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Old 03-17-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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Neck injury and numb pinky fingers (both sides)?

this is a strange one. I was hit in the back of the neck and diagnosed by a PA with whiplash. It has been one week now since I was injured. The strangest thing is that occasionally both pinky fingers go numb. The PA said that was odd because generally if a hand goes numb, it is one or the other. These fingers go numb at that same time but if I get up and move around, the numbness fades. I've having a lot of trouble with my neck right now and may have to go back in but has anybody heard of this? Why would that happen?

 
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Re: Neck injury and numb pinky fingers (both sides)?

Hi -- most of the cervical (neck) folks hang out in the Spinal Cord Disorders area. I have had some issues with my neck which included numbness and tingling in my left hand. In my case, it was caused by a bulging disc pressing into the left foramen. The foramen is the area where the nerves exit the spine to go out to the different areas of the body.

You may have some swelling from the whiplash and associated inflammation that is causing those nerves to be impinged. Or, you may have damage to the cervical discs. It's a good sign that the tingling goes away, but you probably want to have an MRI to rule out disc damage. Also, since you are you soon post-injury, don't forget to ice, as this will help reduce inflammation.

 
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Re: Neck injury and numb pinky fingers (both sides)?

The C6 spinal nerve innervates the thumb. It is possible to have a disc that is bulging in such a way that it is affecting the C6 nerve roots on both sides, which could cause tingling in both nerves. Or there could just be swelling of tissue that is causing irritation in this centralized location.

I would encourage you to see a spine specialist and to have a MRI or CT scan to rule in or out any damage. You would want to know this now rather than going on the assumption that nothing is seriously wrong and that with time, it will clear up.

 
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