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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?

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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Wrist Pain (Definition)

Pain coming from the wrist. In general, the wrist is described as including the radial-carpal joint, the radial-ulnar joint, the joints between the eight carpal bones, and the joints between the carpal bones and the five metacarpal bones. Wrist pain can be caused from traumatic, degenerative, vascular, and inflammatory causes ...Read more


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Wrist pain that shoots up arms on outside of forearm, and sharp pain on inside of elbow. Fingers curling towards palm. I'm a 17, been in pain 4 weeks?

Wrist pain that shoots up arms on outside of forearm, and sharp pain on inside of elbow. Fingers curling towards palm. I'm a 17, been in pain 4 weeks?

Neuro check by Dr: Your history will help with the diagnosis by your doctor. S/he can only do this through a physical exam, and a neurological check, and possible imaging to confirm your diagnosis. You may need further work up. Also refrain from doing any computer work at this time, or it may make it feel worse. They will advise what type of hand splints to wear to reduce curling of fingers. Call your doctor today. ...Read more

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What could be causing me to have periods of sharp pain in my lower right arm just below my elbow the radiates almost to my wrist. Pain last only secs?

What could be causing me to have periods of sharp pain in my lower right arm just below my elbow the radiates almost to my wrist. Pain last only secs?

Tendinitis: Hard to say w/o examination but it sounds like you might have tendinitis. An examination could quickly differentiate between tendinitis and a peripheral nerve 'pinching' @your elbow or other problems. See an orthopedic surgeon if your pain continues or increases in severity. Good luck! ...Read more

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Sharp pain in wrist, travels up my hand into first 2 knuckles. Last night hand swelled up, slight burning sensasion when swelled. Any idea?

Sharp pain in wrist, travels up my hand into first 2 knuckles. Last night hand swelled up, slight burning sensasion when swelled. Any idea?

Repetitive wrist motion: Can cause this, similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. Often if you're typing a lot, doing hours of computer work, or playing piano or an instrument for hours, you can tighten these areas in the midback, and shoulders where the the arm is receiving innervation from the cervical/thoracic nerve roots. That can cause your wrists to swell, if the nerve is inflamed, necessitating splints. See a doctor (DO). ...Read more

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Radial artery occlusion. What would cause sharp pain in wrist, elbow and shoulder.

Immediately: Ischemia of some of the tissue including he local nerves. There are good collaterals in the arm and forearm. Concern is embolism with branch occlusions. Surgically we take the whole radial, artery out and people do fine if we have tested-allen's test/ and doppler study in advance. Chronically one may have inadequate collateral. Why did it happen. ...Read more

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Left wrist pain for a few months. No injury or numbness/tingling. Full range of motion, but sharp pain wen lifting and hurts randomly.?

Left wrist pain for a few months. No injury or numbness/tingling. Full range of motion, but sharp pain wen lifting and hurts randomly.?

Hand exam, x rays: The wrist has many bones and ligaments and can be injured acutely or by wear and tear or have tumors. A hand surgeon will take a detailed history, do a careful physical exam, and order plain x rays. Additional x rays often used are MRI for soft tissue evaluation and CT scan for bones. Hand therapy may be needed and splints, meds, injections, and then arthroscopic or open surgery to gain power grip ...Read more

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My left wrist pain doesn't go away after a month. Don't remb any trauma to it. Only hurts (sharp pain)when I bend my hand backwards/supp weight wif palm?

My left wrist pain doesn't go away after a month. Don't remb any trauma to it. Only hurts (sharp pain)when I bend my hand backwards/supp weight wif palm?

Wrist sprain: Sounds as though you likely have a wrist sprain. Although fractures initially, if minor trauma, may look benign in nature and the swelling and bruising may develop over the following hours. Something to keep an eye on and if worsens quickly, see your local doctor. ...Read more

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Persistant pain in wrist, difficulty gripping and bending wrist, sharp pain when resting regular cramps in fingers and toes aching ankles?

Persistant pain in wrist, difficulty gripping and bending wrist, sharp pain when resting regular cramps in fingers and toes aching ankles?

Mult possibilities: Possibilities are multiple. Wrist pain with difficulty bending/gripping could be due to tendonitis, arthritis, or other. Multiple joint involvement (wrist, toes, ankles) may be some type of arthritis. See your doctor for an exam and diagnostic testing if needed (lab work, xrays). ...Read more

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Sharp pain in forearm, only hurts when I lift something or try to bend my wrist back. I feel the pain on the top of my arm, in between the bones.

Sharp pain in forearm, only hurts when I lift something or try to bend my wrist back. I feel the pain on the top of my arm, in between the bones.

Lateral epicondyliti: There are several possibilities, but among the more common is lateral rpicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow. It invest an inflammation or even a tear in the extensor tendons to the wrist. Treatment can include ice, NSAIDs, a counter force brace; or if it does not respond, a cortisone shot will often take care of it. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Joint pain in different areas of my body. Right wrist, left forearm, right ankle. About 6 weeks ago I noticed that my right wrist felt sore a sharp pain located at the top. The pain spread to my small finger and up on my arm. Last week my right ankle star

With: With multiple joint problems that have spanned years, you may be developing some kind of arthritic condition. The other thing that comes to mind is lime disease, or some sort of infection from an insect bite. Your best starting point is your primary care physician, who can order blood tests and get x-rays of these painful joints, and perhaps then refer you to a rheumatologist (in the case of an arthritic condition) or an infectious diseases specialist (in the case of an insect bite that caused an infection). ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in my right arm from my shoulder to my wrist. What is causing this?

I have a sharp pain in my right arm from my shoulder to my wrist. What is causing this?

Radiculopathy?: This could be a nerve being compressed in the neck or even referred pain from the shoulder. These symptoms often resolve in time but if no better with otc meds after a week or so then get checked out by your pcp. A trial of physical therapy may help. If there is weakness of the arm then a MRI may be needed. ...Read more

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I get a sharp pain that runs from my right wrist up to my elbow that goes away after a few minutes. No past injuries; didn't hit my arm. What is it?

I get a sharp pain that runs from my right wrist up to my elbow that goes away after a few minutes. No past injuries; didn't hit my arm. What is it?

Carpal tunnel: Your symptoms could indicate carpal tunnel. If you do alot of typing, writing or anything that entails alot of wrist/ elbow movement then it is a possibility. You can try to use wrist brace and see if that helps. These days xbox, ps3, txt msging on small phone screens can all cause it.. ...Read more

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I have very sharp pain in my right wrist and numbness in a wide area around the wrist. Extreme pain when I extend my arm. Been going on several days.

I have very sharp pain in my right wrist and numbness in a wide area around the wrist. Extreme pain when I extend my arm. Been going on several days.

Carpal tunnel synd.?: Depending on your life style and work habits, you may be experiencing the pain and discomfort associated with carpal tunnel syndrome? you should get examined by your regular doctor who can get basic X-rays, other work up and give you treatment you need to control the pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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I sometimes get a sharp pain in my chest that goes down my left arm to my wrist. Gets worse when I inhale. Thoughts?

Broad Topic: Best thing you can do is see your doctor. There are too many factors to consider in order to decide whether a full work up is indicated or just supportive care. A couple of things you should think about and perhaps bring to the attention of your doctor are: Have you started any new medications or change any dosages? Do the symptoms occur in any specific situations? ...Read more

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Sudden, severe sharp pain, spasms in my entire right arm. Pain began in neck, then traveled down shoulder, down to wrist. Arm pulsates with pain. Help?

Sudden, severe sharp pain, spasms in my entire right arm. Pain began in neck, then traveled down shoulder, down to wrist. Arm pulsates with pain. Help?

Sounds like: Nerve irritation or injury that could be coming from your neck seem a very likely explanation for these symptoms. Assessing if neck position change the symptoms might help. A good neurological history and competent examination should sort this out. The pulsating might also suggest a vascular contribution though that can be a pain associated with nerve compression as well. ...Read more

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