Well for about 2 months now, i've had a problem with numbness, tingling and shooting pains from my elbow to my little finger and the finger next to it.
It only happened once a day or every few days but on friday it suddenly got really bad, i was constantly having shooting pains down the bottom of my arm to my hands and a numbness when the shooting pain isn't there.
I do heavy lifting at work for 9 hours a day or so monday-friday and it's since i've had this job that i've had the problem.
I didnt take any notice at first as thought it was nothing but on saturday i couldnt even hold a bag without the pain being quite bad. i've been resting though and its gone a bit due to not working.
I went to the doctors this morning and was advised to take a few days off work and take ibuprofen and see how it is but i'm worried as soon as i go back to work it's just going to make it worse again and could lead to permanent damage.
Pain from elbow to little fingers and the ring finger with numbness can happen when there is an irritation or pressure on ulnar nerve which is on inner side of the arm and elbow. This can happen at elbow, which normally has a groove through which ulnar nerve passes.
People may notice sudden numbness and pain when leaning on the tip or side of the elbow on a table before they sit in front of it. This happens as ulnar nerve is very superficially located at elbow. This kind of irritation can also happen in various conditions like direct irritation of the nerve due to trauma or ulnar nerve entrapment or neuropathy. The entrapment can occur due to valgus deformity of elbow, medial epicondyle abnormality of elbow and intermuscular septum irritation.
Please consult an orthopaedician for an immediate examination and opinion. Thank you.
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