Tiny cysts

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Hi. I don't have a diagnosis but I'd like to know if anyone has experienced this: Last night my index finger knuckles (MCPs) were hurting a lot. This morning the right one was still hurting a lot, was quite red and I noticed several very small (2-3mm) fluid-filled cysts all around the joint. They had mostly gone away by lunch time, along with the redness and severe pain. Anyone know anything about this?

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    Yes these are called nodules, and those of us with RA have them. Mine have stayed for several months, but do eventually go away. My RA doctor says they can be lanced, but I have not wanted to go that route! Especially bec they come and go.
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      Thank you for your reply. I always thought rheumatoid nodules were hard and bigger. These are tiny little things. I've had a couple on other finger joints before. Again, they disappeared quite quickly.  

      I don't know if I have rheumatoid arthiritis, I'm still having tests for other things. It's early days for whatever it is.

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      Hi, I have RA and it currently affects my fingers and toes mostly, both hands, both feet, symmetrically. I have soft swelling on my wrists and ankles when things are bad, but no soft swelling on the actual finger and toe joints which are stiff and very painful. I would never describe the wrist and ankle swellings as either fluid filled, or cysts and they respond to ice and compression.

      On 4 toes and 2 fingers, I do have small nodules.  These are hard, definitely not cysts and  permanent.

      Good luck with your diagnosis

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      Hi. I have a lot of joint pain and stiffness. It mainly affects my wrists, the joints in my fingers, my big toes and now my ankles. The knuckles and big toe joints are prone to swelling and redness, but the pain is in many other joints.

      There is RA in my family, but I don't know much about it. I'm only in my 30s. 

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      If you have arthritic pain in your first two fingers and in your ankle joints I would ask your GP to check your Serum Ferritin levels by blood test to rule out (or in) Genetic Haemochromatosis, the most common genetic disease that most of the population have never heard of.

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      Hi, isnt this just a low iron test? The symptoms for low iron are very specific. What i would pursue is information regarding a magnesium deficiency which is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions in our body and is a huge national deficiency that is strongly overloiked in the medical profession, and the cause for many diseases..malabsorption or a deficiet..it can only be absorbed if taken with calcium (1:1 ratio) and Vitamin D3.
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      Serum Ferritin is a marker for iron overload and is not one of the standard blood tests done by GPs . Genetic Haemochromatosis - GH- causes iron overload. Recent research has shown that ankle arthritis whilst in the general popuation isn't the most common joint to be affected it is for a GH sufferer. Something to consider but if Serum Ferritin has been measured and is normal then can be ruled out.

      http://haemochromatosis.org.uk/haemochromatosis/symptoms/

       

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      Do you have or know anyone with that condition Gerard?

      How do you know it's the most common genetic disease that most of the population have never heard of, have surveys been done??

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      Hi Ann, I have done so much research on the effects of a magnesium deficiency, which is needed in almost every enzyme reaction in the body (350+) and have found that many conditions people have are a result of this. Please research this. Metobolic blood tests that doctors order do not show these levels, as this is stored in bones, and cannot be tested. Its so much worth researching for yourself, and possibly others that you may know. It has treated my extreme fatique, fibromyalga, cognition and moods, bone pain (leg and ankle) muscle spasms, and heart defibrillation ( skipping beats).. although I do not drink caffeine at all either.. Taking magnesium oxide with calcium and vitamin D3 makes sure all 3 can be absorbed by the body, which cannot offer the body adequate ants being taken without each other. We need so much more information to share between us such as this.
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      Correction: magnesium glycinate NOT magnesium oxide which is very poorly absorbed by the body, and has laxative qualities, which makes us lose nutrients such as potassium, etc this way.
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      I have the condition and approximately 1 in 200 of the population have the genetic defect which may lead to iron overload, however not all those go onto load iron. This site does not allow posting of links without moderation but if you do an intenet search on Haemochromatosis Society you will find a website with all the details.

       

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    hi, hope you are going to your GP and getting blood tests done, then referral to a rheumatology clinic if needed. People in their 30s may have RA and it's not connected to 'old age.'  In fact my GP thought I was 'too old' to have started with RA in my late 50s but blood tests etc proved him wrong, unfortunately.

    If you know little about RA, Arthritis Research UK is helpful for info - reliable and based on fact and research.

     

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