OT: What does bursitis look like??

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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I developed a hard bump at the base of my middle finger, palm side.  It only hurts when you press on it.  If I bend the finger wayyyyyy back, the hard bump disappears some.
And before Sniper gets on this post....no it is not from over use while driving tongue
Does this just go away on its own????
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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
The way I understand bursitis is that the bursa sack in the joint gets inflamed... causing pain. Has the pain gotten any worse? I don't know a lot about it. I currently have an inflamed bursa sack in my shoulder but I have a bone spur that is causing the problem. They wanted me to take NSAID's (can't - gastric issues), so ice packs have been my buddy for a couple of weeks. (I have surgery this Friday. It has been really painful for me... even the rotator cuff is inflamed - no tear yet. And I am horrible using only my left hand/arm!!!) I hope it goes away for you without any treatment. Don't they do 'roid injections for bursitis? I had a shot for my shoulder, but it didn't help because of the spur.
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   Posted 11/12/2007 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
for me it looked like I have been boxing...
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   Posted 11/12/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning

Bursitis can occur anywhere in the body where there is a bursa when inflammation causes the bursa to swell with fluid. The condition is often painful.

Bursitis typically causes a dull pain, tenderness, and stiffness near the affected bursa. Bursitis inflammation can also make the bursa swell and cause the skin around it to appear red and feel warm to the touch. Reference: Medical-Surgical Nursing; Brunner & Suddarth 9th Edition

From your description of your "bump" it is hard to know if this is your problem...........perhaps you should have your physician look at it if it continues to bother you.

Take care.

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 11/12/2007 8:58:25 AM (GMT-7)


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 11/12/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys...trying to avoid going to the GP, but I guess it should be checked out. I love seeing my GP, but I have seen my GI so much I am sick of docs and doc bills :-). I just want this little "rock" gone. I suspected bursitis as I have been on the keyboard a lot lately---it's our busy season until January 30!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


peggy113
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   Posted 11/12/2007 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Call the doc !! and Good Luck...
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BitBit
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   Posted 11/12/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Bursitis is an inlfamed bursa sack. Your best bet is to ice it for 20 minutes at least once a day if not more up to three times a day.

The bump you see may actually be a calcium deposit that needs to be removed. Bumps are not usually associated with bursitis.

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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Not likely bursitis. An imflamed bursa sac does not show through the skin. Ususally, bursitis occurs in the shoulders, but there are bursa sacs everywhere in the body. Sounds to me like you have a ganglion, which can be surgically removed. I'm not expert on those, just a guess. 
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   Posted 11/12/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I, too, thought of a ganglion. I had one there, but, fortunately it did not require surgery. I wore a brace for a while.
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   Posted 11/12/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I cant help much . I've only had bursitis in my shoulder, but most things like this respond to moist heat. A good soak couldn't hurt anyway. As for what the doctor would say, if you tell him it hurts when I do that, he will say, Dont do that..Now how did you guess what I was going to say about driving???
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