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Thumb And Forearm Pain
Right shoulder pain & numbness of thumb and forearm, sporadic pain in mid back and neck. Constant chest pain diagnosed not heart lung or GI related?
Disc herniation: Your symptoms could be related to a cervical or thoracic disk herniation. The chest pain could also be musculoskeletal (from your chest wall) like costochondritis. It's important to make sure your symptoms are not from other internal organs as you indicated. Discuss other possible musculoskeletal causes of your symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more
Cant properly grip my right index finger and my thumb, whenever I try I experience slight forearm pain and stiff middle finger?
Tendonitis: This is tendonitis - you can get help from an occupational therapisit - ask your physician to refer you to one ...Read more
Nerve pain top of pinky, ring fingers & below thumb, forefingers-palm side, after blood draw at forearm. Pain at poke site upon arm flex. Cause? Self-heal?
Yes: Seems like Ulnar nerve injury during the blood draw, traumatic should be better in few days. If not see your doctor. ...Read more
Dystonia: Writer's cramp is a type of focal dystonia in which patients report pain and distortion of the hand and forearm while writing. Few medications may be tried. However, the best alternative may be botulinum toxin chemodenervation (botox). Consult with your physician for proper diagnosis and care. ...Read more
I am experiencing wrist pain and forearm pain. The following also describes me: Hand pain. What should I do?
Wrist pain: Can be tendonitis, wrist joint synovitis, disorders of cartilage, early rx includes ice, saids and gentle (not too tight) wrist splinting. If pain persists see a health care provider. They can examine you and take X-rays. Tendonitis does not show on X-ray but ligament disorders may show as uneven arrangement of bones as well as ruling out fracture or arthritis ...Read more
Have "early sjogrens", fibro. Hand, forearm pain, tingling fits carpal tunnel but ok in am until use, hasn't woken me Just sjo, fibro pains? Dr ignored
May not be carpal: Tunnel (CT). According to the theories of John Lyftogt, MD & as seen in my practice, not all 'carpal tunnel' is due to the classic median nerve entrapment. More importantly, diagnosis by dr. That truly understands peripheral neuropathy may provide best diagnosis & treatment. Starting w/neurologist may be helpful. The whole syndrome has me suspicious as Sjogrens, fibro, & CT DON'T have same cause. ...Read more
I am experiencing burning aching pains in my right forearm. Pain goes from elbow to finger tips and forearm is swollen down to hand.?
See details: Then see your doctor or either a rheumatologist or orthopedist and have the issue evaluated. ...Read more
Right hand pain. Sensitive skin upon touch. No trauma wrist rotation and use of hand painful all fingers hurt forearm pain when rotating wrist. Cause?
Hand Pain: This is an unusua and complexl enough mix of symptoms that i'd say you should be seen by a hand doctor. That's not to say you need to worry about it, but some things just need to be seen in person. ...Read more
Have it evaluated: You should see your orthopedist and have it evaluated and treated. ...Read more
Wrist pain: The type of wrist pain you are describing is due to your hand and forearm being in an abnormal position for hours. The best ways to relieve this is attempting to avoid the activity if possible, mouse/keyboard pads and over the counter wrist braces. Many OTC wrist braces work very well for people with symptoms such as yours in an office setting. ...Read more
Depends on the prob: Try to use an ergonomic mouse and keyboard. If that doesn't help then you should be examined by someone who specializes in musculoskeletal medicine. ...Read more
Severe chronic elbow and forearm pain (constant) for 3+ months? What are some treatments for this?
Depends what it is: Seeing your doc will help to sort this out. But, it sound like you could have lateral epicondylitis. Hurts with gripping, grabbing, pulling. Sharp and/or dull pain at the lateral elbow. That radiates up into the arm and down into the forearm. Treat with ice, wrist brace and exercise but ultimately may need a cortisone injection. ...Read more
Hyper extension elbow now forearm pain when I make a fist what can I do or take to make pain go away?
Sounds like you had-:
Strained the flexors of your hand, hence causing pain with attempts to make a fist.
You need to be seen by an orthopedist so an xray, ;/or an us can be done to confirm the DX and treatment started.
In the meantime, rest the elbow with rice (rest, ice, compression and elevate)in a sling + pain meds lie with aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen.
Mri might be necessary, if none of the investigations help. ...Read more
Pain in both anterolateral forearm for 1yr. Pain aggravated by lifting wt and any pressure on that part of forearm, radiates to thumb. Pls Advise?
This most likely: Represents an overuse or strain phenomenon of the forearm ligaments. I suspect you are continuing to do activities -- weight lifting, work or hobbies involving repetitive motion, lots of handwriting, etc -- that perpetuate the strain. Placing the wrist and forearm in an immobilizing splint may help, as may NSAIDs/ibuprofen. However, after a year, I would advise seeing a bone and joint specialist. ...Read more
Yes: U R overusing your 4arm muscles which usually means U R using weights that R 2 heavy. Use lighter weights & do more reps. ...Read more
Random severe forearm pain, arm goes rock hard, and swells noticeably & causes severe pain, happened twice in 3 days? Should I be worried.
Depends: Hard to say what this is, depends some on what you were doing before the onset of the pain and swelling, how quickly it arose and how long it lasted. One possibility can be exertional compartment syndrome, but never have seen this in the forearm before. If this continues you should go in to be seen. ...Read more
Left forearm pain that increases with touch or extension. Could this be from holding a cell phone in texting position for several consecutive hours?
Yes could be: You have firearm pain. You were texting for several hours and think this could be the culprit. It could be. Try a pain reliever and see if it gets better. In the future try to take a break from any repetitive movements. Do not text and drive ever. ...Read more
Depends: With your history of major procedures for nerve pain, you have to distinguish old from new, and the possibility of overuse of an arm with chronic weakness. Seek your physicians help in obtaining physical or occupational therapy to maintain proper posture through the day and with your duties at home. New pain may require an EMG to clarify your medical treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
Wrist injury: Go to your Dr.Get a more detailed answer ›
Compression palsy: It is possible that you laid on the forearm or leaned against it too long over night, causing a mild compression palsy (nerve is injured and so thumb does not work well). There is medical condition: saturday night palsy--a drunken person sleeping on the bench leaning on his arm all night, next day can't straighten wrist our because of nerve injury. If not better, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
What to do if I have been having wrist and forearm pain on my left arm, could it be from a heavy watch?
Try not wearing it: Try a break from wearing a watch (you could wear it on the other side if you have to have the time readily available), and see what happens. If your problem persists, see a hand and upper extremity specialist. ...Read more
The top of my forearm, 2 inchs above my wrist hurts when I move my thumb or my wrist. What could this be?
Intersection syndrom: This is known as intersection syndrome. It developes secondary to tendonitis in the 2nd and 1st extensor compartment. The pain arises at the point where the 1st extensor compartment tendons pass over the extensor carpi radials tendons resulting in pain with thumb motion, and wrist motion. This is an overuse syndrome that usually responds to conservative modalities like splinting, and therapy. ...Read more
Fell on my wrist. It hurts to move it up, grip or lift anything or rotate my forearm. Pain with moving up is becoming less.
Need follow up: If ur initial evaluation and x rays were normal. A follow up evaluation & new xrays because a navicular fracture maybe normal initially but may show up in 2 wks later. U, in my opinion u should b casted 4 immobilizing the wrist, and it makes sure u return 4 follow up. If still sore and ur ortho guy is still suspicious a ct and or bone scan will help solve the riddle. I do the ct, bone scan next. ...Read more
My left wrist is very painful at the base of my thumb and sometimes spreads to my whole wrist and up my forearm a little. Why?
Arthritis or break: There are 3 bones in your thumb: two in the digit and one in the hand. Pain where the digit meets the hand could be in the joint (arthritis) or one of the thumb's tendons. Pain at the point where the bone in the hand meets the wrist could be a wrist fracture. These are sometimes missed on initial x-rays after an injury. Either way, you need an x-ray of the thumb, hand & wrist. ...Read more
I had right forearm pain and wrist pain for a few days now. It hurts right in the middle of my forearm. What can I do for it?
There are a variety: There are a variety of structures there. It could be tendon which may be my first consideration. But you have muscles, nerves, blood vessels, bone all there. Any of these can be the problem. You can try heat on the area but you may need to see your physician for a definitive diagnosis ...Read more
Nerve compression: My first concern would be a disk in your neck compressing nerve roots, specificantly c5-c6 but there are other things even carpal tunnel or a strain of the biceps tendon in the shoulder. Of course the shoulder and thumb could be completely unrelated. Check with a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. ...Read more
What is the easiest way to break your arm? What are the requirements for a cast to go over the thumb along with over the forearm?
????: Why would you ask such a question??? ...Read more
Dull, continuous pain in left arm (shoulder to forearm). Pain does not radiate or pulsate. 26 year old female. No previous accident/injury.
When I reach for something I get a sharp ripping stabbing feeling in underside of forearm about an inch below my thumb wearing brace isn't helping?
Tendonitis: If there hasn't been an injury to the area it is likely Tendonitis. It can be quite painful. Anti inflammatory medications (ibuprofen), ice, and rest will help. On occasion a steroid injection can be helpful as well. If it persists or worsens have a doctor examine it. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Extreme forearm pain from typing at call center. Have been at this job 6 years and it's too painful to type. Can I get dr's note? Don't want to quit
Tendenitis?: This may be from inflammation at the elbow. If numbness in fingers is also present, the result of nerve entrapment. Often a change in the sitting position and holding the mouse further away from your body may help. An orthopedic consult appears to be in order if you don't want to quite this job. ...Read more
I have stabs of pain at my left forearm. Pain is moderate and doesn't get better with NSAID. The stabs last 10sec every5-10 min. Why? Sclerosis multiple?
Have pain in anterior lateral forearm for 4 months. Pain aggravated by movements and any pressure on that part of forearm, radiates to thumb. Advise?
The side of my wrist by thumb and that same side of my forearm are numb and tingly since I had my son 6mths ago. It's painful when touched. What is it?
Neurologist: Please see a neurologist to determine the cause of your numbness. Important not to put this off. ...Read more
Therapy, stretching: You should seek medical evaluation if your problem persists, but this symptoms is common in weight-lifters. Lifters generally focus on the major muscle groups (biceps/triceps/pecs/back/deltoids) and overlook the smaller forearm muscles that support the weights during those other exercises. Forearm/wrist/elbow stretching followed by low-resistance forearm strengthening exercises should help. ...Read more
Unusual: That's unusual but it's possible that the lab technician hit a nerve while drawing your blood, thus possibly causing the pain you are experiencing. Just a thought. If so, it should wane over the next week or so. If not, just touch base with your ordering doctor about it and see what they have to say to be safe. Best of luck! ...Read more
Why do my hands get tingly and stiff upon standing and fingers get straight, thumb straight and pushed in. Sometimes in forearms every time I stand up?
Needs evaluation: Sounds concerning for some cervical canal narrowing that worsens if you stand and extend your neck. A cervical MRI can assess for any spinal cord/canal concerns. If you are nervous or hyperventilating, that may play a role also. Neck pain, and hand numbness after a night of sleeping raises more concern for your neck being the source. ...Read more