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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 hurt my pinky playing with my brother, it is really sore and hurts everytime i move it. There is no swelling. Why does it hurt?

Injury: It hurts b/c you injured it. Duh, right? You didn't describe mechanism of injury but you might have torn something or stretched it or bruised it. Doesn't sound like you broke or dislocated anything. For now, try RICE (rest, ice, compression & elevation) to keep it from swelling up. If liver & kidneys are ok and you don't have allergies, consider OTC pain meds. See your FamilyDoc if not better. ...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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My daughter broke her knuckle playing softball 4 weeks ago i need a doctors note for her to play again strength great no pain no swelling

My daughter broke her knuckle playing softball 4 weeks ago  i need a doctors note for her to play again strength great no pain no swelling

The : The obvious answer is to see the doctor who first evaluated your daughter. Physicians cannot / will not provide medical clearance for patients they have not examined. The sports organization will not take the liability of letting your daughter play until they are sure she will not worsen her condition. ...Read more

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Played hockey & tore bicep week ago.Have swelling and discolouration to wrist. Stopped blood thinners the next day. Compartment syndrome or normal?

Played hockey & tore bicep week ago.Have swelling and discolouration to wrist.  Stopped blood thinners the next day. Compartment syndrome or normal?

?what: You definitely tore your biceps tendon insertion off your elbow?At the radial tuberosity...? Not in your shoulder..? If it's torn @ the elbow have it fixed. If there is inc. Pain in your forearm and swelling see your ors for compt. Pressure measurement immediately.Even w/ blood thinners on board compt.Syndrome w/isolated distal biceps tendon ruptures is rare. ...Read more

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I fell on my wrist playing sport. There was little swelling but a lot of purple/blue bruising could it still be serious?

I fell on my wrist playing sport. There was little swelling but a lot of purple/blue bruising could it still be serious?

X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the wrist, 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! ...Read more

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What can cause recurring wrist pain for someone who plays three instruments? Is carpal tunnel a possibility or injury? There is no swelling.

What can cause recurring wrist pain for someone who plays three instruments? Is carpal tunnel a possibility or injury? There is no swelling.

Depends on symptoms: and findings. First find out what the problem is (exam required possibly an x-ray or EMG-NCS then address the problem. It matters what you play and how you play it. (guitar, triangle, contrabassoon, harp ?) Ergonomics, overuse, anatomic issues are taken into consideration. For more information re: the diagnosis and management of neurologic problems of musicians. www.healthtap.com/drericweisman ...Read more

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I have wrist joint pain for over 15 days(no swelling) and I am unable to play badminton. Can i get some advice?

I have wrist joint pain for over 15 days(no swelling) and I am unable to play badminton. Can i get some advice?

Rest/NSAIDS: Short term rest with nsaid's taken three times daily for one to two weeks and possibly wrist splints for support will usually suffice for most people. If not, time to get in and see your doctor. Beware of the nsaid's potential for stomach problems. There are natural antiinflammatories you can take for prevention. Tag me for more info on these. ...Read more

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Slight elbow pain a co-worker rough playing grabbed and torqued my wrist hard outwardly causing a sudden sharp pain on the outside of my elbow. This was about a week ago. No swelling and movement seems normal but tenderness and slight pain persist. Sho

Slight elbow pain a co-worker rough playing grabbed and torqued my wrist hard outwardly causing a sudden sharp pain on the outside of my elbow.  This was about a week ago.  No swelling and movement seems normal but tenderness and slight pain persist.  Sho

Based : Based on your description, it's unlikely that you had a bony or joint injury to your elbow. You may have strained the tendons on the "outside" or lateral side of your elbow. In general, initial treatments with ice, anti-inflammatories (i.e. Ibuprofen), and gentle range of motion may be beneficial. I would not recommend immobilizing the elbow for an extended period of time. If it continues to bother you after several weeks, i would have it checked out. Your physician will determine if an x-ray would be necessary after an examination. ...Read more

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Sore right thumb for over 3 weeks now. Injured playing basketball, swelling has gone away after a week. Pain still persists. Chances of fracture?

Sore right thumb for over 3 weeks now. Injured playing basketball, swelling has gone away after a week. Pain still persists. Chances of fracture?

Yes.: Yes. Chance of fracture, or ligament/tendon injury. Three weeks is long enough -get it checked out by your doc or a hand orthopedist. You are young and thumbs are critically important - you don't want to miss an injury that could have long term consequences. ...Read more

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My wrist has been hurting for a couple of days now, I play video games and type on the computer occasionally. Could this be wrist syndrome?

My wrist has been hurting for a couple of days now, I play video games and type on the computer occasionally. Could this be wrist syndrome?

Gaming wrist.: It sounds more like you are developing a tendinitis from repetitive use of the mouse. There are a whole host of devices to help position the wrist while gaming. It the problem persists you will need to have your wrist evaluated before it leads to something more serious. ...Read more