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Dr. Annette Occhialini Dr. Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
32 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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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.

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


Dr. Walter Husar Dr. Husar
Neurology
29 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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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.

Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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I cut my thumb and now it's numb. I know I did some nerve damage and wanted to know if it will ever heal?

Hard to know: If just bruising of the nerve, it will heal. If completely divided, it may or may not heal and you could develop a painful neuroma at the injury site. If you need nerve repair, it is best done within 3 weeks of the injury. See a hand surgeon!

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Dr. Daniel Mass Dr. Mass
Surgery - Hand Surgery
42 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Jimmy Bowen Dr. Bowen
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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After injuring my wrist my thumb started to get thumb. It has been numb for now 3 1/2 weeks. Could there be nerve damage and how severe if there is?

After injuring my wrist my thumb started to get thumb. It has been numb for now 3 1/2 weeks. Could there be nerve damage and how severe if there is?

Thumb numbness: Not sure exactly how you hurt your wrist but you may have injured a part of your median nerve if thumb is numb on the palm side or part of the radial nerve if numb on the top side. Recovery depends on the extent of the injury...Weeks to months.

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Dr. Eric Fete Dr. Fete
Emergency Medicine
18 years in practice
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Slammed thumb in door. Not broke in the joint. Tip is numb. No swelling. Could there be nerve damage? Should I be concerned?

Possible: Likely contused the nerve; it should go away on it's own within a few days. If not go see your doc

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra Dr. Poelstra
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
20 years in practice
University of Groningen Faculty of Medicine
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I had a spinal fusion years ago. Now I have pain and cannot grip with my right hand. I also get right side numbness. Could it be nerve damage?

I had a spinal fusion years ago. Now I have pain and cannot grip with my right hand. I also get right side numbness. Could it be nerve damage?

Grip weakness: If the fusion was done years ago, and everything was ok for a while, there is probable no damage... A new problem could be coming from the levels above- or below the past surgery area, so it would be best to go back to your surgeon, or find a new doctor if the past physician is not available. New images with possibly a ct or MRI might be needed to find the cause; maybe a neurologist needs to help.

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Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Do I have nerve damage? I was cutting open a package earlier and the knife slipped and went into my index finger. My finger bled quite a bit, and ever since the incident my whole hand has been experiencing a cold and somewhat numb sensation. It has been c

Do I have nerve damage? I was cutting open a package earlier and the knife slipped and went into my index finger. My finger bled quite a bit, and ever since the incident my whole hand has been experiencing a cold and somewhat numb sensation. It has been c

In: In all likelihood you do. The digital nerves run up the sides of the fingers and are closer to the skin than the digital arteries. So if you cut an artery you would have had to cut the nerve. My guess from your description is that the injury is on the side of the index finger next to the long finger or maybe in the webspace between the fingers. Nerve repairs have the best results if they are done within 3 weeks of the injury. If you see a hand surgeon, he/she can easily diagnose whether you have cut a nerve.

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Dr. Herbert Krob Dr. Krob
Neurology
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, I fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, I fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Nerves: Nerves can get pinched by sleeping in funny positions, and this can result in temporary (and sometimes longer-lasting) numbness and weakness. A google search for the term "saturday night palsy" will reveal a "textbook example" of a not-so-common, but very well-recognized, nerve compression syndrome (in this case, of the radial nerve). Also, one of the contributing factors of carpal tunnel syndrome (pinching of the median nerve) may be hand position during sleep. Other things can also cause numbness of the hands. Determining the cause involves a careful physical examination (which most doctors should be able to perform, but many cannot or do not), and sometimes requires special tests (including electrodiagnostic testing -- see my health guide at the link below) which probably get done more often than necessary. Left undiagnosed and untreated, hand numbness can get worse, can become associated with weakness, and eventually cause inability to use the hands. Indications that a doctor is qualified to diagnose the causes of hand numbness include board certification (such as by the american board of psychiatry and neurology and the american board of electrodiagnostic medicine). It is also a good idea to ensure that the board certified physician is the one who actually performs the examination, rather than a physician extender (pa or other) who is merely supervised by the physician. A thorough examination for hand numbness includes checking the strength of the major movements at each joint in the affected limb (fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, in this case), checking sensation in the entire affected limb up to and including the neck, checking reflexes at several points (forearms and both sides of the elbows at least), and checking coordination. This should be in addition to a general examination of the other limbs and major organs. For more information, check: http://patients. Aan. Com/disorders/ http://www. Aanem. Org/education/patient-resources/common-disorders. Aspx.

Dr. Clayton Peimer Dr. Peimer
Orthopedic Surgery
46 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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My hands are numb, is it a good idea to go to the ER or should I wait until monday to see my usual doctor for potential hand nerve damage?

My hands are numb, is it a good idea to go to the ER or should I wait until monday to see my usual doctor for potential hand nerve damage?

Your doctor unless..: Acute onset numbness never before present is associated with injury and should be evaluated and treated soon. Worsening of chronic numbness to "complete" is unusual and related to having ignored the long-standing problem. The er is for emergencies; you should rest, elevate, and take antiinflammatory meds until you see your doctor.

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Dr. Jayshree Chander Dr. Chander
Holistic Medicine
27 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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I think I have ulnar nerve damage! My pinky is numb and tingling and the side of my hand is numb. My ring finger feels heavy and weak. I put ice on b?

I think I have ulnar nerve damage! My pinky is numb and tingling and the side of my hand is numb. My ring finger feels heavy and weak. I put ice on b?

Ice on b?: Without knowing more information I cannot affirm whether your ulnar nerve is damaged. What is the mechanism of injury? How long have you been having the symptom? What makes it better or worse? Also, I am not sure what your question is. What do you mean when you write: "I put ice on b? " Please clarify. Best wishes.

Dr. David Earle Dr. Earle
Surgery
27 years in practice
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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6mnths ago had large lipoma removed wrist. Came out of surgery numb hand. Still is and very limited movement. Done by gastro surgeon. Nerve damage?

Hand surgeon: Nerve damage after wrist surgery is a well know possibility even the best of hands. It can take up to 1-2 years, butay reaolce on its own. Consider however a second opinion from a hand surgeon - usually a plastic or orthopedic surgeon. Hope this helps!

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Dr. Olav Jaren Dr. Jaren
Neurology
15 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Slept on my arm on a flight 15 hours ago and the right two fingers and side of Palm on my right hand are still numb. Nerve damage or blood clot?

Slept on my arm on a flight 15 hours ago and the right two fingers and side of Palm on my right hand are still numb. Nerve damage or blood clot?

Nerve compression: Compressing the median nerve will cause this on the palm side, compressing the radial nerve will cause his on the back of the hand. It's doubtful there is significant damage. Give it is day or so, it should return to normal. A blood clot often causes pain and swelling, it is rare for it to cause numbness. Blood clots also tend not to form in arms during sleep.

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Dr. Antoanella Calame Dr. Calame
Dermatology
15 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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I have horizontal nail ridges on thumb and little finger for 6 months now. Is it due to hormonal imbalance, nerve damage, or anemia?

I have horizontal nail ridges on thumb and little finger for 6 months now. Is it due to hormonal imbalance, nerve damage, or anemia?

Beau's Lines: The indentations can appear when growth at the area under the cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness. Conditions associated with beau's lines include uncontrolled diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as illnesses associated with a high fever, such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps and pneumonia. Beau's lines can also also be a sign of zinc deficiency.

Dr. Bassam Amawi Dr. Amawi
Psychiatry
45 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

As above: What is the question? If u want treatment ask u physician. But. U need to remember some times pain can be chronic and medication r to nake it more tolerable and not to cure it. In addition physical therapy may be helpfull.

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Dr. Steven Giannotta Dr. Giannotta
Neurosurgery
45 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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I have nerve damage in my neck, it affects my right arm, first two fingers and thumb along with my tongue. Which nerves are affected?

I have nerve damage in my neck, it affects my right arm, first two fingers and thumb along with my tongue. Which nerves are affected?

C6 nerve root: The tongue is the hard part. There may be two things going on. An MRI of the neck including the spine would be appropriate.

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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I have median nerve damage and also missing a tendon below my thumb from having carpal tunnel surgery. I'm hearing nerve grafts and im scared?

Good operation: If it is for the right reason with the hand, it sound to me your surgeon thinking about delayed repair and nerve grafting for treatment of cut median nerve, those operations take long time to recover and you may have some revision in the future.

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Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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I was using scissors to cut paper and suddenly I felt something almost pop near the top of my thumb. Now my thumb is numb. Is this just a nerve?

I was using scissors to cut paper and suddenly I felt something almost pop near the top of my thumb. Now my thumb is numb. Is this just a nerve?

Proper digital nerve: Not sure about the "almost popping" thing, but forceful pressure on the proper digital nerve in the thumb can cause numbness the point of compression down. Recovery depends on the level of injury (axonotmesis, neurapraxia, neuronotmesis) The numbness may resolves in a couple of days or may require a year if the nerve has to re-sprout from the dorsal root ganglia in the neck

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Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...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