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pain in my hands

By August 15, 2010 - 6:12pm
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i have some sharp pains in my left hand,on the top surface, that from time gets hard to deal with!!!!i also have a constant tingle in my pinky. the tingle is so constant that i forget i have a pinky. i even noticed pain shooting to my elbow!!!!im concern cause today my right hand,arm and elbow was hurting along with a burning sensation. what could this be?

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August 15, 2010 - 10:08pm

Hi precious j,
I answered your question here: http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/why-do-my-hands-and-fingers-have-tinglely-sharp-pain-and-turn-purple, but will retype for this thread, so you can respond easier at your original question.

Could you tell us more about your symptoms?

How long have you been experiencing this pain?
How old are you?
Did you have an injury, a fall or any other trauma that you can think of that might be causing the pain?
When does your pain occur? After any particular activity? Do you notice any pattern or triggers that happen before the pain begins?

As Tina said in her post above, there could be issues with circulation (the tingling sensation), depending on your age you could have some arthritis or symptoms related to perimenopause. Pain on top of your hand could be caused by an injury (something falling on your hand, for instance), and the pain might be caused by a bruise you can not see underneath the skin.

I am concerned whenever I read that a person's pain travels or radiates from one body part to the other, but it could still be a strain or overuse condition. Do you use your hands frequently for a job, such as on a computer? Have you ever been diagnosed with arthritis or any other condition?

August 15, 2010 - 7:40pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

hi there im 31 and i do use my hands alot!! i have 3 children one who is 15 yrs, old and is mentally disabled.he is completely depending on me ,he even still wear diapers, and its a struggle with the changings. usually my pinky has that tingle feeling at all times,almost all day!! the top of my hand has been hurting for about a week now,and its so painful if raised to say "hi".i noticed that the right hand started to hurt more once i could no longer use the left one.what bothers me is that my pinky finger is almost useless to me cause the feeling in it is gone!!!! it always feel like my pinky is sleep!

August 15, 2010 - 9:11pm
(reply to precious j)

It sounds like you do use your hands quite a bit, especially to help your 15 year old son!

Are you able to talk with your primary care doctor about referring you to a hand specialist? If it is an overuse injury, you can be given some physical therapy and/or medication, and could see improvement (hopefully) fairly quickly! Overuse injuries should be diagnosed sooner-rather-than-later, as they do worsen over time.

The tingling/prickly feeling also sounds like a circulation issue, but again, a hand specialist would be able to tell you if this is related to the other painful sensations in your hand.

Do you need help finding a specialist in your area, or can you talk with your doctor?

August 15, 2010 - 9:25pm
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