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Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping?

Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping?

Varies: There are a lot of possibilities, including arthritic, inflammatory, and nerve compression syndromes. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping? I don't sleep on my hands.

Why do my hands swell and hurt when I'm sleeping and sometimes even when I'm not sleeping? I don't sleep on my hands.

Go to a doctor: The doctor can run a series of tests that might explain why your hands are swelling and hurt. You need to rule out rheumatoid arthritis or other joint diseases. ...Read more

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Why do my hands hurt and keep falling asleep?

Why do my hands hurt and keep falling asleep?

problem neck/back: If both hands (the whole hand) have this recurrent issue, there could be something very wrong with your neck or upper back. Nerve compression problems often manifest with numbness or pain in hands/arms. ...Read more

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After I've had a couple of beers my hands hurt while I'm asleep?

Probably not beer: But you could cut out the beer and see if it helps. ...Read more

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I am experiencing hand weakness and hand pain for a few weeks and it comes only when I sleep.?

I am experiencing hand weakness and hand pain for a few weeks and it comes only when I sleep.?

Nerve irritation: The development of carpal tunnel symptoms include many factors. Genetics is one of them. However, certain activities that require the hand and wrist to be in the flexed position while the tendons are moving within the carpal tunnel can cause irritation of the nerve involved in carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms often occur during the night while sleeping. ...Read more

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45/f. Arm & hand pain while sleeping. Also, wake up w/ arms tingling from arms falling asleep during night. Pain also wakes me up at night.?

45/f. Arm & hand pain while sleeping. Also, wake up w/ arms tingling from arms falling asleep during night. Pain also wakes me up at night.?

Possible Carpal Tun: There are other possibilities, but the most likely cause for your symptoms is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is the result of compression of the median nerves at the wrists and it is common for people to wake up to "shake out the numbness." I would recommend that you see a neurologist, but while you are waiting you can ice the wrists, try otc ibuprofen, and buy carpal tunnel splints for nighttime. ...Read more

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Why do my hands hurt in the morning on occasion?

Why do my hands hurt in the morning on occasion?

Swelling: Tendons swell in the morning, causing problems like trigger finger and pressure on the nerve, aka carpal tunnel syndrome. All tendons have synovial fluid surrounding it. It acts like a lubrication and has anti-inflammatory properties. When you go to sleep, you're not moving your hands as much, synovial fluid dries up, and tendons swell. You, "get the juices flowing, " ; less pain as day goeson. ...Read more

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I am a dog groomer and I have severe hair splinters in both hands and infections. I have permanent holes from them. What can I do. My hands hurt!

I am a dog groomer and I have severe hair splinters in both hands and infections.  I have permanent holes from them. What can I do. My hands hurt!

Family practice : You'll have to stop hair grooming for a while unless you can wear gloves. Being a diabetic you are more prone to infections you need to have your wounds checked out treat with antibiotics. Make sure your tetanus booster is utd. ...Read more

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What can I do if my wrists and hands hurt! What should I do?

What can I do if my wrists and hands hurt! What should I do?

See a Hand Surgeon: Hand surgeons are physicians that have done specialized training to care for hand and wrist disorders. Members of the american society for surgery of the hand have all done a hand fellowship and should be very qualified to help you. Find a local one at www.Assh. Org. ...Read more

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Why my hands hurt so bad every night?

Why my hands hurt so bad every night?

Night pain: Pain in hand at night may be sign of carpal tunnel syndrome start sleeping a wrist brace to see if it help the night pain. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why your hands hurt in the cold?

Can you please explain why your hands hurt in the cold?

Cold Ischemia: Extreme cold induces constriction of blood vessels causing pain. Actually when the same persons hands are being warmed up they can again get extremely painful due to a process called reperfusion injury. Try to keep warm. ...Read more

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What are some possible reasons that my hands hurt so bad when they are cold?

Cold painful hands: If your hands are cold & painful it could be related to your circulation. Have you had arthritic changes? The best way to find out is through a medical assessment. ...Read more

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Hands hurt to open and close. Hands feel broken like someone dropped a brick on them?

Hands hurt to open and close. Hands feel broken like someone dropped a brick on them?

Joint inflammation: The underlying problem when your hands feel stiff/sore is almost always joint inflammation; very rarely infection. The question is: Inflamed due to what? You are a little young for degenerative (wear and tear, aging) arthritis, but it can happen especially if use/have used your hands a lot. More serious are inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc. Need medical eval/testing ...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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Why do my fingers on my hands hurt for a while out of random? I don't know what to do?

Why do my fingers on my hands hurt for a while out of random? I don't know what to do?

Hand pain: Would seek medical attention at doctor /urgent care this week. Could be writer's cramp, carpal tunnel, arthritis or autoimmune disease, neck(cervical)disc disease (rare at your age), electrolyte (potassium,magnesium, calcium abnormalities),thyroid disease. Could try advil/aleve if not allergic for 2-3 days, warm soaks, breaks from repetitive work(, computer) every 45 mi. ...Read more

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Why my arms and hands hurt and fell hot?

See your doctor: There are many possible explanations including nerve problems like nerve root compression or peripheral neuropathy, or inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Or, it may not be related to an underlying disease at all. Your doctor can do some routine evaluations and bloodwork to help you determine the cause. ...Read more

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My hands hurt really bad at bedtime and now my thumb keep popping?

My hands hurt really bad at bedtime and now my thumb keep popping?

DeQuervain's?: The thumb popping symptom is typical of DeQuervain's tenosynovitis...an irritation leading to swelling of the tendons that move the thumb so that they no longer slide easily in their protective sheaths. This may occur with repetitive hand motion from hobbies, work or other tasks. Underlying arthritis is often present, as well as diabetes or gout. Splinting may help; if not, surgery. See you Doc:) ...Read more

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The palms of my hands hurt very badly especially after I swim my daily mile. Is this because of fibromyalgia or bad swimming form?

The palms of my hands hurt very badly especially after I swim my daily mile. Is this because of fibromyalgia or bad swimming form?

See physician: It could be bad form, but could be arthritis affecting your hands or wrists. See your physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I just started at a plant. My hands hurt & my thumbs are very stiff when I wake up. I constantly rub hands, I feel numbness & sharp pains in hands

Hand pain and numb: What type of work do you do at the plant? if you use power equipment you may benefit from anti-vibration gloves. If you do repetitive work you may benefit from breaking every 30-45 minutes for 1-2 minutes and shaking out your hands/possible splints. Check that your computer is ergonomically situated. Note if you are at a chemical facility. if you work in a freezer wear gloves. F/U / doc ...Read more

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I'm a 32yr old female and I was wondering what could be making my fingers swell and hurt to bend. They have been like this for two days... Hands hurt...?

I'm a 32yr old female and I was wondering what could be making my fingers swell and hurt to bend. They have been like this for two days... Hands hurt...?

Psoriatic and RA!: If you have visible swelling and some redness/purplish digits or joints, see your doctor. The two most liekly types (if you do have indflammation) are these. ...Read more

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How come the veins in my hands hurt after figure skating?

Temperature related?: Not an easy question as the pain could be coming from anywhere. But since your veins are one of the main ways our body tries to control our internal temperature, you may be experiencing discomfort as they change sizes — they may swell with activity and warmth and shrink when it is cold. As they change size the amount of blood flowing in them changes too. You may be sensitive to this change. ...Read more

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My hands hurt,my ears hurt and ring,epilepsy?

My hands hurt,my ears hurt and ring,epilepsy?

Ehhh, ?: Why would you think you have epilepsy from these symptoms? Are you having any seizure activity? See your Dr. if your symptoms persist and you can then find out why your hands hurt and your ears are ringing. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Hands hurt. Have elhers danlos syndrome type 3. Hands sensitive to cold. Always in pain, getting worse. What should I do? Cold is not only factor.

Hands hurt. Have elhers danlos syndrome type 3. Hands sensitive to cold. Always in pain, getting worse. What should I do? Cold is not only factor.

Cold Sensitive: Some people are very sensitive to cold. If your skin overreacts to cold, you may have a condition such as raynaud's phenomenon or chilblains. These conditions are annoying and can be distressing but usually are not serious. See your doctor for the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was a delivery driver for 4 months. My hands and wrists began to hurt after a while. I have been done with the job for a week now. My wrists and hands hurt with everything I do. Will this go away?

I was a delivery driver for 4 months. My hands and wrists began to hurt after a while. I have been done with the job for a week now. My wrists and hands hurt with everything I do. Will this go away?

Carpal tunnel syndrm: You may have bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome [cts] (pinched median nerve in wrist). First, you may want to try wrist splints on both wrists at night. Nsaids (aleve (naproxen) 2 pills 2x/day) may also help with inflammation. You should note improvement over the next few weeks. If not, get seen. Another cause of cts is hypothyroidism so consider getting lab tests (e.g. Tsh &others) hope ur better! ...Read more

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What does it meen when your hands hurt and your arms feel numb?

What does it meen when your hands hurt and your arms feel numb?

Hands hurt and....: The most important part of medicine is the history. Your question needs more history, more context, more background. There are many possible causes .... Spinal cord, brachial plexus, muscle, nerve, metabolic (like thyroid and diabetes), adverse drug effects.... All of which might be involved. I suggest you see your family doctor and explain what is happening and under what circumstances. ...Read more