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I am a 33 year old and I have been having numbness and pain in my ring and pinky finger for the past 4 months now. My PCP referred me to an orthopedist who said it was probably an irritated/compressed Ulnar nerve. He did an x-ray and said to sleep with a brace on and it will get better on its own. I got a brace and started sleeping with it, but it did not get better.

The numbness started to spread to my forearm, so my PCP suggested I see a neurologist who said there is nothing they can really do and it should go away on its own. I got a referral to see a physical therapist but the discomfort is severe and I don't know what to do next. NSAIDS don't help it, neither does heat, ice, or stretching/flossing and I have made ergonomic changes.

I called the orthopedist and he said just brace it and it will go away, even though it feels worse. I don't want surgery if I can help it but I need advice for how to treat it or advice for finding a doctor who can help.


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replied March 18th, 2019
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Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
I would suggest you to have nerve conduction studies to sort it out. Start pregabalin or amitriptyline to combat these symptoms.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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