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Old 03-07-2008, 05:46 AM   #1
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Weird hand problem

I have a... slightly swollen sore area in the palm of my hand. The swellling is cordlike, and runs from mid-palm to near the knuckles. I suspect it is a tendon or muscle attached to my ring or pinky finger, because I have a sharp pain if I try to lift something heavy by gripping with those fingers. I believe it may have something to do with my weight lifting.

I'm supposed to have surgery on my foot in a couple weeks, and my finances, time, and energy for dealing with doctors are a bit lacking at the moment. I'd rather just go easy on it for a while, (like not lifting any more dumbbells!) ice it, and hope it heals. The hand works normally, it's just painful.

Has anyone experienced something similar? At what point would it be wise to seek medical attention?

 
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Re: Weird hand problem

i do think you could be very right about it being tendon related,espescially since you do lifting regularly.did you EVER "feel" anything really odd in the palm or anywhere else within that hand while lifting one day or doing anything else?the thing is,if you actually feel a lump or anything in that palm,you could possibly have torn it or injured it in some way.when tendons tear,they tend to kind of 'retract back"? in a way just becasue they are under a certain level of tension.this occured when i tore my supraspinatus tendon up in the rotatorcuff in my shoulder?i had this little 'swollen' type of area towards the base of my neck area that did not go away til i just got that tendon sewen back together along with afew other things earlier this feb.

are you actually seeing an orthosurgeon for the foot stuff?if so,i would defintiely point this out to him when you see him again just to get an opinion and have it evaluated.you just really need to know if this is an issue or if it will go away on its own.you just really don't know for certain what you may have done in there unless a good knowledgable ortho actually evaluates it for you.there are certain types of ROMs that they can do on you that can indicate what or where the problem actually is.you can try the elevation,ice and anti inflammatory thing and see if that doesn't help in the meantime.but you do at some point really need to know for sure.good luck and hopefully you just really strained it and didn't actually tear it.the anti inflammatory like aleeve(this just lasts much longer than like advil)should help at least a bit in bringing the swelling and pain down.if it doesn't,you may have a bigger issue going on.please let me know how things go. FB
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:45 AM   #3
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Re: Weird hand problem

Thanks, Feelbad.

I can't have really torn the tendon, otherwise my finger wouldn't bend properly any more! I suppose I might have strained it, though.

I see the surgeon Monday for pre-op, depending on how long that takes, I might have a minute to ask about the hand.

Actually, I'll probably have to, unless it's dramatically better by then. I don't think I could handle crutches like this; not for more than a few steps at a time, anyway, so I'll have to get him to order me a rollabout instead.

I just want to go one year without seeing an orthopedist, is that too much to ask?

 
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Re: Weird hand problem

Asked the doctor about this Tuesday. He wrote me a referral to a hand specialist, then basically told me I was a hypochondriac for bothering him about something so trivial, best left alone.

I told him I'd had it a month, and it was interfering with both work and exercise.

He didn't seem to care.

Not seeing that doctor any more. Still, not bothering me right now, and I can use my crutches, so, probably okay.

 
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Re: Weird hand problem

Update: Hurts to crutch. Hurts to type, so this is one-handed and short.

If it's not one injury, it's another, and I'm starting to really feel defeated by it all. I'm just so tired of this.

 
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Re: Weird hand problem

janewhite1,

I'm sorry you're in such pain. And I'm sorry you got a doctor who told you that your pain was too trivial for him to be bothered with. It does appear that the hand needs to be looked at. I hope that you are able to find a sympathetic doctor to hobble to on your crutches. You deserve much better than all this pain!

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Re: Weird hand problem

Got rid of splints today, and able to bear a little weight in brace.

Hand still hurts, but waaay less depressed.

Going to see hand Dr. in a month.

Thanks, Rheanna.

 
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janewhite1,

That's good news!

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Re: Weird hand problem

So, finally got in to see hand specialist. It was a very low-stress visit, no waiting, no misplaced paperwork, no unnecessary x-rays.

Of course, she has no idea what's wrong. She felt my hand, couldn't find a mass, talked to me about why trying to remove a tendon cyst surgically in someone's palm was a bad idea. Not that she thought it was a tendon cyst. She sent me to PT, said wait and see for another month or so.

Then she rushed me out of there before I could ask if it was tendonitis of a flexor tendon or something like that.

Ok, whatever. This falls into the category of "medical problems I can live with," as it seems my hand doesn't hurt much as long as I stay away from the gym. And after 2.5 months, I've lost all my conditioning anyway, so another month can't hurt.

 
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Re: Weird hand problem

You know, now that I've had a few hours to reflect on this visit, I'm actually pretty angry about it. I wait 6 weeks for an appointment, and she does nothing. She didn't examine the tendons or ligament for damage, there was no "pull this way, push that way." She didn't take a case history, beyond asking how long I'd had it. She really made no attempt to diagnose the problem at all, just told me to come back in 4 weeks if it's not better. Five minutes, in and out, with nothing accomplished at all.

Thus far I've been to two doctors, and neither of them have examined my hand, except to look at it.

Oh, and I looked at the PT referral. It says, Diagnosis: Hand pain. Treatment: Paraffin, ultrasound, moist heat. In other words, no therapy at all, I'm supposed to waste my time and money going for pain relief modalities only, with no diagnosis and no real plan.

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Re: Weird hand problem

Sounds soooooo frustrating what you are going thru with your hand. I would not give up though you need to know a diagnosis so that you can move on to correcting the problem. If you don't find out it could be made worse and it sounds like you are suffering way to much now. Hope you are able to find a good doctor and that your hand gets on the road to recovery.

You mentioned that you were having your foot operated on, how is your foot now? I am having my foot operated on the end of May.

Hope both your hand and foot soon feel better!

 
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