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Old 11-19-2009, 09:26 AM   #1
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Aching and burning on top of hands

Periodically i have an aching with a burning on the top of my hands. Kind of feels like i have been hit with a hammer. Would this be part of my connective tissue disease or possibly fibromyalgia?

 
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:36 AM   #2
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Re: Aching and burning on top of hands

Well, although I am certainly not a doctor (though I sometimes play one in my own head) - the type of pain you are describing sounds more like a neuropathic type pain than a pure somatic (nociceptive) pain (it could also be discogenic). You should probably see a neurologist first (before seeing a pain specialist), as from the very limited description you have given the symptoms could indicate way too many things to hazard a guess. From RSD/CRPS, to some sort of diabetic neuralgia, a neuropathy of some sort, a pinched or irritated nerve (pure guess, but possibly the radial nerve??, esp. if you have some pain or cramping, or have suffered an injury of some kind to the lateral aspect of your elbow I had a brief problem with that as well that was solved with a single cortisone/lidocaine injection by a skilled hand surgeon.). The nerve could also be irritated or compressed as it exits the spine (esp if you have cervical disc damage), as it passes through the thoracic outlet (thus "thoracic outlet syndrome") or anywhere from there on down to the affected area. If this is an ongoing problem, your doctor may well send you for EMG testing, MRI, x-rays, bone scans, etc.

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Old 11-23-2009, 07:06 AM   #3
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Re: Aching and burning on top of hands

Hey Dave, See you sign cubital tunnel. i had radial tunnel compression. had surg. on elbow and decompression of nerve. Healing they discovered I have RSD. Can't tell if surg successful b/c of RSD pain. Ortho said new research says if find compression they now do surg even if have RSD b/c they found if continues to compress it will never let RSD back off. Will discuss this with PM Dr. next visit. Did you have surg to decompress nerve while having RSD? Sounds like it makes sense but afraid of RSD spreading. D

 
Old 11-25-2009, 02:02 AM   #4
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Re: Aching and burning on top of hands

go to doc get some lab work. Besides the other stuff mentioned it may be low thyroid or even pre diabetes can cause a host of issues. Short term fix may be some simple wrist braces used over night that can be gotten from a drug store.
Also alternate between ice/heat can help with numbness....But go get it checked out to make sure it is not serious

 
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