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Avid swimmer, left leg amputee, have extreme numbness in hand from thumb to middle while in water. What can be done?

Good morning from Cape Town, I m a 57yr old female who loves open swimming. I breathe predominantly to the right but do breathe left every other stroke . I m a left leg amputee so somehow I roll to the right by default. My problem is extreme numbness in my right hand from the thumb to middle finger after about 15minutes in the water. Very diconcerting. When training I can stop and shake my hand to get the feeling back but in open water I just keep going and hope for the best!!! Ta. Maura
Asked On : Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

Your symptoms are most probably due to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). In CTS, the median nerve gets compressed at the level of wrist, before it enters the hand. This can lead to numbness in thing to middle finger, associated with tingling and pain.

The diagnosis can be confirmed by doing nerve conduction studies.

There are good treatments available for treating this condition.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Sun, 15 Dec 2013
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