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Hi I have bursitis in the shoulder and have been having physio. I have now had pins and needles in the fingers and hand for 5 days. What do I do.

Hi I have bursitis in the shoulder and have been having physio. I have now had pins and needles in the fingers and hand for 5 days.  What do I do.

See a physician: The symptoms you are having for this long could be from many sources- carpal tunnel syndrome, clerical nerve impingement or some metabolic or inflammatory disease. It is doubtful that it is related to the bursitis. ...Read more

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Bursitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between ...Read more


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I fell on elbow and was diagnosed with bursitis after an x-ray. There is no swelling and there is improvement after 3 days with motrin/ice. I also have hand numbness and limited functionality. Is it normal?

Could be: A trauma bad enough to cause bursal swelling could also be putting some pressure on the ulnar nerve on the inside of the elbow. This could cause some numbness in the ring and small finger of the hand. Keep up with the Motrin and ice. If numbness does not go away in a few weeks, get it checked out. ...Read more

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Hurt wrist/hand joint near bony protrusion on pinky side hitting heavy bag. MRI shows some fluid/bursitis. Pain same after 3 mos. Normal heal time?

Hurt wrist/hand joint near bony protrusion on pinky side hitting heavy bag. MRI shows some fluid/bursitis. Pain same after 3 mos. Normal heal time?

Tenosynovitis: Can become intractable. If conventional treatment (NSAIDs, splinting, physical therapy,etc) hasn't worked steroid injection into the affected tendon sheath under ultrasound guidance can often provide quick relief. ...Read more

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Ortho says I have a hematoma near my funny bone from a fall resulting in olceranin bursitis. Any tips to promote healing? It's my dominant arm/hand.

Ortho says I have a hematoma near my funny bone from a fall resulting in olceranin bursitis. Any tips to promote healing? It's my dominant arm/hand.

Ice, gentle compress: Gentle motion, avoidance of repeat trauma, someotme a elbow sleeeveor pad will help, anti-inflammatory if can be taken safely and not on any blood thinners or aspirin. ...Read more

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Have left side shoulder bursitis and carpal tunnel but both left and right hands go numb for no reason. goes away when i flex my wrist and hand back.

Have left side shoulder bursitis and carpal tunnel but both left and right hands go numb for no reason. goes away when i flex my wrist and hand back.

Chances are you: Have bilateral CTS . why guess and risk perminant loss of function ? splint both wrists at night for 10 days and then check your nerve function ( EMG-NCS test ) if you still have evidence if CTS or have muscle denervation on the EMG consider more aggressive therapy CTS release surgery. ...Read more

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Fell on elbow, diagnosis w bursitus after x-ray. No swelling improvement after 3 days w ice/motrin. Some hand numbness and limited fx. Normal?

Elbow bursitis: After trauma may take some time to resolve. In the absence of infection, patience is needed. A gentle compressive sleeve or elvow pad may help comress the tissues and avoid repeat trauma but just as long as the skin does not irritated and the elbow does not get stiff. Ice and nsaids work well. For chronic issues an injection with cortisine or for very refractory cases a sclerosing agent may help. ...Read more

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Smashed thumb between two 2x4's, turned blue swelled and has throbbed for 24 hours. What can I do?

Smashed thumb between two 2x4's, turned blue swelled and has throbbed for 24 hours. What can I do?

Xray: Would begin with an xray to see if there is a fracture. Go to an urgent care center or orthopaedic specialist to be evaluate. Continue to ice and elevate. ...Read more

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Why are my thumbs so short and stubby?

Why are my thumbs so short and stubby?

Natural variation: There is a whole host of variations on size and shape of human body. What you consider short and stubby may be eminently suited for some tasks and vocations and would put you at a competitive advantage. Make the best use of your God given assets and talents. May He bless you with good health, happiness and prosperity! ...Read more

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What causes thumbs to swell repeatedly?

What causes thumbs to swell repeatedly?

Carpenter?: Perhaps poor aim with your hammer. Excuse the humor. Many things could be the cause; rheumatoid arthritis, compromised circulation in the area or generally, virtually anything... A visit to an md is truly your best chance to get a serious (non-humorous) and healthful answer. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the weird tingly feeling in thumbs?

What is the weird tingly feeling in thumbs?

Pinched nerve: Sounds like a pinched nerve, most likely from your neck. See a neurologist or an orthopedic surgeon for a evaluation. ...Read more

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What cause nodules on thumbs?

What cause nodules on thumbs?

Couple of things: Somewhat common is a ganglion cyst (small collection of concentrated joint fluid). Gouty tophus, or maybe a bone/cartilage cyst, or bone spur can form "nodules" on the thumb area. If it is bothersome to you, i suggest getting evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi have pain in my right thumb?

Pain thumb: need to be more specific. could be injury, infection, arthritis. clinical correlation is important . Review with doctor. ...Read more

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How to stop the pain in my thumb?

Need to determine: the cause of the thumb pain to adequately treat it. In the meantime NSAID's or Acetaminophen may help to lessen pain. Take care. ...Read more

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Why is it that my thumbs keep locking or clicking?

Why is it that my thumbs keep locking or clicking?

Trigger finger: Typically has a locking or clicking tendon, other things can click in a finger or thumb such as a joint, a tendon snapping over a bone spur , other areas of tendon irritation in the wrist, even a cyst or tumor on a tendon or just a joint click from. Normal motion but yes it sounds like the description you give is that of a trigger thumb. Many get permanent relief from corticosteroid injection. ...Read more

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What is a trigger thumb?

What is a trigger thumb?

Locking: In the a1 pulley at the base of the thumb on the palmar side of the mp joint the flexor policus longus tendon can get bound up and not glide properly. This causes clicking or locking on attempted thumb motion. The motion of the ip joint is primarily affected. This is usually an overuse syndrome. Treatment consists of steroid injection , splinting, or surgery to release pulley. ...Read more

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Does trigger thumb hurt?

Does trigger thumb hurt?

Yes: The triggering or clicking is caused by some swelling of the tendon as it tries to slide through a fascial pulley or tube. If the swelling is severe enough, it can cause the finger to get stuck in a flexed position and this can be painful to straighten out. You can try a splint, anti-inflammatory medication or a cortisone injection to treat this. ...Read more

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How to stop thumb sucking?

How to stop thumb sucking?

Age of patient?: Infant: offer pacifier toddler: out of sight, out of mind child: peer pressure, thumb sucking splint (breaks the suction), painting nails with bitter substance specially designed for this teen/adult: habit replacement therapy, plus child treatments. ...Read more

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What is trigger thumb like?

What is trigger thumb like?

Painful triggering: Trigger thumb is a stenosing (constricting) tenosynovitis resulting in inflammation and pain, often worsened by movement. When the symptoms are severe, triggering or catching at the thumb may be noted. Non-operative modalities include anti-inflammatory medication, temporary splinting, and corticosteroid injection. Open trigger thumb release may be warranted for recalcitrant cases. ...Read more

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