Posted by: Grace | 2012-11-13



Please i need advise. My hand is very sore and when i go to the doctors they tell me it is the consequenses of being diabetic,is this normal because it is very painfull that i can''t use it or even lift something with it.

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert

Dear Grace
Hand pain in diabetes can occur for a couple of reasons. The commonest is because of nerve damage due to longstanding diabetes which affects both hands, and is usually preceded by a couple of years of pain in the feet. The second is because of pressure over a particular nerve called the median nerve and this causes a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome, which typically affects fingers from your thumb to your 4th finger and excludes the 5th finger. The third is due to thickening and scarring of the connective tissue in the palm of your hand causing a condition called duypretens contracture, and the fourth is where there is thickening of the skin called cheiroathropathy. These last two conditions can cause limitation of hand movement. There are also non-diabetic related conditions like osteoarthritis which can cause pain in the hand. I would suggest a hand surgeon to take a look and diagnose which one you might have and then to look at the treatment options.

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