Ulnar Nerve Damage
Loss of Muscle (Atrophy) from Nerve Damage

By Mike Coviello

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Muscle Atrophy from my Ulnar Nerve

I have muscle atrophy and weakness in my hand and fingers from a pinched ulnar nerve. It's permanent damage. I think I damaged my ulnar nerve while resting my arm on the arm rest of my chair at work.

Shortly after my tummy tuck operation I developed a weakness in my right hand. I first noticed it during my normal exercise routine which included a limited number of finger tip pushups. Following surgery, I could no longer do finger tip pushups nor could I even hold myself up in that position. I first attributed this weakness due to my recovery period following surgery. I was wrong.

Muscle Atrophy In Hand From Pinched Ulnar Nerve.
Muscle Atrophy In Hand From
Pinched Ulnar Nerve

 

 

Muscle Atrophy Pictures

The following pictures show muscle atrophy (muscle atrophy is a loss of muscle mass. It may be a complete or partial wasting away of the muscle. Common causes of muscle atrophy include poor nutrition, nerve damage and non-use of muscles) and hand/finger deformity due to a pinched or damaged ulnar nerve (the ulnar nerve is a nerve in your arm that runs through your arm, forearm, hand and down to your little finger. The ulnar nerve is the largest nerve in the body that is not protected by bone and muscle and therefore is easily injured.) located in my arm.
 

Muscle Atrophy In My Hand From Ulnar Nerve DamageMuscle Atrophy In My Hand From Ulnar Nerve Damage
Loss of fleshy muscle mass between the thumb and forefinger. Spread fingers cannot be closed. Bent little finger. All caused by a pinched or damaged ulnar nerve in the arm.

Loss Of Fleshy Muscle Between Thumb & Forefinger Loss Of Fleshy Muscle Between Thumb & Forefinger
Loss of fleshy muscle between the thumb and forefinger is very noticeable with a closed fist.

Muscle Loss In Hand Between Thumb & Forefinger From Ulnar Nerve DamageMuscle Loss Between Thumb & Forefinger From Ulnar Nerve Damage
Pinched nerve (the ulnar nerve) in my arm caused numbness, muscle atrophy and partial loss of function in right hand.

No Nerve Damage Or Muscle Atrophy In Left HandNo Nerve Damage Or Muscle Atrophy In Normal Left Hand
Compare normal left hand with damaged right hand in the picture above.

 

Problem With My Hand & Fingers

I quickly recovered from my surgery and my muscles quickly regained their strength, that is, all of them except my hand and fingers of my right hand.

At a follow-up meeting with my plastic surgeon, I mentioned that I had a problem with my right hand and fingers. I explained about not being able to do the pushups, that I had occasional numbness, that my right hand and fingers were weak and I pointed out the loss of muscle between my thumb and forefinger. He then examined my fingers, hands, arms and my neck area.

I asked him if this could be related to my tummy tuck plastic surgery. He indicated that it was not, but maybe it was nerve or neck related. He provided me with the name of a neurologist (a neurologist is a medical doctor who specializes in neurology. A neurologist is trained to investigate, diagnose and treat nerve conditions or neurological disorders. Neurology is the medical field involving the study of the human nervous system including the nerves, brain, spinal chord and muscles) and recommended that I make an appointment. 

I made an appointment with the neurologist the very next day and I prepared the following "talk sheet" to bring with me.

Muscle Atrophy In Right Hand From Pinched Ulnar Nerve
Hand Muscle Atrophy Comparison (Open Hand) Hand Muscle Atrophy Comparison Hand Muscle Atrophy Comparison (2) Muscle Atrophy Between Thumb & Forefinger
Hand Muscle Atrophy Comparison (Open Hand) Hand Muscle Atrophy Comparison Hand Muscle Atrophy Comparison (2) Muscle Atrophy Between
Thumb & Forefinger

 

My Ulnar Nerve "Talking Sheet"

Right Hand Symptoms

  1. Weakness in fingers (in particular the pinky and the adjacent finger).

  2. Sideways motion of fingers is difficult. Hard to close fingers, as in a salute.

  3. Small finger is bent.

  4. The fleshy area of the hand between the thumb and the first finger is "sunken" and appears to have lost some of it's "meat" or muscle when compared to the left hand.

  5. Finger tips get cold easily as compared to left hand.

  6. Cannot "push" with small finger at all. Pushing capability with other fingers is diminished.

It Became Hard To

  1. Unlock car door with key.

  2. Write name with pen.

  3. Use tweezers.

 

Neck & Hand History

  1. I am right handed and probably for the last 10 years or so my right hand strength has been strong but not as strong as my left hand.

  2. I work on the computer and use a mouse in my right hand. For the past couple of years I have been wearing a wrist band to alleviate pressure on my wrist.

  3. I lift 25 lb. dumbbells daily in each hand, so I still have some "gripping power" of my fingers.

  4. For about the last 20 years or more I have had occasional difficulty turning head to left (stiff neck/shoulder).

  5. I can only sleep on my left side. If I lay on my right side for more than 3 minutes my neck/shoulder bothers me.

  6. 20 years ago when I worked bent over a drafting board, I would frequently get migraine headaches and a stiff neck.

  7. I "crack my neck" frequently. I have been cracking it for as long as I remember.  

  8. When I was in college I was in a car accident that may have contributed to my neck problems.

 

My Visit with the Neurologist

My initial consultation with the neurologist (March 25, 2008) consisted of a basic examination. I took off my shirt and he examined my upper body and made me perform several motions, including holding my arms out, moving my arms and neck, manipulating my fingers and having me grip his fingers to test my hand strength. It was a brief examination. He then scheduled me for three diagnostic tests to pinpoint my problem. These included an EMG (EMG stands for Electromyography. Electromyography is a medical test performed by specialized doctors called neurologists. Electromyography checks the electrical activity and health of the muscles and the nerves that control the muscles. To perform the EMG the neurologist or health care provider will insert a very thin needle electrode through the skin into and into the muscle. The electrode monitors and records the electrical activity associated with the muscle. A NCV (nerve conduction velocity) test is usually performed at the same time as an EMG), X-rays and an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

I had the X-rays taken at a local clinic. After putting on a lead apron, the technician took x-rays of my neck and shoulder areas while standing up. 

To have the MRI performed, I had to go to a different facility. I had to remove my clothing down to my underwear and don a surgical gown. I was led to the room where the MRI machine was located and was instructed to sit upon the sliding table. The technician briefed me on the upcoming process and told me what to expect. I laid down on the table and the technician left the room. It was just like you would see on television. The sliding table transferred my body into the MRI machine. I was told to lie very still and not move at all. I was also told not to swallow if I could help it. The MRI began to make noises, some of which were quite loud and annoying. After several minutes it was over. The hardest part of the whole thing was trying not to swallow. 

For the EMG I had to return for a second visit to the neurologist's office. The EMG test is how they tested the condition of the nerves in my arm from my shoulder down to my fingers. They did this by sending a jolt of electricity from one point to another along my body and measuring and recording the electrical conductivity. The only problem with this test is that they stick a needle into your body "down to the nerve" selected to be tested. When the electricity is turned on, you feel an electrical shock. Some of the shocks were relatively painless. Some of them hurt a lot. It was similar to touching an electric fence. Overall, this was not a very enjoyable medical test procedure.

After all the testing was completed, I was called for another meeting with the neurologist to discuss the results. When he entered the room I noticed that he was not smiling.

 

NEUROLOGIST TOLD ME I HAD THREE PROBLEMS

  1. My first problem was that I probably had carpal tunnel syndrome.

  2. My second problem was that I probably had a pinched or damaged nerve in my arm.

  3. The third and most serious a problem was that the MRI indicated that I had four bad disks (bulging discs) in my neck. He indicated that I might need surgery to fuse the disks and recommended that I make an appointment with a neurosurgeon to discuss the matter further.

I noted to myself that he used the word "probably" a lot. He could not give me definitive answers as to what was the exact cause of the weakness and atrophy of the muscles in my hand and fingers.

 

Consultation with the Neurosurgeon

The thought of surgery on my neck scared me a little and I quickly made an appointment with a neurosurgeon in my area (after checking out his credentials). I was told to bring a copy of the MRI results with me.

At my initial consultation, the neurosurgeon reviewed the MRI results and performed his own examination of my hands, arms, shoulders and neck. He confirmed that I had four bulging discs in my neck which required an operation to correct. He then described the specific operation needed to fix this.

I asked him how quickly he thought I might need the operation. He could not give me a definitive answer and said that for my neck to get in that condition it might have taken a lifetime. It takes years and years, in some cases, for disks to bulge and go bad as in my case. It was up to me and how I felt to determine when I needed the operation.

He also could not tell me the exact cause of the problem with my hand and fingers but he thought that the most likely cause was a pinched ulnar nerve in my arm. I got the impression he was guessing, but it was an educated guess of a neurosurgeon.  

Thinking back, I did remember many times sitting in my chair at the computer and having my right arm tingle. It always rested upon the armrest of my chair at the same location. I would often have to move my arm and flex it into a few times for the tingling to go way. It didn't occur to me then but I was probably pinching the ulnar nerve at the time and causing the damage. It makes sense. I now take great caution where I place my arm. 

I still have the problem with bulging disks in my neck but I am trying to postpone neck surgery for his long as possible.  

  

Muscle Atrophy Conclusion

I now believe that my problems with my fingers and my loss of muscle in my hand was caused by pinching the ulnar nerve in my right arm by resting my arm repeatedly against an armrest. To prevent further injury I use great care whenever I rest my arm.  

I am told that whenever muscles atrophy, they never come back, no matter what you do. The most I can do is to strengthen the remaining muscles that I have in my hand and to prevent further damage.

To try to regain some of the strength and dexterity in my hand and fingers and to delay the inevitable neck operation, I eat only nutritional foods and do daily exercises and stretches, paying particular attention to my hands, shoulder and neck areas.  

I believe (but I don't know for sure) that this is helping me as I have had no more tingling sensations of my arms or fingers now.

 

My Hand After 3 Years After Nerve Damage
My hand 3 years after nerve damage still shows loss of muscle. The front of may hand looks normal. The back sign still shows muscle loss. Muscle Between Thumb & Forefinger Never Came Back from my ulnar nerve damage 3 years ago.
Fingers Are Straighter Front Of Hand Looks Normal Muscle Between Thumb & Forefinger Never Came Back

UPDATE - Did My Atrophied Muscles Grow Back?

I have received a number of requests asking how my hand is today and what exercises I do and nutritional foods I eat to try to keep my hand (and my ulnar nerve) in good condition. This is my condition and status as of February 15, 2012, about 4 years after my ulnar nerve damage and muscle wasting.

 

Current Condition Of My Nerve Damaged Hand & Fingers

Overall, my hand is "almost normal" and is functional with limitations. The physical appearance of my hand hasn't changed. It doesn't look any worse or any better. It still looks the same as it did in the above photographs "My Hand 3 Years After". The loss of muscle in my hand has never come back but is not normally noticeable unless you look for it.

The function and dexterity of my hand is very good. It functions normally with the exception that my fingers still gets cold quickly when the temperature drops, my writing ability is "slow" and my key turning ability is not as good as my left hand (but still do-able). Overall my hand is not normal, but it's not bad. My grip strength is very good.

 

Exercises For My Nerve Damaged Hand And Neck Problems

Exercises First Thing In The Morning
15 minutes of stretches in the morning with a cup of coffee wakes me up and gets the kinks out. I do general stretches including arm circles, neck rotations, knee bends, waist twists, waist bends and bending over to a finger-tip pushup position (for a few minutes) to put pressure on and stretch my fingers.

 

Throughout The Day
Throughout the day, whenever I can, I do the following exercises.

  1. Occasional stretching (pushing, pulling & stretching) of my neck, fingers, hands and shoulders.

  2. Occasion use of a hand strengthener.

  3. I pick up and use two 15 lb. dumbbells for a few minutes at a time throughout the day. I leave them in a convenient and noticeable location so that they are a reminder for me to use them.

 

Afternoon Exercises
I try to do a minimum of 30-60 minutes of exercises each day including the use of dumbbells. I try to keep it simple and easy so I will enjoy it and not make it into a chore. If it is hard and unenjoyably I will quickly stop doing it. I exercise to music. My afternoon exercise usually include.

  1. 20 minutes minimum of dumbbell use. Dumbbells will not only strengthen the arm but the hand and fingers as well.

  2. I get into the finger-tip pushup position (or as close as I can come to it with weakened fingers) and try to maintain it for as long as I can to increase my finger strength.

  3.  Arm twirls, body twists, body bends, neck turns, neck/head pulling and any other motions that I can do at the time that affects my neck, shoulders, arms, hands and finger.

 

Nutrition

I still eat the same food that I have for the last five years. I eat only the following healthy foods (well almost only). Fish (salmon and tuna), skinless chicken breast, broccoli, egg beaters with tofu omelet, onions, salad, carrots, fat free Jell-O, coffee with Coffee mate, fat free or low fat yogurt, oatmeal (lots of oatmeal) with vanilla flavored protein powder, grapefruit, apples, lentils. I don't eat any fast food or junk food. I don't drink, except for the occasional wine at holidays.

 

Supplements & Vitamins

On a daily basis, I take a baby aspirin (Ecotrin) and a multi-vitamin. I used to take Glucosamine to keep arthritis at bay, but I have cut back on that, mostly due to the high price.

 

Preventative Action

  1. When I work at the computer I wear a wrist band on my hand as extra protection.

  2. I don't let my forearm and elbow area rest or rub against any hard surface such as a desk top or table to prevent further damage to the ulnar nerve.

  3. I do morning stretches each day for about 15 minutes. I concentrate on my hand, fingers, neck and shoulders in particular.

  4. I exercise daily in the afternoon (most days) for 30-45 minutes.

  5. When I watch TV or at other times during the day I stretch, pull and twist on my hand and fingers and neck.

  6. I only sleep on my left side (mostly due to my neck problems). I would never sleep on my ulnar nerve damaged arm and I would try not to bend it while sleeping.

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(Now Read About Other Peoples Stories)

People's Stories

If you have experienced nerve damage or muscle atrophy from nerve damage please share your experience so that others may benefit. Tell Us How Your Damaged Nerve Affected You!

 

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Problem With Right Hand

February 03, 2013
I have a nerve problem with my right hand. The tip of my fingers or cold the nerve at my big finger damage and i have no strength in my hand. i went to all these doctor every one tell me different thing so know they said I have to do surgery. please can u tell me what can i do. thanks. Beverly     RESPONSE - Beverly, Sorry, but I can't advise you on this. Only a doctor can. Good luck.- Beverly, Sorry, but I can't advise you on this. Only a doctor can. Good luck. Tanner

Cando Digi-Extend Hand Exerciser

 

Sulfasalazine And Subcutaneous Wasting

June 11, 2012
I have been diagnosed with arthritis and put on Sulfasalazine 2g per day. Since being on the sulfasalazine both hands and feet have acute subcutaneous wasting. Electrical tests suggest axonal peripheral neuropathy. Rheumatologists say they have not seen this drug cause this problem before..

 

Lost Muscle Between Thumb And Index Finger

I also lost muscle between my thumb and index of my right hand. I already had cervical surgery three times to take care of the pain on my shoulders. I think that since the ulna nerve damaged on your arm..

 

Chairs Cause Ulnar Nerve Problems And Muscle Atrophy?

February 20, 2012
I'm a quadriplegic. Incomplete C6-C7 level. Accident occurred in Oct. '98. My left hand was most severely impaired with minimal use of the thumb and other fingers just barely able to make a fist..

 

Ulnar Nerve Damage & Atrophied Right Hand

February 12, 2012
I too experienced ulnar nerve damage and atrophied right hand. It was right after open heart surgery and I feel it happened with the restraints during surgery or possibly from the I V needles. I was stuck dozens of times for blood draws etc. It has been 8 months ago and has improved. I am not able to bowl as well but it is improving.  Phyllis

 

Weakness & Muscle Wasting In Hand

February 12, 2012
I was also having pinched ulnar nerve due to bulging discs in the neck followed by weakness in the left hand muscle and wasting subsequently. It was finally down to 20% functionally. It's disappointing I could not use my left hand properly, could not make a full fist, lock/unlock a key or hold things properly. There is noticeable wasting between thumb and second finger, so-called "snuff-box" where the meat is gone. I'm really keen to do anything to bring back it's function as much as possible. Can anyone give me any advice or suggestion?

 

Pinky Finger Is Numb And I Have Muscle Loss Between Index Finger & Thumb

February 09, 2012
My right hand pinky finger felt numb, I loss the muscle between my index finger and my thumb, I don't feel pain at all, just harder to write or control the key..

 

Pain Between Middle Finger & Ring Finger

February 07, 2012
I have a pain in my left hand the pain is between the ring and the middle finger in my forehand I have done a Nerve Induction Test and it came back normal now my doctor he suggest I have Arthritis I don't have pain in my joints in the hand it's just between that two fingers please can you help me weather you think it's a nerve or joint or muscle problem thanks. K    RESPONSE - K, I'm not a doctor so I couldn't even guess. I would think there are additional medical tests your doctor (or another doctor) could do to positively determine the cause and see if it is arthritis or not. Sorry I couldn't help. Tanner

 

Bent Pinky Finger And Wedding Finger

I have a 14 and 1/2 year old daughter, within approx. the last 9 months her little finger and wedding finger on both hands have started to bend, she has been to see someone at Children's Alderhey Hospital in Liverpool and they put a splint on, she has also attended a Occupational Therapy Appointment and they are saying she has no muscle or lack of muscle by these two fingers..

 

Son Slept With Hand Under His Face – Now He Can’t Use Hand

December 27, 2011
Hi, my son is 21 years old. He just travelled from home to USA. His flight was 13 hours and he slept on the food table where his right hand was under his face. When he woke up he completely lost power of palm and fingers mainly. 36 hours have passed but no improvement..

 

Pinched Ulnar Nerve And Undergoing Surgery

December 21, 2011
Hello, I'm a 14 year old boy i 2 have pinched my ulnar nerve i under go surgery this coming Friday. I really like playing computer games, but i also am active i workout everyday. Is there any tips you could give me..

 

Losing Strength In Fingers And Hand

December 8, 2011
I am Shriven, from my 8 th standard i observed my little finger bending slowly, due lack of money i dint went to doctor, after two years we went, (Doctors said: In child hood you might have fell down any where because of nerve damage it happened, do exercise) they dint provide accurate for me...now i am loosing strength in all finger of my right hand, right hand getting weak, Loss fleshy muscle in between thumb and finger..

 

Pinched Nerve In Arm – How Long to Heal?

December 6, 2011
I have nerve problems in my right arm & hand since March 2011 after a sleeping incident. My right arm was squashed under my right thigh during deep sleep. It was paralyzed for a few minutes after waking up & problems started in that arm. I felt pain & weakness in the arm all the way to my hand & fingers. It also feels a lot of tingling & was very sensitive such as to cold water & bumping into things..

 

Claw Hand, Atrophy, Numbness & Ulnar Nerve Damage

November 27, 2011
Ok guys so i have some questions hopefully you can alleviate my mental anguish:(so i was shot in the forearm/wrist....went in through my wrist came out by my elbow, and I've been to the specialist (orthopedist) when it first happened in ER and a week later for a checkup, we talked about how I could not feel my pinkie and only about half of my ring finger..

 

Muscle Atrophy And Ulnar Nerve Damage In Both Hands

November 23, 2011
I have Muscle Atrophy and Ulnar Nerve Damage in both hands. The right hand is worse and there is severe muscle loss, and the left hand is starting to lose muscle. I have to have both Ulnar nerve released, and carpal tunnel surgery redone in both hands. I also have a MRI schedule for my neck. I have a lot of issues with my disc. I have degenerative disc and joint disease, have had a thoracic fusion, and a discectomy at the L4 in my lower back. I also have permanent nerve damage to my left leg and foot, due to the surgery done on my lower back. Surgery was not done quick enough. I also have neuropathy through out my body. I am a diabetic and this disease just shuts your body down. All I can say is keep up on your health and eat right and keep those A1C's down. Robyn

 

Schwanoma Abnormal Nerve Growth & Nerve Decompression

November 23, 2011
Hi. This page was very interesting for me as I he same have the same problem with my left hand. I had what was thought a ganglion on my inner left hand..  After the biopsy came back, it turned out to be a schwanoma, a very rare growth on the nerve. Then 2 weeks later I went through another procedure, nerve decompression..

 

Nerve Damage From Injection – Blood Test Needle?

November 21, 2011
My problem started when a nurse was taking my blood for a test. She said oops but I was in intense pain this was about 5 years ago. When that happened it made my whole hand/fingers hurt so bad that I couldn't do much with it since it was my right arm..

 

Muscle Wasting Causes – Pinched Nerve

November 9, 2011
I developed wasting in my left hand when I was 18 (1972). I had had pain and numbness in my left arm for a couple of years, mostly when I was stressed or when I raised my arm. Local docs were stumped..

 

Ulnar Nerve Damage From Motocross Accident

November 2, 2011
I had "permanent" ulnar nerve damage in my right hand from my motocross accident on 7/1/2007. After my arm broke (my radius) the bone was stuck/broke of in a weird twisted way. I was in a crappy hospital in Newburgh for a day or two and I totally blame them. They just wrapped my arm up and did not get me into surgery right away..

 

16 Year Old Daughter Has Hand Muscle Atrophy

November 1, 2011
Thank you for your information. We just took my 16 yr. old daughter to the doctor for muscle atrophy in her hand. The information you have is helpful and informative. I think our physician is on the right track because she did mention each of the test you spoke about..

 

Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease & Muscle Wasting

October 27, 2011
Charcot-marie tooth disease has muscle atrophy loss of muscle between finger and thumb, loss of muscle calves, arms, feet ....heredity. Doctors didn't even know what Charco was till I enlightened them.

 

Muscle Wasting

October 24, 2011
I have the same problem - got it sleeping on the couch and typing. Very helpful. Joe

 

Muscle Wasting In Both Hands

September 15, 2011
I have wasting of muscles in both hands and arms below elbow for several years. It started with right hand and then left hand. Do you think it is spinal muscular dystrophy or it is cubital tunnel Syndrome..

 

Claw Finger & Severe Wasting Of Finger Muscle From Surgery?

September 12, 2011
Hi, 2 months ago I had cervical fusion surgery and my ulnar nerve in my elbow repaired after being struck from behind by an 18 wheeler a few months before. When I had the surgery I did not have any major problems with my hand and elbow, just some shooting pains. Since I had the ulnar repair and fusion I have developed a claw finger, severe wasting of the muscles between my thumb and index finger and..

 

Trapped Ulnar Nerve

September 03, 2011
I have the same issue with my left hand which is my dominant hand, weird thing is I know what caused mine 2 motorcycle crashes 7 months apart at a high speed. I have been complaining to my doctor for 4 years, that my hands are not the same especially after the last crash June 1st, 2008. My middle finger, ring and pinkie were bent after the crash and never straightened..

 

Did Levaquin Side Effects Cause My Ulnar Nerve Damage?

August 22, 2011
I have the hand atrophy. Both hands. At the time this occurred I had torn rotator cuffs, severe lower back pain and inflamed S.I. joints in my pelvis. I was on Levaquin. A drug known for rotator cuff tears, lower back pain. I'm assuming this is also the cause of my inflamed S.I. joints and my Ulnar nerve damage, hand damage..

 

Hand Atrophy & Hand Problems After Surgery

August 21, 2011
I had shoulder surgery on my right shoulder and had a shot in the neck to numb the area, or my right side. Since that time after surgery I have had a numb left little finger. I also noticed that between my left thumb and first finger the muscle has disappeared. I have noticeable weakness in my left hand mostly the thumb and forefinger..

 

My Thumb Has Loss Of Feeling From Cut

August 21, 2011
Well August the 5th,2011 I got a very bad cut on my right hand thumb where you could see the bone and I had to get over 30 stitches to close it up. I took out the stitches on the 13Th of August and the cut was healing..

 

Numb Pinky, Ring Finger and Palm – Neurologist Wasn’t Much Help

August 18, 2011
In June 2011 I was working on the computer and suddenly noticed my left pinky, ring finger, and outside palm were numb. (I'm right handed)I gave it a few days but the feeling did not return. Neurologist said it was the ulnar nerve and did a Nerve Conduction Study and could not pinpoint the source of the problem..

 

Ulnar Nerve Damage & Acupuncture

August 18, 2011
I'm sorry about your injury. Have you tried acupuncture? David     RESPONSE - David,  No, I have not tried acupuncture. At the time, I didn't think of it. Nutrition, exercise and avoiding contact with the ulnar nerve seemed to work for me. Tanner

Digital Acupuncter Pointer  

 

Cubital Tunnel Decompression

June 30, 2011
My husband recently underwent cubital tunnel decompression. He has significant muscle atrophy and I was wondering if there is any way to rebuild the intrinsic muscles that were lost.   RESPONSE - Sue, In my case, my doctor told me that my muscle atrophy could not be reversed. Your husbands doctor is the best one to ask for his particular condition. Sorry I don't have a better answer. Best regards, Tanner

Ultra XR Cubital Tunnel Elbow Splint

 

Numbness & Weakness In Fingers

Monday, June 22, 2011
My left hand side small finger and ring finger cold numb sometimes cramp., weak not enough strong. I'm depressed and frustrated myself. since last may to now what so long. I suspect nerves stuck no blood thru. Don't know what cause from.   RESPONSE -Terry, It can be depressing. Not knowing what the cause is and whether it will get better or not adds a lot of worry. The only thing to do is go to a doctor and have it checked out. At least you will have answers. Good luck. Tanner

 

Numbness & Weakness In Hands

June 06, 2011
My husband as been having numbness and weakness in both hands but so much worse in his left. He had the gastric bypass surgery in Nov and has lost over 100 lbs. so we just assumed his hands just looked skinny due to the weight loss. We went to the doctor to find out why he had the numbness and weakness and the doctor pointed out that his left hand was badly atrophied and looks just like your right hand..

 

Problem With Small Finger & Ring Finger

June 05, 2011
I have problem in small finger and ring finger. Please give type exercise for ulnar nerve and how to make it strong. thank you.     RESPONSE - Sharana, I am sorry but I don't know of any exercises for strengthening the ulnar nerve. If you mean exercises for strengthening you fingers, everything that I did is already listed on the web page. Best regards, Tanner

 

Muscle Atrophy Treatment For Hand – No Insurance

May 16, 2011
I actually was relieved to a point by this page, my left hand looks just like the picture. Now my dilemma, I have no medical insurance, so could you tell me the shortest route to go now that I know what it is..

 

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Surgery

May 04, 2011
Will any of the muscle come back in my hand or will it stay skinny even after ulnar nerve entrapment surgery?   RESPONSE - Robert, If your hand is like mine and is skinny due to muscle atrophy I would guess that it will stay skinny, but that's really a question for your doctor. Good luck. Tanner

 

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Caused Weakness & Atrophy In My Hand

May 03, 2011
I have a similar problem from Cubical Tunnel Syndrome. The thing that differs is that the first dorsal inerosseous muscle in my right hand changes size during different times of the day. At times it's looked thin and at other times it thickens out to 2/3 of normal size..

 

Anklosing Spondiylitis

April 20, 2011
Thank you for your information. That could be my hand. I have been diagnosed with anklosing spondiylitis. I had right shoulder complete replacement and will have the left shoulder done in the near future. Sue

 

Muscle Atrophy In Hand

April 14, 2011
I have very similar muscle atrophy in my left hand, i.e., wastage of the muscle between the left thumb and the next finger and the same resultant sunken look. I had a Cortisone injection in the fleshy area at the base of the thumb about 6 months ago to cure triggering I was getting in the left thumb. The triggering was cured but the muscle wastage is still there..

 

My Pinkie Finger Is Numb & Cold

April 07, 2011
I had touched some exposed wires and felt a prick in my palm area near the base of my thumb and a shock through my hand. The soft area of my palm did swell and turn red. It is 4 months since this happened and I am having numbness and cold sensation in my pinkie finger..

 

Muscle Wasting From Nerve Damage

April 05, 2011
Trying to find out more info about muscle wasting from nerves in the upper/lower arm. I had left carpel tunnel surgery in 12/2006 to clear out emg/nvs test prior to cervical surgery. On 4/2007 had multiple fusion between c/5-c/7 disc with donor bone and titanium plating. All went well with no complications..

 

Natural Treatment For Nerve Damage

March 27, 2011
The article was so informative and a million thanks. I have my hands just like the ones shown in the picture. I cant even pluck my nails or insert the shirt buttons into its holes. Well I am planning to undergo a natural treatment like ayurvedic massage in India..

 

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

March 10, 2011
I had the carpal and cubital tunnel surgery done on my right hand and arm last June and august ( had to redo the elbow) I still have loss of use of ring and pinkie finger plus severe atrophy between thumb and first finger also below pinkie on right side of hand - strength in hand and fingers are repairing but fingers are useless in cold weather. Two weeks ago..

Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

Pinched Nerve In Shoulder

February 07, 2011
Was very interested to read your story as I have had the same experience. Fourteen years ago after surgery to remove an ovarian cyst I experienced a severe migraine whilst in recovery. After that I lost strength in the 'pointer' finger of my left hand - I couldn't spray my deodorant. When I mentioned this to my surgeon he didn't seem to think there was any connection. Over the next seven years the muscle in my left hand wasted away..

 

Pain And Weakness After Ulnar Nerve Surgery

January 20, 2011
I am writing because I am concerned about resuming normal activities, such as typing which I am now doing left handed. Recently as 2 months ago I had Ulnar Nerve surgery. Before that I had secondary lymphedema. I've been having lymphodem massage and that is helping the swelling, but the pain is still bad and now I cannot hold my fore arm up without it falling..

 

Muscle Atrophy Exercise – Does It Work?

January 09, 2011
My daughter found your website and passed it along to me as I have exactly the same thing as you. I have very bad lower disc problems and my hand has atrophied to the point of barely being able to use my hand. I do not feel like I have a neck disc problem too badly though. I have lost most of the strength in my right hand..

 

Ulnar Nerve Injury

January 03, 2011
25-yr right handed driver got laceration just below right elbow 5 years back. For past year he had problem in driving. O/e well healed about 7cm scar on medial side of right elbow, clawing of pinky & ring fingers..

 

Muscle Atrophy Nerve Damage

December 08, 2010
Are you feeling better now? Did you have the surgery? My father in law is in the exact same situation. We don't know whether he should have surgery. The doctor is telling him to have neck surgery. The doctor is not sure what the cause of the muscle atrophy is..

 

Worst Ulnar Nerve Test Results

November 15, 2010
I had a fusion in my neck and when I woke up from surgery my left had ( I am left handed) was hurting and numb and tingling, felt weak and just didn't stop. It was right up there with the pain I was having as far as being annoying and hurting. After 1 year of this pain and numbness I had it checked out and an EMG and found that I had the worse "Ulnar nerve results" this doctor, who had done thousands of them, had ever seen..

 

Numbness In Middle Finger & Ring Finger

May 12, 2010
Well this is me to a T. But I've had the neck surgery a year ago...they tested me for elbow and should pinching after the surgery.. I then exercised and seemed everything was getting better...then bang after a hunting trip it all went down hill...actually worst..

   

 

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