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Swollen Fingers

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:37pm 3 Comments

I’m sure this is a very easy diagnosis for some of you…. your thoughts are gratefully received :-)

Over the last week or so I’ve noticed some of my fingers swell up* (particularly over the knuckle), as well as hard bone like growths appear which make the finger look ‘wonky’ or bent. There is also some itchy heat to accompany this.

*This has also happened before several years ago.

To add to the mix - my hands are constantly cold and this is the only time they are not… are they connected?

My thoughts are is that it may be some sort of allergy - has anyone experienced this before? Or know some one who has?

#1, we observe, we do not diagnose! As for what you have going on:

1. There are two types of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, vascular and neurological. It may be that you have Vascular TOS. I would find a CHEK 3 to get assessed by and then a program from. Vascular TOS can happen from the cervical nerve rootlets, between the ant and middle scalenes, the first rib, clavicle and pec minor. When the brachiocephalic system gets impinged, swelling, loss of radial pulse, cold hands, numbness, etc are the symptoms.

2. In TCM, this is a sign of a dysfunction of the heart system or blood deficiency. I would try some moxa treatments on some KD points.

Joshua Rubin

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I have the problem of itchy swelling hands always when I go shopping in the big supermarkets... My hands become hot, red and itchy, if i rub them they swell more and start paining I was thinking cold water can help me but actually it made it worse. I tried the opposite and found out that hot water makes the itching nand teh swelling go away. Always when I have the problem I immediately wash my hands with hot water and they become fine... Apart from getting the problem when i go shopping I get it when I am home once in a while, but as I said hot water helps a lot! I have this problem for the last 6 - 7 years. I am wondering is it caused by something in the air, since it appears in seartain places only and mostly in the winter and spring?
my finger is swollen from my bitch of a mom who should die and rot in hell for making me hurt my hand now i feel extruciating pain so much she laughed and called me stupid for getting my hand hurt. she told me to close the window. god I hate her never want to see or speak or listen to that pompous child abuse bitch.
I have had this for the past 10 years and I have not been able to find anyone else with it. Glad to have found you. I have noticed over the years that when there is a threat of rain, say the night before, my finger, usually one of the 5 but not always the same, swells like you said and my hand will be itchy and where the finger swells is red and warm.  Be careful because I have almost had to get my rings cut off because they would swell during the night. This started 10 years ago and was at first maybe three time a month, now it is every day that I have something swell. The only thing I have found to help is a decongestant. The doctor RX fexofenadine  and that helps. But Alavert D is good also.  Sometimes now, I will get these red, raised places on my arms and stomach. Lately my lip will swell also, always the same kind of red, swelling places like your finger. I have progressively gotten worse and my husband recently was laid off and without insurance cant get back to the Dr.  Good luck, you are not alone.
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