What other symptoms might occur with hand cramps?

Hand cramps may be accompanied by other symptoms, depending on their cause and any underlying diseases or conditions. Some conditions that frequently affect the hand, such as peripheral vascular disease or muscle fatigue, can cause symptoms in other body systems.

Hand symptoms that may occur along with hand cramps

Cramps in the hand may accompany other symptoms affecting any of the structures of the hand including:

  • Burning or tingling sensation (paresthesia)
  • Difficulty moving the hand, wrist or fingers
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling (edema) of the hand or joints

Other symptoms that may occur along with hand cramps

Hand cramps may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Fatigue
  • Leg pain
  • Muscle twitching, spasms or seizures in other areas of the body
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain, swelling or stiffness of other joints
  • “Pins and needles” (prickling) sensation
  • Twitching
  • Uncontrolled, purposeless, rapid motions

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, hand cramps may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out of unresponsiveness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscles twitching, spasms or seizures

What are hand cramps?

Cramps in your hand can arise from a number of different causes. Hand cramps develop as a result of conditions affecting muscles and nerves in your hand. Trauma or injury to a nerve in your hand can also cause hand cramps. Even breathing too fast (hyperventilation) can result in hand cramps, as carbon dioxide levels in the blood become too low. Everyday, simple reasons, such as fatigue from ove... Read more about hand crampsintroduction


What causes hand cramps?

Injury or damage to any of the structures in your hand can cause hand cramps. Diseases that affect the entire body, such as diabetes, dystonia, or peripheral neuropathy, are more complex processes that can lead to hand cramps.

Acute causes of hand cramps

Hand cramps can also be caused by acute problems that affect the muscles and nerves of the hand including:

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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