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What should be done for pain and swelling in the knuckles and arm after an injury?

I tripped and fell 2 days ago. Evidently hit my left arm because it is very dark purple-black from above elbow to wrist, sores on knuckles and very swollen. It is very sore but can t say it hurts that bad. I can move it and have feeling in my hand. I am diabetic on insulin, have a pacemaker and am on blood thinners so I figure that s why I am so bruised. I am almost 71 yrs old. I see my diabetic doctor tomorrow but my family thinks I should go to ER clinic today. What do you think?
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
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Hi,

It may be due to minor contusion or fractures that may developed following the trauma. As a first line of management you can apply ice packs and take analgesics like Ibuprofen or Diclofenac for pain relief.
If symptoms persist, better to consult an orthopedician and get evaluated.

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