Pinched Nerves.....

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    Aug 09, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    Anyone ever dealt with a pinched nerve in their forearm? I believe its the ulnar nerve. Some friends have recommended that I see a chiropractor tomorow over going to a family doctor. I have no weakness in the arm but some numbness from the elbow to right above the wrist (nothing involving the hand). Suggestions?
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    Sep 25, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    Does rest help (ie, taking a few days off from your sport / lifting)?

    Was it a traumatic injury or a slow onset?

    Any back pain?

    I have two suggestions... Don't ice it, and go see a doctor. Chiropractor may help but he's still not a medical doctor.
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    Sep 25, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    Could it be a pinch at the cervical region of the spine (ie. neck)? Numbness and pain in the arms can be associated with that too.
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    Sep 25, 2009 11:40 PM GMT
    A (good) family doctor will be able to tell you what is wrong by considering the following: What part of the forearm is affected? Is it the side near your little finger or the side near your thumb? Also, palmar surface or the dorsal (back of hand) surface of the forearm? Can you touch your thumb and little fingers together without any problems? He'll also likely do some sensory testing (sharp vs. blunt for example) to determine the degree of sensory dysfunction. Do you have any tingling in the affected region (paresthesia?)

    I'm not a doctor, so don't take this as the final word, but based on the area you say you've lost sensation I don't think it's an ulnar nerve issue. The ulnar nerve doesn't really do much sensory innervation of the fore-arm, mostly the hand. With ulnar nerve entrapment the numbness would extend from the wrist down your little and half of the ring finger, and you'd most likely have some weakness in most of your fingers since most of the intrinsic muscles of the hand are innervated by the ulnar nerve.

    With just the numbness you've described and no motor deficit I'm led to think that it's more likely your radial, musculocutaneous or medial nerve that are involved. You could have somehow impinged one of the cutaneous branches of any of those nerves or even have a deeper compression of one of them which so far is only manifesting as numbness.

    Hopefully that helped a little. Now, go see a doctor!
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    Oct 12, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    actually, you'd be surprised.

    a GP is going to either tell you it's a pinched nerve and send you home, or tell you it's a pinched nerve and send you to a chiropractor.

    you'd be amazed what having somebody poke around at your backside can do for you. icon_rolleyes.gif