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After 25yrs of very man.Labor, my lft hand smtms locks in the position of object im grabbing.Hurts 2 pry it open.."?"

After 25yrs of very man.Labor, my lft hand smtms locks in the position of object im grabbing.Hurts 2 pry it open.."?"

Trigger finger: Sounds like multiple trigger finger, nodular growths on the flexor tendons that gets stuck in flexion because the extensors are too weak to pull the nodule back through the sheath. Needs some rest and non steroidal anti- inflammatory. If not responsive may need surgery. ...Read more

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My ear hurts after picking it with bobby pin?

My ear hurts after picking it with bobby pin?

Injured ear canal: The ear canal skin is very thin and delicate. That is why you should never insert a sharp object or use q-tips as this can easily cut the canal skin and cause pain or even infection. ...Read more

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I have an obsession with sticking safety pins and sewing needles in my arm?

I have an obsession with sticking safety pins and sewing needles in my arm?

Evaluation: Get a full psychiatric evaluation for the symptoms you describe, and tell the psychiatrist what these behaviors mean to YOU. I'm sure you're doing these things for a reason that is deeply personal to you. You will not be judged by anyone. ...Read more

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Sutures from Lumbar CSF Leak Repair removed yesterday...it's ~2" long & bottom goes into top of gluteal cleft. Base looks like it's opening despite Steri Strips & Butterfly Closures. What can I do?

Sutures from Lumbar CSF Leak Repair removed yesterday...it's ~2" long & bottom goes into top of gluteal cleft. Base looks like it's opening despite Steri Strips & Butterfly Closures. What can I do?

You should call your: surgeon for guidance but sometimes a wound can spread in spite of that type of closure if there is strain on the wound. As long as there is no drainage or reddening of the wound or any increasing pain, fevers, chills or sweats-it should be ok but check with your surgeon just to make sure. ...Read more

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I spiral fx'd my ring finger and just had two kwires removed. When closing hand to a fist, ring finger rotates under middle finger. Is this right?

I spiral fx'd my ring finger and just had two kwires removed. When closing hand to a fist, ring finger rotates under middle finger. Is this right?

Doesn't sound right: Sounds like your finger fracture has healed with abnormal rotation. This is a known but often unacceptable complication of the treatment of these fractures. If thus condition is negatively affecting your life, my advice would be for you to find the most qualified hand surgeon in your area and have a consultation. ...Read more

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While holding the telephone receiver to my ears my fingers felt numb & tingling sensation . Why?

While holding the telephone receiver to my ears my fingers felt numb & tingling sensation . Why?

Nerve Irritation: Since the activity of holding the telephone could put pressure on nerves at the wrists or elbow. That could cause irritation of the ulnar nerve which could cause numbness of the 4th and 5th fingers. At the wrist the median nerve irritation causing numbness of the first 4 fingers. Change hands when holding the phone or use a speaker phone to rest the nerves. If symptoms continue see a physician ...Read more

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If a finger was cut by brass knuckles hitting metal would that be the cause-blunt force-for med. Amputation v/s statement that a machete 2foot knife caused irreparable-unstitchable damage to a middle finger-ring finger was stitched in place.Also nerve-ten

If a finger was cut by brass knuckles hitting metal would that be the cause-blunt force-for med. Amputation v/s statement that a machete 2foot knife caused irreparable-unstitchable damage to a middle finger-ring finger was stitched in place.Also nerve-ten

Amputation: Are done when digits are damaged beyond repair. If its crushed or your vessels are stretched/pulled out and amputated from the injury, very few would try to salvage that and simply complete the amputation. I'm not quite sure i understood your question. ...Read more

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Pins and needles afyer operation, why?

Pins and needles afyer operation, why?

Depends on operation: Pins and needles reflects irritation of nerve branches. This is common near any incision site especially if the skin had to be retracted for a while. Tingling away from an operative site may reflect swelling or traction of a major nerve branch near the op site. Be concerned if you develop weakness or muscle atrophy, severe jolts of pain in the nerve distribution. ...Read more

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Feeling numbness, like needles and pins pinching in right leg after spine surjery, left is fine.day 2 after surjery.

Feeling numbness, like needles and pins pinching in right leg after spine surjery, left is fine.day 2 after surjery.

If this is the leg-: -that was involved with you having back surgery, this is not uncommon, but if it's a new symptom,let your surgeon know right away. ...Read more

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Chest port implanted Fri, surgeon said chest/neck skin very fibrous, like cutting thru gristle in meat & dulled 3 scalpels. What could be cause? Lyme?

Chest port implanted Fri, surgeon said chest/neck skin very fibrous, like cutting thru gristle in meat & dulled 3 scalpels. What could be cause? Lyme?

Lyme infects joints: and nerves. The erythema annular does not scar. So, 'no' on lyme. However, previous scarring would do this. Prior procedures/surgeries in the same area certainly would do this. Alternatively other medical conditions (scleroderma) that cause scarring could also do this. ...Read more

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I was vacuuming underneath the seats of a car, and my middle finger got snagged on a metal coil tip. Slowly took it out. Fingertip is numb. Nerve dam?

I was vacuuming underneath the seats of a car, and my middle finger got snagged on a metal coil tip. Slowly took it out. Fingertip is numb. Nerve dam?

Bruising: Neuroapraxic injury to the digital nerve distal sensory branches. Should resolve over 4 to 6 week time frame. Not a permanent injury. If finger was lacerated then potential for nerve laceration and need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Strictly contusion? Got fingers pinned by metal rack and wall while curled. Knuckles very swollen, bruised, pain. Xrays neg. 2 days ago. Bending hard.

Most likely: Swelling from a severe contusion to the fingers or hand can persist for up to 4 months. Just because x rays are negative you could have a soft tissue injury particularly to the dorsum of the fingers due to the minimal soft tissue protection. Follow up with hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Holding guitar strings down hurts my fingers. Why after 50 years?

Holding guitar strings down hurts my fingers. Why after 50 years?

Joints fifty yrs old: After fifty years, your joints are not as flexibile and may have some cartilage deterioration. Try Aleve (naproxen) and see if your sx are releived. ...Read more

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Cut open inner calf on dirtbike foot peg to the bone, 10 internal and a running stitch outer. Skin is growing over my stitches, is that ok? Gonna hurt

Cut open inner calf on dirtbike foot peg to the bone, 10 internal and a running stitch outer. Skin is growing over my stitches, is that ok? Gonna hurt

Stitches: How long have they been in? 5 to 14 days depending on body location is norm. As long as the loops of a running stitch are exposed (to where they can get a fine scissors tip under) they can be removed. ...Read more

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Shin feels like stretching rubber band when moving ankle. Hit with hard ball. Att tendinitis?

Shin feels like stretching rubber band when moving ankle. Hit with hard ball. Att tendinitis?

Not achilles.: Sounds like a good bruise from getting hit wiith the hardball. There is little tissue covering the tibia so not much protection there from injury. Ice followed by heat would be a good way of clearing this up. ...Read more

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Above elbow inside hand,feels like tablet structure and flexible.pressing inside no pain,catch and press with 2fingers its pain.what is that?Any lump?

Above elbow inside hand,feels like tablet structure and flexible.pressing inside no pain,catch and press with 2fingers its pain.what is that?Any lump?

Lipoma: I'm not sure from your description, did you mean the inside of your arm above your elbow there is a mobile mass that only hurts if you squeeze it? That would most likely be a lipoma which are common on the arms. If it's on the outside of the arm, the same thing. If it is changing see your doc. Good health ...Read more

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My stitches post debridement Achilles tendon surgery came apart, Is thst because something is poking through my incision?

My stitches post debridement Achilles tendon surgery came apart, Is thst because something is poking through my incision?

You need to get : In touch and see your surgeon. Do not play around. Wounds hat spread apart in the Achilles' tendon region potentially can be slow and poor healing wounds. ...Read more

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Sutures removed 8hrs ago, where sutures where feels like its being stabbed with a rusty knife, is this normal?

Sutures removed 8hrs ago, where sutures where feels like its being stabbed with a rusty knife,  is this normal?

Not normal: After removal of sutures the involved area should feel like it did before the sutures were removed. If there is a new pain it's possible there could be a wound infection or some other cause. See your physician ...Read more