Hello, I noticed for the past few weeks I have pain on the outer part of my forearm from right above my wrist a few inches to about halfway down my hand. It isn't a deep pain, more like the skin is sensitive almost feels like it is burned.Iit is only on my right side which is my dominant hand and I am a computer user almost all day. Doesn't hurt to pick up anything or move my wrist around. Any ideas? Maybe carpal tunnel?
First, the location of your symptoms on your wrist and forearm eliminate the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome.
One possibility is that by resting your elbow and forearm on a desk or workstation, your ulnar nerve is being compressed and is inflamed. The ulnar nerve tracks very close to the surface of the skin at the elbow and is easily compressed when resting the elbow on a hard surface.
You can google for "ulnar nerve" (using the image tab) to view a picture or drawing of the anatomical distribution of the ulnar nerve. Often times, the 4th and 5th fingers become a little numb when the ulnar nerve is injured or inflamed.
The best way to improve your symptoms is to first, avoid resting your elbow on hard surfaces; second, confirm the diagnosis by being seen by a healthcare provider.
If the nerve is injured or inflamed, it may be weeks before your symptoms are completely resolved. Nerves heal very slowly.
~•~ Dr. Parks
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