A member asked:

My middle finger hurts, swollen and numb. it hurts when i'm not even moving it. x ray came back okay., now my whole right hand is swollen. ?

7 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Infection? Gout?: Time to look for other things that may not be seen on an xray. Your doctor was probably looking for any small fracture that could be causing the pain. Have you had any fevers? Redness? Recent cuts or abrasions around the finger? Consider that your symptoms may be from an infection. Gout is another possibility. Make sure you followup with your doctor and good luck!

Answered 12/20/2012


Dr. Edward Hellman answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Be seen: I would certainly be seen immediately. Infection along the flexor tendon sheath would be just one if a number of potential conditions that would need to be ruled out.

Answered 1/7/2019



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