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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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I have a very sharp pain on the top of my wrist. I haven't had any trauma. It's like a sharp pinch. Should I see a doctor for it?

I have a very sharp pain on the top of my wrist. I haven't had any trauma. It's like a sharp pinch. Should I see a doctor for it?

YourPrimaryPhysician: At least decision maker, is always yourself, deciding what is relevant, what options sought, whose assistance you seek (powerfully determining/influencing what options are promoted) what options pursued & who lives with the outcomes. Rec: study anatomy on the net, Google images & videos & work to understand the possibilities. MDs can help yet insurance rewarded for? Time &? $ options, ? best..

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Pain from the top of my wrist to inside of middle finger I can rub the right side of wrist and feel pain on the inside of my middle finger?

Pain from the top of my wrist to inside of middle finger I can rub the right side of wrist and feel pain on the inside of my middle finger?

Nerve entrapment: You should see a hand surgeon. This may be one sign of carpal tunnel syndrome, correctable surgically or remediable with support devices. It may be other things as well but you need to be examined after a detailed history of how you use your hands at work and play, etc. Hope this gets better soon.

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Dr. Kevin Hsu Dr. Hsu
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
14 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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For my job I do a lot of writing and for abit now on and off I've been getting wrist pain on top on my wrist. What coul it be an how can I stop it?

For my job I do a lot of writing and for abit now on and off I've been getting wrist pain on top on my wrist. What coul it be an how can I stop it?

May be overuse: If it happened after writing consider overuse of the wrist tendons in the back of wrist. If the non dominant hand is also painful or other joints hurt then it may be a more systemic condition and additional blood work would be recommended. Arthritis of the hand/wrist joints is possible. Initially, try resting it, using wrist brace, and see www. Osha. Gov/sltc/etools/computerworkstations/.

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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Dr. Dean Basulto Dr. Basulto
Internal Medicine
years in practice
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What to do if I have a lump on the top of my wrist?

Wrist lump: Probably a ganglionic cysts. They are benign but may cause transient pain when tapped. If it is large and causes significant pain or limits range of motion, you should see a hand specialist/orthopedist.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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My wrist feels like its locked up. There is a little knot on the top of my wrist, could this be a calcium deposit? It hurts to bend wrist and touching

My wrist feels like its locked up. There is a little knot on the top of my wrist, could this be a calcium deposit? It hurts to bend wrist and touching

A common bump on: The back if the wrist is a ganglion cyst which can be painful. Other bumps are bone bumps called carpal boss. Calcium deposits or gouty deposits are known as tophi. Any of these can also irritate adjacent structures. Tendonitis or tenosynovits, tendon inflammation can present as a soft bump.

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Dr. Betty Keller Dr. Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
31 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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The top of my wrist hurts when I flex my wrist backwards or put weight on it. Is it tendonitis?

The top of my wrist hurts when I flex my wrist backwards or put weight on it. Is it tendonitis?

Possibly: Wrist pain with flexion and extension can be a sign of many things. It is best to get an evaluation. You can start with your primary care physician. He or she may refer you to a rheumatologist if indicated.

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Dr. Barry Callahan Dr. Callahan
Surgery - Hand Surgery
27 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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What to do if I have a ganglion cyst on the top of my wrist and it's painful. I went to theelse had had this problem with a cyst?

What to do if I have a ganglion cyst on the top of my wrist and it's painful. I went to theelse had had this problem with a cyst?

Dorsal Carpal Gangli: Carpal ganglions are a frequent cause of wrist pain but you should have it evaluated by a Hand Surgeon because extensor tenosynovitis and other issues can mimic it. Do not hit it with a book! I've seen patients who have fractured their wrists trying this home remedy. Aspiration/injection or excision is the way to go if these are painful.

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Dr. Diane Minich Dr. Minich
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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I have a pea sized bump on top of my wrist. It's kinda hard but also soft when I touch it. It moves with my tendon. Midly irritating.

I have a pea sized bump on top of my wrist. It's kinda hard but also soft when I touch it. It moves with my tendon. Midly irritating.

Ganglionic cyst: It could be a ganglionic cyst. Your doctor can examine it and let you you know for sure what the lump is.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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I thick my ganglion cyst is going down as fast as it go up if it is why or how is it go down as fast as it go up it on the top of my wrist?

I thick my ganglion cyst is going down as fast as it go up if it is why or how is it go down as fast as it go up it on the top of my wrist?

Synovial fluid: Fills ganglion cysts. These cysts are fluid filled sacs and synovial fluid is what lubricates the joint, fluid enters the cyst through a tiny attachment from the joint and makes the cyst large. This is why activity or force seemingly makes the ganglion larger as more pressure in the joint leaks into the cyst. Typically it's a like one way valve into the cyst but they can drain back spontaneously.

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Dr. Rebecca Weiss Dr. Weiss
Family Medicine
years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I have a tiny, 3mm, black spot on the top of my wrist w/ a little gray in it. Since it's so small do I have to have it checked or can it wait?

I have a tiny, 3mm, black spot on the top of my wrist w/ a little gray in it. Since it's so small do I have to have it checked or can it wait?

Get it checked out: Even though the spot seems small, it's always best to have it looked at, especially if it's new or changing in any way. Spots that are darker in pigment, have irregular borders or asymmetry are also more concerning. Most physicians would recommend a full skin exam every 1-2 years to screen for skin cancer but don't wait until your next visit if this spot is new.

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Dr. Moshe Usadi Dr. Usadi
Family Medicine
years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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I am 22 years old feeling tingling sensation top of my wrist not so much the fingers. Slight pain and whenever I touch something vibrating it tingles?

Nerve irritation?: You seem to be describing nerve irritation. You probably have some minor irritation that happens to be where a nerve passes close to the surface (like when you hit your funny bone!) I agree with the advil; some ice might help, too. I suspect it will go away soon whatever you do.

Dr. Gary Pess Dr. Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery
36 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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I cut on top of my wrist and now my thumb is numb is that normal?

I cut on top of my wrist and now my thumb is numb is that normal?

No: You may have a nerve laceration and should see a hand surgeon. If it needs repair it should be done soon.

Dr. Maulik Shah Dr. Shah
Clinical Genetics
20 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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I go to culinary school (constant wrist activity) and need a ganglion cyst removed from the top of my wrist. Around how long should I need off?

I go to culinary school (constant wrist activity) and need a ganglion cyst removed from the top of my wrist. Around how long should I need off?

3-7 days: Depending on the procedure either open surgery or arthroscopy, post-operative recovery times can vary. Also, in many cases there are other joint pathology identified during the surgery. In most cases, the wrist needs to be splinted for 3-7 days. For mucous cysts, there is no need for splinting and the wrist can be used immediately.

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Dr. Clarence Wimberly Dr. Wimberly
Family Medicine
years in practice
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I have a small bump the size of a peanut that has popped up on the top of my wrist. At first I thought it was a small cyst the size of a peanut?

I have a small bump the size of a peanut that has popped up on the top of my wrist. At first I thought it was a small cyst the size of a peanut?

Lump on wrist: More than likely this is a ganglion cyst if you have not had an injury. It may ache but usually does not cause much problems. If this is recent then leave it along and it may go away.

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Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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When I try to do press ups my wrist on my right hand the top of my wrist hurts and it hurts to bend it forward had for a while on an off?

When I try to do press ups my wrist on my right hand the top of my wrist hurts and it hurts to bend it forward had for a while on an off?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities, including ligamentous or bone abnormalities in the carpal bones in your wrist. I would not hesitate to be seen.

Dr. Amir Khan Dr. Khan
Sports Medicine
23 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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I have a wrist pain on the top part of my hand whenever I put any type of pressure like doing pushups, is this carpaltunnel or something else?

I have a wrist pain on the top part of my hand whenever I put any type of pressure like doing pushups, is this carpaltunnel or something else?

Sprain: Doubt carpal tunnel which generally presents with numbness/tingling in all or some of fingers: thumb, index, long (middle), and partially ring finger. A sprain, stress injury from repetetive use or impaction, ganglion cyst are common causes. See an orthopedist for proper diagnosis.

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Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I'm feeling a very sharp pain on the top of my left hand any time I move it in the slightest. There is a bump about a inch up closer to my wrist.

I'm feeling a very sharp pain on the top of my left hand any time I move it in the slightest. There is a bump about a inch up closer to my wrist.

Possible ganglion: Cyst, an accumulation of gelatinous joint fluis which forms at flexing parts of the body. I suggest an orthoppedic evaluation.

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Dr. Joseph De santi Dr. De santi
Family Medicine
25 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Last 2 mornings woken up with pain on the top side of my hand from my wrist to my ring finger, hard to grip things and hurts when touched. Feels broke?

Last 2 mornings woken up with pain on the top side of my hand from my wrist to my ring finger, hard to grip things and hurts when touched. Feels broke?

Handy Helper: When we sleep it's possible that we sleep so deeply that we fail to move periodically. This can result in prolonged compression of nerves in our extremities. When this happens we wake with pain and discomfort in the involved limb which usually resolves upon waking. If this repeatedly occurs the problem can worsen. Occasionally night splints can help like those worn for the wrist for carpal tunnel.

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay Dr. Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
17 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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I got a holter test done came back that my heart was adding beats and I feel my heart beating on my back when laying down and I can see my pulse on top of my wrist is this dangerous?

I got a holter test done came back that my heart was adding beats and I feel my heart beating on my back when laying down and I can see my pulse on top of my wrist is this dangerous?

Depends on rhythms: It all depends on what the Holter says. Did your symptoms (back heart beat and wrist pulse) correlate with an abnormal rhythm on the Holter? (Hopefully you kept a symptom. Diary when wearing the Holter) If the underlying rhythm I'd dangerous (VTACH or other) then a Cardiologist consult is needed. If the underlying rhythm is aberrant it could still be benign (atrial tach or atrial flutter). TTYD.