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When I sleep I fist my hand and sometimes when I woke up I feel stiffness in my hand and can't move it so I have to massage it, what's the reason?

When I sleep I fist my hand and sometimes when I woke up I feel stiffness in my hand and can't move it so I have to massage it, what's the reason?

Muscle fatigue: When you place any of your muscles in a contracted position for a length of time, they will become stiff and sore because the muscles get tired and fatigued and don't work as well. The soreness is caused by this fatigue. When you massage it after you wake up, it helps reset the muscles. Try to make an effort not to sleep with your hands in fists and this should go away. ...Read more

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When I sleep, my hands go numb, swell so bad I cannot make a fist, my knuckles go white, and its painful. What's going on?

When I sleep, my hands go numb, swell so bad I cannot make a fist, my knuckles go white, and its painful. What's going on?

Carpal tunnel: The median nerve is very superficial, and sometimes in sleep we flex our wrists, leading to compression of the nerve and changes of numbness and tingling., the swelling suggests excess salt or circulatory problems that vein outflow back to, the heart. This can produce all the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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Broke two fingers and had a cast on hand. Had cast removed and was able to make a fist. After 1st night sleep without castI cannot make a fist anymore?

Broke two fingers and had a cast on hand. Had cast removed and was able to make a fist. After 1st night sleep without castI cannot make a fist anymore?

Followup: Hard to say, multiple possibilities. A simple followup for a recheck would likely be the best route. Sometimes when you take a cast off the area of swelling can shift somewhat, hopefully it is something simple like that. ...Read more

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My hands fall asleep at night and during the day. When I'm holding somethingand I have a hard time maki f a fist in the morning?

My hands fall asleep at night and during the day. When I'm holding somethingand I have a hard time maki f a fist in the morning?

Parathesias: At night we can have ulnar compression that results in hands getting numb. May be related to cervical spine disease, or thoracic outlet syndrome Would also check for carpal tunnel syndrome, especially if you work a lot with computers. Splints at night, motrin (if not allergic) may help. Rarely could be MS (usually not both sides). f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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What would make it very painful to move your hand or make a fist?

What would make it very painful to move your hand or make a fist?

Injury/bruising?: Have you injured it by lifting/straining, overusing it? If so, ice or heat to the area may help. Could also be due to arthritis or pinched nerve. If not improving in a few days, see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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My hands hurt, and it's hard to make a fist, what could cause this?

My hands hurt, and it's hard to make a fist, what could cause this?

Hands hurting: Is there any history of injury? Chronic strain or overuse? Any swelling? Any redness or tenderness? Is the discomfort localized to the joints or does it involve the entire hand? These are important questions or answers needed to make a diagnosis. If symptoms persist, you will have to see your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a lot of pain when I put my hand in a fist should I be worried?

I have a lot of pain when I put my hand in a fist should I be worried?

Hand pain: I sincerely think you should get checked. Normally when you make a fist it should not hurt, either you have some kind of tendinitis, or dupuytren's contracture or arthritis. Hard to tell without examination. ...Read more

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Using fist or hand I still don't actually know what a correct portion size is?

Using fist or hand I still don't actually know what a correct portion size is?

GOOGLE PORTION SIZE: For foods and I'm sure you willl find a lot of good examples. ...Read more

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Son has a cysts on top of his hand. Does not bother him. It moves up and down when he makes a fist. Should I be worried?

Son has a cysts on top of his hand. Does not bother him. It moves up and down when he makes a fist. Should I be worried?

Ganglion Cyst: Ganglion cysts are soft tissue lumps that arise on the hands and wrist. They are harmless and often disappear on their own. Follow up with your doctor to confirm diagnosis.
More about ganglion cysts:
http://www. Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/ganglion_cyst#1 ...Read more

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When outside at night my hand begin to get hot, itch, hurt very badly and swell to the point tha I can no longer make a fist. 29yrs old and healthy.?

When outside at night my hand begin to get hot, itch, hurt very badly and swell to the point tha I can no longer make a fist. 29yrs old and healthy.?

Sounds allergic: This sounds like an allergic reaction. Try to figure out what it is that you encounter outside at night that could be causing the reaction. Are you touching anything, inhaling anything or having any type of exposure such as eating/drinking outside. If you can find the cause, avoid it. If you can't, try an antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before you go out. If that fails, see your doctor. ...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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Why do I always feel weakness in my hands after making a fist? Why do my hands feel that way?

Some thoughts: If you make the fist in response to strong emotion, not unique afterwards to feel a let-down or "weakness". If you have a pinched nerve at the wrist or within the central palm, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, the fisting action could create further compression and more symptoms. Could be sorted out with an emg/nerve conduction test if necessary, if the problem intensifies. ...Read more

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When I close my fist, my hand tingles. What does this mean?

When I close my fist, my hand tingles. What does this mean?

Increased pressure: When you make a fist the flexor tendons glide proximally through the carpal tunnel. In some individuals the lumbrical muscles which arise from the profundus tendons pass back into the carpal tunnel causing pressure on the median nerve. This results in tingling and numbness in the median nerve distribution to the thumb, index finger, long finger and half the ring finger. ...Read more

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I broke my wrist. After the surgery, my hand became a closed fist. What can I do?

I broke my wrist. After the surgery, my hand became a closed fist. What can I do?

Tendon adhesions: Scarring of the flexor tendons can impair use of the finger.
Early on the restricting scar can be lengthened by good hand therapy. After 12 weeks it is likely surgery will be needed to free up the adherent tendons. If impairment is significant, you should seek the consult of a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I accidentally hit my hand on the wall and now I can't make a fist. What should I do?

I accidentally hit my hand on the wall and now I can't make a fist. What should I do?

See a doctor: It's possible you have a hand bone/knuckle fracture. You need an exam and probably need x-rays to make a diagnosis.
Try to avoid fights with walls, doors and tables. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if your hands go numb and start to close up (into fists or something)?

Pinched nerve: Numbness is typically a neurological symptom. Numbness in the hands associated with cramping is usually related to neither carpal
Tunnel syndrome or a pinched nerve in the neck. I would not hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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