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my bf was using a mechanical hole digger. after using for several hours he discovered that his fingers on one hand was numb, decreased sensation, and feels like a bruise on palm of hand below thumb. it has now been a week and is still the same. he has bee

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Median nerve palsy: Numbness of the thumb region can be caused by pressure and swelling that affects the median nerve at the wrist of base of the thumb. This usually causes numbness in the palm of the hand mostly thumb and forefinger. Similar symptoms develop with carpal tunnel syndrome. Immobilizing, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications will help.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr.G.: It is imperative that he prevent trauma and heat to the affected area as the lack of sensation can result in severe injury.

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