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Doctor insights on: Swelling In Forearms And Wrists

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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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Swelling outside wrist, where forearm meets wrist, between knuckles & pain - been this way over 1 yr, how long before swelling causes permanent damage?

Swelling outside wrist, where forearm meets wrist, between knuckles & pain - been this way over 1 yr, how long before swelling causes permanent damage?

Really cannot say: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, and the swelling doesn't often cause as much damage as the CAUSE of the swelling. So, if someone fell and fractured the wrist, the fall and fracture would be the key thing. Or chronic wear and tear from jack-hammer use as another example. Rest, warmth, anti-inflammatories help if nothing else going on. ...Read more

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I had noticed a lump in my forearm a few years ago. Recently it has grown in size. I have swelling around it down to my wrist.should i be concerned?

I had noticed a lump in my forearm a few years ago.  Recently it has grown in size.  I have swelling around it down to my wrist.should i be concerned?

Have it checked. : Any lump or mass that is getting bigger like this warrants an in-person evaluation. Hard to diagnose based on description alone. Might be a benign cyst or lipoma, but would need to see it to know for sure. ...Read more

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Lower right forearm swelling. Pain upon touch and wrist flexion only while arm is extended. No injury to arm. Present for two weeks so far.

Lower right forearm swelling. Pain upon touch and wrist flexion only while arm is extended. No injury to arm. Present for two weeks so far.

Cyst: It could be some form of cyst like a ganglion let your physician have a look at it and make a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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Swelling won't heal from months ago. Feels ok now but still swollen.On the top side of the forearm near the wrist under skin Sprained it(I thought). ?

Swelling won't heal from months ago. Feels ok now but still swollen.On the top side of the  forearm near the wrist under skin Sprained it(I thought). ?

Long time: Seems taking a long time to resolve so perhaps you did more damage than you thought. Better see the doctor for exam now to see what is going on. ...Read more

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I have pain in my wrist/forearm, more forearm that comes and goes. Do sprains hurt when there is no movement? There is no apparent swelling.

It is possible: One may have internal inflammation to the area which may lead to pain even though there might not be any evident external swelling. ...Read more

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Swollen muscle on the forearm just before the wrist. a nurse has prescribed a tubigrip without seeing the swelling. The swelling has been there 3 week?

Swollen muscle on the forearm just before the wrist. a nurse has prescribed a tubigrip without seeing the swelling. The swelling has been there 3 week?

Muscle Mania: The mechanism of potential injury plays an important roll in the subsequent management. Without a better understanding of the nature of the injury it is impossible to recommend management other than to say ice is always a good starting point for acute swelling due to an injury. Protect the skin against frostbite and if persistent disability seek an examination. ...Read more

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6 days i hurt my middle forearm its swollen and my fingers are i can move my arm when i move my wrist towards me it hurts how can i reduce swelling?

6 days i hurt my middle forearm its swollen and my fingers are i can move my arm when i move my wrist towards me it hurts how can i reduce swelling?

Elevation: of an injured area above the level of the heart is the most effective way to reduce swelling and pain. RICE is the recommended treatment for an injured limb:
R = rest
I = ice (apply 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours)
C = compression (eg. wrapping with ace bandage)
E = elevation (above the level of the heart) ...Read more

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My forearm/wrist started swelling and is extremely painful. When i move my arm or hand i feel tearing or pulling movement? It's day 3 and worse?

My  forearm/wrist  started swelling and is extremely  painful.  When i move my arm or hand i feel tearing or pulling movement? It's day 3  and worse?

Ice, rest, nsaids: I would certainly take it easy for the first
few days. Youre not describing a specific
injury?
If its a strain, you should gradually improve
over several days
if it doesn't you really need to be examined
by an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Left forearm is swelling, warm, and tender. When straightened the pain comes from bicep down to wrist along the vein.

Left forearm is swelling, warm, and tender. When straightened the pain comes from bicep down to wrist along the vein.

Needs evaluation.: What you are describing could be cellulitis (skin infection), a clot in the vein in the arm (phlebitis-superficial or deep) or something related to the muscles in the arm. Regardless of the underlying problem, you need an evaluation by an md and possibly a venous ultrasound or even a ct or mri. This should be done as soon as possible. ...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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I am 20 years old with Wrist pain starting from top of mid forearm to middle and ring finger. Wrist throbs and hurts to move. No swelling or bruising.

need evaluation: It's not completely clear what your symptoms suggest. Pain in this Siri could come from the joints, are the soft tissues like the tendons, are you a nerve irritation. An evaluation will help clarify what isgoing on. You will see your physician to clarify this until you get there or you could try wearing a wrist splint to decrease her symptoms ...Read more

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Right ulnar nerve transposition 9/30/2014. New bruising and swelling at wrist with severe [burning] pain down forearm into D4 & D5. Is this normal?

Right ulnar nerve transposition 9/30/2014. New bruising and swelling at wrist with severe [burning] pain down forearm into D4 & D5. Is this normal?

No: The bruising around the wrist may be the result of blood from the surgical site, slowly tracking down the forearm. If there is new numbness or weakness you should see your surgeon.
If the 4,5 burning is new, it might be from the swelling of forearm but does merit follow up the surgeon, if it persists. ...Read more

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Very faint .5cm thick yellow line on skin from wrist up inner forearm to elbow crook.no swelling. present 1 week.decreasing dull muscle pain. concern?

Very faint .5cm thick yellow line on skin from wrist up inner forearm to elbow crook.no swelling. present 1 week.decreasing dull muscle pain. concern?

Exam needed: To make a DX for this problem an exam would be necessary.
If the problem is regressing on its own, just continue to observe. If worsening, or not going away, then get exam ...Read more

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20 yrs old wrist throbbing starting from mid forearm to middle and ring finger. Hurts to bend or extend wrist and two fingers.No bruising or swelling.

20 yrs old wrist throbbing starting from mid forearm to middle and ring finger. Hurts to bend or extend wrist and two fingers.No bruising or swelling.

Wrist: With a throbbing wrist you should best go to the nearest Emergency facility - have someone take you. Most likely it will be well taken care of in the ER.

Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Right-Ulnar Nerve Transposition 9/30/2014. Persistent elbow swelling. Severe pain down forearm to fingers. Swelling & new bruising anterior of wrist.

Right-Ulnar Nerve Transposition 9/30/2014. Persistent elbow swelling. Severe pain down forearm to fingers. Swelling & new bruising anterior of wrist.

Talk to your surgeon: talk to the person who performed your surgery. He/she is the appropriate person to contact in this situation, not strangers on the internet. ...Read more

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Grabbed with force 3 days ago, bruising gone, swelling 2in above outside of wrist on forearm, very tender,still have mobility, sore resting. fracture?

Grabbed with force 3 days ago, bruising gone, swelling 2in above outside of wrist on forearm, very tender,still have mobility, sore resting. fracture?

No way of telling.: Unless there is a gross disfigurement at the site, there is no way of telling with complete assurance, that you have sustained a wrist fracture. To remove all doubt, head to the urgent care for an x-ray and evaluation. ...Read more

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I got bitten by a bug on my arm by my wrist and it is swelling a lot and hurts when it is touched?

I got bitten by a bug on my arm by my wrist and it is swelling a lot and hurts when it is touched?

Bug bite treatment: Use a cold compress to help reduce the swelling. Taking Benadryl and another histamine blocker like omeprazole can also lessen the bite affects. Most bites by unseen spiders end well with simple care. But also watch for fevers, infection at the site, joint pains, and overall worsening. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. ...Read more

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What could cause swelling on outside of left wrist, there is no pain and when i lift my arm up it goes away?

What could cause swelling on outside of left wrist, there is no pain and when i lift my arm up it goes away?

Cyst: There are many things that cause swellings but at the wrist, it would be most common to have a ganglionic cyst. Other possibilities are traumatic cyst, lymph node, etc. The only way to know for sure what it is is for you to have it examined and perhaps a test called MRI or ultrasound to image the lesion. I would have your physician look at it and evaluate it. ...Read more

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Son fell at baseball fell with arm tucked in. Has pain can't bend wrist a lot no swelling. thoughts? Broke??

Son fell at baseball fell with arm tucked in. Has pain can't bend wrist a lot no swelling. thoughts? Broke??

Fractures: Keep an eye on swelling . It will hurt a lot initially . Broken or fractured bones hurt a lot when moved , more swelling , and redness maybe. Give him something for pain , immobilize the wrist and little ice pack too helps. See how he is tomorrow . ...Read more

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I have a cystic swelling back of left wrist and two days ago my arm pain, what should I do?

I have a cystic swelling back of left wrist and two days ago my arm pain, what should I do?

Infection: This could be something small like a tendinitis but could also be an infectious process or, less likely, a fracture. If you have severe pain, fever, chills or the arm is getting worse, it would be advisable to go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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Tender vein along the left side of my arm a little before the wrist and area around it. As well as swelling in the area?

Tender vein along the left side of my arm a little before the wrist and area  around it. As well as swelling in the area?

Thrombophlebitis?: Thrombophlebitis is a likely diagnosis. Did you have a recent IV in the area or other trauma? Warm compresses and ibuprofen are the treatments of choice but would see your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Swelling on my feet and shooting pain up my arm and wrist what could it be ?

Swelling on my feet and shooting pain up my arm and wrist what could it be ?

See your Doctor!: How long has the swelling been going on? What did you do or eat or take when it began? Need more info or medical history to help you out further. Please provide it and resubmit, and we'll do the best to help you out. Then, we can assess if there's any relationship to what's also happening in your wrist and arm. I don't believe we have the whole picture here. Let us help you better answer this!Thx! ...Read more

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Right arm vein hurts by my wrist. Dr. Says it might be gout but even with meds the pain is still there and so is the swelling. What could it be?

So here's the: Thing, if gout is the presumptive diagnosis a simple tap of the region (tap means doctor taking a sample with needle) would confirm that diagnosis. In the event, it's not gout, an abcess, or infection presents Similiarly, and that should be considered, a clot could develop in a vein, less common in wrist but very painful when it occurs. ...Read more

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I had a forearm surgery for my left arm 3 days ago, and my arm and hand is swelling. How long will my arm and hand to go back to its normal size? Thx

I had a forearm surgery for my left arm 3 days ago, and my arm and hand is swelling. How long will my arm and hand to go back to its normal size? Thx

That depends: On the type of surgery, how well you can recover, any medications you may be taking, if you are keeping it elevated often, resting it, have a cast on it, etc. Etc. Call the surgeon, and then all your questions would be better answered as they are familiar with your case. Best wishes. ...Read more