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hello i got swelling the inside of my palm which is connected

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i got swelling the inside of my palm which is connected to the thumb that bit of chunky skin underneathe the thumb what could it be as im worid?
Other night felt like my skin waas cut instead it swelled up my veins came to the surface and really hurt just that bit of my palm also ive been waking up morning and the same side has been numb and swollen

now it doesnt hurt or anything but seems swollen .what should i do ? what do you think it is ?
many thanks
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.
Greetings May.

Where is the swelling exactly located; palm, back of hand or side of hand?
Are your thumb or wrist movements painful?
Since when is it present?
What is the size?
Is it tender?

Dr. Arun
Customer: replied 5 years ago.


As ive explained its the chunky bit inside my right hand where the thumb is the chunky bit of my palm directly under the thumb the thumb connection bit to my palm when you move your thumb inwards ,the chunky bit that stands out ,that bit !

it hurt that day ,not now it just is swollen now as explained it hurt that day veins were sticking out ,it was swollen and it was like someone cutting my palm but instead it ws veins swelling out and painful.

as explained now its just swollen not gone down but not painful.

my other fingers are fine but just numb in the morning the same hand .

when i bend my fingers they feel weak but dont hurt .it was only the thumb finger that caused th agony and inside of the palm the swelling

many thanks

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.
You are very welcome, May.

This is likely to be tendon inflammation (termed as tenosynovitis). The other possibility is palmar ganglion, which is a fluid collection in the tendon sheath. Following measures are helpful in the treatment;

1) Cold compresses
2) Local analgesic cream (avoid massage).
3) Ibuprofen
4) Thumb splint.
5) Therapeutic ultrasound; this is done at physical therapy center.

If these measures are not helpful in resolving it; an MRI may be needed to look for intraneural ganglion cyst. All of these are not serious and usually non surgical treatment is able to resolve them.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.


I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.


Dr. Arun
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