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I was wondering if anyone else has had bruises that healed, but the pain is still there?


I bruised the heel of my thumb on the left hand months ago lifting something. I still feel pain there when I wash my hands or put on lotion. Only when rubbing the area do I feel that pain.


Then, last month when I had my endoscopy, they tried inserting the IV in my wrist and bruised my wrist quite badly with IV fluid. It is still hurting even though the actual bruise is faded. It hurts when I move my wrist, and now and then it will just ache for no apparent reason.


I don't seem to have this problem in other areas where I've bruised, just on the hands and wrist. I should mention this to the doctor, but I'll probably forget, and I also worry about sounding like a hypochondriac if I start running through all my issues.



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Hi Mando,


Not a doctor, blah, blah, but I wonder if it could be something like carpal tunnel and the fact that you had bruising in the area is just coincidental? I think you should talk to the doctor about it. When we form the ISN Band of Musicians, we're counting on you for fiddle and mandolin! :)

Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager

(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide

(Retired) ISN Artist

International Scleroderma Network

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HA! :lol: Thanks Jeannie for making me chuckle!


Carpal tunnel was a problem for me in the past and this doesn't feel like that. I was a computer programmer for 10 years, so lots of keyboard injury issues.


I've been having fiddle tunes run through my head all morning, and right now I'm playing Gaelic Storm on my computer. I had a couple songs pop into my head this morning and I should have plucked them out, because now I'm having trouble remembering which ones they were.


If only we were able to get together a virtual session! that would be awesome. I wouldn't have to drive an hour one way to go and play with people. Of course, that would require more equipment than I have available: web cam, speakers of decent quality, microphone....


Have a great day.

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Hi Mando,


If it is still lingering, but not severe or worsening, you can ask your doctor about it whenever your next appointment is. You might have injured it more than you think, or it could just take a long while for that sort of injury to heal.


I injured a knuckle last month. It took a few weeks for me to be able type (and lift things, etc.) without pain. I had a manicure last week and I was surprised by how much it hurt when she did the hand massage. But (what gets into us sometimes?) I didn't complain about it to her because I didn't want to seem like a wimp -- and I certainly didn't want to interrupt a good hand massage, regardless of the pain.


I know, I know, I should get my head examined...or maybe even my hand. But in general, at least for me (and of course you know by now, I'm not a doctor and I have no medical training at all, and not even a decent First Aid kit) I think extremities tend to heal slower than other parts of the body that have more circulation.

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099


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