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    Default Medical Question - Hand Tendon Swelling (Guitar Realated)

    So the last few days I had some extra time, and I plugged in my guitar and started playing. Although I play here and there, it is usually briefly before I go to bed.

    Today was the second day that I had played at least 2 hours. I was recording stuff, so the intensity level was high, not like a noodle-session.

    I finished and drove to work. I noticed that my hand has swelling the size of a shooter-marble between the knuckles of my index and middle fingers of my left hand. There is a similar inflamation on my right hand, but it is not as pronounced.

    It doesn't hurt, it is causing numbness in the middle finger and the index fingers allong their tops.

    Anybody else have this happen? It's not debilitating but it's new and kinda creepy.
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    wow...never have swollen up like that and I suffer from severe tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. I've had surgery on my right hand and I suffer daily with stiffness, numbness, and pain.

    Put some ice on that bad boy and get with a doctor...might be something else going on there...but i have no idea what.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Worse thing to do is only play occasionally and then pull a few hours. It's like running a marathon with no training - bad idea and the body rebels. One thing I have learnt from doing the spanish stuff is that you need to warm up slowly, get everything loose before you really begin.

    The good news is that the swelling will probably go down pretty quickly on it's own.
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    sounds like it could be a ganglion cyst..sometimes they blow up quickly.

    Country folk refer to these as "bible" cysts because the farmer's recommended course of treatment would be to put his hand on a table and have someone smash his hand with a swift whack of the family bible, thus bursting the cyst


    put some heat on it,


    or have someone smash your hand with a very large book

    your call

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    sounds like it could be a ganglion cyst..sometimes they blow up quickly.

    Country folk refer to these as "bible" cysts because the farmer's recommended course of treatment would be to put his hand on a table and have someone smash his hand with a swift whack of the family bible, thus bursting the cyst


    put some heat on it,


    or have someone smash your hand with a very large book

    your call

    ooh...that sounds pretty gross.

    be careful though, if it isn't a cyst and it's inflamation, heat can make it worse.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Ganglionic cysts are on the top of the hand not the fingers its hard to tell from your description. But DH is right on about it. If thats what it is a MD will drain it as its fluid filled , and inject some corticosteroids ie..cortisone into it.
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    Check out
    www.ASSH.org, and then under hand conditions look up "Trigger Finger" and "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" You likely have some level of flexor tenosynovitis, or swelling along the lining of the tendons.

    I am a hand surgeon.

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    Thanks Tommy.

    I will get it looked at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy View Post
    Check out
    www.ASSH.org, and then under hand conditions look up "Trigger Finger" and "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" You likely have some level of flexor tenosynovitis, or swelling along the lining of the tendons.

    I am a hand surgeon.
    Tommy.. you are really? I am a licensed massage therapist. The RICE method is what I would try first... rest, ice, compression, elevation. You need to strengthen those flexors. Use a firm putty to squeeze... try making it into a ball with only one hand. Massage of those forearm flexors is great as well.. it helps to release that entrapped ct. Hope this helps!
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    I'm still recommending the "smash your hand with the family bible" course of treatment.

    not because I think it will help.

    just because I have a cruel streak.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    sounds like it could be a ganglion cyst..sometimes they blow up quickly.

    Country folk refer to these as "bible" cysts because the farmer's recommended course of treatment would be to put his hand on a table and have someone smash his hand with a swift whack of the family bible, thus bursting the cyst


    put some heat on it,


    or have someone smash your hand with a very large book

    your call

    Funny you talk about smashing it. A hand surgeon diagnosed one on my left index finger many years ago. Hurt like crazy to the point I counld barely play guitar at all. We scheduled surgery & a couple weeks before he was to operate I "smashed" it twisting a handle on a valve spring compressor. Hurt like a SOB for a couple hours but I noticed the next day that it was gone. Called the Dr., told him what I'd done & he basically said that I'd done for free what he was gonna get paid a couple grand to do & to forget about it unless I had any more trouble. That was at least 11 years ago, no problems since.

    I'd at least let a Dr. look at it Axx, but Daisy may be onto something w/ laying the smack down on it. it worked for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    I'm still recommending the "smash your hand with the family bible" course of treatment.

    not because I think it will help.

    just because I have a cruel streak.

    "Hand demons out!"

    If that doesn't work try leeches. Could be gangrene.

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