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Ulnar Nerve / Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Success Story

Discussion in 'Success Stories Subforum' started by Ryan J, Jan 23, 2023.

  1. Ryan J

    Ryan J New Member

    Hello Everybody,

    I wanted to share my success story because reading other people's stories really helped me. A few years ago I was experiencing numbness and tingling in my right pinky after playing piano and lifting weights. Soon after that I was feeling the same sensation in my left pinky as well. I knew nothing about TMS during that time.

    I went to a hand surgeon who had me do an EMG / Nerve conduction study. The test showed that I had a slow down in my nerves at both elbows. The doctor was also able to see that I had ulnar subluxation (nerve 'popping' over the medial epicondyle at both my elbows. Medication and hand therapy was not working so the doctor strongly recommended surgery. I decided to go with surgery on my right elbow, ulnar nerve transposition surgery. The surgery seemed to fix my right pinky but the numbness came back after about five months.

    During that time I was afraid of playing piano and afraid of lifting weights. I decided to take a break from my two favorite hobbies, but after the six month break my problems reappeared as soon as I started again.

    To make a long story short, I have healed because I got over my fear. I decided to lift weights like I normally would and play piano at least 30 minutes a day. At first I would experience the numbness, like I was used to. I used to be afraid that I was damaging my nerves. I just kept training and eventually the problem went away as my fear diminished. Some other things that helped me get over my fear was:

    -Reading the TMS books, such as the Divided Mind, The Great Pain Deception, To Be Or Not To Be... Pain-Free.

    - I found multiple studies that it is normal for athletes to have ulnar nerve subluxation. It was something like more than 50% of athletes have asymptomatic ulnar subluxation.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6704215/#:~:text=Ulnar%20nerve%20instability%20(UNI)%20in,neuropathy%20or%20in%20the%20asymptomatic (Ulnar nerve instability in the cubital tunnel of asymptomatic volunteers).


    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8304120/ (Ulnar Nerve Dislocation and Subluxation from the Cubital Tunnel Are Common in College Athletes)

    - I went to another hand doctor and even though he isn't a TMS doc, he told me that he is 100% certain there is nothing wrong with my hands, despite the EMG tests. It helps to hear that from a doctor.

    I hope this story helps anyone who is having similar issues. For what it's worth I can press 135lbs over my head and bench press 225lbs, which certainly requires movement of the elbow, without any of my previous issues.

  2. TG957

    TG957 Beloved Grand Eagle

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  3. Ryan J

    Ryan J New Member

    Hi TG, yes you can post there if you like. I'd also like to thank you for how supportive you've been on this forum. I've seen your responses many times to other people looking for help and they've helped me as well.
  4. TG957

    TG957 Beloved Grand Eagle

    You are very welcome!
  5. gx92

    gx92 Peer Supporter

    Hi Ryan, did you feel the nerve popping over your elbow with each pushing Set? It realy does feel unplesant when it snaps
  6. Ryan J

    Ryan J New Member

    Hi gx92,

    Yes I can feel the nerve popping and I can also see it pop over my elbow in the mirror. Try different arm positions and different depths with range of motion when pressing until it feels more comfortable. I wouldn't take a break at the gym though. Blood flow and confidence that my body was fine helped me the most. In addition to different range of motions, you can also lower the weight to a tolerable level until you feel better.

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  7. gx92

    gx92 Peer Supporter

    Thanks for the tips, so you still got the snapping but the symptoms in hands etc are gone if i did understand right ? Yea im already taking a break since 5 weeks but thinking about goimg back now
  8. Ryan J

    Ryan J New Member

    Yes, I still have the snapping but I don't have any pain symptoms. I'd get back in the gym if I were you, just do lighter weight so that it doesn't hurt that much and work your way up from there. You need to get blood flow to it. My elbow and hands felt worse when I wasn't working out.
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