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

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In brief: Nerve compression

Sudden numbness indicates nerve compression.
You should seek medical attention to avoid permanent nerve damage.

In brief: Nerve compression

Sudden numbness indicates nerve compression.
You should seek medical attention to avoid permanent nerve damage.
Dr. Wesley Marquart
Dr. Wesley Marquart
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology

In brief: Change position

This is the distribution of the ulnar nerve.
It runs by the elbow, and is easily traumatized from outside-"hitting the funny bone"- or inside, often by prolonged flexing like when typing on a smartphone keyboard. If numbness persists, results in muscle weakness or associated with other neurological problems, it may be a bigger problem and need workup, including EMG and imaging.

In brief: Change position

This is the distribution of the ulnar nerve.
It runs by the elbow, and is easily traumatized from outside-"hitting the funny bone"- or inside, often by prolonged flexing like when typing on a smartphone keyboard. If numbness persists, results in muscle weakness or associated with other neurological problems, it may be a bigger problem and need workup, including EMG and imaging.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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