A Soft Lump On The Inner Part Of My Wrist. Is It Carpal Tunnel?

by Arianne

My wrist usually has a soft lump on the inner part. Is that carpal tunnel? Usually this happens when i lift heavy objects.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Arianne.

I definitely need more information....

1. Where exactly is the lump?

2. How big is the lump?

3. Is the lump constant, or does it come and go?\

4. Do you have any Carpal Tunnel Symptoms or a history of Tendonitis?

5. Does the lump ONLY show up when lifting something heavy?

6. Is is a hard bump like a nodule, or a swelling like from inflammation?

The more details the better.

-Generally-, lumps are a separate issue from Carpal Tunnel, but you can have both.

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Aug 25, 2017
I have a thumb size lump on my left side wrist
by: Anonymous

It's on the inner side it comes an gos only when I bend it.

Jul 15, 2017
Soft dime sized bump
by: Anonymous

On my left wrist, left side. I have a small soft bump, not painful. About the size of a dime. On the palm side. Any idea?


Joshua Comments:


Ganglion cyst?

Sep 26, 2012
i have 3 bumps on inner wrist
by: Anonymous

i have two small little bumps and one bigger then the other two. They are soft to the touch. I know it isn't a cyst because I have one on the other wrist at the top and my doctor said other then slamming a phone book on it, it should be fine.For these little soft bumps i did go to the ER because it was very painful to move my wrist. the PA on duty said it was tendenitis and gave me a splint to wear for 8 weeks.

the pain was gone after only a couple of days however the bumps are still there. I don't think it is tendenitis. I have no idea what it could be however. I am a bit worried, any thoughts?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonylump.

So the doctor said they aren't cysts? Ok good.

Are they on the tendon, or not on the tendon?

Are they hard or soft?

Jun 10, 2010
A Soft Lump On The Inner Part Of My Wrist. Is It Carpal Tunnel?
by: Anonymous

well....it comes and goes.

the lump is a little smaller than a normal size grape =P

the lump is not soft and not hard...it def hurts tho when i move my index, middle, ring finger but mostly my thumb.

(side to side specially if i move my wrist backwards)


Joshua Comments:

Hmm, that's sizeable, but not horribly uncommon.

Assuming a doctor has ruled out something like tumor, it's probably just a 'lipoma', which is a benign fatty tumor that shows up in locations where there is stress on the tissue, the wrist being one of them.

Surgery may be a good option to cut it out, but it's very common for it to grow again once it's been removed.

It makes sense that it is causing pain, as it is constricting connective tissue, and being an irritant/inflammatory agent in general.

So it's a balance of how much trouble is it causing, and is it worth the trauma of surgery for the potentially temporary benefit.

Could be a cyst too. Topical iodine can be VERY beneficial for those, just put on them/on the skin.

It's worth it to find out what exactly that there lump is.

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