My Wife Needs a Hand
November 23, 2005 7:58 AM Subscribe
What could be causing my wife's hands to become numb and painful at night??
posted by SparkyPine to health & fitness (35 answers total)
Within the last few months, my 43 y/o wife has been complaining of (mostly) night time pain, tingling, and numbness in both her hands. Last night it was so bad that she was up almost crying at 4am and had to pace around until it finally stopped. It's only when she is laying down that it becomes that bad. Otherwise, she is ok but complains at time that it is difficult to use her hands for prolonged periods during the day.
She quit smoking last January and has gained a lot of weight since. She has a family history of arthritis (her mom has it). It just does not seem like arthritis...at least, if it is, I didn't realize it could do this at night...or could it be something else (cardiac)? No other symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, etc. Anyone else who might have arthritis go through this? What helps?
She is calling the doctor today but, since it's the day before Thanksgiving here in the States, we probably won't be seeing a doctor for a few days, if not next week.