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I strength and do gymnastic training (crossfit). My elbow looks bruised and the tissue around it feels puffy. I rested for 10 days. Suggestions?

I strength and do gymnastic training (crossfit). My elbow looks bruised and the tissue around it feels puffy. I rested for 10 days. Suggestions?

Exercise injury?: It sounds like you may have injured yourself somehow. I suggest seeing your physician about this -- you may need an xray also. Depending on your exam, your doctor may also want you to see an orthopedist. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored. Should i be alarmed?

I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored. Should i be alarmed?

Depends: After a blood draw, if there is slight bleeding underneath the skin, this creates the bruise. If enough pressure is placed after a blood draw, there should not be much bruising. If it is a small bruise, there should be no reason for alarm. It usually resolves within a week. If the bruise is large (extends farther from the are of the blood draw) and causes pain, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored.. Should I be alarmed?

I had blood drawn from my arm and now my arm and elbow is bruised and discolored.. Should I be alarmed?

Possibly: Unfortunately, bruising after phlebotomy is a common side effect especially if you are on blood thinners. If the bruising continues to spread, becomes excessively painful, swells, becomes red & hot, a visit to your doctor is indicated. ...Read more

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I've hurt my elbow it's bruised badly now but only 2 days after I hurt it hospital says it's not broke but 4 days later the pain is unbearable?

I've hurt my elbow it's bruised badly now but only 2 days after I hurt it hospital says it's not broke but 4 days later the pain is unbearable?

Contusion: Bone contusions are quite painful. I'm sure you've been icing it. Sometimes a slight fracture can't be seen on an x-Ray. If the pain is worsening or not improving, see an orthopedic surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, hurt forearm/elbow. was bruised and swollen for 2.5wks. 3mos later, I still get sharp shooting pain after light use. Get x-Ray?

Fell down stairs, hurt forearm/elbow. was bruised and swollen for 2.5wks. 3mos later, I still get sharp shooting pain after light use. Get x-Ray?

First see your Dr.: After any trauma that occurs, especially fall injuries down staircases requires that you see your doctor for evaluation, and to make sure you haven't injured bones, tendons, muscles strain, or ligaments. An x-ray will rule out fracture, but an MRI will show soft tissue injury. So your doctor will determine which one you need.Then, you'll need realignment to get everything back in order.Don't wait. ...Read more

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Day before i had chest pain and left arm feels dull throbbing pain. Today its all gone but left elbow feels bruised. It hurts to bend. Im worried :(?

See a doctor: The symptoms you are describing could be serious. I would have a doctor examine you to check for possible causes. Pain in the elbow may or may not be a sign of a serious issue. ...Read more

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Hit my arm hard week ago, elbow very bruised still painfully, hard bump and swollen where hit. Hurts , xray no fracture. Please help?

Hit my arm hard week ago, elbow very bruised still painfully, hard bump and swollen where hit.  Hurts , xray no fracture. Please help?

If U hit the point-: -of the elbow there is a bursa & it often fills with blood or fluid, & can swell quite a lot. If U have a scrape or skin violated it can become infected. Early Rx is best. C an orthopedist 4 eval sometimes aspiration is done and steroids injected. This is extraarticular so no steroid enters the joint. Then usually wrap, NSAIDS & antibiotics only if infected. ...Read more

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I fell 6 days ago landing on my forearm by my elbow. It bruised significantly. Now it is a burning pain w/ a lump by the bruise. Hand numb at times?

I fell 6 days ago landing on my  forearm by my elbow.  It bruised significantly. Now it is a burning pain w/ a lump by the bruise. Hand numb at times?

Ulnar nerve: There is a nerve right by the elbow-the ulnar nerve that can be injured. The bruise itself may be a hematoma that can cause pressure or irritation of the nerve. That should get better over time. Numbness going into the 4th and 5th fingers would be indicative of injury/irritation of the ulnar nerve. The natural history is that it should get better over a few weeks. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if it hurts to straighten elbow but no bruise or swelling?

What to do if it hurts to straighten elbow but no bruise or swelling?

Find out the reason: It could be Bursitis or Tendonitis. That being said, you need to see your doctor for definitive diagnosis and treatment. Be well ...Read more

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Elbows always look bruised but aren't dry ar sore have not hurt them ao what might be causeing this?

Elbows always look bruised but aren't dry ar sore have not hurt them ao what might be causeing this?

Red elbows: Some people have redness of the skin on the elbows from leaning on them at a desk or table. There is no padding as the skin is thin and stretched over the bone.Try avoiding pressure on your elbows to see if that bruised appearance lessens. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more