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I have a jammed thumb and a bruised palm, do I need to seek medical attention?

I have a jammed thumb and a bruised palm, do I need to seek medical attention?

Yes: The bruising is from blood that can be the result of a muscle, ligament or bone injury. A thorough medical evaluation (that will likely include x-rays) will determine whether you injured a bone (break/fracture) or soft tissue (ligament sprain or muscle tear) or both.

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Thumb Injury (Definition)

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I've hurt both thumb palms they feel bruised but I'm unsure on how they've become bruised. I did drag a suitcase around today whilst travelling.

I've hurt both thumb palms they feel bruised but I'm unsure on how they've become bruised. I did drag a suitcase around today whilst travelling.

Palm bruise: You are right. Dragging the suitcase has probably bruised your palm. Any unusual activity the body does will lead to some pain. This is how body brings that to your attention and appropriate steps

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Both palms, part under thumbs, swell and feel weird at time. Not really pain, but feel weird! Sometimes they almost look bruised, but they aren't.?

Both palms, part under thumbs, swell and feel weird at time. Not really pain, but feel weird! Sometimes they almost look bruised, but they aren't.?

Hands: From your description, two common things come to mind, one is carpal tunnel which can cause pins and needles or numbness or strange sensation in thumbs and palm of hand and first three and 1/2 fingers, but no color change (bruise look) associated. The other is Raynaud's disease which would have color change and strange sensation (frostbite like) and happens more often in women. See MD for exam.

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Jammed my thumb now it's starting to bruise around my palm near my thumb. I am able to move my thumb. Should I go see a doctor?

Jammed my thumb now it's starting to bruise around my palm near my thumb. I am able to move my thumb. Should I go see a doctor?

X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye between a sprain and fracture. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the ankle, and a fracture is damage to the bone; strains of muscles and tendons are also possible. In any case, common symptoms may be pain, limited strength/ motion, swelling, and/ or bruising. Have an x-ray to be sure!

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My daughter fell on her hand and bruised the palm just below the thumb. It has been numb and heavy feeling for over a week. Is this normal?

My daughter fell on her hand and bruised the palm just below the thumb. It has been numb and heavy feeling for over a week. Is this normal?

Bruise or fracture?: A bruise in that location after a fall is evidence a bone was scuffed or broken. Such injuries cause a little localized bleeding within the tissue near the bone. It may not be distorted enough that casting would be needed but could have other implications for proper care. I would have her seen.

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Injured hand. Looking palm side R hand, bruise at base of outer part of thumb & outer bottom palm part of hand. Can move thumb. Could it be ligament?

Injured hand. Looking palm side R hand, bruise at base of outer part of thumb & outer bottom palm part of hand. Can move thumb. Could it be ligament?

Bruising: Indicates injury and bleeding under the skin that's what the bruises Are so anything that causes a little bit of bleeding can cause bruising it could be a ligament or tendon a the bone just some capillaries or can be something called a bruise which is just basically local irritation from impact or trauma

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My bf was using a mechanical hole digger. After using for several hours he discovered that his fingers on one hand was numb, decreased sensation, and feels like a bruise on palm of hand below thumb. It has now been a week and is still the same. He has bee

My bf was using a mechanical hole digger. After using for several hours he discovered that his fingers on one hand was numb, decreased sensation, and feels like a bruise on palm of hand below thumb. It has now been a week and is still the same. He has bee

Median nerve palsy: Numbness of the thumb region can be caused by pressure and swelling that affects the median nerve at the wrist of base of the thumb. This usually causes numbness in the palm of the hand mostly thumb and forefinger. Similar symptoms develop with carpal tunnel syndrome. Immobilizing, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications will help.

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Fell on hand hurts top left hand exacerbated previous thumb injury have appt in two weeks made prior to fall see sooner?

Fell on hand hurts top left hand exacerbated previous thumb injury have appt in two weeks made prior to fall see sooner?

Try ice, NSAIDs: If u develop more swelling on the'top' of your hand or bruising (ecchymosis)or note any deformity of your finger (s) you should get an earlier appointment or go to the emergency room or urgent care clinic. Good luck!

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Wed. Gym 2 hrs that included hand weights. Aft class saw spasm in pad area under thumb. Now swollen. Few Spasms. Mild pain no bruise. Tx? Gym okay?

Wed. Gym 2 hrs that included hand weights. Aft class saw spasm in pad area under thumb. Now swollen. Few Spasms. Mild pain no bruise. Tx? Gym okay?

Thumb swelling: Can go to gym but don't lift weights with that hand. Let it heal. If not allergic consider motrin 200 mg 2 tabs 3 x a day x 10, days also try kinesiotape on the thumb you can get it in CVS. Ice 5 minute 3 x a day, consider thumb spica splint (CVS). f/u w/ doc re sprain dislocation may need x ray.

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Fell a week today hand is bruising. Got a bumb ontop of my bone thumb area what could this be..

Fell a week today hand is bruising. Got a bumb ontop of my bone thumb area what could this be..

Hematoma: This could be some collected blood under the skin. Usually it goes away with time, but if not you should seek medical care.

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I hit my hand on a chair, and now the area around my thumb and on my wrist is swollen and bruised and very painful.

I hit my hand on a chair, and now the area around my thumb and on my wrist is swollen and bruised and very painful.

Possible contusion: Sounds like a contusion or bruise. But what might appear to be a simple force could be enough to sprain a joint or break a bone. Be sure to see your doctor for an evaluation and possibly x-rays. Just to be sure.

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Strained/ miled sprain of thumb 4 years ago, and then 2 years ago sprained/ deep bruise in same hand. Still acts up sometimes, what do I do?

Strained/ miled sprain of thumb 4 years ago, and then 2 years ago sprained/ deep bruise in same hand. Still acts up sometimes, what do I do?

Be evaluated: I would have it looked at for a specific diagnosis. What you describe as a sprain to your thumb may have been more serious than that and may be causing persistent symptoms. A " gamekeepers thumb" is just one example if an injury that may seem quite benign, but can cause chronic problems unless it us taken care if.