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I'm not even sure if this is the proper board in which to post my question, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

This past weekend (4 days ago to be exact) I was icing some Christmas cookies, using a *very* difficult icing pump which required me to press down on the metal pumper so hard that my hand started to turn red. I only used this presser for about 5 minutes or so when my hand started to hurt so badly that I was forced to stop. I had been pressing the pump as hard as I could between my thumb and forefinger on my right hand.

After releasing the pump I immediately realized that I couldn't feel most of my thumb except for a horrible "pins & needles" prickly sensation. I waited a few hours thinking it would eventually go away on its own, but have woken up the past 4 days straight without ever regaining normal feeling in the thumb and I have no idea what's happened to me. The prickly sensation is concentrated on the pad of my thumb whre you would rest a pen when you write, but the feeling of numbness extends down towards the stem to my hand. I have noticed also that there is a very raw nerve in the underside middle of the stem of this finger, exactly where I was pressing against the pump. If I happen to touch this spot the pins and needles sensations seems to explode as if I were hitting my funny bone.

Strangely, although the numbness has been constant, there were 2 instances in the past 48 hours where I suddenly regained normal feeling in the thumb, though it only lasted about 30 seconds or so and then right back to the prickly sensation.

I cannot afford to run to a doctor at the moment, so does anyone know what might be causing this, and if I might have permanent damage?

Any help would be so appreciated..I'm an artist and I'm worried!

Thank you...
Dolly Sanchi[/QUOTE]

I have Radial nerve compression from sleeping in a reclining chair...sometimes a strong or constant pressure in just the right (or should I say wrong) place is just enough to cause some temporary damage to the nerve. Yours should probably regenerate itself quickly, but may take some time.
My hand is almost completely limp, but my Dr. is confident that it will heal in 2-8 months.
Take care!

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