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Wondering if any of you lovely readers could drop a few knowledge bombs on my situation.
A little background: I’m 31, female, incredibly active and healthy in all other regards. I have cracked my finger knuckles since the 5th grade or so (even though my mother hated it and would tell me to “knock it off” every time she heard a pop!) Every morning, I wake up to an extremely stiff right pointer finger and cannot focus on anything else until I crack it. The crack helps, but it is still stiff for quite some time. Also, my right finger knuckle is noticeably larger (perhaps more swollen) than the left at all times.
I cook, text, type, and clean a lot all with my right hand so I’m wondering if the disparity and swelling is simply due to overuse or due to something more sinister like rheumatoid arthritis.
How did your symptoms first present themselves? For me, it really is just that right pointer finger. I don’t notice joint pain anywhere else. Am I being paranoid? Any relatable comments are welcome. Thank you!!
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