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Pain and swelling in hand - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have an awful pain in my hand while writing short sentences or a constant competative motion. My hand swells at least 3 times its normal size, excrutiating pain and its almost as if it gets stuck in place. For example, using a hammer, after several minutes, my hand seems to be stuck in the postion it was while I was holding the hammer....what seems to be the problem? Or what causes something like this?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   hello
User :   I apologize for the inconvenience! I currently do not posses medical insurance, and this was a lot cheaper than going to the doctors office.
Doctor :   do you see any bluish coloration of the skin during those episodes ?
User :   slight skin discoloration, beat red....and sometimes a purplish blue color
Doctor :   never an inconvenience , we are here to help you
User :   thanks, I appreciate this
Doctor :   ok, does the hand get cold during the episode ?
User :   no, it actually gets hot
Doctor :   ok, are you sure that the hand swells more three times the normal size ?
User :   Its typically from my wrist to where my fingers begin....not so much swelling in my fingers, but the top of my hand
User :   Its definetly obvious!
Doctor :   ok, is it in the both hands ?
User :   Ecspecially, the web in between my thumb and pointer finger, and no its only my dominant hand, which is the right one
Doctor :   Have you taken any medication for the same ?
User :   no
Doctor :   I advice you to take a tab of IBUPROFEN 400mg soon if the swelling starts and observe , if the swelling come down it says due to inflammation caused by temporary sprain of the thenar muscles
Doctor :   if it doesn't come down then my second doubt has to be cleared
Doctor :   and that is about the vascular distortion in the hand , only a doppler scan can come out with some hint
User :   ok...I have taken IBUPROFEN as well as tylenol in the past for this, I thought you meant have I taken prescrition medication for this.
User :   The pain is honestly almost unbearable, and it doesn't take much
Doctor :   ok, this time try with a muscle relaxant along with a pain killer
User :   I have also taken nuproxin or something like that...over the counter anti-inflamitory
User :   ok, I will have to try that, is there something over the counter that you could recommend?
Doctor :   no muscle relaxants need a written prescription
Doctor :   consider to take TIZANIDINE ( compound name )
User :   ok, so I will need to schedule an appointment and talk to my physician in regards to this matter? I wasn't sure if this was a reason, besides not having insurance, that was important, or something that I should be concerned about
Doctor :   get the issue cleared at once
Doctor :   its a pretty common presentation , but the swelling you mention alarms me
Doctor :   hence have to do some work over it
User :   ok....well I appreciate the advice and taking the time to chat! At least now I know that its not a stupid reason for scheduling an appointment!
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
User :   Thank you! Have a good night!
User :   Ok...I will do that!
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
User :   You too
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