My sister needs help! whats wrong with her?

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helpmehelpher
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   Posted 3/12/2007 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
confused   I'm trying to get my older sister some help...she has been complaining of pain in her hands for quite some time now. they swell from time to time, and fall asleep all the time. I took a massage class a few years ago and tried massaging her hands..she slept okay for a couple of days but it just came back again. her hands are always tingling and numb feeling she says. when i was massaging her hands they felt very tight and weak. i was afraid to do the stretch on her hands because it felt like her skin was going to tear. Its gotten to the point where she can't sleep at night because of how painful it is.....to the point where she is in tears. I have to find out what this is! please help me with this....if you have any information at all as to what it might be i would appreciate it greatly! for now i will just do some more research. thanks in advance!
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CaMama
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   Posted 3/12/2007 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi. Do her fingers turn blue or purple when this happens then very white? Has she been to a doctor this? Did anything happen to start this? Does she use computers a lot or have a job that creates repetitive movement with her hands?

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   Posted 3/13/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
If she does any work that requires repetitive movements, like a typist, grocery cashier, assembly line, etc., she might have carpal tunnel syndrome. Tingling and numbness, even awakening the person at night, are symptoms of carpal tunnel. Also, swelling can make the condition worse and painful.

There are several other conditions that could be causing her problem. Is there a reason she has not seen a doctor about her problem?
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helpmehelpher
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   Posted 3/14/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
First of all Thank you guys so much for responding! I don't believe she has gone to the doctor yet. When i was massaging her hands they turned really really white. And when i let go they instantly turned back to a reddish color....
What she does is run a daycare and cuts hair. She does maybe 4 to 5 haircuts a day....which i don't think is too many....but she's been doing it for at least 20 years.....i'm not sure what could be causing this. Could it be genetic?....my father had arthritis, as well as one of my brothers, and other sisters....who all had to have surgery.
I'm just worried....i will let her know that she should go and see a doctor first. thanks again!! i greatly appreciate this!
steph

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   Posted 3/14/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   

I would look up to Raynaud's syndrome/phenonomen (I may have spelled that all wrong) and carpel tunel syndrome to get an idea if either of those might apply. But, I think seeing the doctor is still a must. Good luck and let us know what she finds out.

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