Deep upper back, down the inner arm, funny bone to numbness in the fingers
(Culpepper, VA )
Which fingers are affected?
The pain came on gradually and maximized with a deep upper back pain, pain down my inner left arm, sore funny bone and numbness at the tips of my fingers; the thumb is fine.
Now after about a week and a half the arm is just slightly sore, the fingers are slightly numb but the deep upper back pain remains. It is not constant but sneaks up on me, depending on my movement, just irritating my arm and fingers but really hurting my upper back. It feels like a nerve ending is dangling and if I move the wrong way it would make contact and hurt.
When I put my arm up on my head the numbness at my fingertips does seem to slow a bit but quickly returns.
Do I have a T1 or pinched nerve problem? Hello Stacy,
The level is not quite clear, but it's more likely the C8 nerve root; that's not important. It's up to your chiropractor to determine exactly where the lesion is.
Thank you for a very clear description; now try and work out exactly which fingers. Prick them with a pin perhaps, comparing sides.
The deep upper back pain is usually affected by the C5 nerve root, but that doesn't fit with the pattern in your arm. It may be a rib that's causing the pain, rather than from your neck.
The fact that raising your arm brings some relief suggests it's in your neck; the so called Shoulder Abduction Relief sign.
Now do the Upper Limb Tension Test that you will find using the site search function at chiropractic help.
Do any movements of your neck hurt? If you turn to the left and look up, what happens?
Xrays of your cervical spine, including oblique views and, if you have insurance, an MRI would be a great help.
Let me know what transpires, keeping to this thread.