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  1. Fingers going numb multiple times daily


    So for the past few weeks my index, middle and ring finger on my right hand have been going numb a few times a day. Nothing else goes numb and its hard to get the feeling back.

    I do have a torn rotator cuff in that shoulder along with an impingement that led to some shoulder instability. I've had this problem for a few years now.

    I haven't injured anything as far as I know lately. I'm thinking I pinched a nerve in my wrist or elbow. Any insight on how to help or fix this?

    Thanks


  2. Anytime extremities are going numb makes me think there's a blood flow issue. But you're a young guy, so that doesn't make much sense. Probably ought to get a check-up though, just to be safe.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by SFreed View Post
    Anytime extremities are going numb makes me think there's a blood flow issue. But you're a young guy, so that doesn't make much sense. Probably ought to get a check-up though, just to be safe.
    Yeah my mom has a blood flow problem. Not a bad one though. So I may have gotten something hereditary. But I can normally get feeling back from blood flow numbness. This doesn't no matter what I do.

  4. Would probably just go see your doctor. Could be a lot of things

  5. Quote Originally Posted by ECWHY View Post
    Would probably just go see your doctor. Could be a lot of things
    Well I don't have insurance at the moment. I'm about to be 26 and was dropped by my parents insurance. My job doesn't offer it.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Brandinooooo View Post
    Well I don't have insurance at the moment. I'm about to be 26 and was dropped by my parents insurance. My job doesn't offer it.
    So besides the injury, you haven't made any lifestyle changes since the numbness started occuring?

  7. Quote Originally Posted by ECWHY View Post
    So besides the injury, you haven't made any lifestyle changes since the numbness started occuring?
    Not that I can think of. I'm thinking I pinched a nerve while sleeping or at work.

  8. Grip/elbow mechanics change with the shoulder injury. This is likely a nerve irritation and I'll take it a step further guessing that the root of the problem could be elbow tendonitis pushing on the nerve.

    The blood flow suggestion isnt totally unreasonable, but doesnt really fit ur pattern of complaints.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by celc5 View Post
    Grip/elbow mechanics change with the shoulder injury. This is likely a nerve irritation and I'll take it a step further guessing that the root of the problem could be elbow tendonitis pushing on the nerve.

    The blood flow suggestion isnt totally unreasonable, but doesnt really fit ur pattern of complaints.
    You might be right. I've been thinking about it and I remember doing some skullcrushers while laying on a bench. Mid way through, my elbows did pop a few times and have been a little sore.

  10. I think of cervical radiculopathy.
    C6-C7 nerve root in the neck:
    Weakness in triceps muscle and wrist, numbness of the back of the arm and middle finger.
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by hairygrandpa View Post
    I think of cervical radiculopathy.
    C6-C7 nerve root in the neck:
    Weakness in triceps muscle and wrist, numbness of the back of the arm and middle finger.
    Hmm ill have to look into that. I'm about to just pay cash and go to a doctor
  12. Fingers going numb multiple times daily


    It doesnt have to be your neck. The weird thing is two nerves seem to be involved as the median nerve provides sensory innervation of the thumb, pointer, and medial half of the middle finger while the ulnar nerve provides sensory innervation to the lateral middle, ring, and pinky fingers. The C8 dermatome is the ring and pinky fingers. C7 the middle and pointer. C6 the thumb. So it'd appear youd have multilevel disc pathology if it really is coming from a cervical disc issue. Like alluded to above, there could be nerve irritation occurring anywhere from the shoulder, to the cubital tunnel in the elbow, or down into carpal tunnel of the wrist. A neurologist should be able to figure out the issue out with physical exam testing, but he/she will probably also want to get an EMG and/or CT or MRI of any of those above regions to further assess and support/refute the exam findings.

    Edit: Obviously, I'm not a doctor so dont take what I just said as unquestionably correct.
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by jswain34 View Post
    It doesnt have to be your neck. The weird thing is two nerves seem to be involved as the median nerve provides sensory innervation of the thumb, pointer, and medial half of the middle finger while the ulnar nerve provides sensory innervation to the lateral middle, ring, and pinky fingers. The C8 dermatome is the ring and pinky fingers. C7 the middle and pointer. C6 the thumb. So it'd appear youd have multilevel disc pathology if it really is coming from a cervical disc issue. Like alluded to above, there could be nerve irritation occurring anywhere from the shoulder, to the cubital tunnel in the elbow, or down into carpal tunnel of the wrist. A neurologist should be able to figure out the issue out with physical exam testing, but he/she will probably also want to get an EMG and/or CT or MRI of any of those above regions to further assess and support/refute the exam findings.

    Edit: Obviously, I'm not a doctor so dont take what I just said as unquestionably correct.
    I appreciate the input. I'm gonna suck it up and just pay out of pocket for a doctor.

  14. Make ur appointment for like a month down the road. In the meantime, spend more time with cuff stability such as light extetnal rotations with very slow eccentric control, forearm stretching (both flexors and extensors), thoracic outlet nerve glide/stretch, and scalene and sterno cleido mastoid stretch. U will hit all of the obvious suggestions in this thread. Use Youtube for ideas from Therpists and trainers to develop ur program.

    Do go to an orthopedist or neurologist. DO NOT pay for an NCV or EMG because it only serves to provide a basis for need for surgery. I believe u said u are paying out of pocket and finances will get out of control if u start going down that road.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by celc5 View Post
    Make ur appointment for like a month down the road. In the meantime, spend more time with cuff stability such as light extetnal rotations with very slow eccentric control, forearm stretching (both flexors and extensors), thoracic outlet nerve glide/stretch, and scalene and sterno cleido mastoid stretch. U will hit all of the obvious suggestions in this thread. Use Youtube for ideas from Therpists and trainers to develop ur program.

    Do go to an orthopedist or neurologist. DO NOT pay for an NCV or EMG because it only serves to provide a basis for need for surgery. I believe u said u are paying out of pocket and finances will get out of control if u start going down that road.
    Yeah I would be paying out of pocket. I have looked at a few videos so I'm gonna start them today

  16. Quote Originally Posted by Brandinooooo View Post
    Yeah I would be paying out of pocket. I have looked at a few videos so I'm gonna start them today
    Once u get rolling after like a week, post on here what u think is helping and what u think is hurting, and what is neutral/ineffective. I will try to help u as much as is reasonable via internet forum LOL

  17. Quote Originally Posted by celc5 View Post
    Once u get rolling after like a week, post on here what u think is helping and what u think is hurting, and what is neutral/ineffective. I will try to help u as much as is reasonable via internet forum LOL
    Haha ill update once it starts feeling better. I've started rotations with 5lb weights and regulars wrists exercises.

  18. Sound's like your ulnar. Nerve is pinched or trapped at th3 elbow!
    Will cause numbness of pinky, ring finger , and middle finger. More so the first two. Also, can lead to loss of strength ,(grip strength, and forearm.) Have you begun dropping things in that hand or say your holding a drink in that hand and next thing you know your spilling it on the floor.?
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  19. Quote Originally Posted by macedog24 View Post
    Sound's like your ulnar. Nerve is pinched or trapped at th3 elbow!
    Will cause numbness of pinky, ring finger , and middle finger. More so the first two. Also, can lead to loss of strength ,(grip strength, and forearm.) Have you begun dropping things in that hand or say your holding a drink in that hand and next thing you know your spilling it on the floor.?
    Not quite to that point. I have dropped a couple small things like a screwdriver and whatnot.

  20. It sounds to me as if you have a condition where the position you are in will lead to restricting blood flow, i also tore my rotar cuff and damged my infraspinatus. I can't precisely remember the name of the syndrome but a common one ppl with shoulder and neck problems get is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome..

  21. I have bad tendonitis in my right elbow and I will get a similar sensation to you as well. It goes away and doesn't last long at all, but still weird. I will bend over to pick up something and my fingers on the right side go tingly. Or I will reach back and they will be tingly.

    I do have knots across my upper back where the traps and bone are and had a pinches nerve on the left side. I would try this stuff that has been suggested out before going. That was a good idea on your end. I do roll my upper back area with a roller and a tennis ball. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get the knots to fully release. Hopefully you'll get some relief!
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by jaces View Post
    It sounds to me as if you have a condition where the position you are in will lead to restricting blood flow, i also tore my rotar cuff and damged my infraspinatus. I can't precisely remember the name of the syndrome but a common one ppl with shoulder and neck problems get is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome..
    Yep. Pitchers actually need surgery to repair this. Causes some issues.
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by ryane87 View Post
    I have bad tendonitis in my right elbow and I will get a similar sensation to you as well. It goes away and doesn't last long at all, but still weird. I will bend over to pick up something and my fingers on the right side go tingly. Or I will reach back and they will be tingly.

    I do have knots across my upper back where the traps and bone are and had a pinches nerve on the left side. I would try this stuff that has been suggested out before going. That was a good idea on your end. I do roll my upper back area with a roller and a tennis ball. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get the knots to fully release. Hopefully you'll get some relief!
    Its starting to go away now finally. It'll still get tingly but not nearly as bad. I've been using the foam rollers a lot lately also lol. They work wonders

  24. Finaly looked up the syndrome i was talking about and its compartment syndrome, very common in sports where muscle hypertrophy is involved.

  25. Quote Originally Posted by jaces View Post
    Finaly looked up the syndrome i was talking about and its compartment syndrome, very common in sports where muscle hypertrophy is involved.
    Lol. It isnt compartment syndrome. That develops into tissue necrosis bc intracompartmental pressure > mean arterial pressure and therefore the blood cant reach the tissue w/in the compartment. The internet doctoring is getting a bit excessive in this thread, i am sorry that i contributed to it.
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