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numbness in left pinky finger

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  • Posted By: trobison76
  • December 18, 2010
  • 06:47 AM

About 2 years ago I noticed that my left ring and pinky finger were getting numb, and as I do spend alot of time on a computer, my family and I assumed it was carpul tunnel. Then it went away, mostly...but about a week ago it started again but worse than before. And now, my ring finger is fine, but my pinky is worse...it almost feels like dead weight. Looking through some of the medical information on this site, it suggests that it most likely is not carpul tunnel if it only involves those two fingers. Anyone have an idea of what it could be, and how urgent, if at all do I need to see a doctor?

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  • I too have these symptoms, along with wrist pain and achy feeling in upper arm. I was in a car accident about a year and a half ago and finally went for an MRI of the shoulder and spine. They found that I have a compressed disc at C5/6 which can give you these symptoms. Can also be caused by Brachial Plexis trauma. Have you been in any accidents or had any falls, or perhaps lifted something heavy that might cause this damage? Might be worth looking into - just google compression at C5/6. Good luck!!
    garagegirl 3 Replies
    • December 27, 2010
    • 08:34 PM
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  • If you like to have use of those two fingers, don't wait around - go book an appointment with a doctor. The longer you wait, if there is a real nerve conduction issue, the less likely anyone is going to be able to do anything for you. The two most common basic diagnostics for carpal tunnel syndrome are Tinel's sign and Phalen's manoevre. You can Google these and try these yourself, but they are far from a 100% positive for carpal tunnel syndrome. The problem you are having is NOT in the distribution of the median nerve, so what you are experiencing is NOT carpal tunnel syndrome. The ulnar nerve provides sensory innervation to half of the ring finger and baby finger. The ulnar nerve does not pass through the carpal tunnel. The roots of this nerve arise from cervical nerves (in your neck) C5, C6. Nerve damage is serious, compression can be a serious problem. Go see a professional.
    blueempress 28 Replies
    • December 28, 2010
    • 03:38 AM
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