January 14, 2011 1:47 PM Subscribe
My left pinky finger and the outer edge of my left hand are numb and a bit tingly, presumably due to ulnar nerve compression. Safe to wait a few days and see if it goes away, or urgent?
posted by escabeche to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
As mentioned in previous AskMe's, I broke my left elbow a few years ago. The ulnar nerve pathway in my elbow was a little messed up and I lost partial sensation in my left pinky finger.
Most days when I wake up, the finger's almost totally numb, but it wakes up in about ten minutes. Yesterday afternoon, I started noticing that the finger was number than usual, somewhat tingly, and cold. A day later, it's less tingly and cold, but still has noticeably less sensation than I'm used to. I don't remember striking the elbow or otherwise insulting the nerve.
You are (probably) not an orthopedic surgeon but the orthopedic surgeon doesn't have an appointment free until February 14. Has anyone had these symptoms for as long as a day and had them resolve spontaneously? Is it safe to wait a few days and see if the nerve goes back to normal? Or could something bad be happening in there that needs to be dealt with before it gets worse? Is there even anything that can be done about this, short of opening up my elbow again?