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Hands Cramps Causing Fingers to Curl Up-Ouch

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  • Posted By: KSalvia
  • February 21, 2010
  • 06:12 AM

Hello - for a year or so now, both of my hands have been experiencing very painful cramps that start at the inner forearm/wrist, and draw my fingers kind of into claws. Hurts like heck. Sometimes it just happens to the thumb or the index, sometimes all of them, though maybe not the little finger. I have to take one hand and pry the other hand open and then bend the fingers backward to ease cramp. Have to keep doing so periodically sometimes for hours. Starts up first thing in the morning when I put my hands on the steering wheel to go to work. I type and mouse a lot, but this does not seem to be happening while I'm at the computer.

As I read this, I think, what an idiot... go the doctor! Well, I have been being treated for cervical (severe stenosis) and lumbar (inflamed disc, all better now) problems and I did have an emg on right arm (normal).

Anyone else have this happening? I'm 59, right handed. And yes, I have foot and calf cramps too, but I just mention that for thoroughness.... most 59 year old women have them, too.

Anyone have any suggestions for home tx? I haven't found any so far.

KS

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  • Have they done an MRI on your wrist? If not, I would suggest having 1 done. I have had 2 cysts in my left wrist & when they were "acting up", I couldnt bend my wrist & put my hand straight, was in a lot of pain, ect. It was between my thumb & index finger. The docs could only see them on the MRI. Before that, had no idea what was going on. I just had another MRI this morn for a possable cyst in my right wrist now.
    meljc222 12 Replies
    • February 23, 2010
    • 07:33 AM
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  • Hello - for a year or so now, both of my hands have been experiencing very painful cramps that start at the inner forearm/wrist, and draw my fingers kind of into claws. Hurts like heck. Sometimes it just happens to the thumb or the index, sometimes all of them, though maybe not the little finger. I have to take one hand and pry the other hand open and then bend the fingers backward to ease cramp. Have to keep doing so periodically sometimes for hours. Starts up first thing in the morning when I put my hands on the steering wheel to go to work. I type and mouse a lot, but this does not seem to be happening while I'm at the computer. As I read this, I think, what an idiot... go the doctor! Well, I have been being treated for cervical (severe stenosis) and lumbar (inflamed disc, all better now) problems and I did have an emg on right arm (normal). Anyone else have this happening? I'm 59, right handed. And yes, I have foot and calf cramps too, but I just mention that for thoroughness.... most 59 year old women have them, too. Anyone have any suggestions for home tx? I haven't found any so far. KS Could it be low potassium? Easily checked with blood test.
    kat2009 14 Replies
    • February 23, 2010
    • 03:25 PM
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  • Could it be low potassium? Easily checked with blood test.Thank you for the suggestion. I'm collecting the replies and then will probably torture my doctor...K
    KSalvia 2 Replies
    • February 23, 2010
    • 05:52 PM
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  • Have they done an MRI on your wrist? If not, I would suggest having 1 done. I have had 2 cysts in my left wrist & when they were "acting up", I couldnt bend my wrist & put my hand straight, was in a lot of pain, ect. It was between my thumb & index finger. The docs could only see them on the MRI. Before that, had no idea what was going on. I just had another MRI this morn for a possable cyst in my right wrist now.Thanks for your reply. No MRI so far. It feels like the center of the problem is actually in lower forearm/upper wrist right where you would think the carpal tunnel is. Did your wrist go into spasm? K
    KSalvia 2 Replies
    • February 23, 2010
    • 05:55 PM
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  • Could it be low potassium? Easily checked with blood test.I do not know the answer but you are the first time someone has describe my symptoms.I have been suffering from this for years and it hurts. It can be out of no where, several times in an hour and not in days. Let me please know if you ever find out why this happens.Thank you
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  • I have had this for years in my right hand and have been to orthopedic surgeons, they act like it's nothing. My right hand will cramp into a claw position and there are times the pain has lasted for more than a day. Massaging, doesn't help. Sometimes wrapping my hand in a wet hot towel or heating pad will help but not always. Potassium and Magneseum level are good. It's driving me crazy.
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  • Could it be low potassium? Easily checked with blood test.Take a look at dupuytrens contracture, there is a xiaflex treatment for without surgery.
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  • KSalvia,I am 59 too. I have severe cervical spinal stenosis also . The doctors want to do ANOTHER cervical fusion....but I just am too afraid to go thru it again . C 6/7 is fused ,and 4/5 and 5/6 are herniated. I also have Chronic Fatigue syndrome since 1989, and Fibro. Migraines, vertigo, seizures (after surgery they started ).Just last year the physical therapist was doing some manipulating on my neck to help my Vertigo. Both my hands curled up ,and I didnt even feel them doing it .No pain...........just curled up .I looked down and said what are my hands doing. Like they belonged to someone else. So he refused to work on me until I got ANOTHER MRI.......get them every year. No change. So last week. I went to wash my hands .My right thumb,then the rest of them curled up and my whole arm ....It didnt hurt at all. Not like a cramp.So I tried to straighten it out with my left hand...and it would just go back . My father did have Dupuytrens contracture in 2 fingers ,but he was in his 70s when it happened . He just woke up that way . So maybe its hereditary ? Partly anyway. Dypuytrens only effects the fingers though,not the whole arm.I do think it may be coming partly from my neck, and I was under stress.I went out and ate a 1/2 banana (diabetic) and drank alot of water. We had a wedding going on, so not a lot of time to pay attention to this ,but now I am concerned . The fact that it didnt even feel like my own arm has me bugged. It was not a cramp, it would be painful .So from what I am reading , I see alot of people with cervical stenosis with this so maybe thats the key ?Also "claw hands " is a sign of MG....Myasthenia Gravis ...:-( Keep searching............maybe we will find out whats wrong !!!Kat
    KatMT59 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello - for a year or so now, both of my hands have been experiencing very painful cramps that start at the inner forearm/wrist, and draw my fingers kind of into claws. Hurts like heck. Sometimes it just happens to the thumb or the index, sometimes all of them, though maybe not the little finger. I have to take one hand and pry the other hand open and then bend the fingers backward to ease cramp. Have to keep doing so periodically sometimes for hours. Starts up first thing in the morning when I put my hands on the steering wheel to go to work. I type and mouse a lot, but this does not seem to be happening while I'm at the computer. As I read this, I think, what an idiot... go the doctor! Well, I have been being treated for cervical (severe stenosis) and lumbar (inflamed disc, all better now) problems and I did have an emg on right arm (normal). Anyone else have this happening? I'm 59, right handed. And yes, I have foot and calf cramps too, but I just mention that for thoroughness.... most 59 year old women have them, too. Anyone have any suggestions for home tx? I haven't found any so far.KSMaybe a specialist in neurofibromas can help? I have some cramping in the right hand, too, and my doctor advised me to go to that specialist (which I haven't been to yet). The fibroma in the palm of my hand is barely visible.Good luck!
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  • I am a 68 yr old male and I started having cramps in both hands about a year ago, the left hand seems more of a problem. I'm right handed if that's has any bearing. No specific activity other than driving, at least in the beginning. Over the past year I've only experienced cramps half a dozen times. Tonight it struck with a vengeance, moderately so in my right hand but severe in my left. I'd been at home over 3 hours and I was watching tv for a few hours before it happened. My thumb bent in and then my fingers followed, and the pain was really quite uncomfortable. There were no other symptoms, no wrist involvement and no tremors. I tried warm water and cold, nothing seemed to help. Then I just laid my hand on a flat surface upside down and waited it out, about 5 minutes and it began to subside and now 30 minutes later I'm have no symptoms at all. I'm concerned that the cramps are becoming more and more severe and painful.I have a physical coming up next month and if I learn anything from that I'll pass it on.
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  • I am a 68 yr old male and I started having cramps in both hands about a year ago, the left hand seems more of a problem. I'm right handed if that's has any bearing. No specific activity other than driving, at least in the beginning. Over the past year I've only experienced cramps half a dozen times. Tonight it struck with a vengeance, moderately so in my right hand but severe in my left. I'd been at home over 3 hours and I was watching tv for a few hours before it happened. My thumb bent in and then my fingers followed, and the pain was really quite uncomfortable. There were no other symptoms, no wrist involvement and no tremors. I tried warm water and cold, nothing seemed to help. Then I just laid my hand on a flat surface upside down and waited it out, about 5 minutes and it began to subside and now 30 minutes later I'm have no symptoms at all. I'm concerned that the cramps are becoming more and more severe and painful.I have a physical coming up next month and if I learn anything from that I'll pass it on. Hi !Let me know what they say. I have zero pain when this happens. Same thing, the thumb ,then the rest of the fingers, then my arm goes to the chest. Luckily it was my right arm, so I used my left to bend it back down. I am also going to tell my Neurologist the next appointment . Something is being missed, because this should not be happening.I drink ALOT of water ,and stay out of the heat. I do have Carpal tunnel in that hand ,worse than the left....so maybe it is connected to that ? I have thought it may be coming from my neck also. Pass it on if your physical "doctor" tells you anything .Thanks,Kat
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  • Hello - for a year or so now, both of my hands have been experiencing very painful cramps that start at the inner forearm/wrist, and draw my fingers kind of into claws. Hurts like heck. Sometimes it just happens to the thumb or the index, sometimes all of them, though maybe not the little finger. I have to take one hand and pry the other hand open and then bend the fingers backward to ease cramp. Have to keep doing so periodically sometimes for hours. Starts up first thing in the morning when I put my hands on the steering wheel to go to work. I type and mouse a lot, but this does not seem to be happening while I'm at the computer. As I read this, I think, what an idiot... go the doctor! Well, I have been being treated for cervical (severe stenosis) and lumbar (inflamed disc, all better now) problems and I did have an emg on right arm (normal). Anyone else have this happening? I'm 59, right handed. And yes, I have foot and calf cramps too, but I just mention that for thoroughness.... most 59 year old women have them, too. Anyone have any suggestions for home tx? I haven't found any so far.KSi have had the exact same symtoms for 5 years now. have been to orthopedic and neurologist...had nerve and emg tests done...all normal. no one can tell me why?? i have a horse farm and do alot of heavy work and need the use of my left arm.i overuse my right arm which is very strong,i have had carpal tunne; surgery on both hands.60 yr old. this is very frustrating!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 30, 2010
    • 09:11 PM
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  • Hi KatMT59 I'm 54 I have a similar problem but mine is my right index finger which has an awful constant pain and it hurts so bad all the time. Sometimes it curls up and I also have to straighten it up and it hurts so bad. I have been experiencing this now for about 3 years. I have no clue what is going on with it. I don't like Dr.s so I just deal with it. But if you find out what is going on with yours maybe I can better understand what's happening to mine.Once again mine is only directed to my index finger on the right hand and some cramping to the finger next to the pinky. same hand. The pain is down the finger to the ball of the hand.I hope you can find out what is going on with you because I know how painful it is and it's just my index finger. Good luck and I will keep on reading hope you continue to update us Thank You Angel1234 KSalvia
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  • Hello, I see by the date that you posted about your severe hand cramping with finger curling was three years ago. I would like to know, how are things now? Did your doctor find the problem and suggest a cure that worked? Or did you stumble onto something your self that worked? My wife who has heart and lung problems has been having very bad cramping in her body. In her hands the fingers go in weird directions and I usually try to massage it out. I get the feeling the massage doesn't really work, but that my wife just needs me there for mental support. The same thing is true with her feet. The large toe tries it's darnnest to reverse it's travel and she says it feels like all the bones in her feet try to go straight up, out of the feet. When my wife has a hand cramp it starts right there, in the hand. After a while the muscles kick in on the wrist fore-arm and upper arm. The same thing is true for the foot. It will start right there then after a while the ankle stats to cramp followed by the calf and later by the thigh. I once thought it was muscular in origin, but now I'm leaning that it's Neurological. We've talked to her doctors and they are like little kids pointing their fingers at the other doctors and saying. It's not our medicines, we think it's their medicines. I'm at the point where I don't care who's at fault, I want her pain to end. So last night I found this forum yet I did not see any follow-up information and my little brain is spinning wondering whether any of you folk who have been suffering has ever found any relief. Yesterday I was talking to my friend who has Parkinson's Disease. I was telling him of my wife's cramping when he told me of the forums that he's attended that other members were telling their tales about severe cramping. My friend also suggests that the cramping is Neurological in origin. Right now, I'd like for you to tell me if your cramps went away and if so, how? Did you find that you had low potassium or low magnesium after a blood test or maybe that the test showed you weren't low at all but you decided to take those supplements anyway and the cramping subsided. Tell me your story, please. Hello - for a year or so now, both of my hands have been experiencing very painful cramps that start at the inner forearm/wrist, and draw my fingers kind of into claws. Hurts like heck. Sometimes it just happens to the thumb or the index, sometimes all of them, though maybe not the little finger. I have to take one hand and pry the other hand open and then bend the fingers backward to ease cramp. Have to keep doing so periodically sometimes for hours. Starts up first thing in the morning when I put my hands on the steering wheel to go to work. I type and mouse a lot, but this does not seem to be happening while I'm at the computer. As I read this, I think, what an idiot... go the doctor! Well, I have been being treated for cervical (severe stenosis) and lumbar (inflamed disc, all better now) problems and I did have an emg on right arm (normal). Anyone else have this happening? I'm 59, right handed. And yes, I have foot and calf cramps too, but I just mention that for thoroughness.... most 59 year old women have them, too. Anyone have any suggestions for home tx? I haven't found any so far.KS
    fishermankent 1 Replies
    • August 23, 2013
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  • I am having the same problem. I see its been three years since you posted.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 17, 2013
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  • I was told the hand cramping was osteoperosis, I have not yet checked into it.My daughter told a fibermyalga doctor about my hand and she told her osteoperosis. Hope that helps. Im on Neurontin for fibermyalga and the cramps have gone away.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • January 26, 2014
    • 10:08 PM
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  • Hey everybody! I am also seeking answers to why I get cramping. Not just in my hands, fingers, wrists. But it also affects the legs and feet. Both in the thighs and calves. Very severe and painful most times. It seems very minor movements will set things off, like just reaching over my shoulder to get at an itch in my upper back will start a major cramp in my reaching shoulder and biceps. Or simply making a fist will set things off in my hands. Twisting my fingers into weird painful positions.
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  • I have the same problem with my non-dominant hand most of the time. my index finger starts going contrary to the normal direction it should go, and my middle finger, my ring finger and my pinky all go stiff and pull towards the pinky. Then they start going backwards. My doctor acted dumb founded when I told him about it. He gave me a sample of this prescription gel to rub on my hands. I don't know if it was the prescription gel or my rubbing on my fingers and palms, but the cramping
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 18, 2014
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