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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2013, 09:00:21 PM »
Hello. The PT said I probably just irritated the nerve in my elbow from leaning on it. I was prescribed corticosteriods and will go back in 3 weeks to be examined again. My fingers are still numb, constantly.

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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2013, 10:06:16 PM »
HELP. Freaking out. I am afraid of this becoming permanent or it being caused by some kind of underlying terrible disease.

I just dont see how leaning on the elbow can cause numbness like this for 2.5 weeks and counting. I thought by now it would be better especially with the corticosteriods. It does seems like the numbness is about 20 -30% less or I might just be getting use to no feeling in my 2 fingers. My fingers are definately still numb and stiff along with some numbness down into my hand and when I bend my elbow sharply there is the hit your funny bone sensation in it. I would lose my mind if this became permanent or worse. 
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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2013, 03:42:39 PM »
Did you talk to your doctor about carpal tunnel? it is pretty common, and can cause the numbness like you are talking about. It is annoying but isn't serious from what I have read.
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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2013, 05:51:40 PM »
Hello Matt. This past summer, I experienced pretty much the same symptoms you are experiencing now, except both hands (the left was far worse, though). I figured that since I do a lot of typing at work, I had probably irritated some nerves or something. I went to the doctor, and he diagnosed me with carpal tunnel. I wore a brace for a couple of days, but that seemed to make it even worse. I ended up going to another doctor for a second opinion, and she said I had De Quervain's Tenosynovitis. She prescribed an oral steroid and Mobic for the pain. I got a different brace for De Quervain's, which felt a lot better than the carpal tunnel brace, but immediately after taking it off, the pain, numbness, tingling, and swelling would come back. I was freaking out, having panic attacks, and went to the ER. They told me it just looked like plain old tendonitis and put me on 800 mg Motrin. Even the Motrin didn't seem to help. Finally, I couldn't take the anxiety anymore and went to my pdoc who very lovingly told me I was experiencing health anxiety and that my symptoms were being amplified due to stress, and put me on Zoloft. I thought he was crazy, but lo and behold, a few weeks after being on Zoloft, I realized I hadn't even thought about my hands. The symptoms were gone.

It all makes sense to me now, especially since none of those high dosage pain meds helped, which is odd because they usually help me with even the most severe headaches, muscle cramps, etc. I probably just irritated a nerve or tendon, and instead of brushing it off, I fixated on it, making the issue seem far worse. The pain was mostly in my head, it seems. It's amazing how our minds can trick us into thinking we are a lot worse off than we are. This is easier said than done, but try your hardest not to stress over the numbness, tingling, etc. It will pass with time. And, if you are anything like me, you have probably manipulated your arm in ways that you normally don't, just to test out all your symptoms  :spineyes:
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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2013, 06:54:37 PM »
Matt accept the fact that you have a Ulnar Nerve Entrapment and get on with it, go to a physio he/she will give you the best advice should you need to have surgery to correct the issue do so as it will make it better, there is nothing that causes such symptoms apart from UNE and Carpal Tunnel neither will leave you disabled as you fear.

I had the very same issue which i dealt with for a period of time. There are a few exercises which you can do to help speed up the healing process youtube Ulnar Nerve Exercise or Carpal tunnel exercise this will help you a great deal.

If surgery is recommended to correct the issue do so don't brush it aside as it is nothing serious !!!

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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2013, 08:07:31 PM »
Thanks I'm more calm now. I'd be fine if I didnt read this from dr. wikipedia. I just feel cheap that this kind of permanent damage could happen from leaning on my elbow. There was never any warning. It freaks me out more because my numbness is constant. According to wikipedia static numbness will likely be permanent. I need my hands for work. I will starve if this doesnt get better. Was your numbness all the time? 

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Most patients diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome have advanced disease (atrophy, static numbness, weakness) that might reflect permanent nerve damage that will not recover after surgery.[9] When diagnosed prior to atrophy, weakness or static numbness, the disease can be arrested with treatment. Mild and intermittent symptoms often resolve spontaneously.[5


The physical therapist diagnosed me with ulnar neuropathy. Tommorow is the last day of corticosteroids and my fingers and part of the hand are still numb.

He didnt really tell me anything about what to expect or how long. I know you said yours lasted for 7 weeks. I asked him if there was anything I should avoid doing that would make it worse and he said not to do any heavy lifting or repetive movents. That's impossible with me being a welder. Would you be concerned about lifting? Im trying to take it easier but I have to keep working.

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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2013, 08:04:38 PM »
flasharoo do you think I will lose my hand?
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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2013, 12:15:18 PM »
No you wont loose your hand buddy !!!

Even the worst case scenarios and i mean worst case scenarios.... meaning the symptoms have to be present for years... muscle wasting will only be noticed in the small finger. i didn't go through the procedure of stereoids or such seeing that i have adverse effects with them such as increased anxiety, restlessness, panic attacks, insomnia, high blood pressure, ear ringing, lost of appetite and weight loss and numerous other ones they opted not to treat me with them ... instead focused on exercises and stretching which i still do on daily basis just to prevent symptoms from coming back.
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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2014, 07:21:33 PM »
It's going on 3 months and I'm still having issues with no significant improvement. My 1.5 fingers are numb constantly and recently I have noticed weakness and stiffness in that hand. I'm having trouble working because of tremendous elbow pain. I finally got too see a neurologist on the 9th and had an emg and nerve conduction study. He confirmed it is moderate to sever cubital tunnel and mild carpal tunnel. He is concerned about the weakness he saw in my hand and is sending me to a hand specialist.

 Right now I'm having a hard time getting prompt appointments with dr's. My original nerve study was supposed to be back in November and it got canceled. I did not like them canceling it on me and decided to switch to another hospital which set it back to January 9th. That neurologist said he would make an appointment for me with the hand specialist and I would hear from them by Monday. Well it is Monday and they didn't call.

I'm worried about the weakness and how long this can go on before serious damage is done.
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Re: Help I have left arm issues
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2014, 08:21:56 PM »
The dr office called today and said they scheduled an appointment with the hand specialist for GUESS WHEN...NEXT MONTH. FEBURARY 19TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????

SERIOUSLY!?!?!?!?!?!?!!


I am about fed up with how far apart the appointments are being scheduled. Everything I read says prompt treatment for cubital tunnel is required to prevent permanent nerve damage and muscle wasting. The neurologist was very concerned with my muscle wasting and weakness. He said I should see a hand specialist right away and YET HIS OFFICE CANT GET ME IN ANY SOONER THAN NEXT MONTH?? WTF!!!!


How long can I really go before having permanent nerve damage and muscle wasting? 
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