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I Injured my funny bone real bad a couple months ago...now if I touch my elbow in a certain spot I get that sensation all over again but today I got where my thumb and tip of my forefinger went numb...it felt like they were twisting inside and then I felt the nunbness

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Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 4 Days.

Thank you for posting your query at DoctorSpring.com
I understand your concern.
It seems like during the injury, you ended up injuring the ulnar nerve ( a nerve that travels all the way from our shoulder to the wrist ), leading to what is called as Ulnar Mononeuropathy.
The issue is this kind of pain can be really troublesome. The symptoms are loss of sensation, tingling, burning sensation, and loss of co ordination between fingers. At time the entire hand can be involved leading it to be clumsy.
The good thing though is that it mostly heals on its own and the only treatment that is required is symptomatic treatment for the pain. Hence i will advise you to take Tab. Ibuprofen 400 mg twice daily after food for the next 3-5 days. It will reduce the inflammation of the nerve and you should feel better after a week's time.
In case it persists beyond another couple of weeks, an orthopaedic opinion along with a nerve ultrasound might be required. Just to reinforce right now there is no need for that. Most patients recover spontaneously. Hence you can take the medicines and it will heal on its own.
Hope this was helpful,

Patient replied :

is it weird that I would be getting the numbness now in my thumb and forefinger when usually I would get it if I touched my elbow in my pinky and ring finger? It did it yesterday when I was leaning on my elbow..today I was wrestling with my daughter..

Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 3 Days.

No it just shows that the nerve is injured, and any direct or indirect contact with the nerve will lead on to a tingling or numbness sensation especially in the little finger because the ulnar nerve supplies the little finger. Ulnar nerve moves in very close proximity to your elbow and hence it is possible to initiate such symptoms especially after it has been injured.
I will advise you to continue with the medicine and also avoid any kind of injuries to your elbow. The nerve needs time to heal, and any further injury will aggravate the symptoms and make it a lot worse.
Hope this was helpful,

Patient replied :

but the numbness was in my thumb and tip of my forefinger..i just want to be sure that it being in those is still the result of that nerve

Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 2 Days.

Yes even other fingers such as the thumb and the fore finger is supplied by the ulnar nerve. Hence any minor damage to the nerve will lead to such numbness or loss of sensation in the other fingers too.
This is due to the ulnar mononeuropathy as i mentioned.
It will recover on its own. But continue the Ibuprofen.

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