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What causes severe pain in hand while taking deep breaths?

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Dr. Praveen Tayal

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Posted on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: Hello Doctor,

I broke my hand on Jun 1, 2016. I was in a cast for 6 weeks and now wear a brace and thermal glove. Since coming out of cast and possibly before I have been experiencing severe pain associated with deep breaths. It shoots through the top of pain hand from sided to side but is worst at the fracture site. I understand pain comes with a broken bone but this pain is only whenever I breath deeply and is not associated with movement or use of the hand. Can you provide suggestions to me as to what to do or expect?

Thank you in advance.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 22 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Can be a nerve related cause.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The deep pain associated with deep breaths in the hand is likely to be due to a mild nerve compression. This is less likely to be due to unhealed bone. An X-ray of the area will give an idea regarding the healing.
It is best to get a nerve conduction study done to find out the exact cause of pain.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

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