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elbow pain and numbness of 4th and 5th finger

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  • Posted By: kevinramirez2008
  • October 7, 2008
  • 08:29 AM

3 months ago i felt a really sharp pinch right above my right elbow while constant lifting of heavy items. For the last 2 months i've had only that sharp pain on my forearm and above my elbow, now my pinky and ring finger are having slight numbness too. My arm feels as if it had no strenght and it shakes when lifting anything. Around the elbow it feels really tender and swollen a little now and pain is becoming worse. I've had an MRI and X-RAY done and results were normal. What could be my diagnosis? Any ideas?

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  • Sounds like the ulnar nerve, I have trouble just like yours and was told it was something with my ulnar nerve.
    salijackt 3 Replies
    • October 30, 2008
    • 09:40 PM
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  • Yeah that was i was thinking, ulnar nerve. When not using my right arm for anything, pain is moderate. If i use it even just a little, pain gets really bad and my pinky, ring finger numb up. Di you also experience that? What else? Thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2008
    • 10:31 PM
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  • Yeah that was i was thinking, ulnar nerve. When not using my right arm for anything, pain is moderate. If i use it even just a little, pain gets really bad and my pinky, ring finger numb up. Di you also experience that? What else? Thanks
    kevinramirez2008 1 Replies
    • October 30, 2008
    • 10:34 PM
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  • I have severe pain at times that seems to come and go, but always some pain. Using my pinkie or ring finger makes the pain much worse. Typing like I normally do (using my left fingers) hurts really bad, so I'm learning to type with one hand. :( The pain started instantly without any trauma - I was working on Biology homework at my desk and simply stood up.I also have very poor grip with my left hand - only 30 pounds while my other hand can do 80 pounds. The pain is more severe if my elbow is bent. I've been to numerous doctors. First, I was diagnosed with "elbow pain" (no duh! I actually paid a doctor for this "diagnosis"). The first two doctors put me in a sling, which didn't make it one bit better and made the tingling worse. Finally, a doctor decided I had tennis elbow and sent me to a physical therapist. After a few tests and questions, the physical therapist quickly recognized that it was my ulnar nerve, not tennis elbow (an MRI confirmed it). He has it now straightened in a brace all the time. He also gave me a few exercises to strengthen the arm and increase range of motion. It was starting to help a bit after two weeks and my parents decided to send me to a chiropractor - big mistake :eek: - my arm hurts as badly as when the pain first started.
    salijackt 3 Replies
    • October 31, 2008
    • 00:09 AM
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  • get a blood test for your thyroid gland by your doctor. I've had the same symptoms you described for two years and i just found out that i had an underactive thyroid gland. good news is that its treatable.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2010
    • 01:07 AM
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  • get a blood test for your thyroid gland by your doctor. I've had the same symptoms you described for two years and i just found out that i had an underactive thyroid gland. good news is that its treatable.Did thyroid treatment relieve the symptoms?
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  • I have severe pain at times that seems to come and go, but always some pain. Using my pinkie or ring finger makes the pain much worse. Typing like I normally do (using my left fingers) hurts really bad, so I'm learning to type with one hand. :( The pain started instantly without any trauma - I was working on Biology homework at my desk and simply stood up.I also have very poor grip with my left hand - only 30 pounds while my other hand can do 80 pounds. The pain is more severe if my elbow is bent. I've been to numerous doctors. First, I was diagnosed with "elbow pain" (no duh! I actually paid a doctor for this "diagnosis"). The first two doctors put me in a sling, which didn't make it one bit better and made the tingling worse. Finally, a doctor decided I had tennis elbow and sent me to a physical therapist. After a few tests and questions, the physical therapist quickly recognized that it was my ulnar nerve, not tennis elbow (an MRI confirmed it). He has it now straightened in a brace all the time. He also gave me a few exercises to strengthen the arm and increase range of motion. It was starting to help a bit after two weeks and my parents decided to send me to a chiropractor - big mistake :eek: - my arm hurts as badly as when the pain first started.Sending you to a Chiropractor "can help" to a point, but is not the answer. I've been seeing one for the last three years. And I can tell you from experiance you don't see one to deal with nerve inflammation in your elbow i.e. Ulnar Nerve Entrapment or Radial Nerve Entrapment. Chiropractor's only address the central nervous system. i.e. Spine. If this is "Work Related" you "Should!!!" file an incident report with your employer. You need to go see a Orthopedist, who will either perform a Nerve Conduction Velocity Test (NCV) in their office, or recommend a Neurologist that can. They will then be able to determine what exactly is going on, and what actions to take from there. If you are suffering from nerve entrapment, waiting too long could result in "Permanent" nerve damage.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 13, 2010
    • 10:01 PM
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  • Sending you to a Chiropractor "can help" to a point, but is not the answer. I've been seeing one for the last three years. And I can tell you from experiance you don't see one to deal with nerve inflammation in your elbow i.e. Ulnar Nerve Entrapment or Radial Nerve Entrapment. Chiropractor's only address the central nervous system. i.e. Spine. If this is "Work Related" you "Should!!!" file an incident report with your employer. You need to go see a Orthopedist, who will either perform a Nerve Conduction Velocity Test (NCV) in their office, or recommend a Neurologist that can. They will then be able to determine what exactly is going on, and what actions to take from there. If you are suffering from nerve entrapment, waiting too long could result in "Permanent" nerve damage.Elbow pain
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