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Numb little finger and ring finger on left hand. Why? Sorry, boring. But would be really grateful for clues.
DO you have any back problems at all? I have back trouble that sometimes leads to spells of numbness or pins & needles in my fingers - it's not helped by lots of keyboard time and I am trying to improve my posture...
But this could be you. However, anything like this that goes on for a couple of weeks probally needs a word with your GP just to rule out anything nasty.
And thanks to all other posters too, who came on while I was composing my last message. I have occasionally had a bad back in the past. And the rsi diagnosis might be relevant because when it was intermittent it usually coincided with computer time. Probably making it worse as I speak
With that distribution it sounds like pressure on the ulnar nerve, either in the wrist (as in carpal tunnel syndrome) or in the upper arm/neck. Unlikely to be serious but you should see your GP and get it checked out.
I know this is of no use to you at all but I had a numb little finger on my left hand some months ago. It went on for a couple of days and I remember thinking it was a bit weird and wondering what it was all about but then it went away (can't remember how many days later) and I haven't had it since.
In saying that, you know yourself better than anyone so if you are even mildly concerned then it would be better to ask your GP about it, even if it was just to put your mind at rest.
Thanks becauseimwothit. I'd quite like to try an otseopath. Went to a chiropractor once, but , as it says in that Mark Haddon book, they seem to try to cure you by 'drawing a triangle in the air above your back'. Osteopath is more vigorous I understand.
Many thanks to everyone who has answered this thread. I really appreciate it.
Soounds like CT to me, I had numbness in in hand and all fingers and had to buy a splint for both hands which really helped. Time spend on the pc didn't help, just made it worse. If you try to type with splints on you can see how the wrist position you usually use can make problems worse.
I see an osteopath, probably once every 6 months, because I suffer from neck/shoulder problems. Mostly caused by stress. I occasionally suffer from this numbness/pins and needles, and can guarantee that a session will sort you out.
Each session starts with soft tissue massage - a bit deeper than just a therapeutic massage, but not painful in any way, and then may finish up with some joint 'cracking' to relieve any congestion/tightness - it sounds much worse than it is!
If the numbness is the whole of your litte finger and just half your ring finger (little finger side) it is to do with the ulna nerve. I get this numbness due to a shallow ulnar groove in my elbow (the groove just inside the knobly bit of the elbow when arm is flexed). This is also the bit that hurts when you bash your elbow - when you catch your 'funny bone'. If this is the case, you could just have a shallow groove or changes around it, maybe due to previous injuries or a bit of early arthritis. Hth.