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WebMD's Symptom Finder: Physical Symptoms of Depression - Arms / Hands

When fingers and hands start to ache, we immediately think of arthritis. But aches and muscle pain can be symptoms of many conditions, including depression. It's important to see a doctor for a medical evaluation to determine the cause.

Depression and pain are interrelated. Thus, when you're depressed, vague aches and pains -- such as joint pain -- become more apparent to you.

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Could your aches and muscle pain be related to depression? Find out by keeping a symptom diary, which can help you identify patterns. Print out this symptom diary, and fill it out. Then take it to your doctor to discuss what may be causing your symptoms.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 04, 2013

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