Tuesday, September 27, 2005

“Electrocuted” at the elbow

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It was 6.15 am and I was half asleep when my wife woke me up this morning

As I forced myself to take cold shower, my mind was going through the activities for today. I was more or less was very awake after the shower. A quick enthusiasm kicked in as I was drying myself (with a towel) in the bathroom. An almost silent hum of SP Bala’s “Keladi Kanmani” can be heard from my mouth.

Just when I was about come out from the bathroom, I accidentally hit my elbow the wall, right at the nerve. Immediately, I was “electrocuted”. The stinging pain coupled with electricity-like surrounded my right hand. All I remembered is me kneeling down in pain and almost shout out in pain. It took almost 10 minutes to recover from the pain but my palm was numb.

3 hours later, when I was in the office, I could feel the pain at the elbow and some numbness at my palm. It has been a very long time since I was “electrocuted” this way.

Note: 1. Humerus 2. Ulnar Nerve (Highlighted Red) 3. Elbow (Ulnar Bone) 4. Radial Bone


I was curious of the nerve and so I made a quick check on the internet on this. The nerve is known as “ulnar nerve”. This nerve functions to give sensation to the little finger and the half of the ring finger that is near the little finger. It also controls most of the little muscles in the hand that help with fine movements, and some of the bigger muscles in the forearm that help to make a strong grip. No wonder, when it hit nerve, I had numbness on my palm.

(Picture source: www.healthopedia.com/pictures/ulnar-nerve.html)

What a way to start the day!

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