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Swelling and stiffness from arm to elbow. No relief with medicines. Any suggestions?

I am Amy Thompson 43, my arm from the elbow down is swollen and stiff. I had blood work done a few days ago and there was a little sore at site from the nurse missing and trying again,so that evening I was cleaning frag plugs in my salt water frag tank and I put a rubberband on my sleeves doubled and got finished and forgot to take the bands off and I have a very sore arm -feels stiff, sore, hard and it is bright red. I took them off before bed and went to bed and I sleep on my side with my hand and arm under my pillow bent so I have a swollen arm from elbow to hand it also changes how much it is swollen depending on what I am doing. Please any suggestion would be helpful! I have taken tylenol , topical antibiotic ointment, Arnicia Montana, aspirin , aleve . Thank you Amy
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.
The pains that you have described are likely to be due to a muscular spasm most likely caused by a wrong body posture. Taking mild pain killers and muscle relaxants will bring a short term relief. Regular stretching exercise will be helpful.
you can do a hot fomentation and apply a local analgesic gel on the area to relieve the spasm.
I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Wed, 27 Nov 2013
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