What other symptoms might occur with hand pain?

Other symptoms may occur with hand pain. Additional symptoms vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, hand pain due to a serious infection that has spread to the blood may be accompanied by swelling, fever and chills, as well as redness and warmth around the affected area.

Other symptoms that may occur with hand pain include:

  • Arm or wrist pain

  • Bruising or other discoloration

  • Decreased grip strength

  • Difficulty performing fine motor movements, such as writing or keyboarding

  • Drainage or pus

  • Fingernail problems, such as bruising under the nail or detachment of the nail

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches, and pains)

  • Lacerations, abrasions, sores or lesions

  • Lumps or bumps along the finger

  • Numbness

  • Reduced range of motion or movement of a joint

  • Stiffness

  • Swelling of the hand or joints

Symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition

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

  • Change in color or sensation of your hand or fingers after cold exposure

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Inability to move the finger, wrist or arm

  • Partial or total amputation of a finger(s)

  • Red, warm and tender skin, especially with a red streak up the arm

  • Serious burn

  • Severe hand, wrist or finger pain

  • Uncontrolled bleeding or deep laceration

  • Visible deformity of the hand, wrist or a finger


What is hand pain?

Hand pain includes any kind of discomfort in the tissues or joints of the hand or fingers. Hand pain may be described as throbbing, aching, increased warmth, tingling, soreness, or stiffness. Burning or prickling sensations in the hand or fingers, often called pins and needles, are paresthesias. Paresthesias are often due to temporary or permanent damage or pressure on the nerves that carry sen... Read more about hand painintroduction


What causes hand pain?

Hand pain can be caused by irritation and inflammation due to a variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions, such as trauma, infection, autoimmune diseases, and nerve compression. For example, tingling pain in the fingers can be due to compression of the nerves that carry sensation messages from the hand and fingers to the spinal cord.

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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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