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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Once a month or so the back of my right hand feels tight and stiff. It's always in the centre area too. What could cause this?

Once a month or so the back of my right hand feels tight and stiff. It's always in the centre area too. What could cause this?

Many possibilities: There are many possibilities, and a detailed history and exam may be needed to figure this out. If you are right handed and use a mouse with a computer, it is possible you have pain from repetitive stress. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I wake up in the morning my right hand will feel very tight and painful so much so that I can't move it very well for awhile but not sw

Arthritis.: Depending upon how long the symptoms last in the morning might be over use or a "flare" of osteoarthritis or an inflammatory arthritis. If persistent or symptoms last more than 60 minutes in the am should see your doc to consider testing and maybe Xray. ...Read more

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I've been suffering with a tight chest for several weeks sometimes a squeezing pain also when I lie down I lie on my right hand side due to pain?

I've been suffering with a tight chest for several weeks sometimes a squeezing pain also when I lie down I lie on my right hand side due to pain?

Get checked: Chest pain has many causes and many implications. Some are minor and some can be life threatening. More information a complete history and physical is recommended by your doctor if you indeed have these symptoms. Please go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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I have tingling in my right hand? For the last year every morning my first 2 fingers are tight/soar and now my hand is tingling. What could it be?

I have tingling in my right hand? For the last year every morning my first 2 fingers are tight/soar and now my hand is tingling. What could it be?

Tho outlet v. Carpal: In the hand may be cause by temporal compression of nerves coming from the chest through the axilla towards the hand or at wrist .Most of time is temporal compression of axillar nerve while sleeping. Otherwise needs nerve conduction studies and evaluation for compression in the thorax or arm , or carpal tunnel syndrome which affects the wrist & hand only. ...Read more

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I woke up with neck pain that radiated to my middle back now its moved to my right hand and back feels tight can't sleep on my right side coz of pain.

I woke up with neck pain that radiated to my middle back now its moved to my right hand and back feels tight can't sleep on my right side coz of pain.

Most likely muscular: Waking up with neck pain is usually secondary to sleeping on a bad position and resultant muscle pain/spasms. However, anytime you get symptoms on the arm, in your case the hand, is important to rule out any problem coming from the cervical spine. Muscle, ligament and tendons can cause referred pain as well. You should visit your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Why to I have a tight, stiff, almost cramp like feeling in my right hand? It hurts to move. Its on the left side of my hand if the palm is facing you.

Why to I have a tight, stiff, almost cramp like feeling in my right hand? It hurts to move. Its on the left side of my hand if the palm is facing you.

Hand cramps: Apologetically, i can't picture where ur hand is cramping. Ex: of some causes... Carpal tunnel: leads to weakness/ burning/ numb/ crampy in thumb & pointer +/ - middle. "ulnar" tunnel same but opp side hand. If after carrying, can be nml response. May be from leaning on nerve at elbow. May be a "contracture." dupuytrenes is one ex. If it persists see ur doc. Symptoms can become permanent. ...Read more

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I was playing volleyball for about an hour. 20min after my right arm started feeling heavy and tight/loss of coordination in my right hand?

I was playing volleyball for about an hour. 20min after my right arm started feeling heavy and tight/loss of coordination in my right hand?

Nerve or vasculature: The evolution described makes me wonder about either a vascular or neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, although other mechanisms might be considered.. Have your doctor thoroughly evaluate and design the next step. Put volleyball on hold until this is clarified. ...Read more

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When I drive and grip the steering wheel when I let go my right hand feels tight and kind of burns and sometimes tingles. Hist eds3 carpal tunnel?

When I drive and grip the steering wheel when I let go my right hand feels tight and kind of burns and sometimes tingles. Hist eds3 carpal tunnel?

Compression: neuritis, from gripping too tightly. Carpal tunnel is an entrapment syndrome which usually affects the hands and wrists, from repetitive activities. You will need formal nerve conduction studies to diagnose CTS. ...Read more

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My middle and ring finger on my right hand constantly numb and when i wake up in the morning aside from my fingers being tight and numb my elbow hurt?

My middle and ring finger on my right hand  constantly numb and when i wake up in the morning aside from my fingers being tight and numb my elbow hurt?

Numb fingers: There is no way to know the answer without a clinical examination and follow-up testing. Make an appointment with your family doctor. If necessary he/she will refer you to a specialist. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with swelling in only my right hand and fingers along with my face and lips feel puffy too. no Pain just tight when making a fist. Have had sle and ra for 23 years now.

I woke up this morning with swelling in only my right hand and fingers along with my face and lips feel puffy too. no Pain just tight when making a fist. Have had sle and ra for 23 years now.

Angioedema: This sounds like angioedema and the swelling will gradually resolve over hours. You could try Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Stop any new medications just in case. See an allergist for a workup. No need to worry unless you have a recurrence with any internal swelling like the tongue, throat or in the abdomen. ...Read more

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My hands feel tight and my ribs feel tight. What could be the problem?

My hands feel tight and my ribs feel  tight. What could be the problem?

Inflammation/anxiety: Stiff fingers/hands can be primarily due to rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are other possible causes which may include injury in the finger joints or peripheral neuropathy. You may also have costochondritis, when your ribs get inflamed at the junction with the breast bone. Anxiety and sometime panic attacks can cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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Two yr old hands are closed tight into fists most of the day. Why would he develop this behavior? He picks up objects with closed fists, so he can eat

Two yr old hands are closed tight into fists most of the day. Why would he develop this behavior? He picks up objects with closed fists, so he can eat

Abnormal: Keeping hands closed in fists may be an indication of a problem with the nerves or muscles. This is something that you should consult a pediatrician about. The doctor can do a physical exam and determine what the next best steps are to fully evaluate the cause of your child's holding his hands in fists. ...Read more

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I have tightness and stiffness in my fingers and hands in the mornings?

I have tightness and stiffness in my fingers and hands in the mornings?

AM stiffness: This is a common symptom in people who have arthritis of different kinds. Impossible to say what kind without an exam. For most people the stiffness works itself out after a little while. Hot showers or baths help. Gentle opening and closing of the fingers usually helps. Can be a nuisance but usually not much can be done about it. ...Read more