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Friday, November 21, 2008 Frances Barry, Community Member, asks

Q: Severe pain, numbness in right hand

For the past week, I've been awakened in the middle of the night by excruciating pain in the three fingers (no thumb or pinky problems) of my right hand. At the same time, these fingers are numb. The episodes last for 45-60 minutes. Then two nights ago, I started to see swelling  beneath and between the pointer and the index fingers.  Those same right fingers tingle and/or go numb throughout the day. For the past three days I have dropped various items on the floor. 

I asked my primary doctor about it and she referred me to an orthopedic MD. I haven't seen him yet. Any help you can offer in the meantime would be wonderful!

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Joni, Community Member
11/21/08 7:35pm

Possibly Carpal Tunnel... if pain goes into interior side of wrist most likely then.  If not I'd look more toward spinal column issue or nerve disease.  Good luck @ Ortho

TactileVisions, Community Member
11/21/08 1:14pm

Those are to the best of my knowledge and personal experience, symptoms of nerve problems caused by the cervical spine. I hope you find relief soon.

Amy Tudor, Editor
7/19/14 4:03am

Hi there, Frances -


I'm sure you've had this seen to by now, but I was reading through your question and wondered if your problem had turned out to be nerve impingement or something like Raynaud's Syndrome, which can affect the fingers in a similar way to what you're describing? It sounds like a very frustrating thing to deal with, particularly since it was waking you up at night. What did the doctors say was the problem?


Here are some other links that you might find helpful, by the way.  Good luck to you and I wish you good health!


What Can Be Done About Nerve Pain?

How to Use Tylenol Responsibly

Using Mindfulness Meditation to Alleviate Physical Pain



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By Frances Barry, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/10/14, First Published: 11/21/08