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What could be causing my middle finger to pull painfully towards my ring finger, especially while driving?
posted by escabeche to health & fitness (8 answers total)
When I drive for a long time (say, more than an hour) I often experience a painful cramp in my left hand, and a hard-to-describe but highly unpleasant feeling that the fingers on that hand are being "pulled." Last night, when this happened, I could see that the middle finger on my hand was visiblly tilted towards the ring finger. The pain typically lasts about 5 minutes, and both pain and "pulling" are alleviated by pressure and rubbing on the top of the hand.
I assume this is some kind of aftereffect from my old left elbow injury and subsequent surgery
, since I've only experienced it in the past year. But what is it? Everything I can find online about pulling sensations in the fingers involves contractions where the fingers bend towards the palm, which is not what I'm experiencing.