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Doctor insights on: So Thin Can Wrap My Hand Around My Other Wrist Is This Anorexia

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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I have a cyst on my upper forearm according to the ER. They told me to keep it wrapped but every time I wrap it my hand and wrist swell up. ?

I have a cyst on my upper forearm according to the ER. They told me to keep it wrapped but every time I wrap it my hand and wrist swell up.  ?

Too tight: I presume you are to keep it wrapped/bandaged because it is draining or infected? This may be fine, but it sounds like you may be wrapping it too tightly. This causes obstruction of the venous blood and lymph flow back up your arm, and resultant swelling down below. Try wrapping it more loosely. Infection should soon resolve; no other reason to wrap a cyst!? Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Sudden pain in left arm from elbow to hand. Pain mosly in wrists. Will wrapping and icing help? Has happened before bt never stays long

Sudden pain in left arm from elbow to hand. Pain mosly in wrists. Will wrapping and icing help? Has happened before bt never stays long

Wrist Pain: Why do you have arm/elbow/wrist pain? Any history of trauma? Do you play any sport? Is it just pain or with redness and swelling? Cold compress and nsaids such as ibuprofen/aleve can help relieve the inflammation. If it doesnt go away, get it checked by your doctor. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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I have very small hands and thin wrists for a man. My 12 year old cousins have same sized hands as mine. What is my case?

I have very small hands and thin wrists for a man. My 12 year old cousins have same sized hands as mine. What is my case?

Genetics: The size of our bones is largely determined by out genetics. If small hands is something that runs in your family then it is not surprising that you would have this. Remember it is not the size of your hands that is important but how you use them that counts. Be healthy. ...Read more

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Are thin wrists, and long thin hands on a male a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome or something else?

Are thin wrists, and long thin hands on a male a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome or something else?

Not carpal tunnel: First off the description is of physical characteristics which is something distinct from symptoms. Symptoms of carpal tunnel would typically be related to entrapment of the median nerve i.E numbness, tingling and weakness of the hand. I'm not aware that this occurs to any greater degree in someone with long fingers though a thin wrist might certainly predispose to compression of the nerve. ...Read more

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Sister has large pain in her wrist that she believes is caused from bad posture while typing. She's iced and wrapped it but still pain. What do?

Sister has large pain in her wrist that she believes is caused from bad posture while typing. She's iced and wrapped it but still pain. What do?

Use a splint: Using a carpal tunnel splint/brace (available without prescription at pharmacies) will immobilize the wrist and help her maintain appropriate wrist position (neutral) while typing. If pain does not resolve or she starts developing hand weakness she should seek physician evaluation. Evaluation of her workstation is important as positioning while typing is common reason for this type of problem. ...Read more