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What Causes Persistent Pain In The Hands?

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Posted on Thu, 9 Nov 2017
Question: My hands hurt - wakes me in the night.. can't hold toothbrush, or spoon without pain. Squeezing is th most painful. This has gone on for about 3 months.(I an 89/female in otherwise good health) Aspirin? tylenol? aspercreme?
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Possible diagnosis: Osteoarthritis

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for trusting HCM

The pain you are experiencing is likely due to osteoarthritis of finger joints.
Osteoarthritis occurs due to wear and tear of joint cartilage resulting in inflammation and pain of affected joints. It is an age-related condition.
Xray of fingers and hand can confirm the diagnosis.
Xray can also help identify underlying osteoporosis (thinning of bones).
Please be advised to follow up with your primary provider for confirmation of diagnosis.
Meanwhile, you can take supplements containing Glucosamine-chondroitin which are available over the counter to reduce pain and inflammation.
Omega-3 fish oil (also available over the counter) can also be used to reduce pain.
You can take Advil 400 mg up to 4 times daily which is a better pain reliever and anti-inflammatory than Tylenol/aspirin.

Hope this answers your question
Please address further questions here
Regards
Dr.Lekshmi

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What Causes Persistent Pain In The Hands?

Brief Answer: Possible diagnosis: Osteoarthritis Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for trusting HCM The pain you are experiencing is likely due to osteoarthritis of finger joints. Osteoarthritis occurs due to wear and tear of joint cartilage resulting in inflammation and pain of affected joints. It is an age-related condition. Xray of fingers and hand can confirm the diagnosis. Xray can also help identify underlying osteoporosis (thinning of bones). Please be advised to follow up with your primary provider for confirmation of diagnosis. Meanwhile, you can take supplements containing Glucosamine-chondroitin which are available over the counter to reduce pain and inflammation. Omega-3 fish oil (also available over the counter) can also be used to reduce pain. You can take Advil 400 mg up to 4 times daily which is a better pain reliever and anti-inflammatory than Tylenol/aspirin. Hope this answers your question Please address further questions here Regards Dr.Lekshmi