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Old 03-31-08, 07:58 PM   #1
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Numb finger search was futile....

I normally wouldn't post this in foo, but I am having a problem with numbness in my right ring finger and occasionally in my right little finger. I had a chiropractic adjustment last Thursday hoping it would help..but it is still bothering me. He told me that it is usually C-7 to T-1 that usually causes that sort of numbness...Anyone had any success dealing with such a problem? The usual search function didn't turn up anything that helped me.
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It's also a symptom of Carpal nerve compression Carpal Tunnel syndrome can present this way as well as other digit numbness and pain.

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I normally wouldn't post this in foo, but I am having a problem with numbness in my right ring finger and occasionally in my right little finger. I had a chiropractic adjustment last Thursday hoping it would help..but it is still bothering me. He told me that it is usually C-7 to T-1 that usually causes that sort of numbness...Anyone had any success dealing with such a problem? The usual search function didn't turn up anything that helped me.
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Old 03-31-08, 08:32 PM   #3
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Tom's right- you need to see a doc to get this checked out- you need a good differential diagnosis to rule out either neck or carpal tunnel issues. I have cervical spondylosis with osteophytes- a hazard of weightlifting, I'm afraid. I was able to control the pain and numbness with isometric neck exercises- I still lift, though not as heavy as I used to, and I still have occasional discomfort, but it's manageable.

I hope this doesn't offend, but I really should mention this. Do not, under any circumstances, let your chiro manipulate your neck. If you have compression or spondylo, manipulation can make it worse- much, much worse. I don't mean to criticize chiros- even though I'm a member of the "traditional" medical establishment (epidemiologist and ex-athletic trainer in a previous life), I think they have their place, but this is one place where chiros can do more harm than good. See a good orthopod, decline any surgery (you don't want that either!), get X-Rays (not an MRI, unless they do it sitting up, which is pretty hard to find- you need a sitting c-spine film to find the compression between the vertebrae), and ask for a referral to a physical therapist who's experienced in sports medicine. You want this because you're a cyclist, and cycling can really make your condition worse. You need exercises to condition your neck and auxiliary musculature so you can ride into your sunset years.

This is a potentially dangerous, but manageable condition. Good luck and take care.
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Is this non-stop numbness?

There are lots of threads on BF about tingling/numbness from riding - I had it too, and changing gloves/riding position etc. helped me immensely.

In any case do not ignore it and if it is like that all the time yes, see Dr immediately. In my case I went to a neurologist to rule out CTS or UTS (I had ring and and pinky numbness, ergo Ulnar, not Carpal.)

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seems to be persisting...hasn't gotten better since Thursday of last week..
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are you riding? doing other intense or repetitive work with your hands? You should try to ease off as much as possible and give the affected area a break.
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