Don't worry, it's not a heart attack.
If it is your pinky and your ring finger affected: sounds like you could have cubital tunnel syndrome. The ulnar nerve runs behind the medial epicondyle (which is at the elbow) and through the cubital tunnel.
The ulnar nerve is most commonly compressed at the cubital tunnel, along the medial side of the elbow. Compression may occur between the ulnar and humeral origins of the flexor carpi ulnaris or at the proximal border of the cubital tunnel because the nerve is tethered anteriorly with elbow flexion
If you bend your eblow alot (like talking on the phone alot, or sleep with your elbow bent) then you may have inflamed structures within the tunnel. They can swell up and irritate your ulnar nerve which supplies these fingers. If this is the case, then just take 2 x 200mg ibuprofen, three times a day (always with food), for at least three days. If it has not subsided at that point, see your doctor.
Now, if it was your thumb, pointing finger and middle finger affected it sounds like carpel tunnel syndrome. In this situation, the median nerve which supplies these digits has been compressed by the tendons of flexor digitorum profundus, superficialalis and flexor pollicis longus which somehow have gotten inflamed. In this case, the treatment will be the same (with the ibuprofen).
This may seem like a bunch of gibberish to you, but if you need me to explain it to your further, e-mail me.
UPDATE: Some people are wrong. The ulnar nerve supplies the medial 1.5 digits, i.e. the pinky and ring finger. NOT 3 fingers.
Harry B. Skinner. Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Orthopedics 4th Edition
and plus, I'm a med student, I know what I'm talking about.
· 1 decade ago