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6 Potential Spontaneous Hand Pain 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.Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain, tenderness, and fatigue.

    Fibromyalgia is generally a lifelong condition

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, arthralgias or myalgias, anxiety, depressed mood, headache
    Symptoms that always occur with fibromyalgia:
    arthralgias or myalgias
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels that run through the upper chest. It can occur as a result of trauma, surgery, growths in the body, or just randomly.

    Resolves with treatment (30% relapse)

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, arm weakness, arm numbness, pain in one shoulder blade
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Hand Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the hand is a bacterial or fungal infection of the hand bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    Improvement during a 6-week treatment with antibiotics

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    moderate fever, spontaneous hand pain, constant hand pain, warm and red hand swelling, painful surgical site
    Symptoms that always occur with hand bone infection (osteomyelitis):
    spontaneous hand pain, constant hand pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  4. 4.Chronic Bone Infection of the Hand (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the hand is a bacterial or fungal infection of the hand bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    Improvement during a 6-week treatment with antibiotics

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous hand pain, moderate fever, warm and red hand swelling, painful surgical site
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic bone infection of the hand (osteomyelitis):
    spontaneous hand pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  5. 5.Enchondroma

    Enchondroma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor of cartilage, which is a type of tissue that provides lubrication and shock absorbance in joints. These tumors usually begin during childhood, and are discovered in people between 10 and 20 years of age. Enchondromas are very common, and are in fact the most common tumor of the hand.

    Chronic (tumors will not go away on their own), but are not expected to decrease life expectancy in any way.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous thigh pain, spontaneous hand pain, arm pain, swollen finger, thigh pain
    Symptoms that always occur with enchondroma:
    spontaneous hand pain
    Symptoms that never occur with enchondroma:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis

    There are many different cells of the immune system. At times, there can be too many of one or more of them.

    Uncertain

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, fever, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Spontaneous Hand Pain

  • 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.)
  • Q.About your [wrist], do you notice:
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Lightly tap on your inner wrist. Does this cause your symptoms to reappear?

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Spontaneous Hand Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced spontaneous hand pain have also experienced:

    • 11% Rib Pain
    • 11% Red Palms
    • 11% Hand Numbness
  • People who have experienced spontaneous hand pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Day
    • 23% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced spontaneous hand pain were most often matched with:

    • 28% Fibromyalgia
  • 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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