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Just wondered if anyone could help? About three months ago my middle finger's second joint on my left hand became really sore and very stiff (especially in the morning). I had to use Voltarol to take the discomfort away and noticed that it was swollen and very sore to touch (but not full of fluid). Then it settled after a few weeks and I hoped it was just a random thing.
Then about three weeks ago a couple of finger joints on my right hand have started to do the same thing and I am waking at night with pain and a lot of stiffness. In the morning it is as if they are 'stuck' in the same position and after a little while they come back to life (although remain sore throughout the day).
Do you think it could be the start of a kind of Arthritis? Not sure if I should go to my doctor or just buy some joint vitamins or if anyone can help shed light? I eat really well and look after myself, take exercise and starflower and fish oil supplements.
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I have both Rheumatic and Osteoarthritis in various parts of my body.
My hands, which have osteoarthritis sound very much like the description of your symtoms. There is also a condition called trigger finger that often affects the middle digit.
Although I am not a doctor and couldn't diagnose what you have, I would suggest that you visit your gp. It may be that you've already done that by now. At least you will have a proper diagnosis and treatment.
I would expect you to be sent for an xray at least and it may not turn out to be arthritis after all.
I have taken fish oil for nearly 40 years. It is good for the heart, joints, skin and general wellbeing.
I soak my hands every morning in very warm water to get them going. One of the best treatments I have had is wax baths (hands only!) at the physiotherapist, really soothing and leaves the skin lovely and soft.
I also wear supports at night and for various activities.
I have had two operations to fuse some of my fingers, but I am unlucky in having severe arthritis.
Please go to the gp and let me know how you are doing. I wish you lots of luck for a good outcome.
Just to add to last post, the finger bent and stiff thing can result from nerve problems in neck. , I've had it, and the neck problem was identified by means of an MRI scan. There can also be a numb hand sensation and sometimes nerve pains up the arm. Might be worth checking with GP or Physio.
I've just come across your reply, and have been experiencing a similar of late.
Fingers locking, especially through the mght and after a time of inactivity. Have been seeing a chirproctor to have neck adjustments, but after about ten sessions there has been little to no change.
What has been your outcome may I ask?
I am really pleased that you have decided to go to the gp and you are going to be tested for arthrits. Thanks for letting me know, you have taken the first step to helping yourself to move on.
what can this be? i went to the doctor and they did some x-rays on my back but found nothing. any advise?
If you have been diagnosted Rheumatic Arthritis, do your self a big favor, STOP EATING ANY TYPE OF WHEAT, whole, spelt, kamut, white, etc. I have had RA for over 30 years. Fish oil helps a bit as well as some vitamins but the number one relief will come if you stop eating wheat. You don't have to be gluten-free but if you tell people you are, you won't get any wheat. Most beer is OK if it doesn't have wheat.
It is a big commitment but is pays off. My RA has not disappeared but I should be a cripple by now according to some doctors. I know other people young and old who also have come to this conclusion long before I mentioned it to them. I believe there was a study done a couple of years back that found a protein in wheat that affects people with Rheumatic disorders.
You have to find substitutes for the common things you eat. Try it for 3 months.
Then tell your friends who have RA. It's not a fad, it's fact.
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