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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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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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


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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

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Had lg ganglion cyst removed on thumb knuckle . Have constant burning in thumb, numb on thumb tip. Should i worry about nerve damage? Thank you.

Good sign: Dead nerve do not hurt. The dysesthesia you describe means the nerve is working - just not too well. It is trying to recover from injury. It should recover with time and appropriate care. You may use local anesthetic cream to help numb it during the recovery. ...Read more

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My right thumb is numb and right hand is useless I have slept on my hand so now it is numb and I have tried massaging and icy hot nothing work ?

My right thumb is numb and right hand is useless I have slept on my hand so now it is numb and I have tried massaging and icy hot nothing work ?

When & for how long: Nerve compressions can occur after relatively short times (minutes to hours) depending on the degree of nerve compression. Such can lead to numbness, weakness, loss of function. Duration depends on multiple factors: type of compression, location of injury, nerve involved, other coexisting illnesses. Has this lasted more than 3 days & you're no better, get examined. ...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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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