Numbness in left pinky and half of ring finger

neisey
By neisey Latest Reply 2010-02-17 17:55:39 -0600
Started 2010-02-15 08:32:08 -0600

I went to the doc and he ordered xrays of the chest, neck, and spine. I hav not got results back yet and i am very worried about what this could be? Has anyone else experienced these symptoms before or would anyone know what it could be? I have type 2 diabetes, slep apnea, COPD, arthritis in my knees, valve replacement in my heart and bipolar disorder.Yes i know i am a walking disaster waiting to happen with all of my medical problems lol.


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Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-02-15 22:31:20 -0600 Report

The spine tests may be to rule out nerve compression from bone spurs or discs. I have COPD, arthritis, and bipolar disorder also. If it ain't one thing, it's another. Also I have damaged nerves from over 30 years ago that was so subtle I didn't realize anything had changed for a long time. It will be hard for me to tell if I have increased damage because most of my nerves are already numb. Tingling happens to me when a nerve from a disc in my spine is being compessed and sounds like your doctor is being thorough by ruling stuff out. One way I check is to look up the diagnostic codes on every test order. It tells me what they are for if I forget to ask. Try not to worry, Tests are a useful too and good luck on your results.

neisey
neisey 2010-02-17 17:51:12 -0600 Report

I am sorry to hear that you have as many health problems as i do. Oh well it happens to the best sometimes lol. Some how we always manage to deal with it in one way or another. Thank you for your response i appreciate your time.

London
London 2010-02-15 21:08:56 -0600 Report

I have the same thing. I have researched once before and came up with your nerves and the way you lay your arm when your doing things like typing. That's the only time mine starts to tingle is when I have my arm flat. Good Luck!

neisey
neisey 2010-02-17 17:55:39 -0600 Report

Hi i noticed that i tend to lay in bed and watch tv at night,i am laying my head on my left hand and bending my elbow so i think from putting all of that weight on it for so long now that it is more than likely to be the root of my problem. Actually my wrist and sometimes my left arm are begining to have pain in them not alot but enough for me to notice this. Hopefully the doc will get to the bottom of it. Thank you for your reply and taking your time to do so. I really appreciate all feedback i get. I hope your problem gets better.

JulieC
JulieC 2010-02-15 19:50:30 -0600 Report

Wow…Im having the same thing…my left pinky finger..half of my ring finger and half of my palm. I have not gone to the doc..but everyone tells me its carpal tunnel. Some times when I wake up in the morning…my whole hand is a sleep. But that goes away except for the above. Some times my pointer finger and middle finger freeze up and go crooked..and they hurt when they do that…its hard to do most anything with that hand any more.

Susie624
Susie624 2010-02-15 17:12:35 -0600 Report

Thank heavens,thought I was the only one.Can't control those two fingers,feels like I'm wearing a ring all the time, and now has started to itch all the time.Cannot pick up anything that has to use those fingers.

Susie624
Susie624 2010-02-15 17:07:58 -0600 Report

Thank heavens,thought I wae the only one.Can't control those two fingers,feels like I'm wearing a ring all the time, and now has started to itch all the time.Cannot pick up anything that have to use those fingers.

Zimoss
Zimoss 2010-02-15 16:55:05 -0600 Report

I had that same issue and it turns out I am getting carpal tunnel… good luck.

Zimoss
Zimoss 2010-02-15 17:27:16 -0600 Report

to elaborate on my above comment made in a hurry… puppies and toddlers don't always mix :)

I got a referral to a neurologist to do a nerve study… pretty much they stick a needle in your hand and into the nerves several times to test nerve conduction… the second time I went to a diffrent doctor and he did the same test, but without the painful needle sticks.

They didn't do much about it (turns out I have only a mild case) except tell me to make sure I stretched my wrists out often and gave me splints to wear when it hurts or my fingers go numb.

ptsparkle
ptsparkle 2010-02-15 13:59:16 -0600 Report

Didn't have much time, but Google "ulnar nerve" and ck. out some of the sites. You can compare to carpal tunnel sites and see that it could be your problem, (and mine !)
Jim

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2010-02-15 10:16:08 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. Its possible you have the first signs of neuropathy. Check with your Endo and there are various
approaches to dealing with it.

neisey
neisey 2010-02-15 12:13:02 -0600 Report

Not really sure what endo is but i will google it. Thank you for replying and your concern. I appreciate all replys.

Terri d
Terri d 2010-02-15 20:58:05 -0600 Report

endochronologist (check spelling)…physician who specializes in hormones and insulin is a hormone. Therefore, an endo specializes in diabetes care and follow-up.

ptsparkle
ptsparkle 2010-02-15 09:26:13 -0600 Report

Ask about carpal tunnel. I have the same thing,(worse now) which dr. said was carpal tunnel. Tried to see a specialist, but other things took priority. Saw another Dr. for an exam and brought this up. She said carpal tunnel was on the other side of hand. Went home and googled it, and she appeared to be correct. Last time I saw my Dr., I brought up the fact that he might have misunderstood me, that carpal tunnel was on other side of hand. He got a bit testy, and said there were two nerves. One that does affect one side, and the ulnar nerve on the other. I still haven't seen specialist yet. Don't put it off like I am. It does get worse.Now the entire side of palm on pinkie side is numb. Hope this helps.
Jim

neisey
neisey 2010-02-15 12:10:12 -0600 Report

Thank you and i will look into it. I appreciate your reply. You really should get your problem taken care of i hope you atleast get seen by a doc for this. Good Luck!

MAYS
MAYS 2010-02-15 08:38:07 -0600 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Most likely you are experiencing the effects of neuropathy, have you talked to your doctor about it ?
You can and will find information pertaining to neuropathy here on this site in our discussion boards.

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/54...

http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/DM/pubs/neuropa...

Once again, Welcome to DC !

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