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Right-hand swells up twice the size after using it a lot and becomes stuff and painful to move?

Right-hand swells up twice the size after using it a lot and becomes stuff and painful to move?

Slow Return.: The swelling you describe can be very puzzling, in that it is occurring in only one hand. The most probable reason is that fluid is having a difficult time leaving the hand area. This impeded return flow can be due to many things including both the veins and lymph vessels. A history of trauma to the arm is also a consideration. A thorough hand on evaluation is undoubtedly the best way to go. ...Read more

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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What can I do to relieve oa pain in my hands? My fingers swell up so bad that I can't bend them & it's very painful

What can I do to relieve oa pain in my hands? My fingers swell up so bad that I can't bend them & it's very painful

Heat and ice: But ice in 15 minute intervals only may help a lot and is often undervalued for swelling after a long day Heat helps sooth stiff joints especially in the AM, warm water in the shower, NOT TOO HOT, no burns

Making oneself put fingers through a gentle FULL Range every day and oftern can ease discomfort and that tight feeling in the knuckles

OTC meds in moderation may help but check with your PCP ...Read more

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My hand tend to swell a lot to the point where I watch them do it and it's painful I have thyroid diesease and currently not taking meds?

My hand tend to swell a lot to the point where I watch them do it and it's painful I have thyroid diesease and currently not taking meds?

Related to thyroid : The association between thyroid disease and swelling or puffiness in the hands is common. Often, especially with underactive thyroids, there may be swelling or puffiness in the hands. Also, one may develop carpal tunnel syndrome with hypothyroidism wjhich can cause hand swellling and tingling. ...Read more

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Exercise & standing up for period causes hands to swell severely and become stiff, blotchy, and painful. Relieved by hands in air for sev min?

Exercise & standing up for period causes hands to swell severely and become stiff, blotchy, and painful. Relieved by hands in air for sev min?

See a doctor: This could be many causes, such as circulation or neurological problems. You should see a doctor to get a full check up. ...Read more

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Somebody dropped a gymnastic trampoline on my hand around my knuckle it has swelled up just under my knuckle and is painful when I move it?

Somebody dropped a gymnastic trampoline on my hand around my knuckle it has swelled up just under my knuckle and is painful when I move it?

Need xray: After an injury to the small joints in the hands or feet it's important to get an x-ray of the area if there is pain with movement. There may be a fracture that could need treatment in order to heal properly. I recommend going to your provider or urgent care if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What can it be my lips swell my hands swell and feel tingly and itchy but a little painful and I get a rash all over my body and it's also painful?

What can it be my lips swell my hands swell and feel tingly and itchy but a little painful and I get a rash all over my body and it's also painful?

Allergy allergy: Certainly sound like some sort of allergy to something will need to see a doctor to figure this out most probably. ...Read more

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My 66 yrs old husband has swelled red hands that have blistered and cracked open. He has done nothing unusual or new he has been soaking them and wrapping them with gauze because of the oozing they are painful and itchy

My 66 yrs old husband has swelled red hands that have blistered and cracked open. He has done nothing unusual or new he has been soaking them and wrapping them with gauze because of the oozing they are painful and itchy

He : He may have hand dermatitis, also known as eczema. Typically, this creates red, scaly, cracked, and sometimes fissured hands and fingers. I would see a dermatologist who can prescribe a topical steroid cream and other medication to help improve this. It is also important to get looked at because other skin conditions can present this way such as psoriasis, fungal infections, etc. ...Read more

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When I sleep, my hands go numb, swell so bad I cannot make a fist, my knuckles go white, and its painful. What's going on?

When I sleep, my hands go numb, swell so bad I cannot make a fist, my knuckles go white, and its painful. What's going on?

Carpal tunnel: The median nerve is very superficial, and sometimes in sleep we flex our wrists, leading to compression of the nerve and changes of numbness and tingling., the swelling suggests excess salt or circulatory problems that vein outflow back to, the heart. This can produce all the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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Some fingers lock up and ache and it is getting worse. Hands swell some and ache in general, as well. I have had tendinitus and have had a shot in two fingers which was so painful I don't want to do it again. My fear is my finger will stay locked down o

Some fingers lock up and ache and it is getting worse.  Hands swell some and ache in general, as well. I have had tendinitus and have had a shot in two fingers which was so painful I don't want to do it again.  My fear is my finger will stay locked down o

The : The combination of a trigger fingers that often stays locked, arthritis in the small joints of the fingers, tightness and swelling in the fingers, and clinical deviation or deformity of some joints from more advanced arthritic changes can be overwhelming.
Despite your fear of the shots you may want ot try again but understand that the injection alone may not solve all these issues. Even surgery, that can end the locking phenomena may still leave you rjoints stiff and sore for the other reasoons/problems I mention.

Still do nothing and your not giving yourself a chance to get better

Antiinflammatories may help somewhat but are palliative not curative.

See your pcp or see a hand surgeon, perhaps its time for reevaluation, new xrays another injection and possibly surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Hands and veins very swollen and painful. My hands and feet often swell (due to stimulants?) but this is extreme. Veins on hands bulge more than feet

Hands and veins very swollen and painful. My hands and feet often swell (due to stimulants?) but this is extreme. Veins on hands bulge more than feet

Discuss w/ provider: The provider who prescribed the stimulants needs to know about this symptom and consider if it is a side effect or something else. In any case, that can lead to a corrective plan. Perhaps alternatives to long term stimulants can be found — they play rough w/ bodies over time. Call ASAP and best wishes for resolving this. ...Read more

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My husbands right shoulder elbow and wrist hurt all the time both of his hands swell and are painful it is worse after work his occupation is a welder

This : This could be all one issue, arthritis, inflammation, systemic issues such as a spondyloarthritc zero negative spondyloarthopathy. Or it can be several issues related to each other and work or it can be one exit to the store, factory or vocation such that it didn't matter what your own motivations are. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pain in my fingers on both hands. It's in the bones of my fingers and it is painful when I try to crack my knuckles. They also swell.?

I am experiencing pain in my fingers on both hands. It's in the bones of my fingers and it is painful when I try to crack my knuckles. They also swell.?

See someone: See your primary provider or a rheumatologist. You may have an inflammatory condition such as tendonitis (affecting the tendon or "leaders") or synovitis (joint lining). You can be examined, tests done, and treatment started. ...Read more

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I keep getting itchy spots on my hands, arms and feet. My feet get it so bad that they swell a little and its very painful to walk. Any ideas?

I keep getting itchy spots on my hands, arms and feet. My feet get it so bad that they swell a little and its very painful to walk.  Any ideas?

Neuropathy: This could be due to many possibilities from allergies to metabolic conditions. Neuropathy is a term to describe a nerve malfunction and could be due to many conditions as well. Check with your physician to diagnose your symptoms and check for allergies, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies among other common causes. Hope you feel well soon. ...Read more

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I am not pregnant. My knuckle hurts on back of hand, the 2 fingers in the middle of my right-hand swells when I walk and is quite painful. Why?

I am not pregnant.  My knuckle hurts on back of hand, the 2 fingers in the middle of my right-hand swells when I walk and is quite painful.  Why?

Could be arthritis: You need an evaluation. There can be more than one reason to have the swelling you notice, one cause of which could be some type of arthritis. Swelling can occur for other reasons but it is not completely clear from your history with the other reasons could be. Your evaluation will help clarify the cause. ...Read more

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Hands/feet/ankles swell (2x size) & get red blotchy rash after eating any type food & become numb but painful prickling & tired, weak, confused?

Hands/feet/ankles swell (2x size) & get red blotchy rash after eating any type food & become numb but painful prickling & tired, weak, confused?

Watch salt intake: This could be a problem of salt intake being too high. Other alternatives that could cause swelling are glutens and dairy. I would check in with your primary care doc for a complete checkup ...Read more

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I had a heavy bag fall on my shoulder this past friday and my thumb caught it on the way down. My thumb hyperextended, swelled and painful. What next?

Next:: Go to the local UC clinic or ER for examination and x-ray or book an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. I would also recommend using Aleve (naproxen) or Advil (if not allergic to NSAIDS) to help reduce swelling an inflammation as well as local ice on and off every 3 minutes. ...Read more

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Have a bb size bump on my index finger u can move it around have had over a year now sometimes my hole finger will swell up it can be painful at times?

Hand surgeon: A hand surgeon is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you if surgery is advisable. Such a lump has to be examined in order for a diagnosis to be made. Your personal physician could do this and, if deemed advisable, could refer you to a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my wrist that swells and is very painful. After several test I'm told that its tendinitis. Can I get rid of this?

I have a lump on my wrist that swells and is very painful. After several test I'm told that its tendinitis. Can I get rid of this?

Let me explain: The first step in treating / preventing tendonitis of the wrist is understanding what caused it.
Many general causes of repetitive stress injuries can be contributing factors for tendonitis of the wrist.
Stopping the stress.
The next step in treating / preventing tendonitis of the wrist is to use proper body mechanics in all wrist related activities. ...Read more

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What is it? A pimple sized spot on my index finger has cause two of my fingers and my knuckles to swell and it's very painful! What can I do?

What is it? A pimple sized spot on my index finger has cause two of my fingers and my knuckles to swell and it's very painful! What can I do?

I : I agree with the answer above. Another possibility is a herpes infection called herpetic whitlow. Consult with a doctor for diagnosis and treatment options. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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I have a vein in left middle finger very painful swells up very sensitive to touch it's a very sharp throbbing pain . I've had this broblem 10-15yrs?

I have a vein in left middle finger very painful swells up very sensitive to touch it's a very sharp throbbing pain . I've had this broblem 10-15yrs?

Unusual: If the area is a vein(hard to say without exam), it would be somewhat unusual. An inflammation of the vein is called superficial thrombophlebitis. If it is this then taking an NSAID usually will speed resolution. However, for an accurate diagnosis you would have to see your physician while the area was swollen and painful.

I hope that helps ...Read more

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Hi Doc. Fell on my wrist playing dodgeball. The surface was astroturf but very hard. Immediately painful, but iced it and didn't swell up very much. In the morning, pretty sore and stiff but was still able to try or and stuff at work. Each morning has got

Hi Doc. Fell on my wrist playing dodgeball. The surface was astroturf but very hard. Immediately painful, but iced it and didn't swell up very much. In the morning, pretty sore and stiff but was still able to try or and stuff at work. Each morning has got

Wrist Sprain/bruise: These types of injuries are very common. If there is no numbness/tingling, persistent swelling or restricted movement, then these type of injuries could be a mild wrist sprain or contusion. Such injuries could take a few weeks to improve. If symptoms get worse or persist x-rays and evaluation may be helpful. Protect and relative rest would be advised for the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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For a year now my pinky toes on both feet will swell, it's painful. Drs seen:podiatrist, vascular,rheumatologist &nobody knows what's wrong. Any ideas?

For a year now my pinky toes on both feet will swell, it's painful. Drs seen:podiatrist, vascular,rheumatologist &nobody knows what's wrong. Any ideas?

Pinky roes swelling: Do they swell when wearing shoes, are shoes tight or narrow? Do they hurt? Does the swelling always stay there? Lots of question to this mystery. If there are no other symptoms associated with swelling, it might be a positional thing where there may be rubbing causing the toes to be irritated and some swellling occurs. ...Read more

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I was injected with epinephrine lidocaine in index finger swelled with fluid and was very painful. A surgen removed the blister like skin along with the nail up to the knuckle. The nail grew back, yea. My question is, will the numbness eve

I : I do not know if you will regain the lack of sensitivity or reduce the pain. I can suggest that you look into medical acupuncture to decrease stagnation of blood, lymph, electrical (nerves) energy and qi. I have seen remarkable improvement in numbess, pain and range of motion with medical acupuncture. ...Read more

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