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Severe burning sensation in palms of hands

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  • Posted By: Cookiepls
  • May 8, 2007
  • 01:02 PM

So far, it has happened only once, about a week ago. The burning sensation started in the tips of my right hand fingers then moved to my left hand. Within a few minutes, it had migrated to both palms. Burning so severe, I expected to see blisters. Had to hold ice in my hands to get relief. My doctor has never heard of it. Does anyone have any idea what it might be? Thanks.

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  • I get it too...but in my shoulder blades...especially when washing dishes PLEASE visit www.ahummingbirdsguide.com you may only have 1 symptom or you may have 100(like me) and still have this Please look where I've posted...you will see what is happening here Good Luck and Godspeed...............mommy cat
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  • This could be a sign of a nutritional deficiency. Pantathenic acid (B5) comes to mind. Visit www.1stholistic.com and click on nutritional deficiencies and see if any others ring true. Do you have any other symptoms - dizziness/lightheadedness/numbness? Anxiety/Nervousness? dry skin/hair/skin eruptions? constipation or diarrhea? Headaches, muscle weakness, or pain? DOM
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  • Thank you mommy cat and DOM. I have had complete bloodwork that all comes back normal. Additionally, I take a daily multi-vitamin and have no other symptoms other than the one time burning in my hands. I'm getting an MRI done as soon as I can but until then, I'll keep searching. Thank you both very much for your responses.
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  • I have this right now. I just got out of the shower and suddenly my hands feel like they're burning up. I haven't started using ANY new products recently, the skin isn't puffy but perhaps a little redder than normal. Touching other areas of skin (arms, face) doesn't transfer the burning sensation, and it reveals that my hands are indeed at a normal temperature. Squeezing or otherwise activating the nerves seems to numb or "wash over" the burning sensation, as though this burning sensation is taking the place of having no real stimulus at all. I applied a moisturiser that I normally use every day, and that hasn't stopped it. Nothing seems to dull the sensation and it seems to exist regardless of the temperature of my hands. It seems to be subsiding slowly. It started rapidly after drying after my shower and felt like rapid temperature change, but it's been going on for too long to be simply that, I feel.
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  • Yours sounds very similar. I was curling my hair when it happened. And like you, I hadn't used any new products on my skin. I didn't try squeezing or activating the nerves at the time so I don't know what that would have felt like. Did you try ice? That and cold running water was the only thing that gave me relief. Also, when I touched my arm or my face to see if my hands felt unusually hot, they didn't, but touching anything other than ice made my hands burn even more. How long did the burning sensation last for you? If you see your doctor about this, I want to know what he/she says. This is just crazy.
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  • Be very careful with ice baths as you can get frost-bite.
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  • I can't believe it, my symptoms are exactly the same as InstinctSage.I have this right now. I just got out of the shower and suddenly my hands feel like they're burning up. I haven't started using ANY new products recently, the skin isn't puffy but perhaps a little redder than normal. Touching other areas of skin (arms, face) doesn't transfer the burning sensation, and it reveals that my hands are indeed at a normal temperature. It does not feel like the tingle numbness you get when your had falls asleep, it's really hot. I feel like I just stuck my had in boiling water.. Anyone have a cure??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 7, 2007
    • 09:33 PM
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  • Guys i have the same problem with my left hand. I have to keep it cold in order for it to stay bearable. Recently I've been trying allergy medicines to see if it might be an allergic reaction. To be honest it's been providing me with some relief, which further strengthens this suspicion. I am getting an EMG done soon...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 04:04 PM
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  • Back again with better news! Been taking the antihistamines for the past few days now. The pain has truly subsided! I find Reactin to be more effective than Claritin. I hope this helps spare somebody the pain i went through.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2007
    • 02:45 AM
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  • I find the effects of the reactin to be fading... It is not as effective as it used to be. I feel as if my body is getting used to the medication, with my tolerance getting higher. I now need to take 15mg as opposed to 5, and it is still not working as effectively as it used to. This does not seem to be a long term resolution.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2007
    • 05:03 AM
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  • My son has complained of his hands burning for a couple of months. They look perhaps more red than usual and he says occassionally they feel swollen. There is nothing that brings it on or helps. Havn't tried ice though as it is not severe.They do not tingle, just feels like you put your hand in front of a heater for some time.As the rest of you, no new soap etc.I am seeking some medical advice, if I find something, I will post.Looked up "hands burning" saw what some used for handling peppers, cold water, ice, baking soda, vinegar. HMMM.
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  • Hi everyone. I was looking in google for this and found you so I might as well post my experience.I get the same feeling as what a few here have described, same as if I had placed both palms onto a red hot stove. I don't get this all the time, sometimes on one hand only, right now it's on both hands and quite severe, quite a lot of pain.Someone mentioned vinegar and hot pepper, yep I make my own tabasco and today I turned 6 medium hot peppers and some vinegar into 2 small bottles of it.I have never had this sensation and have consumed hot pepper sauces all my life, however I only recently have started making them myself and only recently have started getting the burning hands.I wonder if this is it. I am 47 btw.I don't handle the peppers much, I place them into a blender with the vinegar and some salt, that's it. These aren't very hot peppers either.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
    • 10:31 PM
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  • holy crap! this is BAD!! i got it in both hands now!!! i'm crying : ( what is wrong with me??????
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  • butter helped for about 5 minutes and so did ice. what IS this???
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  • I have a similiar situation, but mine ONLY happens when I am outside and it is very hot (I currently live in the desert) like 110 degrees or hotter. I feel heat throughout the rest of my body (come on, after all it is over 110 degrees) but the pain in my hands is unlike anything I have every had before. It feels like my hands are about to burst into flames and explode from pressure. My hands do look more swollen and are more red than normal when this happens.In my situation, I have noticed that bringing my hands parallel to the ground (or raising them in the air) helps with the pain (both heat and pressure) as if it is a blood issue of some sort and everything is rushing to my hands (It feels like in the movies or cartoons when the hands swell up and are about to explode - but you can normally tell it is rubber gloves in the movie).I am glad I found this though...I thought I was going insane, it is at least good to know that I am not the only person that feels like this (although I wish none of us did).-Joe
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2009
    • 02:29 PM
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  • My palms and soles of feet started out with the itching and then a 6 day course of prednisione relieved everything and all symptoms went away. After the course was over the symtpoms came back the next day. I guess this means it is some sort of immune funciton as the steroids suppress the immune system therefore relieveing the symptoms. This keeps me up at night and is very frustrating. Dont know whether to itch or ice. I have only been able to find short term relief through ice or rubbing alcohol. Going back on the steroids so I can sleep and relive symptoms. Have an appt set for derm as well. Someone suggested lyme disease but I am not sure that is it
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 22, 2009
    • 01:26 PM
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  • It could be vitamin B12 or Magnesium defficiency.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2009
    • 08:04 PM
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  • i just came out of the shower and have the same burning sensation,in the palms of both hands weird.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 14, 2009
    • 03:26 PM
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  • A good physiotherapist finally diagnosed me correctly. I have carpel tunnel syndrome, which was why I had a severe burning sensation in my hand (specifically the palm). I got wrist splints and by using them while I sleep, I now feel significant relief. I also do certain stretching exercises that help keep the pain down to almost nothing.Hope this helps someone. Keep in mind even if you pass an EMG, it does not mean you do not have carpel tunnel syndrome. Also, it is easy to confuse carpel tunnel for tendinitis... this happened to me. Don't let it happen to you, get multiple professional opinions.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 00:08 PM
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  • I have had the hot hands last two weeks but have occasionally had it during ovulation period. Doesnt explain the one posters little boy though. At first, It thought it was from eating artichokes by hand, ya know, too much pressure and moisture. And it was bad again this week after carving my pumpkin for Halloween. I know papaya digests you a bit but had not heard of artichokes or peppers or pumpkin. I will try the antihistamine.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 08:15 PM
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