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Swelling, soreness in right hand, unable to extend fingers, twitching, numbness in arm. Causes and treatment?

I woke up yesterday and my right hand was swollen and sore. my ring and pinky fingers where curled and i could not extend my fingers all the way,every little bit a sharp pain will go from my wrist to my sholder. a few hours after getting up i could no longer move my pinky finger but it would twitch, and my hand would start tingling then go numb for a few min. today the only diffrence is i can move my pinky again. i do not have insurance and dont want to go to the hospital inless absolutly nessasry. so my question is what could have caused this and should i go to the hospital?
Asked On : Wed, 18 Jul 2012
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Hi the symptoms you are mentioning suggests compression of the ulnar nerve(neurovascular bundle). It may due to any external while sleeping or internal compression. Just examine your arm if you are tying any tight thread or remove any hard substances near you while sleeping that can cause compression of your nerve. It may relieve your symptoms. If there is any hard /soft swelling in arm do visit your doctor for further evaluation.
Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help. Thanks get well soon.
Answered: Wed, 18 Jul 2012
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