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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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Jammed thumb some pain stiffness and swelling at joint between first metacarpal and bottom of thumb?

Jammed thumb some pain stiffness and swelling at joint between first metacarpal and bottom of thumb?

See below: Would recommend that an x-ray be done to rule out a fracture that might require more specific care than the riice mnemonic (rest, ice, ibuprofen, compression and elevation).

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Thumb pain caused by hard impact about three weeks ago but hasn't decreased I have a little swelling and get pain and numbness/tingling in thumb&wrist?

Thumb pain caused by hard impact about three weeks ago but hasn't decreased I have a little swelling and get pain and numbness/tingling in thumb&wrist?

Depends: This really should be examined in person, and is not suited to a internet diagnosis. Depends on injury, was thumb jammed? If so, possibly compressed structures in bones of hand/wrist and sometimes wrist inflammation turns inward not outward and that is something to seek care for, as entrapment of neurovascular elements within the wrist can be a real problem. Suggest see md/orthopedist. Good luck.

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Jammed thumb during wrestling mild pain and swelling on metacarpal and on bottom half of thumb stiffness in thumb what could be wrong with it?

Jammed thumb during wrestling mild pain and swelling on metacarpal and on bottom half of thumb stiffness in thumb what could be wrong with it?

MCP joint inflamed?: The area you point is the joint area between the proximal phalange of thumb and the head of 1st mc bone. Stiffness could be due to strain / sprain of the supporting structures around the joint like ligaments, joint capsule, tendon inflammation without injury to bones. There may be a small crack fracture, partial / total dislocation of jt. Need to see ur dr, get xray. Do hot compress, pain meds.

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Dropped a can on upper knuckle of left thumb. Pain & numbness on side of knuckle, limited mobility& swelling between index & thumb. Is it fractured?

Dropped a can on upper knuckle of left thumb. Pain & numbness on side of knuckle, limited mobility& swelling between index & thumb. Is it fractured?

Only x-ray can tell: If this just occurred, then it's reasonable to give this a couple of days of observation, rest, icing and possibly anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. Only an x-ray can answer the question of whether a fracture is present or not. A contusion/bruise can certainly look like this.

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I am experiencing hand swelling. The part of the palm that is attached to thumb. No pain or discomfort, just swelling. Both hands.?

I am experiencing hand swelling. The part of the palm that is attached to thumb. No pain or discomfort, just swelling. Both hands.?

Usually nothing to: Worry over, no pain, just edema, maybe form overuses like computors or gardening, but if pain, redness /swelling could be arthritis such as rheumatoid but with no other symptoms, don't worry about it, if related to menses just hormonal temporary

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How can I relieve thumb pain caused by typing and texting?

How can I relieve thumb pain caused by typing and texting?

See below: You might have to cut back on the amount of texting and typing that you do. It is possible that your body cannot tolerate your current level of activity. You may need some hand therapy with an occupational therapist. Sometimes a splint may be needed as well.

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Thumb pain at base of thumb and some on inside by ucl. Unable to pinch or hold a cup etc. Had gamekepper surgery 2 times. What's wrong?

Thumb pain at base of thumb and some on inside by ucl. Unable to pinch or hold a cup etc. Had gamekepper surgery 2 times. What's wrong?

In anyone with UCL: Tear of the mcp joint of the thumb) 2 prior procedures with pain perhaps the stability that was needed just oculdnt be attended. I assume base means the mp jointnad not thereal "base: as in the cmc joint. Damage to the joint from the orignal traumatic episode may preclude complete relief of pain. With good stability then it deends upon how much pain before fusion but hard to rec at age 19.

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What can you do for thumb pain at home?

What can you do for thumb pain at home?

Wear a splint: Thumb pain is usually arthritis at the base ad the thumb. A splint takes pressure of the thumb.

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Lingering rcl thumb pain from a fall 10 weeks ago. Is that normal?

Lingering rcl thumb pain from a fall 10 weeks ago. Is that normal?

Not normal: The opposable thumb is what makes us unique. The multitude of muscles, ligaments, bones, and nerves that supply the thumb need to work in union in order for it to function properly. Scar tissue from a partial ligament tear, malalignment, nerve compression, hairline fracture may be the reason it continues to bother you. You should seek medical attention if this continues to persist.

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How to get rid of thumb pain on the right?

How to get rid of thumb pain on the right?

Try few things, 1st.: Localized, unilateral joint/muscle pain has a variety of causes, most likely some kind of trauma, repeated movements leading to mm strain, early osteoarthritis--old bone or degenerative arthrittis-- at base of thumb is very often the joint first affected. Rest it (play piano, use computer or texting a lot?), ice it, perhaps anti-inflammatory (advil, alleve), for a week. If persists, check w doc.

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I have thumb pain and it is swollen and cramped up. What do I do?

I have thumb pain and it is swollen and cramped up. What do I do?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you.

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When should I see a doctor about my thumb pain?

When should I see a doctor about my thumb pain?

Function: When the pain affects your ability to perform tasks of daily living or specific activities important to you than seek care.

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Thumb pain blue cyst under the skin, what is it?

Thumb pain blue cyst under the skin, what is it?

Vein: Hand has a lot of superficial veins. Sometimes they are traumatized by routine things we do. This small vein can clot off and occasionally calcify. They often occur in locations that sustain a lot of use or minor trauma. Try padding the area with a bandaide. If it continues to hurt, they sometimes need to be removed.

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I have developed thumb pain due to golf playing. I have given rest for 3 months but it still comes off and on. What should I do?

I have developed thumb pain due to golf playing. I have given rest for 3 months but it still comes off and on. What should I do?

Splint, rest, meds: This type of pain could be due to several problems. Tendinitis is possible and can be treated with a splint to rest your thumb, application of heat, and medication like advil of aleve (naproxen). Other possible causes include arthritis of the joint at the bottom of the thumb. If the above does not help, get it checked out by your doctor or a hand surgeon.

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