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lump on arm

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 26, 2007
  • 04:32 PM


i've just noticed i have a weird lump on my left forearm near my wrist. It doesn't hurt and seems to sit on the muscles that are associated with thumb movement. I looked at a few diagonisis but couldn't find anything that matched.
I do do a quite manual repetative job that puts alot of stress on my arms and wrists but as it doesn't hurt at all i don't think it's RSI related.

any ideas?
I'm not particularly worried, just curious :D

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  • Same thing happened to me. Had bad pain along with it. It was ostearthritis, in which the bone was so damaged that it severed a tendon in my wrist. Had to have the basal thumb joint removed. Things are fine now except the other hand is beginning to hurt. OUCH Really don't want anymore surgery.
    anxious Annie 59 Replies
    • October 27, 2007
    • 01:49 PM
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  • Forgot to tell you this. The doctor at first thought it was a gangleon. ( spelling ) Had a MRI to find out the real cause.
    anxious Annie 59 Replies
    • October 27, 2007
    • 01:51 PM
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  • There is a possibility it is DE QUERVAIN’S TENOSYNOVITISSometimes called simply tenosynovitis, tendinitis or intersection syndrome, it is without doubt the most common arm injury in sea kayaking. It needs to be treated immediately.WHAT IS IT?Tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of tendons in the wrist caused by friction. It almost always occurs in the wrist directly behind the thumb where two tendons intersect. If you hold your right arm out with palm and fingers vertical, thumb on top, the injury site will be on top of your wrist about where your watch strap would go around. Now, using the fingers of your left hand, pinch the top of your right wrist as you clench and unclench your right hand and you’ll feel the tendons working. Tendons are fibrous tissue which connect muscles to bone. Some tendons run very close to each other (such as in the wrist). In these locations they are protected and separated by their own sheath which secretes a thick fluid called synovia to lubricate the tendon as it passes up and down the sheath. When a tendon is called upon to work hard it swells slightly and puts pressure on the sheath as it moves. If the sheath is unable to secrete enough fluid to lubricate the tendon’s movements, it dries out (so to speak) and heat develops through increased friction. This is definitely a case of ‘oils ain’t oils!’If the activity causing the problem continues, there is increased blood flow to the site and quite visible swelling. The area also becomes painful and inflamed. In severe cases, a squeaking noise (called crepitus) can be heard quite clearly. It is a disabling condition which can prevent use of the affected hand altogether.If the activity causing the inflammation continues, scar tissue can develop in the sheath inhibiting further lubrication. The condition may then become chronic and require surgery to slit open the sheath and remove scar tissue. TREATMENTLike many inflammation type injuries, the first and best treatment is rest. That is, rest the limb from the action suspected of causing the injury. IN CONJUNCTION WITH a splint that immobilises the thumb and wrist. The splint can be made of anything - clothing, bandages… even sticks and duct tape! Anything that stops the tendons moving will be OK. maybe some anti-inflammatory medication. The next step, if those aren’t successful, is a visit to the doctor for a corticosteroid injection into the tendon sheath. If the doctor gets it in the right place, the relief is instantaneous and that may even cure the problem… as long as the arm is also rested.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 28, 2007
    • 04:45 PM
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