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Hello my name is Hannah and I am 22 years

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Dr. Vaishalee Punj

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Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019 in Internal Doctor Category
Question: Hello my name is Hannah and I am 22 years old. I just graduated college, and for the past 3 months I have had elbow and wrist pain in my right arm. I am in the middle of transferring to a new doctor, but I am worried about this when starting my new job. I am fluent in sign language, and I will be working at a Deaf school next month and I will be signing with the students everyday and I don't want to go to my new job with being in pain like this. It literally is my livelihood and it concerns me. Back in October it started hurting pretty bad on the outside of my elbow and radiates up into my wrist. I couldn't drive for a few days because it hurt so badly, and this isn't normal for me. I also lift weights at the gym, and I wonder if I did something to aggravate it? I asked a doctor and she thought I might have arthritis, but I don't think it is that. I need to get some testing done but it will take time to find a doctor and what not, so that's why I'm on here to ask. If I do have arthritis then I will deal with it but I really think it might be overuse of my muscles, and this happens to be my dominate arm as well. So in your opinion what might it be? Thanks for your help!
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
It seems related to lifting heavy weights

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to Ask A Doctor service.

I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

This seems related to nerve getting pinched at the shoulders due to lifting heavy bag on right shoulder or just lifting weights. Another cause could be repetitive movement at the joints causing the stress.

I will suggest that you do some shoulder exercises. You can consult a physiotherapist about it. You may avoid lifting weights for sometime.
Anyways an X ray is needed to rule out arthritis.

Hope this helps. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Dr Vaishalee
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