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Can swollen elbow or wrist joints cause restricted blood flow to the hands?

Can swollen elbow or wrist joints cause restricted blood flow to the hands?

Typically not: Swollen joints do not typically restrict blood flow to areas beyond the swollen joint. However, symptoms of nerves being "pinched" are typical. ...Read more

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1 dr said no breaks but my hand still hurts and from hand to elbow swollen for 2 weeks now. Pain from below pinky to wrist.

1 dr said no breaks but my hand still hurts and from hand to elbow swollen for 2 weeks now. Pain from below pinky to wrist.

Need more info: How did you injure it. Is there any bruising?? The swelling is NOT normal and a repeat x ray or advanced imaging CT/MRI might very well be indicated! Hope this helps! DrZ ...Read more

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0 answers: i dislocated my elbow last sat & now my hand is getting really swollen, with a bluish tinge. Is this normal? I can feel my fingers, but it's difficult to bend my wrist up because my hand is so fat. It's 1:30am in the morning. How serious is th

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i dislocated my elbow last sat & now my hand is getting really swollen, with a bluish tinge. Is this normal? I can feel my fingers, but it's difficult to bend my wrist up because my hand is so fat. It's 1:30am in the morning. How serious is th

Hello, : Hello, i don't know if you had your elbow treated or not. I would be concerned that there may be some vascular issue which is preventing fluids from draining from your hand. I do recommend that this be evaluated. ...Read more

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I dislocated my elbow last saturday and now my hand is getting really swollen, with a bluish tinge. I can feel my fingers, but it's difficult to bend my wrist up because my hand is so fat. It's 1:30am in the morning. How serious is this? Should i go to th

I dislocated my elbow last saturday and now my hand is getting really swollen, with a bluish tinge. I can feel my fingers, but it's difficult to bend my wrist up because my hand is so fat. It's 1:30am in the morning. How serious is this? Should i go to th

The : The most important concern is circulation. An elbow dislocation disrupts a lot of ligaments around the elbow. However, there are major blood vessels that cross the elbow, too, which can be pinched, bruised, or partially torn (called an "intimal tear" for the inner lining of the vessel), causing decreased blood flow to the hand. There are a lot of criss-crossing vessels (collateral circulation) to supplement bloodflow, so major injuries may not be obvious. While some swelling and bruising are expected after an injury like this, your hand should have normal feeling and be warm like the other hand. If you check your pulses at each wrist, they should feel about the same. The swelling should go down with elevation. I assume you mean it has been a week since your injury. While a vascular injury is less likely to show up at this point, clots can still happen. If you have any signs of poor circulation, go to the nearest emergency room! otherwise, call your physician to be seen today. ...Read more

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The other day I got my blood drawn from my inner elbow, right after I experience bruising on my wrist and on top of my hand,is it normal??

The other day I got my blood drawn from my inner elbow, right after I experience bruising on my wrist and on top of my hand,is it normal??

Arterial puncture?: This is unusual. Was it an arterial blood draw, e.g. for blood gases" test to check heart of lung problem? If not, I wonder about a mistaken draw from artery instead of a vein. If so, it probably isn't harmful. Still, you might want to see your doctor. If s/he agrees it might have been an arterial puncture by mistake, the person who drew your blood (or his or her supervisor) would want to know. ...Read more

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Hurt my wrist waiting 2 weeks xrays , 4 days later experiencing elbow pain and forearm and some shoulder pain swollen hand.. What could this mean?

Hurt my wrist waiting 2 weeks xrays , 4 days later experiencing elbow pain and forearm and some shoulder pain swollen hand.. What could this mean?

Need doctor's advice: It is not clear as to the injury but the wrist can be the starting point and the swelling can occur from limited use. Need to be evaluated for the entire arm and see if xrays are necessary and best treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hand is swollen, painful, sometimes much colder than the rest of body. I also have pains shooting from little finger almost to elbow. Wrist hurts too.

Hand is swollen, painful, sometimes much colder than the rest of body.  I also have pains shooting from little finger almost to elbow. Wrist hurts too.

See doctor ASAP: The coldness of the hand and the pain are worrisome for a blood clot or narrowing of one of the arteries either problem can be very serious. Sometimes, nerve entrapment or spasm in a blood vessel can do this. Get it checked out soon. ...Read more

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