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I just had shoulder surgery a week ago and I have 6 large welts on my upper arm and pain and swelling in my elbow and under my arm. Is this anything.

I just had shoulder surgery a week ago and I have 6 large welts on my upper arm and pain and swelling in my elbow and under my arm. Is this anything.

Yes.: Get it checked out by your orthopedic surgeon. This might be a sign of infection that requires treatment (antibiotics). It could be an allergic reaction as well. Definitely, play it safe and have it evaluated. 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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I still have finger and hand swelling after hand surgery. Is this normal?

I still have finger and hand swelling after hand surgery. Is this normal?

Can be common: Postop swelling is not unsual. Elevation and gentle digital range of motion are a few simple steps to help decrease swelling (edema). Placing the hand above the level of the heart (e.g. Left chest) allows gravity to facilitate the edema control. A tight postoperative dressing may also be carefullly loosened. If you were placed in a splint, you should wear as instructed by your doc. Read more

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Is swelling in the feet common a day after shoulder surgery in a healthy individal?

Is swelling in the feet common a day after shoulder surgery in a healthy individal?

Probably: Most likely yes. After a surgical procedure - especially requiring anesthesia (being put to sleep) - the IV fluids that are given are not quite in the right compartment of the body yet. Therefore, some swelling can be normal. Massive swelling that is asymmetric (is your other leg swollen?) can be a problem after surgery. Blood clots can occur in certain individuals that are post - operative. Read more

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Is hand swelling normal after carpal tunnel surgery?

Is hand swelling normal after carpal tunnel surgery?

Yes: Initially swelling would be normal. Elevating your hand and moving your fingers should help with this. After several weeks, there should not be hand swelling. Some wrist swelling at the incision site may be normal though for 6 weeks.. Read more

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Aching and tingling in right shoulder, down arm into hand, wrist and hand swelling female age 47

Aching and tingling in right shoulder, down arm into hand, wrist and hand swelling female age 47

Numbness: Numbness and tingling of the extremities are typically seen in peripheral neuropathies. Swelling is a typical symptoms of inflammation. Any history of trauma or rheumatic disease? For a better orientation you need to provide more details! I think the best option at this point is to go talk to your pcp or your family physician. Read more

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After microscopic shoulder surgery now by left hand all puffy. And my arm still hurting. What should I do?

After microscopic shoulder surgery now by left hand all puffy. And my arm still hurting. What should I do?

Call your surgeon: I recommend calling the surgeon who did the surgery and let them know. They will direct you to what to do and get you in for re-evaluation if needed. Good luck. Read more

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Will I have completely normal use of my hand after shoulder surgery?

Will I have completely normal use of my hand after shoulder surgery?

You should: If you have normal use of your hand prior to surgery there is no reason you won't have normal function of your hand post surgery. Depending on the surgery you may have some restrictions of motion or weight of that arm, but you should be able to use hand for normal activities. Read more

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I had decompression shoulder surgery in July, and the severe pain has appeared again. Shooting down my arm and hand and it's Very weak.

I had decompression shoulder surgery in July, and the severe pain has appeared again. Shooting down my arm and hand and it's Very weak.

Which arm: If the pain is in the right arm, and continues for the next day--then recheck with the Ortho who did the operation. If the pain is in the Left arm--this could be cardiac and needs to be checked out NOW Read more

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Been in a sling for a couple days, just had shoulder surgery. My hand is really cold but not blue What is causing this? And should I be worried?

Been in a sling for a couple days, just had shoulder surgery. My hand is really cold but not blue What is causing this? And should I be worried?

How's your pain?: If you can wiggle your fingers, and they refill quickly when you blanch the finger tips with pressure, it's probably OK. Sometimes the nervous system goes 'haywire' on the small nerves that control the contraction of small arteries, after trauma or surgery. IMHO, it's important to keep moving the hand and fingers within the guideline your doctor gave you. Read more

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When someone has a mammogram is the arm and hand suppose to get numb why the test is preformed? I had a inter scalene nerve block shoulder surgery

When someone has a mammogram is the arm and hand suppose to get numb why the test is preformed? I had a inter scalene nerve block shoulder surgery

See below: A mammogram does not cause numbness in the arm and hand. The position you had your arm in during the procedure could have put some strain on your neck so I would go to an urgent care center or your local doctor if the symptoms persist. Read more

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Is wrist pain common after shoulder surgery?

Is wrist pain common after shoulder surgery?

Yes: After shoulder surgery, any swelling that occurs will typically travel down and down and down. It ends up around the elbow and the wrist. Because of this, the outside of the elbow and top of wrist both often hurt after shoulder procedures such as shoulder arthroscopy or shoulder replacement. Read more

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Tendinitis in right shoulder: I suddenly jerked arm and swelling and whole arm pain w/ swollen hand followed. What should be done?

Ice, elevate: If you are having severe pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling, you should have it looked at in urgent care. Sometimes swelling can track between the tissues causing swelling in an area further down the body. Too much can cause other symptoms and should be looked at sooner rather than later. Read more

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Why is my left hand swelling up? Yes, I am a leftie.

Why is my left hand swelling up? Yes, I am a leftie.

May be you have: Over done it, working too hard using your dominant hand, inflammatory tendonitis. Check it out. Read more

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What is the cure for hand swelling and pain after a big box fell on it?

What is the cure for hand swelling and pain after a big box fell on it?

Ice, elevation etc: I would make sure there is no major damage. See your pcp or an orthopedist or go to an urgent care center. If you feel comfortable that there is no fracture or dislocation, then a light ace wrap with an ice pack and elevation and some Ibuprofen should be all you need. If in doubt, get seen and evaluated. Read more

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Why is my wrist and hand swelling 1 week after breaking my humorous?

Why is my wrist and hand swelling 1 week after breaking my humorous?

An arm fracture: Such as the humerus lead to swelling. The hand and wrist are "downstream " from the humerus, especially if you have been in a sling or had the elbow and hand less active and dependent. (i.e. Hanging down). Activity of the hand helps pump blood and fluid out of it. Making a fist, ask your doctor if you can come out of the sling or at least put a pillow on your abdomen and elevate the hand. Read more

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What causes hand swelling, along with pain moving my wrist?

What causes hand swelling, along with pain moving my wrist?

Carpel tunnel: There are many reasons to have the symptoms you described, a common cause is carpel tunnel syndrome due to swelling of tissues at the wrist. It is a treatable entity and should be excluded before considering other possibilities. Your physician may do tests to validate the suspicion. Read more

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Why am I getting hand swelling at night, without tingling? It's similar to when I go walking and my hands swell.

Why am I getting hand swelling at night, without tingling? It's similar to when I go walking and my hands swell.

Dependent edema: If it is not associated with pain or swollen joints, all you need to do is be more actve with your hands and elevate them. Medications for high blood pressure can do this, as well as some heart medications and even antiinflammatories. Iif it persists or becomes progressive, need to be evaluated for lymphedema. Read more

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Hand Swelling (Definition)

What you injured depends on where you stabbed your finger. Regardless, you should apply pressure to the finger to stop the bleeding, but avoid strangulating the finger. Best to seek immediate medical attention to determine ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Swollen Hands (Definition)

To swell when you sleep fluid that is extracellular mredistributes when you sleep. Diet salt and some medical conditions that affect water retention may influence this. A salty meal is a common cause unless ...Read more