Re: Pinky and partial ring finger fall asleep during sleep
the fingers you mentioned actually(and exactly) correlate with the c 8 nerve(the ulnar) op in the c spine. if it was 'just' the fingers with that problem,it could be much further down(the problem) than the c spine area,like the elbow,is a common place for ulnar impingement since it runs outside the elbow area in that little crease(this is also your 'funny bone' that you hit sometimes that gives you that nerve jolt?). but since this is also appearing to affect things a bit further up the line.i would be willing to bet that you have 'something' up at that c spine level that is intermittantly impinging that c 8 nerve from time to time. the fact that you are actually waking up with those symptoms would indicate that it is somewhat posistional in nature. the way the weight gets displaced when we are standing vs sitting or upright are two totally different things.
the simple fact that when lying down actualy produces symptoms would be a big plus in just getting that MRI,which is also done in the lying on your back posistion. this would really be a big help in determining just what gets 'layed' upon or affects that ulnar when lying,on your back.
but this most defiitely need to be looked into much further with a trip to your primary for an eval and a referral for that c spine MRI. this would also show,just becasue it happens to show when doing the c spine,the upper T spine too. the area where your nerve is more than likely being affected(if this IS IN your c spine and not along the nerve down to your fingers) would be within or between the c7 and T 1 vertebrae. while you do not actually have a c 8 vertebrae,you DO have that c 8,ulnar nerve. just see your doc and get that MRI done.whatever shows up or does not show up would realistically kind of dictate what your very next steps should be here. good luck and please keep me posted.Marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.