Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
149 Doctors are Online

Felt a pain in the palm of hand. Noticed swollen and blue vein from wrist to palm. What to do?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 349 Questions
I suddenly felt a pain in the palm of my hand. The major blue vein there had swollen from the wrist to the mid point of my palm. It hurt. I removed my watch which was a bit tight. The vein remains larger than normal and a bit sensitive but the initial bit of pain is gone. Could this be a blood clot? or was my watch just too tight? How do I tell the difference? Really don't want to go to the emergency room if this is just a compressed vein.
Posted Mon, 5 Nov 2012 in Head Injuries
Answered by Dr. Piyush Ostwal 1 hour later
Thanks for writing to us.
Since the vein has remained of the same size probably that was not the cause of pain. Along with the vein, nerves also pass through the wrist and compression over the nerve can cause such pain.
It is unlikely to be a blood clot. A blood clot will produce many other symptoms and will not subside so soon after removing the compression. I dont think we need to worry here
However, we can definitely conclude after evaluation by a doctor and some tests in case of any doubt. You may not be able to tell the difference yourself.
I hope I have answered your query. if you have any more queries, I will be happy to answer.
Good luck.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Felt a pain in the palm of hand. Noticed swollen and blue vein from wrist to palm. What to do? 3 hours later
Thank you for the quick response.
Answered by Dr. Piyush Ostwal 31 hours later
You are welcome.

If all your queries are answered, please close this discussion.

Good luck!!!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Critical Care

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor