Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, how to fix?

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  1. Shawn

    Shawn Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 20, 1999
    Graham, WA, USA
    Anyone have this and what did you do to get rid of it. By sleeping with my arm straight I have gotten rid of most of the numbness in my two small fingers but I have lost nearly all strength on picking things up with my fingers, pain on the top of my forearm and elbow pain when moving the arm. This is starting to impact shooting my pistol and many actions like picking up a gun case from the handle while my arm is outstretched. Been a month and a half, and like most guys I thought it will go away if I just waited it out but it is getting worse for the strength issues.
  2. sinner4

    sinner4 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2003
    Boise ID USA
  3. Cardinal

    Cardinal Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2003
    Endicott, NY
    I had and have the same problems. The specialist that I went to grilled me on my work and how I performed my work. First thing that she had me stop doing was using my hands for hammers (EX: using a clenched hand to "bang" panels back onto machines). I also had to inventory my hammers and change the handles to fiberglass (adsorbs shock) handles on the heavy ones (especially 32 oz. ones).

    I also got wrist braces to wear to augment my wrist strength. As for meds, I remember taking a lot of anti-infamitory drugs (Aleeve?) and icing the area. Eventually, the soreness went away but it took a LONG time before it did.

    As for shooting, I miss shooting my pistols but I can't do that because of my neck and back problems although a .45 ACP probably wouldn't help the wrist problems either.
  4. Shawn

    Shawn Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 20, 1999
    Graham, WA, USA
    I believe my injury was from pull starting my chainsaw. It does not always pull smooth from the compression. It is a medium size saw with a 28" bar and I cut 11 chords of wood in a month, a lot of cutting and starting the saw.


    MIDNIGHTBLUE Veteran Member

    Jul 28, 2000
    Hemet, CA
    Ive never posted details about this but if it helps someone I will be glad I did.

    Cubital tunnel, I know this very well. My wife was dignosed with severe cubital tunnel, carpal tunnel, trigger fingers and trigger thumbs.

    See a doctor, get treatment. Am I overreacting, no.

    My wife worked for the sheriff's department for 11 years in the civil section for the courts.
    6 years ago my wife complained of numbness and pain in her hands to her employer. She was told it was nothing and that if she used sick leave for that, it would cause a case back load and be reflected in her evaluation.

    Fast forward three years later. She eventually saw a specialist in Beverly Hills California, a Neurosurgeon who wrote the book on nerve injuries and treatment for the State of California Workers Compensation Board.

    "If you would have seen me sooner, you would have a job and a career, you are done, the damage is too severe."

    Address this and address this now.

    Pain is your body's way of saying, "HEY STUPID, SOMETHINGS WRONG!" she ignored it and paid dearly.

    Please have a doctor look at this, left untreated the symptoms beome extreme and permanent. The nerves swell from irratation but cant swell without pushing on the channels that hold the nerves. The swelling causes tissue scaring, eventually surgery is ineffective because of the damage. Normally they can increase the width of the channel the nerves sit in so when they swell, they dont push on the wall.

    She is 100% disabled now. She cant hold a plate, hold a cup, writes like she is 5 years old and the burning and pain is 24 hours a day. One doctor had the balls to tell her, "Well your career with the sheriff's department is over, the only jobs I can think of are Grape stomper or Wal-mart greeter." I almost went to jail that day when she came home and cried and sobbed for almost 5 hours.

    Just my .02 cents
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  6. Shawn

    Shawn Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 20, 1999
    Graham, WA, USA
    I will get it looked at. ^^^^. Thanks for the input. I actually have a small case of it in my left arm too but mainly numbness, not loss of strength like the right side. It's tough getting older.
  7. Bob78

    Bob78 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    Pittsburg, CA, USA
    Do what MidnightBlue72 said, my wife worked for Bank of America for 20 years, and wend our on medical with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. The bank paid for the surgery and paid her workers comp until she retired 3 years later.

    The surgery worked, she hasn't had any problems since.
  8. pdq67

    pdq67 BANNED

    Jul 26, 2001
    Columbia, MO, USA
    I figure it's like my Laminectomy L-4/5 lower back nerve hole ream out operation except in an arm or wrist.

    GET it done!!

  9. Bikefixr

    Bikefixr Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Midnight hit it 100%. Do not wait it out. By the time you feel the pain, damage has already occurred. By the time you lose strength, you have permanent neurolgical damage that might never come back. In minor cases injections of anti-inflammatory can work well. In moderate cases, surgery can fix the issue. By the time they have to do relocation surgery and such, they are trying to salvage some use from the arm. Get to a specialist right now. Do not waste time on PT, you are past that if you have loss of strength and sensation.
  10. muscl car

    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    try and stay away from getting neurosurgery done that inolves nerve repair . i'm dealing with phrenic nerve palsy from the surgery i had 6 months ago

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