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A 29-year-old member asked:

What causes a person with ms to have sudden pain in their hand?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Might not be MS: While it can be caused by new ms lesions in the brain or spinal cord, sudden onset pain might be due to an unrelated process, such as carpal tunnel. I would recommend seeing your neurologist to confirm that the new symptoms are, in fact, secondary to a flare, and if not, to see if they can be reversed.
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 24 years experience
Depends: The cause of pain in people with ms is not always clear. Although the condition itself can be associated with pain, it important not to exclude other conditions that can cause similar symptoms. Your neurologist should help provide you with a diagnosis and treatment options. If symptoms persist, see a hand surgeon, who can help rule out other possible causes of your pain.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Consider: Some patients with MS have co-morbidities, and your hand pain could be due to joint issues, carpal tunnel syndrome, DeQuervain's tenosynovitis, tendinitis, etc. Would be skeptical that this would be due to MS only.

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Dr. Robert Greer
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Neuropathy: This may mean a "pinched nerve" anywhere from the neck to the wrist. Your dr can help sort this out.

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