Back in 2017, I had surgery for a trapped ulna nerve. The surgery was a total success and the pain and pins and needles went almost immediately.
A pinched nerve refers to a certain kind of damage to a nerve or group of nerves. It’s caused when a disc, bone, or muscle places increased pressure on the nerve.
Pinched nerve signs and symptoms include:
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve.
- Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward.
- Tingling, pins and needles sensations (paresthesia)
- Muscle weakness in the affected area.
- Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has “fallen asleep”
A pinched nerve can occur at a number of sites in your body. A herniated disk in your lower spine, for example, may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain that radiates down the back of your leg. Likewise, a pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to pain and numbness in your hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome).
They say that with rest and other conservative treatments, most people recover from a pinched nerve within a few days or weeks. Sometimes, surgery is needed to relieve pain from a pinched nerve.
The ulnar nerve is one of the three main nerves in your arm. … The most common place for compression of the nerve is behind the inside part of the elbow. Ulnar nerve compression at the elbow is called “cubital tunnel syndrome.” Numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers are common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome.
After months of conservative treatment, I was told I needed surgery. Ulnar nerve decompression is a surgical procedure designed to explore the region around the elbow through which the ulnar nerve passes. The ulnar nerve is responsible for the “funny bone” phenomenon when you hit your elbow. The surgery involves a 3-4 inch incision which is made along the elbow in between the two bony prominences that are on the same side of the arm as the thumb. The incision is taken deep enough to be able to visualize the ulnar nerve. The nerve is then explored into the upper arm to the point that is passes through the triceps muscle. It is explored in the forearm until it passes through a muscle in the forearm. Once the entire nerve has been explored through this region and is seen to be well decompressed, the overlying connective tissue and skin are closed with stitches.
Of course, the pain could be coming from my neck. Your ulnar nerve can become compressed anywhere along its path from the spine to the arm by virtually any misplaced or injured structure, including the spinal disc, bone, ligament, tendon, or muscle. I was told last time that if I decided to leave having the surgery then I could run the risk of impaired hand function. This is my right hand so there is no way that I would risk impaired hand function I am hoping that after I have seen my Physiotherapist next week we can get some form of ball rolling for this dreadful pain either with help to strengthen the ligaments and tendons and free up the compressed nerve or to send me for some tests.
According to the National Library of Medicine symptoms following an ulnar nerve release may occur due to failure of the initial surgery, re-entrapment, iatrogenic nerve injury or compression of the lower trunk of the brachial plexus, whereas focal pain at the surgical site can occur due to a neuroma of the medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve.
Source: Progressive Sign & Sports UR Medicine Healthline NLM
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