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A 18-year-old female asked:

I took a cpr class today & we were doing chest compressions all day. now my left hand is swollen & my left arm is starting to hurt. is this okay?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Trauma: It sounds like you may have strained one of your muscles or ligaments. If this is the case, resting the area should help. CPR, if done properly, should not cause the administrator any pain.
Dr. Paul Skudder
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
Venous thrombosis?: A few people will get a swollen, sore arm after exercising the arm and shoulder, especially if the exercise is unusual for them. This can result from formation of a clot in the veins near the shoulder (known as "effort thrombosis" or "Paget Shroetter Syndrome"). If your symptoms are troublesome, your doctor may wish to order an ultraosound test.

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