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Cut my hand at work and now my thumb is numb. Do I have a nerve damage?

Cut my hand at work and now my thumb is numb. Do I have a nerve damage?

Depends: Depend on how deep the cut is. If it s very deep then the nerve supplying the thumb got damaged. If very superficial, then the swelling has caused temporary numbness of the thumb. If the damage is not severe, then the nerve can repair itself. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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I cut my hand at work and now my thumb is numb. Do I have a nerve damage?

I cut my hand at work and now my thumb is numb. Do I have a nerve damage?

Possibly: Was the thumb numb immidiately after you cut it? Where on your thumb is it numb? Usually nerve damage causes only part of the thumb to be numb. For example a cut on the palm side of the thumb will make the tip of the thumb on one or both sides of the thumb feel numb but usually not the back of the thumb. If the whole thumb is numb it may be due to swelling. I would consult a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Cut with a steak knife, went all the way through the palm side of thumb. Is swollen, tip is numb, and jolting pain when bumped. Did i damage a nerve?

Cut with a steak knife, went all the way through the palm side of thumb. Is swollen, tip is numb, and jolting pain when bumped. Did i damage a nerve?

Needs to be checked: I recommend that you go to the er and get it checked as it is a deep cut and you may need stitches, nerve damage can only be assessed on examination.Whenever you sustain a deep cut in hands there is possibility of nerve damage depending on location.You may need to be treated by a hand surgeon after er assessment. ...Read more

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I cut my thumb palm side at knuckle about a week ago and I cut a nerve, the wound is healing nicely but the left side is numb will the feeling comback?

I cut my thumb palm side at knuckle about a week ago and I cut a nerve, the wound is healing nicely but the left side is numb will the feeling comback?

Probably: After cutting a cutaneous nerve on a thumb or finger, sensation is usually disturbed for quite some time, even if the wound is healing well. In part, regeneration of nerve at finger/thumb can take months because of the distance from the spinal cord (can be as long as 1 inch per month which is 36 months if you're 6' tall. Regeneration can be much quicker too. All depends on nerve injury severity ...Read more

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I cut my palm and my finger is numb is that normal? Could nerves be sown swan back together? 1/2 in wide 1/2in deep between thumb and index finger and my finger is numb and none of it realy hurts as long as its not bleeding and i keep tha skin together a

I cut my palm and my finger is numb is that normal? Could nerves be sown swan back together? 1/2 in wide 1/2in deep between thumb and index finger and my finger is numb and none of it realy hurts as long as its not bleeding and i keep tha skin together a

It : It sounds as though you have injured the small digital nerve that supplies the side of the index finger that is toward the thumb. It may be that the swelling is compressing the nerve. Most of the time the nerve attempts to re-grow and sensation returns. You should probably see someone to have a decision made about sewing the nerve together. This is microsurgery because the sensory nerve is pretty small. ...Read more

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Why is my right hand burning and numb? Did I damage a thumb nerve?

Why is my right hand burning and numb? Did I damage a thumb nerve?

Thumb nerve: The nerves of the thumb that give sensation ttravel on the very underside of the thumb, these originate in the median nerve which passes through the carpal tunnel into the forearm and past muscles around the elbow and up to the shoulder and neck, any injuty any where along the path pf this nerve can give thumb sensory disturbances. While carpal tunnel is common make sure the diagnosis is correct! ...Read more

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I got a small but somewhat deep cut on the webbing between my thumb and pointer finger and my hand is kinda numb and I can't move my fingers very well?

I got a small but somewhat deep cut on the webbing between my thumb and pointer finger and my hand is kinda numb and I can't move my fingers very well?

Very sensitive: Very sensitive area. Now you say kind of deep. If you think you need stitches better get checked now. Now the numbness shags in how deep is this wound. I think you really should see your doctor and have the hand examined for serious injury ...Read more

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I was cutting rubber matting and pulling hard with my hand and arm now my right index finger and thumb have been numb for 2 days I did not cut them?

I was cutting rubber matting and pulling hard with my hand and arm now my right index finger and thumb have been numb for 2 days I did not cut them?

Nerve: There may be a nerve that you pulled or stretched. This type of injury generally recovers as the nerve recovers. You should regain the sensation in your hand. It is important not to re injure the same area. See you doctor for an exam and recommendations for healing. ...Read more

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Painful pinched nerve in thumb, 1st and 2nd fingers on dominant right hand. Numb fingers, muscles sore, no grip. What can I do until appt?

Painful pinched nerve in thumb, 1st and 2nd fingers on dominant right hand. Numb fingers, muscles sore, no grip. What can I do until appt?

SUGGEST: Let's assume you have carpal tunnel syndrome, and it is affecting the median nerve substantially. You have about a 35% chance that wearing a wrist splint, which you can find at orthopedics supply store, will calm down the inflammation, and decrease symptoms if worn thru-out the day. An OTC NSAID may also help a bit. ...Read more

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I have numbness in my thumb after hand operation. Is this normal?

I have numbness in my thumb after hand operation. Is this normal?

Numb after surgery: Immediately after it is quite normal. If it doesn't resolve within 3 weeks, it may take even longer and could be permanent. This depends on the nature of the injury and/or the surgery and is best discussed with your surgeon. ...Read more

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