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Re: elbow / ulner nerve

Re: elbow / ulner nerve

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Posted by diane on March 24, 2000 at 12:07:35:

In Reply to: Re: elbow / ulner nerve posted by Sheila on March 23, 2000 at 11:30:26:

: : : I was recently diagnosed with damage of the ulner nerve. My small finger on my left hand tingled and was
: : : constantly "asleep". It then moved to my ring finger and part of my palm. It got so that I couldn't touch my
: : : elbow in any way or else it would cause a jolt to my two fingers. Because I have epilepsy, I went to my
: : : neurlogist who quickly stated it had nothing to do with the epilepsy, but instead was due to nerve damage
: : : along the ulner nerve. Tomorrow I have an EMG performed. Anyone have any experience with this? I'm
: : : pretty nervous. Is surgery inevitable? The dr. said that this does not get better on it's own and if it's not
: : : treated, the nerve will wither away and die causing loss of feeling in my left hand. The dr. did prescribe an
: : : anti-inflammatory medication and that temporarily helped the tenderness in the elbow. Any one else have a
: : : similiar problem???

: : : thanks for your help

: : hi sheila yes i have had cubital tunnel which is entrapment of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. yes they say it will not get better on it's own. the longer time it is like that the more damage is done to the nerve.takes a long time for the nerve to come back. has been 6 months since my surgery and i still have slight numbness in the baby and ring finger but not in the palm...i had it in the palm before the surgery also the ring and baby finger..it finally got to the point where i was in pain i couldn't hardly do anything with my left hand. this all started in may of 99 had the surgery in sept of 99. so that was not a whole lot of time between when it started to the time of surgery...yes i can say don't let it go to long...okay and good luck to you...anymore questions you can e-mail me at LUV2Whales@juno.com
: : diane
: 3/23 Hope the EMG was not too unbearable.
: Hello to you both -- depending on the damage and decreased conduction across the nerve (which will show up in the EMG) there are other conservative treatments to try before treatment -- ask your doctor about occupational therapy or a long arm splint to decrease the amount of stress put on the nerve. If the damage is not too severe -- conservative treatment is helpful. If however the damage is pretty significant and your symptoms increase -- surgery is usually successful in alleviating the symptoms that come along with Cubital tunnel syndrome.. Good luck

hello yes i did try the other measures to no avail the long arm splint...the coritzone treatments...antiinflammitory drugs...physical therapy...also wrist splint...which i read does not help if it is in the elbow didn't help me....so surgery was the only way out for me...sheila i know you are scarced about the pain of surgery...but i will try you the pain i was having...went away with surgery thank god cause i couldn't stand it anymore ....but every case is different...good luck to you and keep us informed on how your doing...diane




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