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 How can workers comp insurance agents get away with getting the proper medical treatment for head/neck injury?
I was injured on 1/2/05 @ work with a 50lb box of meat fell on my head and neck. She has denied me all the proper medical treatment and sent me to just occupational health. They are not the proper ...

 hot or cold for pinched nerve in neck?
i have been told hot works. then ive been told cold works. then some say to do both off and on. i really could use some help here deciding. and then along with some kind of exercise or massage. ...

 someone look at this to help about mu hand?
help me worlk out my ...

 Is codeine addictive?

 can anyone suggest me to reduce ankle and heel pain?
I have sever pain in my ankel and heels.Iam too young to have such a problem. Is it due to calcium deficiency. Pls ...

 Fentanyl - how long until body adjusts and side effects lessen?
I just started the Fentanyl patch [the 50mcg one] about 1.5 days ago. I realize that this is a short time and that it's probably not abnormal at all to be feeling side effects; I ...

 who knows anything about treatment successfully for a buldging disc in lower back?
the disc has collapsed and is between the lumbar and sacral area causing great discomfort and pain. Any words of advice would be appreciated. It causes sciatic pain down left leg. Stories about ...

 horrible shooting pain in knee to ankle?
Three days ago i started having this super painful shooting pains that started in my knee and goes down to my ankle. It lasts only a few seconds and only when i am laying down. It is the worst pain i ...

 Left Side Pain??
I am a 13 year old female. About two days ago, right after i ate, i had a really sharp pain on my left side. It went away after 2-3 hours. Yesterday it came back but not for long and it didn't ...

 my cousin used to be depressed and she took lots of ibuprofen advil and tylenol?
like for instance one time she took 30 at one time and 10 like 5 times and random amounts over 10 about 8 times. all the pills were 200 mg . she doesnt do it anymore but could this of hurt her in the ...

 Have had a anoying pain in my left side for years. IBS? Spleen? What?
Have had Docotr tell me IBS. Have seen on TV your spleen is there and sometimes it is fitghting a virus. What virus would I have for so long? Sometimes it just feels like something is there. T...

 Why does it feel like this?
All of a sudden my throat hurts like I've been screaming, but I haven't been. Why is this?...

 why do some doctors do not believe in chronic pain?
I have 10 knee surgeries over the past 17 yrs, all on the same knee. Two were for a torn patellar tendon , one was was an acl replacement, and the other 7 were all scopes, even though the doc does a ...

 why does weaning off verapamil cause migraines?
I was on verapamil for 6 months with no relief from migraines. I was at a dose of 240mg/day. Now when I try to wean off it I get severe migraines at doses less than 60mg/day. Will the migraines go ...

 Trapped nerve in hip?, plz help me!?
I'm 13 years old & have been having pains in my hip since April, so I went to my GP who sent me to a paediatrician, who sent me to an orthopaedic surgeon. He sent me in for an MRI which ...

 my sister has degeneration of the spinal column they want her to go on a morphine drip for the pain good idea?
my sister has degeneration of the spine, genetic my dad also had it, shes been in pain management but they want her to start on a morphine drip is this a good idea and what side effects could there ...

 my head hurts! whats wrong!?
i have been having sharp, pounding headaches at the bottom proportion of my head for the past 2 days. I have tried taking advil, but it doesn't help, somethimes i will take three a day. But the ...

 ouchh. please help ?!?
okay, usually one part of my body aches. like my right ankle or right wrist. but just now both of my legs (around the shin area) KILLS. like im almost at the point of tears. also im usually feeling ...

 Why do I have a recurring fever?
I have hadthis low grade fever that just comes and goes for about 4 days now. It isn't anything extremely hot or painful, just bothersome. I was pooped on by a pigeon on 8 days ago, so I am ...

 CORTISONE - flare and?
I got a coritsone injection for tennis elbow and got the "flare" side effect, its been 3 days and now finally starting to feel like it did before the shot. (I can at least bend my arm ...

besides icing what can I do to reduce swelling?
hand almost broke inbetween car door and is swollen. any suuggestions?

eat & take motrin 600 mg every 6 hours
you can also wrap it with an ace bandage

Elevate it... ice it... and take an anti-inflammatory like Aleve or Advil.*

Well i would say go to the hosptail, or your doctor cause you never know what u could have really damaged, if you dont wont to go i suggest ice or even a cold rag make sure u wrap the ice in something though that way it wont be too cold on your hand causeing more problems try to avoid useing ur hand, also to reduce the pain you could switch out the ice bags with a warm rag or even soak your hand in warm water for a bit this will help more blood to the area to promote healing. You can even take advil or alieve and you can elevate ur hand.
i hope i helped hope ur hand will get to feeling better! good luck

bill l
yes you can elevate your hand . you should have you hand higher then your heart. lie down and just have your hand on your chest above your heart perhaps on a pillow as well.
you may also want to take some anti inflammatory medications. keep your hand still as much as possible .

after I had surgery on my hand I was told to keep it above my heart for 24 hours

try alternating heat and ice to make the swelling go down quicker and also take aleve or advil and that will help with the inflammation too... make sure u keep your foot above heart level and that will reduce the swelling also...

NSAIDS - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
ex: Motrin, Advil, naprosyn
these don't need a prescription
you should know if you are able to take these, but just to be on the safe side, consult your pharmacist first

First I am assuming that you have already been to the Doc and hade it X-rayed.
Then follow R.I.C.E = rest, Ice, Compressing (when useing it), Elevating above the heart. You don't have to put it over the head but maybe up on a pillow while you are laying down.
There is one trick that I learned playing sports. Take a bucket (or pan) of ice water and a bucket of warm water. Whatever you use should be deep enough to submerge your whole hand. Make sure the warm water is just warm and not hot, test it before you use it. For one hour (or as long as you can stand) submerge your hand in the ice water for 10min and the put it in the warm water for 2min. This is not pleasent and hurts alot. The cold water not only reduces swelling but causes vasoconstriction, the warm water causes vasodialation. The opening and closeing of the viens acts like and internal pump to help get the swelling out. However again it is not pleasent and usually quite painful. If you don't want to do that then just follow the R.I.C.E method above. Make sure that when you are not useing it that you keep your hand unwrapped. Compression wraps can protect a limb when you are useing it but it can also constrict blood flow, and you want as much good blood flow into the hand as possible. When the pain starts to go away the start squeezing a tennis ball. This will help you regain strength and also help remove swelling. Use advil, alieve, if you can as an anti-inflammitory. Good Luck.

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