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My elbow keeps swelling up then it goes down then comes back why is that ?

My elbow keeps swelling up then it goes down then comes back why is that ?

Get it checked: Swelling about the elbow without a specific injury could be inflammation or infection. If resolving on its own, unlikely infection. Common things include olecranon bursitis. Best to be seen and evaluated by a physician if this persists, and further tests may be needed. ...Read more

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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 have a broken elbow since thursday i just want to know how long this serve pain lasts and it's really swollen still when should the swelling go down?

I have a broken elbow since thursday i just want to know how long this serve pain lasts and it's really swollen still when should the swelling go down?

Let me explain: You will have pain for few days depending on the fracture and if you any complications, let me advice if you a lot pain or numbness may be you have some complications, check with your doctor soon.. ...Read more

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I tripped on stairs 3 days ago and banged arm (elbow can't move it completely the swelling is slowly going down but having shooting pains is it a ok ?

I tripped on stairs 3 days ago and banged arm (elbow  can't move it completely the swelling is slowly going down but having shooting pains is it a ok
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Ulnar nerve injury.: You likely injured your ulnar nerve. If you do not have improvement in your symptoms, see your doctor. The doctor can order tests to see if there is a bone fracture and to asses degree of nerve injury. Proper diagnosis and carefully planned treatment may help minimize nerve injury and allow for optimal recovery. It is not okay to ignore this symptom if it persists. Best wishes for a full recovery. ...Read more

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I think i fractured my elbow. How long should it take swelling on my forearm to go down?

I think i fractured my elbow. How long should it take swelling on my forearm to go down?

Technically 1 year: One if you have a fracture you need to get an xray. 85% of swelling will be better by 8 weeks. The 15% occurs over the year and after a facture that elbow may be slightly more swollen permanently. ...Read more

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Have pain around back of elbow for 5 weeks now swelling just started, hurts more to fully extend and bend, what could it be and what to do about it?

Have pain around back of elbow for 5 weeks now swelling just started, hurts more to fully extend and bend, what could it be and what to do about it?

Possible bursal pain: Hard to say w/o examination but that is what this healthtap service is...Sounds like the common olecranon bursitis which causes swelling in the back of the elbow and occ.Pain.If it becomes red or starts to drain fluid see your doctor urgently.Most times caused by trauma and alot of times they cause no pain at all.Avoid resting your elbow on table tops, etc.See your md. ...Read more

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I got elbowed in my eyebrow accidentally 1 week ago. Swelling down, but still a small bump that hurts when touched. Worth checking out?

I got elbowed in my eyebrow accidentally 1 week ago.  Swelling down, but still a small bump that hurts when touched.  Worth checking out?

Probably not: You have received a contusion and these take a little time to heal. If the vision is normal and you do not see double, then you just need a little more time for this bump which is probably a bruised healing point to disappear. You might try using local heat to speed this process. ...Read more

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Hello. For about a month now, I've had terrible pain from my right elbow down to the tips of my fingers. I also have knots and some swelling. Painful?

Hello. For about a month now, I've had terrible pain from my right elbow down to the tips of my fingers. I also have knots and some swelling. Painful?

You need to be seen: by a healthcare provider for proper examination and diagnosis. You may even need a specialist referral. These symptoms sound like neuromuscular problems, such as local nerve impingement or spinal neck problems. Please see a healthcare provider soon. And thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I got elbowed in the eye 6days ago and the swelling has gone down but i can only open my eyes a quarter way. Will it stay like this forever?

I got elbowed in the eye 6days ago and the swelling has gone down but i can only open my eyes a quarter way. Will it stay like this forever?

Likely not: Unless the blunt trauma caused damage to the muscle of support structures. This type of trauma sounds quite severe and the eye should be examined to make sure no serious eye injury took place. ...Read more

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