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2 Potential Pain in Both Hands Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway filled with ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually, and as they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

    Recovery time varies depending on treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, weakness in one hand, pain in both hands
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Chemotherapy - Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

    Chemotherapy has many effects on the body. Some types of chemotherapy can cause irritation of the nerves in ones hands and feet, resulting in symptoms like pain, numbness or tingling.

    Symptoms can be reversible. In some cases, your chemotherapy regime needs to be adjusted to avoid permanent damage to the nerves.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    muscle aches, distal numbness, pain in both hands, pain in both feet, numbness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Hands

  • Q.Where exactly is your hand pain?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Have someone feel for your pulse (at the wrist) on the side of your body that hurts. Now, turn your head to that side. Does the pulse go away? (This is known as the Adson's test.)

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Pain in Both Hands Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both hands have also experienced:

    • 9% Hand Tingling
    • 7% Swelling of Both Hands
    • 6% Hand Numbness
  • People who have experienced pain in both hands had symptoms persist for:

    • 28% Over a Month
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in both hands were most often matched with:

    • 49% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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