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My one year old graanson stil clenches his fists like an infant. Should I be concerned?

My one year old graanson stil clenches his fists like an infant. Should I be concerned?

Constant or sometime: If the kid can open the hands at will to touch items with a single finger & explore objects I would worry less. If the hand is held tightly clenched all the time you should have him evaluated. That would suggest neurologic injury. ...Read more

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My 1 1/2 month baby, always clench her fist, does that mean she's in pain?

My 1 1/2 month baby, always clench her fist, does that mean she's in pain?

No: This is a natural reflex in an infant under 3-4 mo. The nervous system gradually matures & by 6m the baby can reach out, grasp & release. But early on the fingers will clinch up in response to anything touching the palm. The toes do a similar thing & will curl in around your finger if you touch the bottom of the foot near the toes. ...Read more

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Does any one have a baby that has a clenched fist sometimes and curled toes at 14 months? Is it anything to be concerned about?

Does any one have a baby that has a clenched fist sometimes and curled toes at 14 months? Is it anything to be concerned about?

Maybe...: If this has been present a while or from birth you should consult with your pediatrician. This may represent a problem that occurred during the pregnancy. ...Read more

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I wake up with my arms crossed over my chest and my fists clenched every morning. What could cause this??

I wake up with my arms crossed over my chest and my fists clenched every morning. What could cause this??

Lots of things.: Psychologically, are you under a lot of stress? Do you have PTSD or panic? Look at your medications. Lots of them have atypical side effects. You'll need to adjust them if they are the culprits, but do this with your prescribing physician, not on your own. If you take any non-prescription drugs, consider also "adjusting" them. ...Read more

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My premature baby is now at 8 weeks adjusted age. He has clenched fists and curled toes most of the time, he is stiff yet floppy should I worry yet?

My premature baby is now at 8 weeks adjusted age. He has clenched fists and curled toes most of the time, he is stiff yet floppy should I worry yet?

Sounds normal: Infants often quickly clench their hand to age 4 months and toes to a year. If never unclenched it is abnormal. You are likely to worry to age five just because premi's do that to moms sometimes. Your pediatrician should be monitoring these issues. I routinely sent premi's that early to early childhood programs for closer monitoring. ...Read more

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My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

Likely NEITHER: If there was no change in the baby's mental status and they simply were showing the strong emotion of anticipation to eat then, what they demonstrated can be quite understandable. However, if there are doubts or this has happened before then, you should see a pediatric neurologist. More questions? Write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR in order to make appointment with me. ...Read more

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Why does my preschooler clench his fists?

Why does my preschooler clench his fists?

Many possibilities: Kids may do this in anger or a way to cope with stress. Without knowing more about what else is going on and if you have any other concerns, this is pure speculation. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I can't clench my fists?

What does it mean if I can't clench my fists?

Something wrong: If you can not clench your fist it means there is some problem with your hand, it could be an inflammation and something causing swelling of fingers or the hand. It may be post traumatic or some kind of inflammation. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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When will my baby start to unclench his fists?

When will my baby start to unclench his fists?

Grasp reflex: Babies start losing their grasp reflex around 2 to 4 moths and gone at 6 months. ...Read more

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My baby will be 5 months on april 9th she still has her fist closed most of the time! Is that normal still?

My baby will be 5 months on april 9th she still has her fist closed most of the time! Is that normal still?

Should be able to...: She should be able to open her hand to let go of something she is holding, and batting at objects, perhaps even starting to reach towards things, maybe grabbing them if she comes across them, usually bringing them to her mouth, esp more towards 5-6 months. She should be able to do these things pretty equally with both hands. If she's not, i'd check with her dr. To make sure her development is ok. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to keep her thumbs in her fists?

Is it normal for my baby to keep her thumbs in her fists?

Most likely normal: Fisting is a normal behavior is infants. This should become less common as they grow and develop. By 6 months they should be reaching and grabbing and exchanging between the two hands. Fine motor development is well defined and should be reviewed by your pediatrician. If there are problems, he may suggest further evaluations. ...Read more

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Does baby daughter with clubbed feet, clinched fists, small size haveserious condition?

Does baby daughter with clubbed feet, clinched fists, small size haveserious condition?

POTENTIALLY YES: Clubbed feet on its own and without any other associated dysmorphic features, does not have any serious implications, but when associated with other features, i.E clinched fist (beyond 6-12 months old), small for gestational age, microcephaly (small head) etc. Should be a cause for concern, thus requires evaluation, both by a geneticist and neurologist. ...Read more

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Can the tucking of my baby's thumbs in her fists be associated with neurodevelopmental issues? She is 6 weeks.

Can the tucking of my baby's thumbs in her fists be associated with neurodevelopmental issues? She is 6 weeks.

Maybe, maybe not: Fisting is common in the first couple of months as a reflex in the newborn & often can be triggered bu the lightest touch on the palm or just happen. This brings the fingers & thumb in to a clutched position. By 3-4 mo the baby will have the hand open more & the reflexive grasp gives way to a purposeful grasp. A hard inward deviation of the thumb that will not relax is a problem ...Read more

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What could be the cause of one of my husband's testicle being the size of his fist? In the last eight months (since july until now) it has gradually grown quite considerably. He has also lost weight.

What could be the cause of one of my husband's testicle being the size of his fist? In the last eight months (since july until now) it has gradually grown quite considerably. He has also lost weight.

The: The most worrisome thing would be testicular cancer. This is most common in men in their 20's and 30's or in their 60's and 70's.

There are other things that can cause one side of the scrotum to be enlarged, including hernia, fluid collections called hydroceles, cysts, and varicose veins. An infection or bleeding could do it, too, but not over a period of 8 months.

It is imperative that your husband see a urologist as soon as possible. It must be assumed that he has cancer until proven otherwise. Testicular cancer, caught early, responds well to treatment, but he's already wasted 8 months. ...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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Could a fist strike cause hepatic abscess?

Could a fist strike cause hepatic abscess?

Unlikely: Unless the trauma was so severe that actual liver damage and injury occurred that caused a hematoma to form in the liver that then later became secondarily infected to cause an abscess.... That seems like an unlikely scenario but I guess not impossible. ...Read more

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What causes someone with RA to lose the ability to make a fist?

What causes someone with RA to lose the ability to make a fist?

RA: Is an inflammation of a joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis, chronic condition. During inflammation, tendons become shortened and muscles lose their normal balance. It is a degenerative disease which results in the deformity of joints. Deformed joint can not function properly. Hope it make sense? ...Read more

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4 years ago a guy hit me on top of neck (closed fist) got dizzy stayed awake can it cause something now like an injury?

4 years ago a guy hit me on top of neck (closed fist) got dizzy stayed awake can it cause something now like an injury?

Doubtful: If there was no serious injury 4 years ago, it is unlikely that a new complication will develop now. If you had suffered a concussion (loss of consciousness) or some injury to your spine at the time, that would be a different story. ...Read more

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My daughter is 3 months old and she is very tense, always has her fist clenched and toes curled and just stiff all the time! She will not relax!

My daughter is 3 months old and she is very tense, always has her fist clenched and toes curled and just stiff all the time! She will not relax!

Too tight: By three months she should not have tight fists and curled toes all the time. A milestone at two months is hands unfisted half the time. Her tone is too tight and she needs an evaluation with her doctor and referral to a neurologist. ...Read more

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I am seeing a bone spec on Thurs for osteopenia but was wondering why my Neuro would pound on my back w/ his fist? This caused much pain, and worry.

I am seeing a bone spec on Thurs for osteopenia but was wondering why my Neuro would pound on my back w/ his fist? This caused much pain, and worry.

Percussion tendernes: Gently striking you with a closed fist is a check for " percussion tenderness". When done over the kidneys, a positive response suggests a problem with the kidneys. But it is not intended to create prolonged pain, and as such should be done gently. ...Read more

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Is it Normal that sometimes when I Clench my Fists they feel Weak and it's hard to do so? They also feel Tight sometimes... I'm just a little worried

Is it Normal that sometimes when I Clench my Fists they feel Weak and it's hard to do so? They also feel Tight sometimes... I'm just a little worried

Need more info: Symptoms are vague. Problem could be neurological or muscular. I would strongly advise you to make an appt with your family physician to examine you. ...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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Hi is it normal that my 4 month old is still not grasping toys at all and usually has his fists clenched unless he's sucking his fingers?

Hi is it normal that my 4 month old is still not grasping toys at all and usually has his fists clenched unless he's sucking his fingers?

Can be nl: It should develop soon. Some babies may continue to clench their fist for another month. If in all other milestones, your baby is developing well and progressing I would jut do your pediatric routine follow up. A single finding does not typically suggest delay. The total picture is more important. ...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.?

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 masturbate by rubbing penis on thigh with fist. Is bad for me. Has caused curve of penis is this bad that it's curved also will cause it cause prob?

I masturbate by rubbing penis on thigh with fist. Is bad for me. Has caused curve of penis is this bad that it's curved also will cause it cause prob?

Firstly: It is unlikely that this unique way of masturbating is what caused the curve in your penis. Most penis do have a curve to them. I don't think you have a thing to worry about, but if you are worried about the amount of curve, you can consult with your doctor. It will not be necessary to tell him about your masturbation, if you are uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What would cause my hands to be swollen every morning when I wake up making it impossible to grasp objects or make a fist until about 30-45 minutes after waking up?

What would cause my hands to be swollen every morning when I wake up making it impossible to grasp objects or make a fist until about 30-45 minutes after waking up?

Concern re RA: While many things can cause swelling, morning swelling and stiffness makes me concerned about rheumatoid arthritis. This can run in families and can appear at any time. Multiple joints can be involved, as well as fatigue. But things that cause swelling can also be medications, thyroid disease, diabetes, and allergic reactions to things. I recommend getting a good history and exam done. ...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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Itching that turns into huge fist size bruises. Happened 3 times within few months. No bites/rash to cause itch. Itch goes once bruise appears.

Itching that turns into huge fist size bruises. Happened 3 times within few months. No bites/rash to cause itch. Itch goes once bruise appears.

These are highly: Unusual symptoms. You need to be seen by a health care professional and evaluated for vascular and/or hematological disease. Make an appointment soon. ...Read more

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I am an expecting mother At 28 weeks I had primary herpes so it was the fist time and now I am terrified of my baby having congenital will she?

I am an expecting mother At 28 weeks I had primary herpes so it was the fist time and now I am terrified of my baby having congenital will she?

Discuss with Ur doc: Generally, the baby delivered during/thru a pelvis affected by primary herpes is at the greatest risk. If your primary infection spared the baby (common), there is less but some risk if delivered while you have a reinsurance. Some schedule a c-section to avoid the risk and others take meds to suppress recurrences. ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby is a little fussy and keeps sucking on his fist and biting on my shoulder, could it be too early to be teething? He is well fed

My 2 month old baby is a little fussy and keeps sucking on his fist and biting on my shoulder, could it be too early to be teething? He is well fed

Sucking/biting: The newborn is endowed with a tremendous drive to suckle, based on the pleasure sensors in their lips. This helps them learn to feed, after 9 months of nutrition via umbilical cord. The sucking, biting, gnawing behavior of infants is more one of self soothing than hunger or teeth. I'm not convinced teeth have much to do with the symptoms of infants, though they take the blame for a lot. ...Read more

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I have pain meaty part of palm near right wrist. It's hard to close my fist or open my hand completely. Rubbing the meaty part helps. What are causes?

I have pain meaty part of palm near right wrist. It's hard to close my fist or open my hand completely. Rubbing the meaty part helps. What are causes?

Hand pain: It may be caused due to fine and repetitive nature of work, which leads to chronic overuse of the thumb. Few examples of which include constant typing on mobile phones and laptops, work of a massage therapist, hammering, sewing and so forth. Discuss it with your physician and get examined. ...Read more

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When I make a fist and clench really hard, when I release all of my fingers cramp and its hard to extend them back out, but when I do the cramps gone.?

When I make a fist and clench really hard, when I release all of my fingers cramp and its hard to extend them back out, but when I do the cramps gone.?

Trigger finger or: Muscle spasm and cramping, either one is possible. If you also have swollen or slightly stiff joints the increased force in the joint when you make a fist may also make the fluid in the joint space redistribute and it may interfere with terminal extension, you ar ein effect making your joint stiff. All these things may be happening at the same time. ...Read more