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Old 11-21-2007, 07:51 AM   #1
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ulnar neuropathy

Primary doctor diagnosed--numbness in litle finger and pain in hand awakes me at night--do not have appointment with specialist until Dec 26--what is a over the counter pill they works for pain?

 
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Re: ulnar neuropathy

my best advice would be aleeve or the comparable generic or advil dosed during the day every four to six hours.the aleeve you only have to take two in the morning and two later in the day.its a more continuous type of coverage than multidosing with advil.JMO.the thing about actual nerve pain,is it is very hard to treat,but if this nerve is actually being inflammed by some sort of compromise,you may get the best relief with a type of anti inflammatory like the ones i just mentioned.tylenol would realistically not do a whole lot for you.

one big thing here i just wanted to mention is before there is ANY type of a possible surgical intervention contemplated by any specialist you see,you NEED to make darn certain that the finger pain is actually stemming from something lower down like the wrist or elbow area and not actually stemming from a very real issue within your c spine.many people unfortunetly have docs who don;t bother to actually look at where these nerves actually start from within the c spine and 'presume' it is something further down when the actual problem could very well be stemming from the c spine area.this just HAS TO be checked out before 'doing' anything like surgery.hope the anti inflammatorys help some.please keep me posted on things,K?good luck,marcia
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:34 AM   #3
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Re: ulnar neuropathy

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my best advice would be aleeve or the comparable generic or advil dosed during the day every four to six hours.the aleeve you only have to take two in the morning and two later in the day.its a more continuous type of coverage than multidosing with advil.JMO.the thing about actual nerve pain,is it is very hard to treat,but if this nerve is actually being inflammed by some sort of compromise,you may get the best relief with a type of anti inflammatory like the ones i just mentioned.tylenol would realistically not do a whole lot for you.

one big thing here i just wanted to mention is before there is ANY type of a possible surgical intervention contemplated by any specialist you see,you NEED to make darn certain that the finger pain is actually stemming from something lower down like the wrist or elbow area and not actually stemming from a very real issue within your c spine.many people unfortunetly have docs who don;t bother to actually look at where these nerves actually start from within the c spine and 'presume' it is something further down when the actual problem could very well be stemming from the c spine area.this just HAS TO be checked out before 'doing' anything like surgery.hope the anti inflammatorys help some.please keep me posted on things,K?good luck,marcia

 
Old 11-21-2007, 08:36 AM   #4
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Re: ulnar neuropathy

Surgury would be my last option-will try advil or aleeve--appreciate the response-will keep all posted

 
Old 12-03-2007, 09:11 PM   #5
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Re: ulnar neuropathy

Try keeping your arm straight and your shoulders back as well. If there is compression at the elbow, bending it will make the pain and numbness worse. If compression is at the shoulder, make sure not to slouch forward and try not to raise your arm.

It's hard to do this when you sleep, but important.

I agree with not rushing into surgery. Get several opinions. I had ulnar nerve transposition two years ago as well as having a bone spur removed from my shoulder. I got some relief for awhile, but it's back worse than ever. Still trying to find out where the nerve is actually compressed, but it's not easy.

 
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Re: ulnar neuropathy

playsharp,have you ever had an actual c spine MRI to see just where this nerve is actually being compromised at?all of the nerves that run thru to the fingers/hands,actually all start way up at the spinal cord level in that c spine.starting from there would be a good idea.that way you are starting at the very beginning and working your way down.obtaining an EMG right from your c spine would also be an excellent idea.this would show if there actually is any real compression or heavy affectaion of any given nerve.if your actual nerve flow is being impeded,it would show it on an EMG/NCS.just a thought for you.Marcia
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