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What could cause swelling on outside of left wrist, there is no pain and when I lift my arm up it goes away?

What could cause swelling on outside of left wrist, there is no pain and when I lift my arm up it goes away?

Cyst: There are many things that cause swellings but at the wrist, it would be most common to have a ganglionic cyst. Other possibilities are traumatic cyst, lymph node, etc. The only way to know for sure what it is is for you to have it examined and perhaps a test called MRI or ultrasound to image the lesion. I would have your physician look at it and evaluate it. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Severe pain and swelling in left wrist, X-ray reveals no fracture, so what else may be the causes?

Severe pain and swelling in left wrist, X-ray reveals no fracture, so what else may be the causes?

Many causes: Could be an infection, inflammatory problem, arthritis, or a torn cartilage. With severe pain, see a specialist. ...Read more

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Mom having a swelling on her left wrist. She also has a back pain. What may be the cause for this? She has had servical problems before.

Mom having a swelling on her left wrist. She also has a back pain. What may be the cause for this? She has had servical problems before.

Wrist, neck, back: These issues could be very different or the same the could be related by arthritis or one could be muscular and another the joint and the third from a discount disorder. Wrist swelling without reason needs to be worked up. Please have your mother see you primary care physician. ...Read more

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Severe pain in left wrist no swelling hurts to move it don't remeber ever hurting it?

Severe pain in left wrist no swelling hurts to move it don't remeber ever hurting it?

See a doctor: Please have your doctor check it out. It could be a form of arthritis, or possibly a ganglion cyst, but usually there is a lump which is painful with that condition. ...Read more

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Swelling and severe pain at IV site with limited mobility (located on top of left wrist). Swelling is hard and cool. What can I do to relieve this?

NSAIDs, rest, elevate: Iv site inflammation can be best treated by rest, elevation and nsaids. If concerned re: infection then topical or PO antibiotics can be used. See your pcp. ...Read more

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I have a cystic swelling back of left wrist and two days ago my arm pain, what should I do?

I have a cystic swelling back of left wrist and two days ago my arm pain, what should I do?

Infection: This could be something small like a tendinitis but could also be an infectious process or, less likely, a fracture. If you have severe pain, fever, chills or the arm is getting worse, it would be advisable to go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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I have pain/swelling in both hands on my first 2 fingers& left wrist is also hurting. Just in my wrist& first 2 fingers on both hands. What is that?

I have pain/swelling in both hands on my first 2 fingers& left wrist is also hurting. Just in my wrist& first 2 fingers on both hands. What is that?

Arthritis: Hi, your symptoms could be arthritis. The most common form is osteoarthritis, another common form is rheumatoid arthritis. Swelling and pain in the same joints on both hands is consistent with RA but the only way to be sure is to see your doctor for an exam and tests. The Mayo Clinic website has good info on both conditions to get you started. Good luck. ...Read more

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Stung by a wasp 15 hours ago on my left wrist. Pain is less and no swelling but feel chills and tired. Kinda like mild flu. Is this normal?

Stung by a wasp 15 hours ago on my left wrist. Pain is less and no swelling but feel chills and tired. Kinda like mild flu. Is this normal?

Wasp sting: It is not unusual to have vague symptoms with a venomous bite or sting. This should pass with time. Antihistamines to reduce the inflammatory response and symptoms treatment. ...Read more

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High CRP and westergren are both 49. In addition, I have pain and swelling at the base of my index fingers on both hands and my left wrist?

High CRP and westergren are both 49. In addition, I have pain and swelling at the base of my index fingers on both hands and my left wrist?

Need to investigate: Given your history of auto-immune diseases, what you described suggests rheumatoid arthritis. Please consult your doctor for additional tests and evaluation. ...Read more

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Every few years my 19 yr old daughter wakes up with massive bruises and swelling on her left wrist. (never injured to our knowledge. Break etc) why?

Every few years my 19 yr old daughter wakes up with massive bruises and swelling on her left wrist. (never injured to our knowledge. Break etc) why?

Difficult to say: She may be injuring herself in her sleep or having an injury during the day that she doesn't notice. She should be seen by a doctor if it happens again. ...Read more

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I have large bruising covering my left wrist and hand. Appearing out of nowhere when I woke up yesterday. No swelling or discomfort.

I have large bruising covering my left wrist and hand. Appearing out of nowhere when I woke up yesterday. No swelling or discomfort.

Broken vessel: Is the most likely cause at your age, but still question of whether you're bleeding abnormally due to another condition. You should see a clinic just to be sure. ...Read more

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Pain and swelling in my left wrist and palm numbing fingers severely traveling up left arm rapidly. Am 58, female, severely anemic, rheumatoid factor should be 1.40 is 175. This pain is so intense it hurts to breathe at times. My fingers are throbing yet

? Carpal tunnel?: There are a number of possibilities ranging from a pinched nerve in your neck to a compressed nerve in your wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome). With this combination of problems, you should be evaluated by your doctor who can refer you to the proper specialists. ...Read more

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Tree branch fell approx. 4 ft and hit head 5 days ago.  numb and bulging veins left arm, weak pulse left wrist. Slurring "s" words was amateur cage fighter pulled arm and chest muscle on left side 3 years ago, has swelling and feeling of pinched nerve und

Tree branch fell approx. 4 ft and hit head 5 days ago.  numb and bulging veins left arm, weak pulse left wrist. Slurring "s" words was amateur cage fighter pulled arm and chest muscle on left side 3 years ago, has swelling and feeling of pinched nerve und

Weak: Weak pulse and bulging veins in one limb could indicate a serious problem with the blood vessels in that region. Such problems, which include something called arterial dissection and something called venous thrombosis, could threaten the limb or your life. These sort of symptoms should be evaluated right away. Problems with the large arteries and veins in the neck or in a limb are usually first tested with an ultrasound, using a probe placed on the skin. There is usually no discomfort involved. ...Read more

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I have swelling in my left arm above the wrist to my elbow and my left leg below my knee, on the right side. What could cause this? Do I need to see

Exam needed: Swelling of the forearm is quite unusual unless there has been a recent injury causing bleeding inside the area. If no trauma then a blockage in a vein is suspected. Swelling in the lower leg could be due to poor vein valves or pheblitis. I recommend that your Physician see you for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Why does my left wrist hurt? What are possible causes?

Why does my left wrist hurt? What are possible causes?

Possible causes: There are many possible reasons for wrist pain including carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, ganglion cyst, fracture, sprain, strain, tendonitis and infection to name a few. ...Read more

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Recently I've been having a stabbing/sharp sensation on my left wrist a few times a day. What is the cause of such discomfort?

Recently I've been having a stabbing/sharp sensation on my left wrist a few times a day. What is the cause of such discomfort?

Need More Info: Is there history of trauma or injury? Is it your dominant hand? Any loss of motion, numbness, tingling or loss of strength? What makes it worse? What makes it better? You should likely get hands on examination by your physician to help determine the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Why would left wrist on 87 year old dad swell occasionally? Has happened 3 times and is always left side

Why would left wrist on 87 year old dad swell occasionally? Has happened 3 times and is always left side

MAny things: He may have a repetitive use injury of the left hand. He could have an old injury that flares up on occasion. There may be simple arthritis or even gout. ...Read more

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What causes a pinching type of discomfort in my left wrist. The vein gets hot and feels like something burned me.

What causes a pinching type of discomfort in my left wrist. The vein gets hot and feels like something burned me.

Hard to say: Could be a pinched nerve or circulation issue. Hard to say without a thorough history and exam. Was this trauma related, repetitive action related, longevity, duration, does it change over time??? See a Dr. ...Read more

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What is cause or symptom of left wrist pulsing without pain?

What is cause or symptom of left wrist pulsing without pain?

Artery or nerve: Sometimes irritated nerves can cause muscle to twitch or perhaps one of the arteries in your left wrist is closer to the skin. It is nothing to worry about unless you have deteriorated strength or coordination ...Read more

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Can hyper-extending and loading it down with heavy steel parts cause scapholunate dissociation in my left wrist?

See an orthopedist: If you may have injured your wrist in this fashion you should be examined and probably undergo imaging studies soon. The internet is not a place to solve this problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a pimple- like thing with no pus located on on my left wrist. It causes no irritation and feels a slight pain when I pinch it. What is it?

I have a pimple- like thing with no pus located on on my left wrist. It causes no irritation and feels a slight pain when I pinch it. What is it?

Many possibilities.: You don't say how long it's been there, but this time of year it could be as simple as a bug bite. If it hasn't been there long, give it a few days to go away. If it has been present longer than a week, let your doctor or a dermatologist have a look at it. ...Read more

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What causes bulging veins in left wrist? When raising above head veins go normal when laying them down they bulge again

What causes bulging veins in left wrist? When raising above head veins go normal when laying them down they bulge again

Bulging Veins: Bulging veins in the hands and wrists are often associated with aging, being thin and well hydrated. When the arms are down the blood in your veins have to work against gravity to return to the heart. When you raise your arms the blood flows with gravity to move more quickly toward the heart. Unlike the arteries which pulse blood, the movement of blood in the veins is more passive. ...Read more

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The veins in my left wrist look bruised and puffy sometimes and today they look darker, especially compared to my other wrist. What causes this?

The veins in my left wrist look bruised and puffy sometimes and today they look darker, especially compared to my other wrist. What causes this?

Explanation: Do you take any medicine like aspirin, ibuprofen or others? Are you left or right handed? Did it happen after physical work/exercise? Check all of this and that give you idea why you have a difference. If you do not have a swelling and pain you should be good. ...Read more