Thread: Pinky Is Numb?
01-25-2002, 05:21 PM #1
Pinky Is Numb?
Okay here's a weird one. I had a great back workout last Sunday, but one I got home I noticed the top part of my right pinky was numb - like when you hold an ice cube for too long. It didn't interfere with anything but it didn't go away completely either. Then I did chest on Thursday, and again it went numb - this time it felt like hitting the funny bone. It shot down from my pinky to my forearm. But it didn't affect the workout. Now it's still a little numb, but I don't know if it's anything to worry about. Any of you guys experience anything like this or know what it might be?
01-25-2002, 05:36 PM #2ptbyjason Guest
Well, that would be your ulnar nerve that is causing that. It is what is causing the numbing of your little finger and the lateral half of your ring finger (in case you didn't realize that it was numb too. The problem with the ulnar nerve is it the way it runs through body. It runs under your "funny bone" (cubital tunnel) and because of the anatomy of the arm it is a major potential site of entrapment. I will try to find a picture for you. I don't know the exact reason why you would be having the pain, but that is what is happening. Somehow your ulnar nerve is getting trapped, therefore causing numbness.
01-25-2002, 05:44 PM #3ptbyjason Guest
Ok, this picture should clear it up for you a little better if you are actually interested in the anatomy of it.
01-25-2002, 06:22 PM #4
Woh dude, thanks for the speedy response. I appreciate you finding the picture too and that's exactly what it is! Now that you pointed it out I can find some info on it.
One thing though, you mentioned "major potential site of entrapment." What does that mean?
- Oh man, I found this article on it. Doesn't sound good for me if it's this serious:
Ulnar nerve entrapment
Last edited by Scorpion; 01-25-2002 at 06:28 PM.
01-25-2002, 06:33 PM #5ptbyjason Guest
The best way to explain a "potential site of entrapment" is with this quote. (I know what it is, but I feel this is a very clear explanation of it.)
Bending the elbow stretches the ulnar nerve and puts pressure on it as it passes through the cubital tunnel, pressing it against the bone.
01-25-2002, 06:36 PM #6ptbyjason Guest
01-25-2002, 06:49 PM #7
Okay I first got it when I did bent-over rows. I'm using heavier weight now, but use strict form and a controlled motion. But when I felt it on chest day I was doing light dumbell presses. - I think it's the heavier weight that initially caused it. Maybe a light stinger is all. I guess my body needs a bit of time to adjust to the new weight?
I just want to make sure that I'm not damaging a nerve. I don't want to hold back on the weight just when I'm getting stronger. I guess time will tell if it's something or not. Thanks for all the info ptbyjason - you know I really appreciate.
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