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Old 08-18-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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OP, it sounds like pressure on the ulnar nerve to me. Is it your pinky and ring fingers that go numb?

I broke 3 fingers and almost lost my pinky finger, and now when I receive tactile sign (which involves resting my outer elbow on a surface for long periods of time) I often get the same kind of numbness and "tight watch" feeling you described. I also get numbness/tingling in my ring and pinky fingers. My doctor told me it's the ulnar nerve. The only suggestion I have is to rest it in a different position. When this happens to me, I have to switch arms.

Yes, my pinky and the bottom half of my ring finger.
I see the Orthopedic tomorrow.

I have seen the chiropractor twice now, he said he sees it quite often and treats it. I'm going to wait till I see the Orthopedic and see what he says. If I can go back to work without doing more damage, I will. Eating up my sick leave and vacation with this dang thing.

Thanks.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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Yes, my pinky and the bottom half of my ring finger.
I see the Orthopedic tomorrow.

Thanks.
That definitely sounds like it's ulnar.

Let us know how it goes. Good luck!
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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It pretty much sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome to me. The for sure diagnosis is done by a neurologist. They do it by testing the nerve conductivity in the wrist and the results are conculsive. I had exactly what you are describing and it's no wonder as I had spent the previous 10 years hammering roofing nails all day long. I left it for about 3 years but it just kept on getting worse and worse. I decided to go for the surgery but I researched it very very well. It's a procedure that should be done by a wrist specialist only. Many Dr.s who do them have many bad outcomes but the experts score over 90% complete success. Mine was a perfect fix. About ten years later I had a bad fall and shattered that same wrist really badly. The carpal bones were broken into so many little bits that there was no possible way to put them back together again. The same Dr. Came up with an idea of how to fix it without fusing my wrist. During the operation he discovered that the carpal tunnel had actually grown back during those ten years and he cut it again. I'm the only person I have ever met who has had the same carpal tunnel operation done on the same wrist. Now 15 years later it works real well and gives me a few twinges every once in a while. It gives me the excuse to call in the sons in law to move any really heavy things I need moved. Thank God for small mercies.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Bucks, UK
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the OP does not have carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the median nerve - his symptoms are classic of ulnar nerve entrapment. surgery to decompress the median nerve will bring no benefit.

im sure his orthopedist will explain this to him in his appointment today.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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the OP does not have carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the median nerve - his symptoms are classic of ulnar nerve entrapment. surgery to decompress the median nerve will bring no benefit.

im sure his orthopedist will explain this to him in his appointment today.
That could be very well but I'm telling you that my symptoms were exactly the same tight down to the first experencing it after a long drive and thinking my elbow had something to do with it.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:46 AM
 
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That could be very well but I'm telling you that my symptoms were exactly the same tight down to the first experencing it after a long drive and thinking my elbow had something to do with it.
It's the same thing, but there are two nerves in the arm that can get compressed. CTS (which involves the median nerve) affects the thumb, index, and middle fingers the most. UNE (which involves the ulnar nerve) affects the pinky and ring finger the most.

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Patients with CTS experience numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the thumb and fingers, in particular the index, middle fingers, and radial half of the ring fingers, which are innervated by the median nerve. Less-specific symptoms may include pain in the hands or wrists and loss of grip strength
Carpal tunnel syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Compression at the elbow, known as cubital tunnel syndrome, causes numbness in the small finger (also known as the "pinkie"), along the half (lengthwise) of the ring finger closest to the small finger, and the back half of the hand over the small finger. Initially, the numbness is transient and usually occurs in the middle of the night or in the morning. The sensation is similar to hitting one's "funny bone," but lasts a bit longer.
Ulnar nerve entrapment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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