Re: Numbness in Left Hand - Should I be Worried?
i agree,this REALLY does sound like some level of involvement to that ulnar nerve(C 8) up in your c spine area and definitely NOT cardiac related. that is a whole different type of arm/hand involvement from what you have described. this appears to be a total encompassing of that ulnar now based upon it progressing further up the hand/dermatome now. did they actually do any types of scans when you suffered that injury or did you not seek out treatment at that time?
this problem within your c spine could have already been present to a certain degree and when you took that hit,it just kind of set it off kind of thing? or you did just hit so hard it actually caused some shifting of the vertebrae up there. tho the c 8 dpoes not actually ahve its own vertbrae,anything that can impact the c 7 thru T 1 areas can also create big issue with that ulnar too just because there is alot of 'crossover" within the last two c spine vertebrae and into the top or T 1 too.
but at any rate, you just really DO need to find out what is being affected up there and how much is actually impacted right now. if this is a more constant, then something is more than likely being compressed or impinged. if this comes and goes, it could be something like a bone spur or a narrowing of one of the canals up there where the nerve just exit and enter specific areas of the spine and cord. that type of thing can be affected by just movements of your neck too.
my best advice to you would be to simply see your own primary for now and get this evaled and a referral for an MRI just to really get that inside look at whats going on up there. something is just affecting that ulnar somewhere or those particular fingers and that side of your hand would not be doing what its doing. just so you know, if this is indeed kind of progressing up the arm, you may want to just look up what are called 'dermatomes". these are the areas of innervation of the spinal nerves. look where that c 8 nerve actually innervates so you will know if this is actually hitting the spots further up that arm. there is a rather patchy type of distribution of the derms as you go up the arm to the c spine area with that ulnar. but DO obtain that MRI dave,you just really need to know what is impacting that ulnar so severely. just so you know, they CAN fix numbness if this is being compressed, but it needs to be done BEFORE that compression actually kills off the nerve. even without having ins dave, you really do need to find a way to get this MRIed. alot of places do try and work with patients when they simply have to have certain things done in this current state we are in with our economy. just see what you can find out from your primary doc. they are the ones who are really in charge of actual coordination of our care. i do wish you luck with this dave. please keep me posted. marcia
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