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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

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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How do I fix a pinched nerve in my thumb?

How do I fix a pinched nerve in my thumb?

Where is it pinched?: If the nerve is pinched in your neck, you get treatment for your neck. If its pinched in your wrist, like carpal tunnel syndrome, get treatment at the wrist. A physiatrist or neurologist trained in emgs can easily tell you where the problem is coming from and then how best to treat it. ...Read more

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Numbness in thumb tip pinched nerve ?

Numbness in thumb tip pinched nerve ?

Thumb numbness: Thumb numbness could be a from a "pinched nerve" in your neck, typically the c6 nerve root. However, most people also have varying degrees of pain, weakness, or tingling accompanying the numbness. However, I have seen patients in my practice with just numbness alone. ...Read more

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Torqued many small caps with my thumb and pointer finger 1 month ago. Right side of thumb feels odd. Might of pinched nerve. It be better in time?

Torqued many small caps with my thumb and pointer finger 1 month ago.  Right side of thumb feels odd.  Might of pinched nerve.  It be better in time?

Thumb injury: A detailed history & physical exam often allows a physician to make the correct diagnosis. Repetitive activity including twisting & torquing may cause injury to the ligaments & tendons of the thumb such as de quervain tenosynovitis & ulnar collateral ligament injury. These conditions are often accompanied by pain during certain motions of the thumb. Unresolved symptoms should be evaluated by a dr. ...Read more

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My right thumb is numb on the left side. If I move it in a certain way I get what feels like an electric shock in my thumb, Is that a pinched nerve.

Could be: The symptoms you are talking about suggest a small nerve branch that is pinched on the side of your thumb. These do not sound like much to worry about. Give it some time. Most often this symptom is caused by a mild injury to the nerve in the thumb that heals in 1-2 weeks. If your symptoms last longer than it would be appropriate to have more evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when i get a weird pain in thumb that travels up my arm it is a weird sensation.. Pinched nerve maybe? I fell on back multiple times

What does it mean when i get a weird pain in thumb that travels up my arm it is a weird sensation.. Pinched nerve maybe? I fell on back multiple times

Cervical disk?: Pain that extends up or down the arm might be due to a cervical disk with compression. The history of falls is also consistent with this. I would get an MRI and start with conservative treatment. Physiotherapy and nsaids work well and often alleviate the discomfort. If ther is any weakness in the arm a consultation with a spine surgeon is recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. said pinched nerve was causing numbness in thumb and pain up and down arm. More pronounced with computer work. suspect carpal tunnel. Difference?

Dr. said pinched nerve was causing numbness in thumb and pain up and down arm. More pronounced with computer work. suspect carpal tunnel. Difference?

C6 radiculopathy: Although carpal tunnel can clearly affect function and feeling of the thumb causing radiating pain up the limb as well- the MOST common neurological phenomenon seen as isolated THUMB symptoms (whether pain or numbness) with pain radiating up limb would be a C6 radiculopathy. Tell me what the EMG/NCV study shows. Wanna chat? Write me at: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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Hurts to bend wrist towards thumb, & can't move it far. Due to de quervain's, pinched nerves, or something else? What are the signs to go to DR?

Hurts to bend wrist towards thumb, & can't move it far. Due to de quervain's, pinched nerves, or something else? What are the signs to go to DR?

Persistent?: If it doesn't improve in 2 weeks with OTC pain meds and immobilization, go to see your doctor or an orthopedist. Look at the medical supply store for a 'thumb-spica' splint that's velcro and can come off and on. It may help. De Quervain's is a real possibility. ...Read more

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My thumb has been spasming (not a light tic) all day down to the webbing. Never happened before. No pinched nerves or hyper/hypo calcemia. Any idea?

My thumb has been spasming (not a light tic) all day down to the webbing.  Never happened before.  No pinched nerves or hyper/hypo calcemia. Any idea?

Irritation: This kind of situation, a muscle spasm, is not uncommon. An irritation of the nerve supplying the involved muscle (not necessarily a pinched nerve), trauma to or over use of the involved muscle, transient disruption of the normal electrolyte movement into and out of the muscle cells, and electrolyte deficiency like low potassium and or magnesium. Keep the hand warm, rest the thumb and Gatorade. ...Read more

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I was typing on my ipad when suddenly i felt that my left thumb was slowing down drastically. I also have ulnar nerve compression. What could cause i.

I was typing on my ipad when suddenly i felt that my left thumb was slowing down drastically. I also have ulnar nerve compression. What could cause i.

Steve Jobs syndrome: Ulnar nerve entrapment or compression tends to initially have more sensory symptoms as opposed to motor symptoms. The ulnar nerve supplies or innervates many of the hand muscles including some of the muscles involved in control of the thumb (e.g. Adductor pollicis muscle). This may have caused the symptoms described. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on left thumb & wrist & spread to forearm which makes it feel very heavy and numb occur most night.Is it carpal tunnel or nerve compression?

Could be CTS: It sounds like it could be carpal tunnel syndrome (cts)which is a type of nerve compression, but this will often affect other fingers rather than just the thumb. Is it on the lateral or outside of the thumb? It could be a tenosynovitis as well. If you look up a test called a finklestein test, you can check yourself and see if its that. If you have neck pain, it could also be a radiculitis. ...Read more

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Is it possible for pinched nerve to cause hand swell?

Pinched nerve: Having a pinched nerve can cause pain in the hand but does not usually cause swelling in the hand. ...Read more

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How can I increase my strength in my hand after a pinched nerve in my neck?

How can I increase my strength in my hand after a pinched nerve in my neck?

Exercise: Start with a rubber ball that can fit in your palm. Keep squeezing that to initially build hand strength. (been there done that). ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause numbness in your hand and forearm?

Can a pinched nerve cause numbness in your hand and forearm?

Sure it can: Depending on the location and severity of the impingement, a pinched nerve in your neck can certainly cause symptoms along its path--as seen example picture here. A pinched/trapped nerve at the elbow behind your funny bone can do so as well, so is carpal tunnel syndrome. If symptoms bothersome, consult doc for evaluation/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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When I touch something hot with my rt hand (pizza slice), the burning feels amplified, left hand normal. Could this be pinched nerve, or worse?

When I touch something hot with my rt hand (pizza slice), the burning feels amplified, left hand normal. Could this be pinched nerve, or worse?

Stop!: Sensations may change as a result of 'pinched nerves' but it's not likely that this would be the only or main symptom. Certainly, don't catastrophize to even worse!! If you are right-handed and the variance is not extreme - you might just be more tuned-in to that hand's signals. If you suffered a recent spinal injury that prompted this concern - have an exam. ...Read more

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If I have pain from my neck to my hand, is it a muscle/tendon problem or a pinched nerve?

If I have pain from my neck to my hand, is it a muscle/tendon problem or a pinched nerve?

Most likely nerve: Can't give exact answer due to lack of detail, but either a spinal nerve is likely involved or the radial or ulnar nerves.You can, however, have ligament injuries which can refer pain down the arm.Only way to be sure is get a good history & physical exam, incl possibly osteopathic hands-on exam to determine cause.Treatment could be as simple as manipulation or prolotherapy.Disc inj more difficult. ...Read more