San Francisco Chiropractor and Carpal Tunnel Doctor Comments:
I just had a patient come in with severe hand pain. He has no history of hand pain...and he did not do anything to trigger it. Some of the things that could trigger a bout of hand pain are...using a new piece of exercise equipment...or putting together some furniture with a screw driver.
Or, going on a long bike ride...basically, some activity that your hands were just not used to. But none of that occurred...so what's the deal with this hand pain...where did it come from?
Hand pain, just like any other symptom can be the result of a long standing problem that has been building silently...especially with someone that uses their hands a lot...day in and day out. So, computer operators, hair cutters, meat packers, and yes...office workers, are prone to hand problems...especially if they also have hobbies that involve extensive use of the hands. Hobbies like tennis, gaming, photography, painting, motorcycle riding, etc.
And...patients are more prone to arm or hand pain if they have a history of some sort of injury to the arm, hand, or neck...yes neck. The neck is where the nerves exit that travel down the arm and into the hands. This is the power supply to the upper extremities.
I have a sharp pain that shoots in the palm of my right hand. It starts at the bottom and goes up by the thumb. It happens like about 2-3 times a day. I am a chef, but the pain doesn't always exist when I am gripping something. There was a point around April 2008, that I couldnt move and can only remember gripping a piece of paper for it seems like awhile. Another pain I recieve is in my back. When my back hurts; it feels like can not breathe. I am a 27 year old male and have been trying to figure out what it is..... any help
I would have it checked out...it sounds like it could be serious. I have helped many chefs over the years. You are very young in your carreer and want to be able to function at a high level. It could be carpal tunnel syndrome or a problem in the neck...have it checked out.