Spontaneous thumb & hand bruising with pain and swelling?

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My 69 year-old mom is having this issue. It has come up over the last week, slowly at first then worsening quickly.

She went to the ER this evening, and they diagnosed her with "blisters". They did run a CBC which was "normal" with no signs of infection / elevated white blood cells. They gave her 3 prednisone pills and some ibuprofen on site. Also, prescribed her Clindamycin, 300mg. She was "dehydrated". She has an appointment with her family doctor tomorrow.


Deep bruising and blistering on both hands, mainly on and around both thumbs. Began with an itchiness. Is now hot, stiff, and painful. There is no broken skin. There was no trauma to the areas (or any others) before onset. The left thumb/hand started first, and was beginning to show improvement when the right thumb/hand began with the issue. The blood vessels of the left thumb (and base of) were dark purple and standing out. They have retreated, but remain dark. She is left-handed.


Clindamycin, 300mg (from ER)

Ciprofloxacin, 250mg (for bladder infection)

Cymbalta, 60mg

Metformin Ext Release, 500mg

Glimepiride, 2mg twice daily

Levothyroxine, 100mcg

Singulair 10mg

Candesartan-HCTZ, 32-25mg

Alprazolam, 1mg

Ibuprofen, 600mg twice daily

Centrum Silver for Women

Vitamin D3, 5000 once weekly

MEDICINAL ALLERGIES: penicillin, sulfa.


(Pre) Diabetes II

High blood pressure


Arthritis, generalized (was quite severe in hands many years ago, but has since mellowed a bit)

SURGERIES (All many years ago):

4-6 knee surgeries before two artificial knees, 2 foot surgeries, hysterectomy, wrist surgery, thumb and carpal tunnel surgery, breast biopsy, several eye surgeries.

If you made it this far, thank you!

Sincerely, Faith

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    She can only make a fist "lightly and sorely".

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