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Old 09-07-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

I'm curious if anyone else has this or has encountered someone with it -

At the base of my right hand, thumb side at the bottom of my palm just above the wrist, I have a protuberance that's almost like a bump of bone or something. Hurts when pressed or when the skin is pulled taut, makes pushups very difficult (and certain not-fws activities uncomfortable) without doing them on a dumbbell.

I don't have the bump on my left hand.

I'm guessing that it's nothing that could be dealt with easily, but I don't even know what to search for to find out more info. (No insurance, going to a doctor for x-rays isn't an option).
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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Re: Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

Could it be a ganglion? I've seen them on the back of the wrist, never exactly where you describe, but it sounds possible. Worth a google anyway.

My wife had pretty large ganglions for a while on the back of the wrist, and again it made anything that bent the wrist back quite painful (press-up or barbell presses etc.) They disappeared some time ago, and I'm afriad I can't nail down what did it - but I think it was around the time we greatly improved our diet. Not saying that's what did it, they might just have gone away on their own, but it's the only real change I can think we made at that time.

Hope that helps.
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:29 AM   #3
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Re: Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

Probably what Nick said.

Go get it checked out
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:47 AM   #4
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Re: Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

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I'm curious if anyone else has this or has encountered someone with it -

At the base of my right hand, thumb side at the bottom of my palm just above the wrist, I have a protuberance that's almost like a bump of bone or something. Hurts when pressed or when the skin is pulled taut, makes pushups very difficult (and certain not-fws activities uncomfortable) without doing them on a dumbbell.

I don't have the bump on my left hand.

I'm guessing that it's nothing that could be dealt with easily, but I don't even know what to search for to find out more info. (No insurance, going to a doctor for x-rays isn't an option).
go to your county clinic and apply for county insurance. Work at starbucks for 20 hrs a week and you qualify for insurance. Sorry there are options out there for ya. You need to knock on some doors.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:39 AM   #5
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Re: Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

Ganglion looks like it - the weird thing is, I don't know if it's always been there or for how long. I just never noticed until recently. It doesn't effect barbell or other gripping movements, and since I'm cleaning up my diet and increasing my O3 intake, I'll see if nature helps before I go to a doctor.

This isn't the place for an insurance debate but even if taking on another job was feasible, high-deductible/co-pay plans are basically throwing away money IMO, even if there weren't pre-existing condition issues.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:19 PM   #6
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Re: Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

Sounds like a ganglion. I have one on my right wrist that's come and gone for many years. Sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, sometimes it disappears for a while.

For the most part, all a doctor is going to do is aspirate it with a needle. There's a fair chance it will come back at some point in the future, too, and then they'll just aspirate again. They won't do anything major for them unless they're causing a lot of problems.

Honestly, if you really don't have a way to get rid of it -- you can just mash it yourself. Some of my wrestler friends used to just mash each other's with a big book. *shrug*
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:12 PM   #7
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Re: Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

Yep. This is not to be construed as medical advice, but I get ganglions on the back of my wrists. A big heavy dictionary, and a friend with a mean streak work well.
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:42 PM   #8
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Re: Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

and when either ulnar or the radial nerve is compressed and damage, and you lose sensation in the corresponding fingers. You will have to see a hand specialist and have surgery for a nerve decompression which would add up to about 15k... the whole argurement about co pays and such go out the window.
go see a doctor and have is aspirated. simple procedure.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:33 AM   #9
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Re: Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

Another great thing that I've seen happen when the big book is applied is a scaphoid fracture. More $$$. More pain. 8 weeks in a cast after surgery to put scaphoid back together.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:55 PM   #10
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Re: Protuberance at wrist/base of palm?

Good to know! Like I said not a doctor, not medical advice.
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