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I had trigger thumb and carpal tunnel surgery on March 17, 2015. I still have numbness, tingling, tightness, sensitivity,is this normal?

I had trigger thumb and carpal tunnel surgery on March 17, 2015. I still have numbness, tingling, tightness, sensitivity,is this normal?

Yes: It takes time for the inflamed tissue to heal both from where the surgery was done and from around the nerve that was injured. Then it will take time for the nerve itself to heal. I just had this discussion with my hand surgeon. The nerve heals approximately 1-2 mm a day not counting the first month after surgery. Give it time. ...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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I had a ganglyon surgery 2 days ago. When I do a forward thrust with my hand I feel my thumb and index finger a little numb is this normal? Left hand

I had a ganglyon surgery 2 days ago. When I do a forward thrust with my hand I feel my thumb and index finger a little numb is this normal? Left hand

Median nerve: It seems that ganglion may have been right in the mid wrist on front side. If so, that is also where median nerve travels. The swelling from surgery may be causing temporary symptoms and it should subside once the swelling resolves. Talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surgery two months ago. My thumb, pointer and middle finger are numb. They were not before the surgery. Normal?

I had carpal tunnel surgery two months ago. My thumb, pointer and middle finger are numb. They were not before the surgery. Normal?

May want to discuss: With your surgeon. The numbness should nothave gotten worse at two months and you may be having some scarring/adhesion issues or increased edema causing further compression on median nerve. While some of this can be expected post surgically, it should be getting better. With cts surgery, though, it's not uncommon to have a long healing process, even up to six months, that's if the surgery worked. ...Read more

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I'm online now. Type your question here. Is swelling/numbness typical, in thumb, post A1 Pulley Release surgery, 3 days out?

I'm online now. Type your question here. Is swelling/numbness typical, in thumb, post A1 Pulley Release surgery, 3 days out?

3 days out: Is early into the recovery period for this trigger finger surgery. I would certainly think some swelling and numbness would not be unexpected... probably for a couple more weeks. Your surgeon should have provided some post-procedure information/instructions. If pain/swelling/numbness increase or you have other questions, contact your surgeon. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After my surgery they wrapped my hand up too tight and I have no feeling in my thumb. How long until it comes back?

Need expert advice. After my surgery they wrapped my hand up too tight and I have no feeling in my thumb. How long until it comes back?

Considerations: Likely, you will recover fully with decreased pressure due to bandaging removal, but you might need to have testing for median, digital, or radial nerve issues. If just the coverings of the nerve are involved, should be normal within 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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I have severe carpal tunnel with severe base of thumb pain. Was supposed to have surgery 3 yr ago. Now hand numb 50% of time. Will this be permanent?

I have severe carpal tunnel with severe base of thumb pain. Was supposed to have surgery 3 yr ago. Now hand numb 50% of time. Will this be permanent?

Possibly: You appear to have two separate problems. First is the carpal tunnel syndrome. The longer you allow the nerve to be compressed the greater the potential of axonal injury and less potential for full recovery. With surgery, you will see improvement but may not have full recovery. Pain at base of thumb most likely 1st metacarpal carpal joint arthritis. Seek care. ...Read more

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I have kinebock disease I had an operation 3 weeks ago but the tip of my thumb has just started to go numb is this to be expected?

I have kinebock disease I had an operation 3 weeks ago but the tip of my thumb has just started to go numb is this to be expected?

Kienböck's disease: Tip of the thumb is innervated by the median & radial nerves; lunate bone (one involved in kienböck's is on the ulnar side of the wrist. If the scaphoid bone on the thumb side of the wrist were involved, the thumb might be affected. Best to ask the surgeon who performed the operation. ...Read more

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Numb thumb and pointer finger after elbow surgery, should I be concerned?

Numb thumb and pointer finger after elbow surgery, should I be concerned?

A little: Depending on the procedure some numbness can occur secondary to swelling and traction on the tissues. If you had a nerve block, this might also be a factor. In any case, you should contact your surgeon — they will want to know and they can tell you whether this is "normal" for the type of procedure that you had. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my elbow today and now have numbness on the outside of my hand. Is this normal? Will it go away?

I had surgery on my elbow today and now have numbness on the outside of my hand.  Is this normal?  Will it go away?

See below: The surgery you had today is going to cause some swelling which can temporarily compress the nerves in the elbow leading to this numbness. This should resolve shortly. If it does not follow up with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have complete numbness and stiff 1st finger and thumb on r. Hand. Did a thyroid panel T4 was 9.7 T3 (liothyronine) 27.3 and hs-ths was 2.36. Is this normal?

I have complete numbness and stiff 1st finger and thumb on r. Hand. Did a thyroid panel T4 was 9.7 T3 (liothyronine) 27.3 and hs-ths was 2.36. Is this normal?

Probably: It appears that your total t3 (liothyronine) is low but your total T4 and TSH are normal. This may simply be a lab error or from sick euthyroid sydrome (caused by an elevation of reverse t3 (liothyronine) during illness). Hashimoto's thyroiditis is associated with carpel tunnel syndrome which is probably why your labs were checked. However, you need anti-TPO antibodies to diagnose. ...Read more

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I had endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery a week ago. The base of my hand still feels hard and a little numb, is this normal?

I had endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery a week ago.  The base of my hand still feels hard and a little numb, is this normal?

Yes: Swelling and stiffness us common after endoscopic carpal tunnel release and it can take a little time to resolve. Numbness can take quite a while to resolve, especially if the nerve damage was more severe before surgery. Sometimes, some numbness does not completely resolve, other times it can take 6-12 months to resolve. ...Read more

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Had surgery for carpal tunnel release this morning my hand & fingers are still very numb & it hurts to straighten them & it's been 8 hrs, is thi normal?

Had surgery for carpal tunnel release this morning my hand & fingers are still very numb & it hurts to straighten them & it's been 8 hrs, is thi normal?

Can be: At times some irritation to the nerve adds to symptoms, other times. Local or a block take longer to wear off, finally make sure the bandage is not too tight. If concerns persist call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Left wrist weakness with no tingling/numbness. Pain/discomfort when wrist is rubbed at base of the thumb and when bent. Emg, X-ray and MRI are normal.

Occupational therapy: It seems that you are already seeing a neurologist and they have ruled out common neurological causes of wrist and hand pain. See an occupational therapist who may be able to help. Diagnosing such conditions can be challenging and sometimes take several months and repeated follow up. In the meanwhile pain management is recommended and various classes of different analgesics may have to be tried. ...Read more

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Out of cast after 4 weeks(long arm) muscles in forearm tight n painful n numbness in thumb normal post cast? I had epychondolitis n torn tendon

Out of cast after 4 weeks(long arm) muscles in forearm tight n painful n numbness in thumb normal post cast? I had epychondolitis n torn tendon

Can be expected --: Stiffness from being in a cast for 4 weeks. Numbness maybe from cast being too tight or the cotton padding may have bunched up causing a local neuritis, which should clear up in 2-3 weeks time. As you exercise the tight muscles should loosen up and get stronger, reducing the stiffness as well.
Massage/stretching exercises would help the epicondylitis. The doc should advise re: the torn tendon! ...Read more

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One morning when I woke up a part of my thumb on my left hand was numb. Is that normal?

One morning when I woke up a part of my thumb on my left hand was numb. Is that normal?

Pressure on nerve: You probably slept in such a position that the sensory nerve to the thumb was compressed and ceased to send signals. These are common, and will go away with no particular treatment, Just relieving the nerve pressure. It persists, which is unlikely, then see your family doctor. ...Read more

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4 day ago I got stunk by a bee in thumb just below the nail it's been very ichy and now my thumb, hand and arm are getting numb is this normal?

4 day ago I got stunk by a bee in thumb just below the nail it's been very ichy and now my thumb, hand and arm are getting numb is this normal?

Not normal.: Your thumb, hand and arm going numb four days after a bee sting is certainly NOT normal. Please get evaluated right away in an emergency department. ...Read more

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My daughter fell on her hand and bruised the palm just below the thumb. It has been numb and heavy feeling for over a week. Is this normal?

My daughter fell on her hand and bruised the palm just below the thumb.  It has been numb and heavy feeling for over a week.  Is this normal?

Bruise or fracture ?: A bruise in that location after a fall is evidence a bone was scuffed or broken. Such injuries cause a little localized bleeding within the tissue near the bone. It may not be distorted enough that casting would be needed but could have other implications for proper care. I would have her seen. ...Read more

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I had hand surgery a week ago to repair gamers thumb. My nail cuticle is really sore. Is this normal? Or a cause for concern?

Check: The nail cuticle is not involved in the surgery you had but since you are "fresh post-op" only 1 week, it would be a good idea to check with your surgeon. ...Read more