What can my non-joint hand pain be?
May 17, 2007 8:11 AM Subscribe
Besides "see a doctor", what can my relatively mild, non-joint, pressure induced hand pain be? Too many details inside.
posted by anaelith to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
It's localized in the middle (metacarpals) of the back of my right hand, nowhere near any joints, roughly below my index finger.
It happens infrequently, only when I apply pressure to the palm of my right hand (as though doing a push up) or the back of my right hand (wrist bent, opposite of doing a push up). It's worst when the pressure is where my index finger joins the palm... pressure at the base of my palm or on the pinky side isn't nearly as bad.
If I let up, the pain goes away instantly. Normal activities (typing, writing, etc.) don't produce pain or anything unusual. Things which actually cause pain happen roughly once a week or less and are basically short things like sitting on the floor and getting up by pressing down, or pulling myself out of the pool by pressing down.
I've been trying the "don't do things that hurt and it'll go away" method, which hasn't worked (uh, it's been a long time, long enough that I've forgotten when it first started...say years). More recently I've been trying the stretch it gently and it'll get better method, which is similarly not working.
My hands sometimes do fall asleep at night, but only when I'm actually sleeping on top of my arms. No other tingling, numbness, loss of strength, etc.
Possibly unrelated, I have a marble sized lump which I am pretty sure is a cyst on that hand where the wrist joint is. Giving it a decent whack didn't produce any pain or anything unexpected besides the "ow there's skin here" sensation. I'm not sure how long it's been there since it's pretty well hidden by the skin around the joint, I'm almost completely sure that it hasn't been there as long as the pain.
I (no surprises) do not like doctors. I understand that I will be told to visit one anyway, and I may actually do so... But I want to emphasize that this is pretty mild as far as pain goes and it's been pretty easy to avoid things which put pressure on my wrist in that way (it doesn't kill me to swim five extra feet to the pool ladder).