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Hand FAQ

Question:

When I go outside in the cool weather, my left hand becomes painfully cold when it's not even really cold. My right hand doesn't do that. My left didn't either before, but a heavy box fell on my hand a few years ago and crushed it. Could this be related?

Answer:

Without knowing your medical history and seeing you, it is impossible to tell you what is wrong with your hand. But, in general terms, sometimes a crushing injury to a hand can cause a long-lasting problem called a neuroma, a bundle of nerves that have developed into a growth. For some people, a neuroma can cause problems such as pain and stiffness, and intolerance to the cold, as you describe. The best thing to do would be to go to a doctor and have him or her examine your hand. Only then could a diagnosis be made. Annemieke Stokvis, MD, et al. Cold Intolerance in Surgically Treated Neuroma Patients: A Prospective Follow-Up Study. In Journal of Hand Surgery. Nov. 2009. vol. 34A. Pp. 1689 to 1695.

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