I’m having a tingling, pins and needles sensation in my left elbow, forearm and a couple of fingers. No known injury. Could this be Ulnar nerve and should I see a physician ASAP or give it a day or two?
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that involves pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve where it is located on the inside of the elbow, near the “funny bone”. Symptoms commonly include numbness or tingling (pins and needles) in the ring and small fingers. There can also be pain and numbness in the forearm and weakness of the hand. Symptoms are often worse after activities when the elbow is bent for a long period of time. First line treatment involves avoiding activities that cause symptoms and avoiding leaning on the “funny bone”. Sleeping with the elbow straight at night by wrapping a towel around the elbow can also be very helpful. Most cases will improve with activity modification and night splinting. If symptoms do not improve after several weeks, seek medical treatment. Sometimes surgery is required to relieve pressure on the nerve.