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I'm having wrist pain that comes and goes. It's a sharp pain

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I'm having wrist pain that comes and goes. It's a sharp pain from movement that radiates from my wrist toward my thumb and index finger. This is the 3rd occurrence in 3 months. No preceding injury.
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Customer: It usually lasts a few days. This is the 3rd day for this occurrence. Keeping my wrist stationary makes it better. Twisting or rolling motions make it worse.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Nadim Al-Mubarak replied 1 year ago.

Hi there

  • The most likely cause would be "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome of CTS", caused by pressures on the median nerve that runs in the middle of the wrist. Mostly observed in people who have work-related repetitive hand movement for long time.
  • It is also accompanied with numberless and tingling
  • Symptoms improve when the hand/wrist is rested, stationary.
  • Wearing wrist splint (OTC) at night helps improve symptoms.
  • Surgery, relatively minor, is very effective treatment
  • Other less likley reason is arthritis of the wrist

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