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Thyroid function. I have been experiencing pain in hands/feet/elbows worst in feet for a year. Feet get cold where you can feel the cold to touch as opposed to numb. I have not gained weight but do eat less as less of an appetite. My weight is very stable

Thyroid function. I have been experiencing pain in hands/feet/elbows worst in feet for a year. Feet get cold where you can feel the cold to touch as opposed to numb. I have not gained weight but do eat less as less of an appetite. My weight is very stable

Normal or not: Nerve diseases (thyroid, b12, alcohol, DIABETES, HIV meds, heavy metals) can certainly do this BUT even slight vessel reactivity (RAYNAUD's) that many smokers and about 1 in 5 young women slightly less men have can cause vessel spasm in cold. ALSO, joint aches can be worse in cold. Never found anything other than warmth (external heat; internal from exercise) to help this. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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TSH 4.45 Free T4 1.44. few weeks later TSH 3.8 and Free T4 1.37. pain in hands/feet. Thyroid related?

TSH 4.45 Free T4 1.44. few weeks later TSH 3.8 and Free T4 1.37.  pain in hands/feet. Thyroid related?

Not thyroid related: Hi. It looks like your thyroid is very happy with your TSH in the 3's and 4's. Your pain in hands and feet is not thyroid related. There are multiple causes for stocking/glove pain. Talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a heart attack/stroke due to stress from extreme chronic bilateral hand pain?

Is it possible to have a heart attack/stroke due to stress from extreme chronic bilateral hand pain?

Possible: Not very likely unless there are other risk factors smoking obesity high lipids hypertension stress of any sort can be an issue and pain is a stressor. ...Read more

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I have creeping hand pain - Sometimes the thumb area hurts, sometimes it's around my middle finger, or closer toward the other side. What gives?

I have creeping hand pain - Sometimes the thumb area hurts, sometimes it's around my middle finger, or closer toward the other side. What gives?

YouGot It HandsDown: Sounds like what's called "carpal tunnel syndrome." That's when a sensory nerve that goes into your hand is squeezed in a small tunnel in your wrist. The cause? There are many, talk to the doctor about that. There are a few things they can do for it up to and including surgery. Depends on how bad it is. It may be something else, but that's my educated guess. ...Read more

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Hand pain over a month after an iv?

Poss. nerve injury: I see a few patients a month with persistent pain after IV placement. This can be due to a hematoma formation or nerve injury. Recommended treatment is warm compress for the hematoma and contrast compress (hot and cold) for nerve injury. Prescription topical creams and therapy may be helpful. Symptoms usually resolve spontaneously, but tis can take u to a year. See a hand surgeon for an eval. ...Read more

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Hand pain, I kept complaining till an IV was removed. Why should I need to do that?

Hand pain, I kept complaining till an IV was removed. Why should I need to do that?

You shouldn't: Hand pain in a hand containing an IV could indicate infiltration of the iv. It is a relative indication to remove the IV and restart elsewhere if it is needed. ...Read more

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How can I relieve hand pain?

How can I relieve hand pain?

Find cause: The first step in any treatment plan is to learn first what the problem is . Once you find the cause of your hand pain then you can tailor appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What are some common causes of hand pain?

What are some common causes of hand pain?

Trauma carpal tunnel: Arthritis degenerative or rheumatoid peripheral neuropathy and compressive neuropathof hand elbow or neck general answer fora generaL question more details can lead to more specific list how didivit start what makes it worse or better history of trauma?associated non pain symptoms nubness tingling where exactly in the hand do you feel the pain? ...Read more

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What can I say if I have recurrent hand pain while working? No workmans comp.

What can I say if I have recurrent hand pain while working? No workmans comp.

Identify cause: If there is an abnormality, the cause needs to be identified. It can be tendon/joint problems (arthritis, tendinitis, etc.) or nerve disease (carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.). Many of these conditions are treatable and the tests (blood work, x-rays, nerve conduction tests) are simple and helpful. If no abnormality is found, the problem may be ergonomic. ...Read more