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I have inflammatory arthritis affecting my hands,wrists, ankles and feet. The fingers on both hands are particularly affected.  Over the last 12 months my index fingers on both hands “lock” in a bent position. This is painful but usually doesn’t last very long.  For the last 2 days my right index finger has stayed “locked” and is very painful.  I saw the Rheumatolgist a five days ago and she started me on a course of oral prednisolone to try to help with my painful fingers.  I take Hydroxychloroqunine and Methotrexate.   I am unable to take NSAIDS due to side effects   Has anyone else had the “locked” finger problem and any tips or ideas.  Thanks 


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    I used to have one finger that locked but I had forgotten about it until I read your post.  It was a horrible, painful feeling but now I can't even remember which finger it was.  I think it must have been my right ring finger because that joint has now fused itself in one position and no longer locks.  Sorry I can't offer any tips but sympathise as it is an extremely uncomfortable feeling and made life very difficult when using a knife to peel veg etc.

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    I suffered from trigger thumbs, my thumbs would lock in place.

    I discovered doing the whole 30 program that I had sensitivities to foods.

    I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis at age 45

    Following a duet for arthritis helps. Eliminating lectins, night shade veggies, tomaties, potatoes...eating more fish or take fish oil.

    Miracle drugs...vitamin D and magnesium. Cured numbness and muscle cramps. It worked for me. If I eat poorly...I hurt again.

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    Not entirely sure what you mean by locked, but I can't move my index finger due to OE. Its swollen so badly that its impossible to move and of course its painful. Been through all the various treatments and now about to get the joint replaced in under 2 weeks

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    The whole 30 diet isn't for weightless it is to find out if you have food sensitivities which can cause inflammation. 

    I discovered that corn products can give me a headache and legumes too, like kidney beans. 

    Also I love tomatoes and potatoes but if I eat daily I will have a flair up in inflammation. 

    The best you can do is keep a diary and see what you ate when you have flair ups. 

    My grandma had a cook book for arthritis, and I don't have it anymore but she said it helped her. 

    I don't get numbness or tingling in my hands anymore but if I stop taking vitamin d, magnesium it comes back. Also vitamin B 12 is know to be hard for us to absorb and can cause issues with joints.  Our bodies can heal if you understand the how nutrients are needed for muscles and bone health.

    I hope you find a solution, as trigger finger or thumbs can be quite painful when they lock up. 

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    I believe they refer to the locked finger condition as "Trigger Finger". I have it all the time on the 3rd finger of my right hand. I often need to unbend the finger using my other hand. It's quite a nuisance. It started after I got the measles 2 yrs ago and arthritis settled into my fingers.

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    I too suffered from Trigger Finger a few years ago. I now suffer from Arthritis in both knees and general aches and pains elsewhere.

    I have recently found that taking Ginger every day has greatly helped reduce inflammation in my body. Also, try and work out what foods affect you in an adverse way, and avoid at all costs. 

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