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:confused: for the last few days i have had an ill-defined numbness in my left hand, affecting the ring and pinky, and perhaps some of the hand on that side. it is a hard to define numbness, i can still feel, yet it feels detached, a definate contrast with my right hand if i rub both hands on my jeans or something. in the last day or so my hand has felt somehow weaker, and the fact that my hands are often cold doesnt help.my left elbow feels sort of uneasy, not stiff, but my movement is definately tender- and because im aware of the cubital tunnel syndrome implications from web researching- im being particually careful not to overstress my arm.

i am a guitarist, and i play quite a lot of demanding, fast musical passages. however i havent been playing all that much recently, and i generally warm up, its hard to play guitar if your not warmed up anyway.

one habit i do have is browsing the net with my right hand on the mouse, and my head resting on my hand, with my elbow on the desk.

when this started i had been leaning on my hand for some time, and got pins and needles, and felt a bit numbed. at the time i shrugged this off and went to bed. i will add that the numbness is not associated with tingling, or pins and needles, although those two fingers have felt cold at times.my elbow feels sort of clicky, ive been trying to keep it straight.

i am terrified i have irreparibly damaged my arm, and that i wont be able to play anymore. Can anybody tell me what it is i have done? or what its likely to be?also any suggestions explained if neccessay as i have found lots of info on ulnar nerve damage and some of it is just frightening.

sorry about the long post.Thanks v much for reading.

Jon :confused:
It also sounds like ulnar nerve syndrome either at the wrist or elbow. I would see your doctor and get a referral to a hand surgeon. Usually a nerve conduction test will pinpoint if there is a problem area. I was diagnosed a few weeks ago with ulnar nerve compression at the elbow, quite compressed. I will need surgery. I wouldn't leave it as the problem can become worse over time. Sometimes they try conservative treatments first if it is not too compressed such as wearing a splint at night to keep your arm straight. I found that leaning on my elbows made the tingling worse so try to avoid that.





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