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Woke up with pain one hand. Cause?

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I am a 61 year old white male. The past few mornings i have woke up with bad pain in my left hand. Only my left hand. Is there a possible cause for this?

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I need you to give me a few more details before I give you my opinion :
1) Where exactly is the pain - around your shoulder joint/ elbow/ wrist? Or is it through out your hand?
2) Any numbness associated?
3) Does the pain last throughout the day?
4) Can you rate the pain on a scale of 1-10?
5) Any fever/ other joint involvement?
Feel free to discuss further,

Patient replied :

The pain is through out the hand with no numbness. It gets better through the day and is gone by evening. the pain is around an 8 when I wake up and no fever is involved. I am a smoker, about a pack and a half a day.

Since it gets better as the day passes, and with no other history of any joint involvement arthritis/ osteoporosis can be ruled out.
In some cases such unilateral pain could arise because of the sleeping posture. Do you sleep on your back ( supine ) or do you like sleeping prone?
Feel free to discuss further,

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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