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Old 08-15-2011, 02:26 AM
 
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I just got back from a long 30 hr drive where at times I would push my left elbow against the door kind of hard to keep the steering wheel steady on rough roads. A couple times it felt like I hit my funny bone on my left elbow. The next morning I woke and thought my left arm has asleep, like I slept on it wrong. Then later that day, there was no change and at work my fingers swelled up some and I have a feeling on my left wrist like I'm waring a watch too tight. (I don't ware a watch or anything else) I went to a doc and he gave me some pills to help reduce swelling, but no change after 3 weeks. Now I have an apt with a surgeon and really don't want to go that route. Anyone have a similar experience and what fixed it?
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:56 AM
 
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No, I haven't, but depending on how great your insurance is or isn't, I would sure go back to my PCP before seeing a specialist. He or she might have more they can do. Also, he or she may be able to refer you to the right kind of Dr. to go to. I am thinking maybe orthopedics? rather than a surgeon.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:18 AM
 
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Definitely a neurologist. An orthopedist will check out your bones. If you have numbness, there's something wrong with a nerve, not a bone.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:47 AM
 
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it sounds very much to me like ulnar nerve entrapment, probably due to a combination of the prolonged period of leaning on your elbow during the drive, and an awkward sleeping position.

i would suggest that an orthopedist is exactly the right person to be seeing in the first instance - this is a condition they deal with on pretty much a daily basis.

for more information, read here: Ulnar Nerve Entrapment - Your Orthopaedic Connection - AAOS

there are some non-surgical approaches which should be tried first, before resorting to the knife.
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) can also cause numbness. Self Care for RSI - Carpal Tunnel, Tendonitis, Thoracic Outlet, and more

The doctors are not really that helpful when it comes to this type of injury. If you get checked out and they can't help you and you think it's RSI, do some searching and find some self-care to help yourself. Try the link above, or try feldenkrais or tai chi.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:08 PM
 
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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) can also cause numbness. Self Care for RSI - Carpal Tunnel, Tendonitis, Thoracic Outlet, and more

The doctors are not really that helpful when it comes to this type of injury. If you get checked out and they can't help you and you think it's RSI, do some searching and find some self-care to help yourself. Try the link above, or try feldenkrais or tai chi.
Does this also apply to a pinched nerve in the neck? The pain is gone but the numbness is still there after months.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:18 PM
 
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Does this also apply to a pinched nerve in the neck? The pain is gone but the numbness is still there after months.
I don't know anything about pinched nerves. I believe that would fall into a different category than a repetitive strain injury.

But I guess my point for this thread is that sometimes numbness can be caused by an RSI and can be treated with alternative healing methods (if it is RSI that caused the numbness).
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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I found this and have been using it along with seeing the chiropractor.

How to Relieve and Prevent Numb Pinky and Ring Fingers, Left Hand or Right | eHow.com

So far no change, but it did feel a little different after seeing the chiropractor....at least it seemed to. still bothering me though.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:54 PM
 
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it sounds very much to me like ulnar nerve entrapment, probably due to a combination of the prolonged period of leaning on your elbow during the drive, and an awkward sleeping position.

i would suggest that an orthopedist is exactly the right person to be seeing in the first instance - this is a condition they deal with on pretty much a daily basis.

for more information, read here: Ulnar Nerve Entrapment - Your Orthopaedic Connection - AAOS

there are some non-surgical approaches which should be tried first, before resorting to the knife.


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.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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I don't know anything about pinched nerves. I believe that would fall into a different category than a repetitive strain injury.

But I guess my point for this thread is that sometimes numbness can be caused by an RSI and can be treated with alternative healing methods (if it is RSI that caused the numbness).
Acupuncture and acupressure help a LOT with nerve-related issues in my experience. If you are familiar with the acupressure points, when I get this numbness, I do acupressure (acupuncture using your fingers instead of needles) on the small intestine and heart meridians.

(SI) Small Intestine Meridian - Graphic | Yin Yang House

(HT) Heart Meridian - Graphic | Yin Yang House
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