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what to do if i just fractured my arm?

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Get to a doctor: or ER. Stabilization is key for fractures as it will help with pain and prevent any further damage. An X-ray can confirm if there is a fracture and treatment can be either casting , splinting or surgery depending on the fracture.

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Is it common to have a sore arm after donating blood a month ago?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: If you donated blood a month ago, you should not be having pain. This would most likely be from phlebitis or irritation to the vein. I would have someone take a look at this or call the facility that drew the blood.
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How can I avoid putting pressure on my arm and prevent breast lymphedema?

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Dr. James Isobe
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General care: Lymphedema of the arm is seen following breast procedures (axillary dissection, radiation), and avoiding putting pressure on the arm doesn't prevent the swelling. Avoid scratches, injury of the arm that can result in infection and further damage of the lymphatics. Seek help of a lymphedema trained physical therapist for specific advice.
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What can I expect if I go to the emergency room with a broken bone? Orthopedic treatment that night?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Probable referral: An xray will be able to tell 'the seriousness of the fracture' such as displacement or comminution. Displacement is when the bones are 'shifted' and less likely to heal. Communition is when there are 'extra fragments' . An orthopedic doctor will be called and follow-up arranged depending upon the seriousness.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

Why does my hands up to my elbow keep going numb and tingly. Also it seems to happen more when i'm driving and sleeping it wakes me up numerous times.?

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Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Pinched nerve: Pinched nerve at the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome) is a common cause for such symptoms. However other causes of peripheral neuropathy should be considered and ruled out by history, physical exam and some blood tests. Diabetes, thyroid disease and some medications are common causes. I suggest you discuss with your pcp.
A 24-year-old female asked:

24f my index and middle fingers from left hamd hurt. Dull achy pain that sometimes shoots up to forearm. What can this be? Hurt more when I bend them

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Dr. Ish Rawal
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Overuse and abuse r the most common cause at this age to cause the pain/ numbness. Try an ace wrap n also if u type a lot txt msging computer typing then cut that down. If no improvement then see ur doc.

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