It sounds like you may have low potassium. Usually when your limbs (hand, feet) draw up and cramp, it's usually because you are not getting enough potassium. Bananas, orange juice and milk are excellent sources of potassium. Broccoli is another excellent source.
You should see a Physician to have it checked out and to make sure that it is your potassium. Arthritis can also make your hands distorted and cramp. Only a trained Physician can make a proper diagnosis.
If it is just on one side that you have this hand distortion or cramp, it could be a small stroke or blood clot. It could also be de-hydration and/or poor circulation. It could be a build up of uric acid causing gouty arthritis. The best thing is to see a doctor about it before it gets worse. There are way too many things it could that are serious to try and diagnosis it over the internet.
Tippy, I tried to reply the other day when I received your answer but was unable to. It isn't potassium, my potassium is 4.1 which is the normal range. Thank you for trying.
You are very welcome. I hope you find out what it is.
I have had an ECHO in the last few weeks, all seemed fine with it. The cramping is on both right and left, hands, feet and legs. Do you think primary care doctor is the one I should talk to? I do have kidney disease, from taking Aleve for too many years and I am diabetic.
Janine, dehydration could cause this cramping, and your kidney could be part of the dehydration problem. Diabetes also helps you become dehydrated. Yes, I think your primary care physician should be the one you talk to. In the meantime, drink plenty of water, and keep an eye on your urine output. If it is dark or in small or frequent amounts, you have a problem. If it is lemonade color or clearer, then it is normal.
If you are not suffering from dehydration, then gouty arthritis could be a suspect. Again, your primary care physician is the one to see about this. Diabetes itself leads to kidney problems, so you have to be very very careful from now on to take care of them. You only have two, and it is very hard to get replacements.
Your doctor may or may not recommend that you drink some rehydrating drink like Gator-Ade for the electrolyte content. Eating bananas and drinking orange juice generally will help with that, too. If you have gouty arthritis, there will probably be new dietary restrictions, in addition to your current restrictions.
Good luck. Here are some links you may want to check out. You don't describe your symptoms in enough detail, but you can read this descriptions and see if your pain matches.
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