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Why do my hands and fingers have a tinglely sharp pain and turn purple

By Anonymous December 24, 2009 - 12:38pm
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hi,im having very bad pain on the top of my hand.at certain times of the day my wrist hurt,and my pinky finger has a tingle feeling almost all day long.the sharp pain in the top of my hand sometimes travels down to my elbow. what could this be?

August 14, 2010 - 11:22pm
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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 - 6:06am
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Hi Anon - We haven't heard back from you, and we're wondering if you're okay, and if you've learned what caused your fingers and hands to be painful and turn purple. We'd love to hear from you. Pat

January 11, 2010 - 6:13pm

Hello anon, thanks for writing and I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing the tingling. I do have a few questions for you. How long has this been happening and did you recently experience a fall or injury? And have you noticed a pattern of when this happens -- for example, during exercise? Do other symptoms accompany the tingling?

A few ideas are that you may have circulation issues in your fingers. You can read about a condition that can bring that on by clicking here. Another thought is that you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. EmpowHER has a video about the condition. If you're interested, you can view it by clicking this link.

The tingling may also be attributed to menopause or perimenopause. Are you at the age where this might be the cause?

Look forward to hearing more from you.

December 24, 2009 - 5:04pm
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