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Clenched Hands (Overview)

Clenched hands are hands that are held in the shape of a fist.


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What condition causes clenched hands?

What condition causes clenched hands?

Several: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

Clenched Hands (Overview)

Clenched hands are hands that are held in the shape of a fist.


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What is the best way to get rid of swelling of the hands?

What is the best way to get rid of swelling of the hands?

Elevation, motion: Elevation of your hand above heart level is key, along with range of motion which acts like a pump to remove swelling. An edema glove from a pharmacy or therapist will help. ...Read more

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What condition causes clenched hands?

Several: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I gave birth to two sons with clenched hands and small lungs but all testing was normal. What could have caused this?

I gave birth to two sons with clenched hands and small lungs but all testing was normal. What could have caused this?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I get a weird sensation when clenching hands sometimes. What could it be?

I get a weird sensation when clenching hands sometimes. What could it be?

See your doctor: These types of symptoms need to be augmented with a physical examination and perhaps labs and x-rays. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause involuntary hand clenching? I've noticed that my husband is repetitively clenching his hands (in and open, clench. Open, clench pattern). When I point it out to him, he is always unaware that he is doing it. It is very possible/likely th

What could cause involuntary hand clenching? I've noticed that my husband is repetitively clenching his hands (in and open, clench. Open, clench pattern). When I point it out to him, he is always unaware that he is doing it. It is very possible/likely th

You: You say "involuntary", but from your description it sounds like he does it on purpose, but just isn't aware he is doing it. He might be responding to numbness or cramping in the hand from a nerve issue. If he has numbness, dexterity issues, or any other problems, it's worth having a look.

The best current evidence is that carpal tunnel syndrome is structural and genetic, just like the color of your eyes or the age at which your hair turns grey. The idea that carpal tunnel syndrome was related to activities such as typing was at least overstated, and might turn out to be a myth. ...Read more

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Why do I sleep with my hands clenched?

Why do I sleep with my hands clenched?

Stress: You are experiencing a measure of the stress you have. Consider a consult with a cognitive behavioral therapist for stress reduction training ...Read more

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My hands clench at night and wake me about 2 and Half. Hours into sleep. Very painful. Also does this when I nap. Also have extreme numbness. Help?

My hands clench at night and wake me about 2 and Half. Hours into sleep. Very painful. Also does this when I nap. Also have extreme numbness. Help?

Carpal tunnel: You might want to read about carpal tunnel syndrome. Pain and numbness in the hands when wrists are bent especially while sleeping. You can try carpal tunnel wrist braces to wear while sleeping. If you do a lot of typing, working with your hands etc very important to have set up ergonomically correct. Wearing wrist braces would be the first step to prevent the wrists from kinking while you sleep. ...Read more

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I'm curious about my two month old not constantly having her hands clenched in fists. She grasps if you give her your finger. Any concern?

I'm curious about my two month old not constantly having her hands clenched in fists. She grasps if you give her your finger. Any concern?

Not at this time: Primitive reflexes tend to persist through age 3 months. Review this concern with your pediatrician in your baby's up coming visit. ...Read more

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What causes hands to clench up during sleep?

What causes hands to clench up during sleep?

I do this also: There may be several factors. It could be a response to the stresses in our lives. Some people clench and grind their jaws and teeth and some people exhibit their tensions elsewhere. Clenching my hands has exacerbated my carpal tunnel condition causing tingling in my hands. I now where a brace to help prevent me from clenching my hands. You may want to see a hand specialist, I did. ...Read more

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Vertigo spell from clenching teeth/leaning on hand at desk. As soon as I change position of jaw or remove hand the vertigo resolves. TMJ? Jaw pops sum

Vertigo spell from clenching teeth/leaning on hand at desk. As soon as I change position of jaw or remove hand the vertigo resolves. TMJ? Jaw pops sum

Displacement: You may have some joint dysfunction. Vertigo associated with TMD is not uncommon. 2 suggestions: 1) See your Dentist to evaluate your joints and your occlusion. Orthodontic and/or Oral Surgical consultations may be in order, and 2) Stop leaning on your hand. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in hands and can't clench fist? What could it be?

What can I do for this pain in hands and can't clench fist? What could it be?

Trigger finger: Is a common cause of this complaint. There is limited mobility in the finger, pain where the finger meets the palm, often called the finger palm crease, pressure causing pain can be a sign of stenosing tenosynovitis or trigger finger

it is treated by antiinflammatories, corticosteriod injection and perhaps surgery if symptoms do not go away. ...Read more

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My hand got bit by some spider and now my whole hand is swollen but I was bitten over 24 hours ago there's no pain just harder to clench my fist?

My hand got bit by some spider and now my whole hand is swollen but I was bitten over 24 hours ago there's no pain just harder to clench my fist?

This is a reaction 2: The toxin from the bite. After 24 hours the real danger is passed, and U R dealing with edema, this makes the hand puffy & feel tight. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may B helpful, but with continued use it should clear on its own. If getting worse, call Ur PCP & B Cn. ...Read more

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Hi my son just turned 5 months yesterday and although he grabs objects and toys when placed in his hand most of the time his fists are clenched.?

Clenched fist: It think this is fine, keep trying to place toys in his hands and open his hands open with yours, also use awake prune time to have him bear weight on his hands. Follow up with you pediatricain in next check up time ...Read more

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I have a pain in the palm of my hand, especially when clenching with the middle finger, it's been for days now, what could be the cause?

I have a pain in the palm of my hand, especially when clenching with the middle finger, it's been for days now, what could be the cause?

Early trigger finger: Trigger finger often begins with the findings you are describing could benefit from steroid injection, or therapy. Anti inflammatories and ice will help. Seek care with hand surgeon or your pcp ...Read more

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Right hand fingers (not thumb) will close in a straight, not clenched position, down onto my palm. Have to pull them open. No pain, just odd sensation?

Right hand fingers (not thumb) will close in a straight, not clenched position, down onto my palm. Have to pull them open. No pain, just odd sensation?

Hand closing: Sounds like "trigger fingers" or tenosynovitis.
You should follow up with your primary care physician. You may then be referred to a hand specialist.
It depends how bad your hand is.
Hand physical therapy might be enough.
It does not sound urgent but I would follow up soon. ...Read more

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Why I am shaking cold even though very warm in the house and bundled up? I keep getting these severe chills, hands are freezing. Legs keep shaking and clenching. Chills and shaking so bad I feel like I may fall down or faint.

Why I am shaking cold even though very warm in the house and bundled up? I keep getting these severe chills, hands are freezing. Legs keep shaking and clenching. Chills and shaking so bad I feel like I may fall down or faint.

Thyroid: Perhaps the thyroid gland is not working. It regulates your metabolism as far as keeping you at a normal temperature. Your thyroid gland is located in your neck. Blood tests show how well it is working.
Under active thyroid could be causing you these symptoms. Infection somewhere in the body could also lead to decreased temperature.
Don't delay seek medical attention today. ...Read more

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Right hand side jaw pain and clicking ive noticed I'm always clenching my teeth how can I stop doing it? As sometimes I don't realise I'm doing it

Right hand side jaw pain and clicking ive noticed I'm always clenching my teeth how can I stop doing it? As sometimes I don't realise I'm doing it

TMJ-TMD: TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, jaw clicking and pain behind the ear. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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Random tired feeling in left arm/hand. Able to clench fist tightly and hold arms straight in air etc. Can you still have a TIA without full stroke sym?

Random tired feeling in left arm/hand. Able to clench fist tightly and hold arms straight in air etc. Can you still have a TIA without full stroke sym?

Yes: The definition of TIA (transient ischemic attack) or ministroke indicates transient or inomplete loss of function. Usually they are symptoms that last 10 or 15 minutes then resolve. Weekness alone can be early signs of a stroke, even without loss of function. ...Read more

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Punched a wall. Pinky seems a lil crooked, and slight swelling in the back of hand area below ring and pinky fingers. Fist can be clenched. Fracture?

Punched a wall. Pinky seems a lil crooked, and slight swelling in the back of hand area below ring and pinky fingers. Fist can be clenched. Fracture?

Boxers Fracture: You have likely fractured the head of your 5th metacarpal neck with possible displacement and angulation. Do not use your hand, protect it and visit an Orthopaedic Surgeon in clinic. You need x-rays and splinting until an ortho has a chance to schedule you for a closed reduction of the fracture (putting it back in place) and then percutaneous pinning, casting, or in some cases operative fixation. ...Read more

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I have clenched stomach daily, swollen feet/calves, stiff hands, gerd, dry mouth, fatigue, no sleep, anxiety, fuzzy brain, heat sensitivity.?

I have clenched stomach daily, swollen feet/calves, stiff hands, gerd, dry mouth, fatigue, no sleep, anxiety, fuzzy brain, heat sensitivity.?

Likely not connected: You present several symptoms, which are probably not connected. The can be serious, nonetheless. If these symptoms are acute / recent - please seek urgent / emergency care. Otherwise, make an appointment with your Dr. Take ALL your medications & vitamins etc. For review. Best Wishes ...Read more

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On day 3 of escitalopram. About an hr after I take it I feel very anxious and "high". Pupils dilate, jaw clenches. Shaking hands. Is this normal?

On day 3 of escitalopram. About an hr after I take it I feel very anxious and "high". Pupils dilate, jaw clenches. Shaking hands. Is this normal?

Reported side effect: Worsening anxiety, cramps and dilated pupils can all occur with the use of escitalopram and often get better in the next few days to weeks of treatment. I suggest you report to your doctor as she may consider starting you at a lower dose and then gradually going up. She may also consider a benzo for the first few weeks until the effects of the escitalopram kick in. Please check with your doctor. ...Read more

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My middle finger inpinges when I clench, whats, up?

My middle finger inpinges when I clench, whats, up?

Trigger finger: Sounds like you have trigger finger. It is caused by inflammation involving the tendon and the tendon sheath of your finger. Your finger may get stuck in a bent position and then pops open like a trigger being pulled and released. You should avoid repetitive clenching. May want to take otc nsaids and soak it in warm water. If it's severe, you should see a doctor. Steroid injection often help. ...Read more

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What might be the cause of the pain in the lower part of my pinky finger? More specifically, in the two lower knuckle when moved/bent/clenched etc.

What might be the cause of the pain in the lower part of my pinky finger? More specifically, in the two lower knuckle when moved/bent/clenched etc.

Joints: If it involves the joints, it may be a type of arthritis. Follow up with your MD for an examine, investigations and management. All the best. ...Read more