Ulnar nerve pain
Has anyone ever dealt with nerve issues? I am dealing with some ulnar neuropathy my left hand. Any suggestions are very much appreciated!
Is it the ulnar nerve itself that's been damaged (for example by compression at the elbow) or are you suffering from pain down the ulnar side of the arm possibly caused by compression of nerve roots in the neck? In the early 1990's I started getting a dull ache in my right arm which was accompanied by weakness of the little finger, almost certainly due to constriction of the foramina (holes) where the roots emerge from the spinal column. It became pretty hard to keep hold of the bow and I gave up most of my playing for several months.
I had left-arm ulnar nerve compression when I was in my twenties, the result of leaning on my elbow when I was typing at work. That significantly affected the reaction time of my third and fourth fingers, and gave me carpal tunnel syndrome-like tingling.
Thomas, what you need is not an online forum (of well-wishers), but a specialist / neurologist, sports medicine doctor and physiotherapist.
Flossing? Wow I never heard of that before. But I know about nerve tubes. I got "viola neck" a couple of years ago and the physical therapist explained it all to me using pictures in an anatomy textbook.
I agree - get to a doctor, probably a neurologist. In 1990 I rather suddenly developed regions of paralysis in my left arm and hand that turned out to be due to compression of three different cervical (neck) vertebrae. It took a year before I could even attempt to play a violin again. My neurologist told me there was no exercise or physical therapy that would cure my condition and that surgery might be necessary but he wanted to wait at least 6 months to see how it developed. (He had previously helped me with simple exercises to help me with herniated lumbar disk pain.)
Andrew and Thomas - I don't think you need look to find a cause for problems of this kind. Cervical spondylosis is pretty well universal in the middle-aged and older, but unless it involves the spinal cord (causes symptoms in the lower body and legs) it's usually best left to nature to provide relief.
Ulnar nerve constriction is at the elbow and will manifest as numbness or tingling in the two outer fingers on each hand. I've had it. I try to sleep with my arms straight, not bent. After consulting with a neurologist, I've found that keeping my arms straight at night helps. I don't know how old the OP is. I first encountered this issue at around age 50.
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