Is my ulnar nerve healing?
May 12, 2012 6:07 AM Subscribe
I was diagnosed with Ulnar Nerve Neuropathy (cubital tunnel syndrome). Is the sensation in my hand a sign of nerve healing, or do I need a second opinion?
posted by alligatorman to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
YANAD. Three weeks ago, the ulnar side of my hand went numb. I was referred to a neurologist who performed an EMG and a nerve conduction test, and he diagnosed me with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. He said it was not severe and that I did not need surgery. I've since changed my habits and keep my elbow as straight as possible.
The tests were a week ago, and since then, I've felt some unusual sensations in my palm: crawling sensations and a splinter-like sensation around the muscles in the ulnar side of my palm. It is not painful, just weird and did not occur until after the neurological testing. It happens randomly throughout the day.
With internet research I've found on only a few message board posts that these are symptoms of nerve healing or regeneration.
My questions: Could "mild" CTS cause nerve damage, and could my nerve be healing? Has anyone had experience with this? I was under the impression that nerve damage points to a more serious injury that likely needs to be resolved via surgery.
Any insight would be appreciated before I decide to see another neurologist.