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I have severe pain in my left (not dominant) wrist..

If I press the center of my wrist it hurts through to the other side. I can not rotate my wrist in either direction. The pain is severe and shoots up to elbow. There is numbness in the fingers is no redness or swelling. There has been no injury or repetitive motion. I went to urgent care and they said it was gout, but there is no redness and I do not eat the foods in the list of foods to avoid. It also started quite suddenly, first with stiffness and discomfort and quickly escalating to excruciating pain.
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363281 tn?1590104173
Hello~It sounds like it could be a carpal tunnel issue.  The symptoms are usually found along the nerve path because of compression of the median nerve. Your hand may “fall asleep” frequently and drop objects. Other symptoms include:
numbness, tingling, and pain in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand
pain and burning that travels up your arm
wrist pain at night that interferes with sleep
weakness in the muscles of the hand

Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome depends on how severe your pain and symptoms are and if there is weakness. In 2008, the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons released guidelines for the effective treatment of carpal tunnel. The recommendation was to try to manage carpal tunnel pain without surgery, if possible.

Nonsurgical options include:
avoiding positions that overextend your wrist
wrist splints that hold your hand in a neutral position, especially at night
mild pain medication and medications to reduce inflammation
treatment of any underlying conditions you may have, such as diabetes or arthritis
steroid injections into your carpal tunnel area to reduce inflammation

Surgery may be necessary if there’s severe damage to your median nerve. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome involves cutting the band of tissue in the wrist that crosses the median nerve so as to lessen the pressure on your nerve. Factors that determine success or failure are age of the patient, duration of symptoms, diabetes mellitus, and if there is weakness (which usually is a late sign). The outcome is usually good.
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