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I have severe pain and swelling in my left hand. Am I playing computer games too much?

I have severe pain and swelling in my left hand. Am I playing computer games too much?

You can answer that: If you haven't had any other injury or overuse, you play video games frequently, and it hurts after you play, then you can assume that playing video games is the problem. Try taking some time off from playing and use some anti-inflammatory medication (advil, aleve). If your symptoms resolve, you have your answer. ...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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Hurt the base of right thumb while catching a hard ball with one hand when I was playing. It was about 2 months ago.no swelling but pain when i bend ?

Hurt the base of right thumb while catching a hard ball with one hand when I was playing. It was about 2 months ago.no swelling but pain when i bend  ?

Pain with thumb: Bobby, have it x-rayed. You may have "game-keepers" thumb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamekeeper's_thumb thanks ...Read more

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I have chronic pain in both my forearm, wrist, and hands for the last year after playing piano. No amount of rest has helped. No redness or swelling.

I have chronic pain in both my forearm, wrist, and hands for the last year after playing piano. No amount of rest has helped. No redness or swelling.

See a rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist and have the problem evaluated. It is likely to be tendinitis but an evaluation should be able to determine the exact cause and provide treatment options. ...Read more

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Last night i played computer games, when my game got finished my left my arm & hand went numb.It's the next day and my whole arm and hand is still numb?

Last night i played computer games, when my game got finished my left my arm & hand went numb.It's the next day and my whole arm and hand is still numb?

Overuse: The most likely cause is median nerve malfunction due to severe overuse. If you haven't had prior similar problems, then your symptoms should gradually resolve, tho this may take several weeks. But if your symptoms are worsening, seek medical attention promptly because then something other than overuse is occurring. ...Read more

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Will I still be able to play computer games with a soft cast on my right hand?

Will I still be able to play computer games with a soft cast on my right hand?

Possibly: The first thing to ask is why are you in the cast? Then your doc should be able to tell you what your activity level can be. ...Read more

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I play lacrosse and I am a goalie and got a shot to the thumb and the swelling won't go down and it hurts a lot.

I play lacrosse and I am a goalie and got a shot to the thumb and the swelling won't go down and it hurts a lot.

See the Doctor: It may be that you tore a soft tissue structure like a ligament or a tendon that attaches to the bone. It's also possible that you may have fractured one of the bones in your thumb. If the swelling has not improved and if it is still painful it would be worth a trip to the doctor to have an x-ray and have it evaluated. There are specific splints for thumb injuries like that. ...Read more

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I did hydrocele operation , one side , it is now day 11 , and swelling reduced well , can I go back to gym play bodybuilding and lifting heavy weight?

I did hydrocele operation , one side , it is now day 11 , and swelling reduced well , can I go back to gym play bodybuilding and lifting heavy weight?

Post OP Norms: Yes. It sure sounds like it. I am sure your surgeon gave you some instructions regarding this. So, if they have anything different than this i would first have you follow their advice. But, as long as your pain free and able to be active without pain then go for it. ...Read more

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