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Q. Why do I have intense pain when my hands swell?

Answered by
Dr. Divya Agarwal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 19, 2016 and last reviewed on: Nov 25, 2019

Hello doctor,

I can notice some dots in vision when I heat up fast. My hands shake when I go into attack. I have blue fingers in cold; red swollen fingers and toes when it is hot outside also. I have intense pain everywhere when my hands are swollen. Please help.

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Hello,

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  • There is a condition called Raynaud's phenomenon, in which the finger tips turn blue on exposure to cold. Subsequently, when the hands are warmed they turn white, then red and then normal.
  • This could be a benign condition, especially in young ladies. Sometimes, it may be associated with a connective tissue disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
  • SLE has constellation of findings such as fever, arthritis, pleuritis, nephritis and headaches. I do not think you have any of these symptoms.
  • So, it would be better to keep warm. If you still have problems then you could see your primary physician who could suggest some vasodilator medications.

For further information consult a rheumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/rheumatologist


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