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Can you tell me which fingertips lost feeling? Did you notice any redness in the wrist at this time?
Those fingers are innervated by the median nerve, the same one involved in carpal tunnel syndrome. While not CTS, you may have had an acute median mononeuropathy from the swelling in the wrist compressing the median nerve as it passes through the narrow tunnel. The inflammation could have been triggered by repetitive strain or the initial flare of a medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or hypothyroidism.
If related to repetitive strain, resting the wrist and wearing a splint should make a big difference over the course of a few weeks. A phyical therapist or occupational therapist could help to determine what factors may be contributing to the problem and address them for you. To rule out a medical condition you would need blood test first, including a CRP (C-reactive protein), ESR (sed rate), RF (rheumatoid factor), CBC and thyroid levels. You might also need liver function tests and a hepatitis panel. If the blood tests fail to point to an etiology, and your symptoms do not resolve over the next few weeks with rest, it would be a good idea to consult with a rheumatologist.
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