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I get hand and wrist pain when I wash my hands with cold water. Is this normal?

I get hand and wrist pain when I wash my hands with cold water. Is this normal?

No, may be Raynaud's: Raynaud's phenomenon is a symptom caused by constriction of small blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, leading to a lack of nutrients and oxygen going to the fingers and toes. Raynaud's phenomenon can be due to auto-immune disorders, hormonal imbalances, medication effects, etc... A primary care, endocrinology, or rheumatology doctor can look for raynaud's and other possible causes. ...Read more

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Wrist Pain (Definition)

Pain coming from the wrist. In general, the wrist is described as including the radial-carpal joint, the radial-ulnar joint, the joints between the eight carpal bones, and the joints between the carpal bones and the five metacarpal bones. Wrist pain can be caused from traumatic, degenerative, vascular, and inflammatory causes ...Read more


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I get a wrist pain when I clean or wash something using cold water or do some work which required hand effort what should I do?

I get a wrist pain when I clean or wash something using cold water or do some work which required hand effort what should I do?

Wrist pain: RICE - rest, ice, compress, elevate. Sounds like a sprained wrist. If not improve, see a doctor to help diagnose. ...Read more

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I have OCD and wash my hands and wrists in scolding hot water and have done for about 2 years. Could this give me any health problems?

I have OCD and wash my hands and wrists in scolding hot water and have done for about 2 years. Could this give me any health problems?

Yes: You must know that there's a problem here. The anxiety you avoid by the washing looms worse than the pain you experience during and after. You can get help and while it might take lots of trial/error, it can be found. The enemy (OCD) will find ways to attack - you must find ways to protect/defend. Seek good therapt - search till you succeed. Use the stuborness OCDs have on your behalf. It's a tool ...Read more

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Wrist pain and swelling on right hand. Anything I can do to get it down?

Wrist pain and swelling on right hand. Anything I can do to get it down?

Elevation: Elevation, icing, anti-inflammatories and behavioral modification are the cornerstones to edema reduction. ...Read more

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Wrist pain when I move it up and down but not side to side. Even pulling my hand does not hurt. It seems to get better but always comes back. Thank yo?

Wrist pain when I move it up and down but not side to side. Even pulling my hand does not hurt. It seems to get better but always comes back. Thank yo?

Many possibilities: At the top of the list would be some form of wrist tendonitis but other possibilities would include latent injury such as unrecognized scaphoid fracture, ligament sprains, occult masses such as ganglia, avn of the lunate (kienbock's), and tfcc injury (though surely not a classic description). You should have a good exam with plain x-rays and possibly an mri. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Fx radial head a, week ago. Still have pain, swelling of hand & wrist pain. Dr treated with 3 ACE bandage. Unsure if present symptoms are normal?

Need a consultation: A radial head fracture with wrist pain can be a more significant injury. You need an X-ray of the wrist and elbow. If the radial head is depressed it shortens the radius leading to wrist pain. You might need surgery on the radial head. Until then keep moving but wear a sling. ...Read more

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Hand pain and wrist pain when rubbed and weakness. Emg and MRI are normal. Cortisone shot did not help at all. What could this be and how do I treat it?

Hand pain and wrist pain when rubbed and weakness. Emg and MRI are normal. Cortisone shot did not help at all. What could this be and how do I treat it?

See hand consultant: Emg's are technician dependent and can be misinterpreted. Mri"s - I read all of my own, since radiologists sometimes miss subtle findings. Rarely does cortisone help except for tendonitis it is important to get a good history and physical exam. Need to rule out other causes like pronator syndrome (most people do not know how to diagnosis this), cervical radiculopathy, torn ligaments, arthritis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get chest pain and wrist pain from anxiety issues?

NO: Chest pain with pain to the hand needs to be evaluated medically. Even chest pain alone requires prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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I am experiencing wrist pain, runny nose, sore throat and nausea (severity: mild) Is this normal when having a cold? Or could it be the flu?

I am experiencing wrist pain, runny nose, sore throat and nausea (severity: mild) Is this normal when having a cold? Or could it be the flu?

Sx's: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, feeling tired, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children).
Your wrist pain may be a red herring. People usually feel quite ill with the flu. ...Read more

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Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Depends: I think both are adequate as long as they are done correctly.
I am not sure there has been a lot of studies in this area but I do know that soap and water is better for one particular bacteria called C. dificile-
the main things are time and contact so that the whole hand gets covered and the rubbing helps get bacteria off the hands ...Read more

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I have had hand and wrist pain before probably from using my computer. What should I do about my work?

I have had hand and wrist pain before probably from using my computer. What should I do about my work?

Rest: The best advice is the hardest on to do which is avoid the aggravating activity. You can also try to take frequent breaks even if you are not having pain at the time as well as try to position your hands and wrists in a comfortable position. ...Read more

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What causes hand and wrist pain?

What causes hand and wrist pain?

Pain in hAnd and: Of the wrist, many things can hurt too. Bone, tendon, joint, nerve, blood vessel, skin all can be a source of wrist pain. Tendonitis is a common cause, as is arthritis in the tumb base and carpal tunnel compression. But the take haome answer is anything that gets a nerve supply (which is everything) can be a source of pain. Hand surgeons can offer diagnosis & rx for this very complex region. ...Read more

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I have been having hand and wrist pain for a few months now it seems to be getting worse. My hands now go numb and tingle a lot. I tried braces?

See your doctor: Your symptoms could be due to nerve irritation or pressure, most commonly occurring at the wrist. See your doctor or a hand surgeon for a complete evaluation. You're likely to see significant improvement with treatment. ...Read more

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What does wrist pain and tingling hands mean?

What does wrist pain and tingling hands mean?

Many things: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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I am experiencing wrist pain and hand numbness after my wrist popped.?

Not enough: Information....is it swollen?? Discolored??? Is there a lump?? (ganglion)...WHERE is the numbness...Suggest a full Health tap Prime consultation!

Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a wrist pain with hand & sometimes to my arm should I go & check it or is it not a big deal?

I have a wrist pain with hand & sometimes to my arm should I go & check it or is it not a big deal?

Wrist pain: Yes, check with orthopedic surgeon: possible carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, or radial tunnel syndromes. May be tendonitis: mant tendon possibilities. Possible vascular or referred cervical pain. ...Read more

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I am a baker and today I noticed very sharp wrist pain when scooping things out of bowls or lifting with my right hand. What can I do?

I am a baker and today I noticed very sharp wrist pain when scooping things out of bowls or lifting with my right hand. What can I do?

Wrist tendinitis: Is a common issue. At the base of the thumb especially in what is known as the first dorsal compartment, an entity commonly known as dequervain's or stenosing tenosynovitis of the radial styloid can affect thumb motion, wrist motion and writing. Ice, NSAIDs, soft splints and at times an injection can help. Other issues may be arthritis joint pain, nerve pain or just plain old muscle fatigue. ...Read more

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I have a wrist pain on the top part of my hand whenever I put any type of pressure like doing pushups, is this carpaltunnel or something else?

I have a wrist pain on the top part of my hand whenever I put any type of pressure like doing pushups, is this carpaltunnel or something else?

Sprain: Doubt carpal tunnel which generally presents with numbness/tingling in all or some of fingers: thumb, index, long (middle), and partially ring finger.
A sprain, stress injury from repetetive use or impaction, ganglion cyst are common causes. See an orthopedist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Followup: wrist pain;not hand;no heat or swelling;"always" but more severe with use of course; I've used a wrist bandage but it doesn't seem to help?

Use a wrist brace to: Rest the wrist, and as much as possible during work as well.
Without proper hx or exam, difficult to advise, except see an orthopod.
If any numbness ;/or weakness, it could be a carpal tunnel syndrome. The brace could help then. Take some Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). I am sure seeing your pcp would also be quite helpful to get a dx.. ...Read more

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3 times random wrist pain Left only. Hurts with use & movement on back of hand side of wrist. What could cause this & what to do w/o paying for appt?

3 times random wrist pain Left only. Hurts with use & movement on back of hand side of wrist. What could cause this & what to do w/o paying for appt?

Wrist: If you have no fevers and no swelling in the area or redness the most appropriate thing to do initially would be to take Motrin over-the-counter if you do not have any problems with your kidneys and utilize ice rest and elevation. You can also obtain a wrist splint from your local pharmacy to immobilize the wrist to see if this helps ...Read more

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What can cause left hand tingling and wrist pain?

What can cause left hand tingling and wrist pain?

Carpal tunnel: This sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome which is a pinched nerve in the wrist. If the symptoms are mild you can consider an injection of cortisone or splinting. If the symptoms are more sever surgery is the only option. ...Read more

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I used to hold left hand tightly while playing violin, I have wrist pain now. How can I reduce pain? Can I continue my violin practice?

I used to hold left hand tightly while playing violin, I have wrist pain now. How can I reduce pain? Can I continue my violin practice?

Wrist pain: You may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Its best to rest it until the pain is gone (7-10 days). Use the naproxen twice a day, ice pack to wrist for 20 minutes 3xday. Consider getting a wrist brace. Failure to treat this condition could end your violin days for good. See an ortho doc for a good exam. ...Read more

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I am suffering from wrist pain of left hand--how can I treat this?

I am suffering from wrist pain of left hand--how can I treat this?

RICE wrist: Rest, ice elevation, immobilization, for starters. If the pain is acute and recent. If it I s chronic then an evaluation may be needed. The cause of the issue is important too, is it sudden pain after an injury or slow insidious onset of symptoms. If you are not getting better quickly seek medical care. ...Read more

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I have severe hand/wrist pain. How can you recover from computer related injury?

YES: Don't waste you money! See your doctor or a hand specialist first to see what you've got first! If you have truly severe pain, you probably have a very treatable problem. Be aware that in the internet age we often blame our computer for our hand problems, but it's not really true. ...Read more

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Hi I have wrist pain when I move my hand up and down some thing is locking and creaking it is ligament problem what is cure of this problem answer me?

Hi I have wrist pain when I move my hand up and down some thing is locking and creaking it is ligament problem what is cure of this problem answer me?

Wrist tendons: Can "creak" when fingers are moved, a common problem is tendonitis, especially at the base of the thumb near the radius as the thumb tendons move. Other areas can be involved and other structures like ligaments and bones can mke sound too but often this is dequervainsand it has a strong association with the "creaking" called peritendinous crepitans (fancy name for creaky tendon). ...Read more

Washing (Definition)

As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more