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What causes numbness and pain in hands and joints?

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What causes first numbness in the hands, spreading upwards to the shoulders then intense pain in the fore arm and often in the finger joints. Most frequent occurrence is in bed and lying on either side. Can get relief by sitting or reclining and letting my arms hang down.
Posted Fri, 21 Feb 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Shailja Puri 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Neurological, muscular or rheumatological origin Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query on XXXXXXX Numbness in the forearm spreading to the shoulders suggests a neurological pathology. The pain in the forearm can be muscular pain or associated with neurological pathology. The pain in the joints can be due to joint pathology. Aggravation of all these symptoms while lying on sides and relief on sitting suggests association of symptoms with pressure. You need to consult your physician for clinical examination and relevant investigations. It is important to determine the cause of all these symptoms- neurological, muscular or rheumatological (associated with joints). Thereafter you can be referred to a specialist. If you have more queries, I will be glad to answer. Dr Shailja P Wahal
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