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4 Potential Sharp Wrist Pain Causes

  1. 1.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Non - Specific Wrist Pain

    Wrist pain is common. Repetitive motion can damage your wrist. Everyday activities like typing, racquet sports or sewing can cause pain, or even carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes, wrist pain doesn't identify with a single process.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one wrist, spontaneous wrist pain
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific wrist pain:
    pain in one wrist
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific wrist pain:
    severe wrist pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway filled with ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually, and as they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

    Recovery time varies depending on treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, weakness in one hand, pain in both hands
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Wrist Sprain

    A wrist sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the wrist. A mild sprain involves just stretching of the ligaments while more severe sprains can tear the ligaments.

    2 weeks

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    wrist injury, wrist pain, wrist pain from an injury, swollen wrist, pain in the back of the wrist
    Symptoms that always occur with wrist sprain:
    wrist injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Sharp Wrist Pain

  • Q.About your [shoulder], do you notice any of the following?
  • Q.About your [forearm], do you notice:
  • Q.Is your wrist pain worse when holding something?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Sharp Wrist Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced sharp wrist pain have also experienced:

    • 14% Moderate Wrist Pain
    • 12% Wrist Pain
    • 6% Hand Tingling
  • People who have experienced sharp wrist pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 20% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced sharp wrist pain were most often matched with:

    • 51% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • 31% Non - Specific Wrist Pain
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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