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My thumb became a bit numb after using crutches for a fall

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My thumb became a bit numb after using crutches for a fall months ago. Crutches abandoned but thumb still tingling. Woke up a couple of days ago with paraesthesia of 3rd and 4th fingers on same hand. Now having difficulty holding a pen and cutlery..
Both hands are affected by inflamatory osteoarthritis.

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Sorry to hear about this

It seems like a carpal tunnel syndrome

There is a compression of median nerve which lead to numbness and paraesthesia

If non-steroidal anti inflammatory and physical therapy is not working you should have a local steroid injection

Osteoarthritis can cause pain but numbness usually indicate a trapped nerve

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. I've been taking NSAID for years for my osteoarthritis. It was a shock to struggle to cut my food this lunchtime!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Paraesthesia follows my ulnar nerve and not median nerve. Think carpal tunnel syndrome is wrong.

In that case you should have a nerve conduction study and an evaluation of cervical spine