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I have a small pea size lump just below the

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Posted on Sun, 24 Feb 2019
Question: I have a small pea size lump just below the middle finger joint on my palm. It is painful to bend middle and ring fingers. I have had it for a few months but now the pain is becoming too much and mobility is being affected. What could it be and what do I need to do? Is there a quick fix for 1 office visit?
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Follow up: Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (13 minutes later)
I have tried to massage the lump which is painful and I have tried to slow stretch out my fingers and have take advil for pain. This has not worked and is becoming worse.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Probably a ganglion cyst, follow the advice below.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Your symptoms seem to be related to a ganglion cyst.

The ganglion is a lump which develop along the tendons or joints.

I would recommend to do an x ray of the hand to confirm the diagnosis.

Meanwhile, I recommend to continue using anti inflammatory medication such as Naproxen 500 mg to reduce the pain.

You can take it three times a day.

I also recommend to use a brace or splint to temporarily immobilize the area.

If the pain continue you should consult a surgeon.

The treatment consists in aspiration of the cyst to drain the fluid.

Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.

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I have a small pea size lump just below the

I have tried to massage the lump which is painful and I have tried to slow stretch out my fingers and have take advil for pain. This has not worked and is becoming worse.