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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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Can i miss school because of a bruised elbow?

Can i miss school because of a bruised elbow?

No: Put a bandage over it or a sling if it is sprained. That is unlikely to be a reason to miss school or work unless you have a more serious injury than just a bruise. ...Read more

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Hit my elbow and it bruised. Bruise is now gone but there is a lump on the inside of my elbow. It still hurts, but it itches really bad.Is that normal?

Hit my elbow and it bruised. Bruise is now gone but there is a lump on the inside of my elbow. It still hurts, but it itches really bad.Is that normal?

Not exactly: Sound like you have developed a condition called "Olecranon bursitis," commonly known as "baker's elbow." This is due to increase synovial fluid collection in the Olecranon bursa as result of the initial injury to the area. It is body's response to injury and/or inflammation to the region. However, other possibilities, include: hematoma and infection, which needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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My body is constantly itchy. I use cortisone itch cream, but it only helps a little. My fingers, neck, elbows are now bruised. What is going on?

My body is constantly itchy. I use cortisone itch cream, but it only helps a little. My fingers, neck, elbows are now bruised. What is going on?

Allergy or systemic: Is there an associated rash? Could be allergy to something - soap, detergent, food? You should try to ID the source and eliminate of course. Stress can also cause a general itchiness. Try an antihistamine or Claritin (loratadine) to help calm it down and see your MD. Cortisone cream all over the body is not ideal, nor getting bruises from itching! ...Read more

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I had some trauma on my elbow. Being slammed against a counter top my elbow is now bruised and swollen and keeps getting worse. Losing range of motion?

I had some trauma on my elbow. Being slammed against a counter top my elbow is now bruised and swollen and keeps getting worse. Losing range of motion?

Maybe fracture: Elbows are easy to fracture & treatment depends on the age of the patient. Kids under 6 almost always need surgery - they break the end of the humerus (upper arm bone) while adults usually break the radius (forearm bone) & only need a sling. Bleeding into the joint, fractured or not, will limit range of motion. Elevate in sling, ice, rest & Ace wrap compression will help until the Xray. ...Read more

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I went to the ER and they put in an i.V and now there is tenderness & pain from elbow to fingertips bruise developed and is gone ?

I went to the ER  and they put in an i.V  and now there is  tenderness & pain from elbow to fingertips
bruise developed and is gone 
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Phlebitis: Should put heat pack on this and take a non steroidal anti inflammatory unless contraindicated. As long as this is getting better you are ok, but if it gets worse or you develop fever, or chills or pain extending further up your arm it is time to see someone. ...Read more

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My legs, arms are reddish. My knees are the worst. My elbow inside are bruised?

My legs, arms are reddish. My knees are the worst. My elbow inside are bruised?

Need exam: Please call your physician for examination. This can't be done over computer. Can be anything from minor to serious. Please schedule visit. ...Read more

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Is it ok to lift weights if i bruised my elbow?

Is it ok to lift weights if i bruised my elbow?

Yes as long as : It doesn't hurt and that you have full rom. If you have pain then see your orthopedic surgeon. Thanks. ...Read more

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2wks ago twisted& popped elbow, tingles, swollen, bit bruised, can't extend, locks up, still doing activities such as tumbling & stunting...? Hurts

2wks ago twisted& popped elbow, tingles, swollen, bit bruised, can't extend, locks up, still doing activities such as tumbling & stunting...? Hurts

Torn cartilage : Any time a joint stops working and locks up as you're describing, there is a major concern that there is a piece of cartilage torn and blocking the joint space. You need to be evaluated by an orthopedist who can tell you if surgery is needed. Often you'll need x-rays and an MRI scan as part of the pre-op work up. If you have a torn cartilage and you continue to push it you can cause more damage. ...Read more

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What is large bruise on elbow from? I had a very tender, sore part right on my outer elbow. It's no longer sore or tender but now I have a huge bruise on the the entire elbow area - probably at least 5 in. In diameter. Any thoughts what that might be f

What is large bruise on elbow from? I had a very tender, sore part right on my outer elbow.  It's no longer sore or tender but now I have a huge bruise on the the entire elbow area - probably at least 5 in. In diameter.   Any thoughts what that might be f

A : A bruise is a result of bleeding under the skin. It sounds as though you had a minor injury, possibly one that you we're even away of, that caused bleeding. Sometimes it doesn't take much to injure a small vessel. That would explain the tenderness and then the bruise. Most likely the bruise will resolve and you'll have no further problems. However, if your tenderness returns or the bruising continues, i would be sure to discuss it with your physician. ...Read more

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My mother has a bump come up on her elbow, it is not bruised, and does not hurt?

Bursitis possible: The commonest swelling on the elbow is a bursitis (olecranon bursitis) that can swell up with fluid. If infected it can be very painful and red. Other causes can be cysts in the skin or abscess but that is painful. Simple examination will confirm if it is bursitis and the fluid can be aspirated in the office. ...Read more

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How do I no if i dislocated, broke, or severly internally bruised my elbow earlier this morn i awoke with a sudden sharp pain with pressure on the right side (with elbow facing floor) of my elbow of my right arm and has increased throughout the day in2 th

How do I no if i dislocated, broke, or severly internally bruised my elbow earlier this morn i awoke with a sudden sharp pain with pressure on the right side (with elbow facing floor) of my elbow of my right arm and has increased throughout the day in2 th

Swelling : Swelling and loss of motion can be the result of trauma. That can mean a severe bruise or fracture. Swelling can also radially occur with infection, a joint problem such as gout or arthritis, which will also rapidly add to difficulty moving if swelling occurs rapidly. Loss of motion is a cause for concern and you should be seen by a health care provider and be examined and get x-rays for a start. The elbow is very sensitive to loss of motion when swollen and even a small hairline fracture in the radial head, a bone on the elbow, if not treated properly will result in difficulty extending the elbow fully. ...Read more

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I get headaches everyday, tired all the time, random bruises, purple elbows, what could this be ?

I get headaches everyday, tired all the time, random bruises, purple elbows, what could this be ?

Many Reasons: There are many causes of headaches including inflammation, vascular, blood pressure, dental, eye, depression, thyroid, etc. However, most people have primary type of headaches: migraine, tension or cluster. See the attached photo. The international headache society list all criteria http://ihs-classification.Org/en/02_klassifikation/. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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