A member asked:

My mom's been having a lot of shoulder pains on her right arm followed by a swollen hand, mostly on the palm and fingers. what could it be?

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Dr. Amogh Sahai answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

First of all, I need to know whether any history of trauma. There are several conditions that can cause shoulder pain with hand swelling. One of the possibilities to consider is CRPS/RSD and this usually causes discomfort with hot or cold weather and patients wont tolerate even water from the shower falling on the hand. Other possibilities could be frozen shoulder, lymphedema. I need more info

Answered Mar 19, 2015



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Dr. John Feola answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

DVT=Blood Clot would cause unilateral arm pain and swelling. If your mom has this she needs prompt evaluation. A Doppler US or MRA OF RUE will define the anatomy. Other conditions to evaluate are LYMPHEDEMA/RSD(REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY). Also a full clotting W/U. She needs a prompt exam and through W/U.

Answered Mar 3, 2018



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