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Re: ADVICE PLEASE!
Sep 4, 2003
lyndsay, I don't know about the spongy feeling in the feet. But I DO know about the numbness upon awakening in the ring and pinky finger. I have had that for a few years in both hands. Mine has gotten worse since I was diagnosed. I have Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (also known as Ulnar Nerve Entrapment). It's similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome except it's in the the inside part of the elbow. You know the pain you get when you hit your "funny bone"? That's actually the ulnar nerve. It is very close to the skin and easy to irritate. When you lose feeling in the outer fingers (it's probably just the pinky finger side of the ring finger), the ulnar nerve is irritated. This happens when you keep your elbow bent more than a 45 degree angle (elbows straight down to your side and hands at elbow level) for a long period of time. Mine started only when I woke up but now it happens during the day sometimes too. Taking anti-inflamatory drugs until you see the doctor can help reduce the swelling of the nerve. Also, avoid bending the elbow more than 45 degrees as this is what causes the irritation if, in fact it is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. I am not a doctor but I hope this information is helpful to you. Ask your doctor to do a nerve conduction study as well as an electromyogram (EMG). In the meantime, try the anti-inflamatory drugs. It should help. Good luck to you. :)
Barb





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