of my right pinky finger? I have diabetes but could this be a sign of stroke??

Numbness pinky: 61 F What causes numbness in just the outside of my right pinky finger? I have diabetes but could this be a sign of stroke?? ANS: many causes and would start by consulting Internist. That is what I do. Available for 2nd opinion consult. Not likely stroke. ...Read more

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Numbness and tingly in pinky both hands at night wakes me from sleep. I change positions it goes away. What could it be from?

Numbness and tingly in pinky both hands at night wakes me from sleep. I change positions it goes away. What could it be from?

Positional: Evaluate how you are holding your hands at night when you sleep. If they are clasped in one position for hours the compression can cause numbness in both pinkies. Get wrist splints or change how you sleep with pillows. If they continue to bother you go to doctor for full workup ...Read more

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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?

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?

Hard to tell: Each finger has two main arteries. One on each side, so if that side is cold then that artery is not providing the same amount of blood flow as the one on the other side of the finger. ...Read more

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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?

R/0 ganglion cyst: Possibly you gave a, small ganglion cyst which is compressing a nerve but I'm not sure. You shool see someone in person for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 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!?

Referred pain.: Referred pain is where pain is in a distant location but projects into another. See pics.
Check your wrist, arm, upper arm and even shoulder for tender points. Heat stretch and massage. See your doctor. Think flesh and not nerve first. Simple and innocent. ...Read more

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The pad of my pinky left toe's been feeling numb for over a week now after hike holiday. Not completely numb, but the sensation is very much reduced?

The pad of my pinky left toe's been feeling numb for over a week now after hike holiday. Not completely numb, but the sensation is very much reduced?

Paresthesia, I feel.: It sounds like the nerve that supplies the area of the plantar pinky was temporarily hurt with the hike. This shouldn't be a problem, especially since the feeling is slowly returning. Give it some more time. ...Read more

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How do I fuel and activate my sensory nerve near 5th metacarpal incision? I have partial numbness on small area of pinky skin, 6 months since surgery

How do I fuel and activate my sensory nerve near 5th metacarpal incision? I have partial numbness on small area of pinky skin, 6 months since surgery

U wait & C what-: -happens. There R 3 grades of nerve injury. I=an injured nerve that is crushed but not cut, these usually improve in 4-6 months. II= fibers damaged so bad but the neural sheath is intact. Take longer, some degeneration takes place in the nerve fiber, then regrowth is possible, 6-12 months. III=nerve cut & no chance 2 regrow. Impossible 2 make an incision that protects the very small sensory ones. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Numbness: Numbness implies some pinching or pressure on a nerve. Perhaps it is positional or may be the lump is a small cyst adjacent to a nerve. A hand surgeon is best qualified to evaluate and advise you if you have continuing concerns. ...Read more

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My ring finger and pinky finger are numb all the way to my wrist, what up?

My ring finger and pinky finger are numb all the way to my wrist, what up?

Two possiblity: You have pressure on the nerve in the rest area, or having disc problem in the neck which pressure the nerve there. ...Read more