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hand cramp

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  • Posted By: enyeel16
  • March 13, 2009
  • 05:00 PM

For the past year now I 've been getting these really painful hand cramps. Usually right before it occurs I am bending my fingers downward to cut the nails or in a similar position. Then all of a sudden I get this really sharp pain and my fingers completed buckle. my fingers fold inward and I have no control over my hand or fingers. It's very painful and the only thing I thought to do was to rub it with the other hand. It works everytime but the more it happens the more painful it gets and I don't know what I'm doing to cause it. I was told it might be a lack of water or proper diet. I drink plenty of water and my diet isn't too bad. any one knows what this could be? :o

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  • The sensation of muscle cramping in the hands that is positional in nature typically suggests overuse unless similar cramping is experienced elsewhere as well. In rare instances, gout and arthritis can cause this type of cramping, but pain is usually present during use of the hands otherwise. Calcium deficiencies can cause cramps to occur, more often in the lower extremities, with the calf muscle being the most affected. Unless you are also experiencing any type of rapid muscle fatigue or symptoms of muscle weakness or atrophy, then overuse from repetitive task would most likely be the cause. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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  • thank you for the post. Maybe if I were more specific it might help get a better diagnosis. The hand that cramps is my left hand and I am right handed, which naturally I use the most. I don't know if gout or arthritis affects young people. I am 28 years old and if I drink more milk or dairy products I swear I'll turn into a cow. About a year and a half ago I think I caused myself to become lactose intolerant from consuming so much milk. I realized that my stomach would become upset after consuming dairy products. So I had to give up icecream, milk and cheese. I switched over to organic soy milk and althoug I didn't like it much I stuck with it for a while, I figured it was a decent tradeoff. However, I stopped consuming all other dairy products. The last 6 months I've been living in China and have since gone back to drinking regular milk. It seems that the chemicals in the dairy products don't affect me. So it's fair to say I get enough calcium and I drink water all the time. Now that you mention it I have also gotten cramps in my calf and its been just as painful. I find that doing the same thing that I do to my hand (massaging) makes it go away but it's a scary sensation. I'm almost afraid to position my left hand or my leg in a similar way that it would cause the cramping reaction. My hand completely closes and I can't control it. What could I do to make it better or should I see a physician?
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  • You might have multiple trigger fingers.An injection of a cortisone-like drug is the treatment.But,with calf cramps,too,you need a calcium level done.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello,Did you ever figure this out? I am also 28, right handed, and am suffering from cramps in my left hand that seem to be getting worse. Thanks,B
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2009
    • 08:35 PM
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  • Hello,Did you ever figure this out? I am also 28, right handed, and am suffering from cramps in my left hand that seem to be getting worse. Thanks,BI am almost 70 and a diabetic for 10 years. I am right handed also and have just started to have hand cramps in my left hand and calfs. Good grief, what a strange and painful feeling. Thanks for posting folks. Makes one feel not so alone with this. I'll try more calcium as I have a limited diet of milk/cheese stuff.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2010
    • 09:26 PM
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  • I am almost 70 and a diabetic for 10 years. I am right handed also and have just started to have hand cramps in my left hand and calfs. Good grief, what a strange and painful feeling. Thanks for posting folks. Makes one feel not so alone with this. I'll try more calcium as I have a limited diet of milk/cheese stuff.[ Hello i can relate to this i experience crampping in my left hand as well it can be very painful and has been going on for along time i have not seen a doctor and most people say itts from over using my hand in the same position i am left handed and do house cleaning for a living i eat healthy food and take vit but that doesn't change it. I can relate just wanted to share.
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  • One time I had a problem with my hands cramping and my fingers curling up. It turned out that it was related to my crotcheting. I learned to stop once in a while and shake my hands and fingers. I also don't crotchet for as long a period of time as I used to. I take a break and do something else with my hands.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 20, 2010
    • 08:36 PM
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  • When my hand cramps, it means my potassium is low, so I eat half a banana. Try that and see if it works. I eat about half a banana each month or so...it keeps my hands and feet from cramping up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2011
    • 10:40 PM
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  • When my hand cramps, it means my potassium is low, so I eat half a banana. Try that and see if it works. I eat about half a banana each month or so...it keeps my hands and feet from cramping up.I agree with this one. My feet used to cramp up on me every night for years, so I started taking a small amount of potassium and they have stopped. I had tried calcium in the past, and it didn't help.
    mandyhennis 3 Replies
    • August 30, 2011
    • 05:57 AM
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