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What could the sudden onset of swelling and pain in one hand be?

By July 23, 2012 - 8:59am
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A friend of mine is experiencing the onset of swelling in left hand and pain. Came on suddenly and they've ruled out gout and don't know what it is. No swelling in the arm and no pain anywhere but in the wrist and the whole hand and every joint in the hand. Ruled out carpal tunnel. Taking prilosec. Now been referred to a rheumatologist. What else could it be? Not sure if it matters or not, but my friend is a man.

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EmpowHER Guest

Hi Lynda F,

All the other conditions can also lead to pain and swelling on the hand. It's best to wait until he gets seen by the Rheumatologist.  



July 24, 2012 - 11:35am

Carpal Tunnel was ruled out. Because of the suddeness of the swelling, and pain in every joint of the hand, and only one hand, is there anything else we should be looking at? He's already being referred to a Rheumatologist for further exam.

July 23, 2012 - 12:20pm
EmpowHER Guest

HI Lynda F,

Welcome to EmpowHERCommon causes of hand pain include injury or trauma, such as a boxer’s fracture of the hand, or from repetitive use, such as long periods of keyboarding, which can lead to tenosynovitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Arthritis is another very common cause of hand pain. More serious conditions, such asdiabetes and peripheral neuropathy, can also cause pain or a burning sensation in your hand and fingers.   It's important for your friend to see a specialist, that might be able to determined what is the cause of the pain.



July 23, 2012 - 11:19am
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