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Old 06-07-2008, 02:13 PM   #1
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Ulnar nerve damage?

I had endoscopic carpal tunnel release a week and a half ago. What a difference. No pain, no numbness. Its great! Only problem is I noticed a few days ago my pinky and ring finger going numb off and on to varying degrees of numbness. Last night I wore my brace as I always do and both pinky and ring finger were flat out numb. What is the problem here?

 
Old 07-01-2008, 08:50 PM   #2
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Re: Ulnar nerve damage?

I had carpal tunnel release i year ago same thing then come to find out the doctor cut into my ulnar nerve while doing the surgery now I need more surgery with possible parrilzed hand ask for an EMG quickly

 
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:24 PM   #3
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Re: Ulnar nerve damage?

So I guess I'm curious how did he cut your ulnar nerve? What were your intial symptoms? I'm 6 weeks now post surgery. No difference really. It's slightly numb all the time with again varying degrees but now the numbness never goes away. She did a sensitivity test on me and found I was the high end of normal and said we needed to watch it. What the heck does that mean? I also was wondering what you meant by EMG? Nerve conduction studies? Thanks for the info.

 
Old 07-02-2008, 07:30 PM   #4
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Hello, I also think I have issues with my ulnar nerve but can't seem to figure out what. My pinky and ring fingers on my left arm often have a tingling sensation to them and sometimes my elbow starts to act up and feel sore. I used to lift weights a lot but haven't been able to get back into the gym because of my elbow feeling so weak and achy. I went to an orthopedic and he suggested I get an EMG on my left arm. I got the test and the doctor told me everything looked fine and that my issues could be coming from complications in my neck. I often do have a stiff neck when i wake up in the morning. I can't seem to pinpoint what the issue is here. If there is a problem with my neck could that still cause the weak achy feeling in my elbow? Any insight anyone may have is greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-02-2008, 07:36 PM   #5
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Re: Ulnar nerve damage?

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Hello, I also think I have issues with my ulnar nerve but can't seem to figure out what. My pinky and ring fingers on my left arm often have a tingling sensation to them and sometimes my elbow starts to act up and feel sore. I used to lift weights a lot but haven't been able to get back into the gym because of my elbow feeling so weak and achy. I went to an orthopedic and he suggested I get an EMG on my left arm. I got the test and the doctor told me everything looked fine and that my issues could be coming from complications in my neck. I often do have a stiff neck when i wake up in the morning. I can't seem to pinpoint what the issue is here. If there is a problem with my neck could that still cause the weak achy feeling in my elbow? Any insight anyone may have is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:59 PM   #6
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Re: Ulnar nerve damage?

I have done some internet research regarding the ulnar nerve. I'm not an expert by any means. I copied some info I found that might help or atleast give you a point to do your own internet research.

Causes pain, numbness and tingling down the inside of the elbow, through the hand to the last two fingers (pinky and ring fingers), due to compression of the Ulnar Nerve. If the compression is at the elbow, it is called Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. Also a certain Nerve Root Compression disorder (originating in the neck) results in a very similar pain pattern. Make sure your doctor checks your neck if your symptom pattern looks anything like this picture.

Hope it helps.

 
Old 07-12-2008, 03:32 PM   #7
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what picture? can you paste a link to the info you've found? did it give a specific name for the neck dissorder?

 
Old 07-12-2008, 07:16 PM   #8
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I had ulnar nerve transposition surgery and guyons canal release on 2/26/08. I was in an auto accident almost a year ago. T-boned, broke the axel in my big old momma van. The injury to the ulnar nerve caused numbness and then pain (constant) in the ring and little fingers of the hand. When the surgeon would tap on the ulnar nerve at the elbow *tinel test ... it would zing down the nerve path to the hand. Ouch. I slept in a soft brace at night that would prevent me from bending the elbow while I slept and causing the fingers to go to sleep. you can google cubital tunnel syndrome and find a pretty good variety of ideas on this soft brace. Mine was a towel wrapped around the elbow. The idea is not to keep the elbow straight, but rather at a slight angle. This also prevents further injury - as the ulnar regenerates rather slowly. The ulnar nerve controls the fine motor skills of your hands. grasping, pinching and so on. really important that you get some real insight into your troubles. You will always be your own best advocate. If it hurts still, seek another specialist. I have been fortunate to see a brilliant young orthopedic surgeon. He knew right away what was wrong with me. Yes, I still had , xrays, mri, nerve study and PT, then surgery, but we did try it all first, to see if it would help. After surgery, I am so much better. I would definitely do it again, if needed.

 
Old 07-16-2008, 06:41 PM   #9
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My husband partially severed his ulnar nerve at the elbow 4 months ago. He has complete numbness running down his arm and into the palm of his hand and in his ring and pinkie fingers. The worst thing for him though is the severe pain that he has in his elbow. He can't sleep and just lightly touching it with my hand is enough to send him through the roof. He's also very sensitive to cold. He wears an elbow pad for protection. His physical therapist got him a TENS unit (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) to use at home plus she puts medicated patches on him while at therapy. He's still taking pain medication at home on a regular basis and nothing seems to relieve the pain.

Has anyone else had this kind of injury or had this much pain?

Kat

 
Old 07-18-2008, 11:26 AM   #10
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Hi Kat,
I had severe pain at the elbow from the auto accident I was in 8/07. The impact sent me hard up against the door. The elbow pain was horrific. Is your husband seeing an ortho? The nerve needs to be stablized, if it hasn't already been. The nerve pain post surgery for me (2/08) was at a 10 for about 5 weeks or so, then it began to settle down and if I don't do something too energetic, like clean the entire house for example, it is manageable most of the time. I surely feel for him, it is so intense the pain from a nerve injury. I had ulnar nerve transposition (elbow) and guyons canal release (wrist) ... There are days still that I am miserable, but for the most part, I am so much better. Keep us posted please.

 
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