Burning pain to arm pits, tingling and numbness to my 4th/pinky finger

by Julieta Rigo
(Las Vegas, NV)

Why am I still having all the symptoms even after I had a ACDF on my C5C6, had a brachial plexus decompression to my rt side and just recently had a Ulnar nerve decompression? It is so frustrating because I have the symptoms in both my arms.

As I said in my previous post, Julieta, the ring finger and pinkie do not pertain to the C5-C6 level.

Dr B

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Jul 26, 2016
Ulnar decompression with transposition
by: Julieta

Hi it's me again, started physical therapy , slowly I am gaining strength on my arm. I noticed that the burning on my right arm is lessened but the numbness to my 4th/pinky finger still there. Therapist stated usually it takes at least 3-6mos for the nerves to behave, I just hope this is my last surgery , and if nothing works, I will go see a chiropractor as you advised. Thanks.

Hello Julia,
You've had a miserable time of this. After an ulnar decompression you can certainly expect symptoms to continue for several months.

Has anyone checked the wrist pulse with movements of your head and neck, and taking in a deep breath? It's called Adson's test.

It's a purely hypthetical question, and won't help you, but perhaps our other readers, would you go through all this again, knowing what you now have experienced?

I have a nagging feeling that the real site of the problem hasn't been located, and that's why all the surgery hasn't helped.

I would certainly only consult a very experienced chiropractor, and especially one with further studies in neurology. You may find they decline to treat you; there are risks involved after all the surgery.

Keep in touch.

Dr B

Jun 09, 2016
Scalene triangle
by: Anonymous

I did have a surgery to rt brachial plexus where in the MD did a release prior to this ulnar nerve release with transposition of my muscle. I just hope this will work , as I have said the Md told me that it will take at least 3 mos to heal. Thank you so much for the info.

Pleasure Julieta, hope it comes right; if not see a chiropractor about the C7 area in a few months.

Dr B

Jun 04, 2016
Numbness to rt ring ang pinkie finger
by: Julieta

Yes, I just had surgery on my rt elbow to release the ulnar nerve . Hopefully , after 3 months of recuperation I will be free of symptoms including the numbness of my ring and pinkie finger.

Hello Julieta,
We hope so. But if the real source of the problem is at C7-T1, or in the interscalene triangle where the lowermost trunk lies on the first rib supplying also the ring finger and pinkie, then it may not get better.

Wait a month or two in hope, and then think again about these two entrapment sites for the nerve supplying those fingers if it doesn't improve.

Let me know, blessings, hope it works out.

Dr B

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