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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help u?
User :   Hi - i have been waking up with one or both hands numb - usually pinky and ring finger - sometimes whole hand
User :   i play guitar a lot and use the computer often - is this probably carpal tunnell?
Doctor :   For Health purposes please provide these: Age, Gender, Location, Occupation, Marital status,
User :   39, male, minister, married
Doctor :   Do you smoke or chew tobacco/drink alcohol/Any illicit drugs/ betel nut chewing? If yes how much/how often and how long you have?
User :   none of the above\
Doctor :   Do you have Allergies / Diabetes / Thyroid problem / High Blood pressure/Heart disease/ Asthma etc
User :   not that i know of
Doctor :   Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common, painful disorder of the wrist and the hand.
Doctor :   Carpal tunnel syndrome becomes worse with excessive use of the wrist, as with repetitive movements in some occupations or athletic activities.
Doctor :   but in the case where the carpal tunnel contents may be swollen, the patient can experience a sensation of â??pins and needles,â?? numbness and aching in the fingers, wrist and arm due to increased pressure on the median nerve.
User :   does the wring/pinky indicate some kind of ulnar nerve damage?
Doctor :   The symptoms include:
User :   ...
Doctor :   * pain, numbness, or tingling in the hand and wrist, especially in the thumb, index and middle fingers
* increased pain with increased use of the hand, such as while driving or reading the newspaper
* increased pain at night
* weak grip and tendency to drop objects held in the hand
* sensitivity to cold
* muscle weakness
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