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    Default Anyone have cubital tunnel syndrome?

    When I read at might and type my pinky and ring finger go numb a lot and I have to shake them out. After reading I'm wondering if it's related to this. What was your experience? Did you seek any treatment?



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    I did and still do a little bit.
    As a pre-teen I was a gymnast, then had a wrist injury and it seems that while healing, the radius didn't grow for some weeks, the ulna did and so caused the little wrist bones to be pushed around some.

    Now 50 years later, those bones are giving up the ghost, finally being pulverized slowly by that too long ulna, which is also affecting the nerve on my elbow, causing the two outside fingers to tingle and go numb.

    The surgeon took a look at the x-rays, went to surgery, where he cut the ulna in half and took a chunk out, put it back together with a plate and 7 screws, did some repairs to the wrist bones and all is great now, no more wrist stiff and hurting, now only rarely the two last fingers tingling or asleep.

    If you are having some problems, go look for the best specialist hand surgeon in your area, your family Dr should be able to tell you who it is, or any high school, as that surgeon probably works on athletes and see what that surgeon has to say.

    Depending on what the specialist finds, all you may have to do is wear a splint for a few weeks, if it is just a bit of irritation on the nerve.



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    I have it. Sometimes I need to wear braces at night which helps. I think eventually it will be surgery. It has decreased the strength in my hands and sometimes I just drop things.

    Last week while riding with split reins I just dropped one rein. Thankfully we were at a walk and I just said whoa and he did before stepping on the rein. I knew that day was a bit worse than usual so should have adjusted how I was riding instead of thinking about what work my horse needed.



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    Yes, I have bouts of it. I have a pad that I wear on my elbow during the day because I tend to lean on it. I also have a splint that I wear at night to keep the elbow straight.



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    realize that reading and typing puts your neck in a crick and pinching nerves in the neck give those same symptoms, and is very common in people bending theirn neck in reading and typing positions. Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambitious Kate View Post
    realize that reading and typing puts your neck in a crick and pinching nerves in the neck give those same symptoms, and is very common in people bending theirn neck in reading and typing positions. Just a thought.
    This. I'm currently dealing with brachial plexus issues (where this all originates), and any poor posture will cause your cervical vertabrae to shorten and compress the nerves. Look up neck traction exercises on youtube to help relieve the pressure. The other symptom that will go along with the numbness/tingling/weakness in the ring and pinkie finger is if those two fingers like to curl under. In PT I learned that's called "the claw" and is a classic nerve aggravation symptom.


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    I think the word you might be looking for is CARPAL Tunnel Syndrome, I have had the surgery on both hands. Anybody who is starting to drop things had better get it looked at. My surgeon told me that if you wait too long it can get to the point where they can't help it anymore. I got to that point and scheduled surgery pronto. I very seldom have any problems with it now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambitious Kate View Post
    realize that reading and typing puts your neck in a crick and pinching nerves in the neck give those same symptoms, and is very common in people bending theirn neck in reading and typing positions. Just a thought.
    Yes, but if you get checked out by a good doctor, they test for that to see if you have real Carpal Tunnel or something that mimics it. Mine was real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubyTuesday View Post
    I think the word you might be looking for is CARPAL Tunnel Syndrome, I have had the surgery on both hands. Anybody who is starting to drop things had better get it looked at. My surgeon told me that if you wait too long it can get to the point where they can't help it anymore. I got to that point and scheduled surgery pronto. I very seldom have any problems with it now.
    Carpal and cubital are different as different nerves are impacted. With cubital the symptoms are in your pinky and ring finger.

    Interesting about the nerve in the neck! I've been wondering if it was worth seeing a doc as it doesn't impact me too much- but I don't wasn't it to get worse. I wonder if it has anything to do with all of the time I spent swimming in HS and college- I had some elbow issues then.



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    Talk to your dr and see about doing PT. It might help if you don't want to do surgery or if you're not a candidate. They will have you do stretches and nerve glides. My PT was great. Got parafin wax treatments and massages before I did my stretches.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Martini View Post
    Carpal and cubital are different as different nerves are impacted. With cubital the symptoms are in your pinky and ring finger.

    Interesting about the nerve in the neck! I've been wondering if it was worth seeing a doc as it doesn't impact me too much- but I don't wasn't it to get worse. I wonder if it has anything to do with all of the time I spent swimming in HS and college- I had some elbow issues then.
    Mine started in the ring and pinky finger and spread to involve the whole arm up to the elbow while sleeping.
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    I have it. It would get horrible in the summer when I'd do a lot of horse camping. The combo of riding for hours and then extra lifting (hauling water, hanging hay nets, etc.) would make it really bad. My pinky/ring finger would constantly be numb and I would have pain when trying to do things like squeeze a sponge.

    Went to hand therapy, did exercises, and slept with an elbow brace. This helped somewhat.

    What finally did the trick was acupuncture and massage. As others have said, treatment of the neck is important too.



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    YES. On my right hand from mouse use. Numb pinky. I looked it up and it's the ulnar nerve. I raised the arm rest of my desk chair and that helped a lot. Sometimes I'll switch the mouse over to my left hand for a couple of days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guin View Post
    YES. On my right hand from mouse use. Numb pinky. I looked it up and it's the ulnar nerve. I raised the arm rest of my desk chair and that helped a lot. Sometimes I'll switch the mouse over to my left hand for a couple of days.
    Yep. To this day I only buy vehicles with either a captain's chair style driver seat or a really good center console that can double for an armrest. I need the extra support on that arm or I'll feel it after driving for awhile.
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    I have it. It was so bad in the right arm I finally had surgery to relocate the nerve out of the Cubital tunnel to relieve the pressure and pain.
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    Yes, I had PT for mine - which affected my fingers, wrists and elbow, and the exercises helped. However, my therapist said a lot of it is caused by posture (I need to keep my shoulders back and my head over my shoulders - not hunched at the computer as I had been)and if I didn't correct my poor posture I would always have the problem.

    I did have to get one injection in my elbow and ever since it has been better if I sit correctly. I notice any time I have my arms stretched in front of me for long periods, say while driving long distances or at the computer, I will have the weakness start in my fingers and wrists, so I try to take a lot of stretching breaks. I have elbow and wrist braces for sleeping if needed.



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