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Old 12-19-2006, 05:11 AM   #1
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Question Arthritis in finger

I am new to this forum. I am 56 years old, and have mild (I think) arthritis in my joints. The other day, the palm joint of my middle finger on my right hand that has always been the culprit of pain developed a lump. I am suspecting that it is senovial (sp) fluid that has leaked from the joint, but don't know for sure. I am relatively active, and 5'9" and weigh around 155. Can anyone tell me what to do other than taking Tylenol for arthritis, the only remedies I have here are vitamins I take. I ride my bike around 60 miles a week. (Road bike).

Please help. I am self-employed and my insurance coverage wouldn't help for a checkup. I think I have a $3000 deductible with BCBS.

Judy

 
Old 12-19-2006, 10:09 AM   #2
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Re: Arthritis in finger

Hi:
I, too have Arthitis in the fingers, particularly 'index finger ' of my right hand. The doctor told me that this caused by many years' use of a truly important finger. There are several 'knots/little bumps' around knucles of my fingers. It happened on both hands, started from my right hand and then spreaded to the left hand, eventually.

For that, he told me only remedy is to be 'pain killer' which my body does not show a strong reaction. In my case, I take one or two 'Aleve' to alleviate pain in the finger. If this does not help, then I jump up to two-three pills a day whenever the pain flares up. Also, he said, this is 'wear and tear' that comes with age. As we are getting older, a pain in the joints is unavoidable.

At least, you're not only one to suffer from this 'pain' which mostly related with age.

 
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:37 PM   #3
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Re: Arthritis in finger

I also have the knots on my knuckles. the one on my right index finger had gotten so big and inflamed that my PCP sent me to a rheumatologist. he is still in the process of a fibro dx. on my first visit he gave me a shot in the lump and i'll tell you from april i had no pain. it is just strting to show again but i had 8 good months with no pain and the knot was so small you could barely see it. sometimes it grows to where i hit it on everything and that just makes it worse.. i do have arthritic hands though i don't have RA. it worked wonders for me.

 
Old 12-19-2006, 03:20 PM   #4
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Re: Arthritis in finger

Hi Judy G.:
I forgot to add an important thing in my previous response to yours.

In my case when Arthritis started in my right index finger, I went to not only a family doc. but also an Arthritis specialist. The arthritis doc. gave me rx meds. (two, if my recall is right), however those 'two' meds.made my stomack upset not to able to continue. Prior to this, I had no stomach upset problems at all. Then, I sought for my family doc. who told me that Arthritis is age-related which is never curable, if not progressive. Then, talking about his own experience on this, he told me a 'pain-killer' is as good as those expensive Arthritis meds. He's in his 70 with many years' good medical record, btw.

Also, I went to the alternative store or herb-store(whichever). In there, I found good supplements, one is arthritis related and other is simply 'pain-alleviator.' One critical thing on this is you need to take at least 3 months before getting positive effect on your Arthritisic fingers. If there is some adverse effects, then you need to discontinue right away. Any herb/alternatives are as strong as any rx'ed med. while its effectiveness is also great if there is no adverse effect present during taking those. This is all individual thing, ... one works good while other do NOT do any good, if not harm. Then, you need a good precaution before taking any alternative meds.

In my suggestion through my Arthritis journey, try to visit a local herb stores asking them for good alterntives which make your Arthritis manageable. In my case, those herbs helped a great deal, hence I feel less pain in my all fingers. But, as posted in my thread, lately my waistline has sometime 'pain.' On this, I still puzzling whether a pain on my waistline is somehow related to my Arthritis. Hence, I posted the thread this morning.

There is a good chance your Arthritis gets under control by taking good alternatives found at herb stores nearby your residence.

 
Old 12-21-2006, 08:47 PM   #5
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Re: Arthritis in finger

Have you ever thought about bee-stink therapy?

 
Old 01-27-2007, 05:32 PM   #6
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Re: Arthritis in finger

ICC, I have Osteoarthritis in the fingers and i experience the same thing as you posted:

I also have the knots on my knuckles. the one on my right index finger had gotten so big and inflamed that my PCP sent me to a rheumatologist. he is still in the process of a fibro dx. on my first visit he gave me a shot in the lump and i'll tell you from april i had no pain. it is just strting to show again but i had 8 good months with no pain and the knot was so small you could barely see it. sometimes it grows to where i hit it on everything and that just makes it worse.. i do have arthritic hands though i don't have RA. it worked wonders for me.

Should i have my Dr. send me to a rheumatologist? It is hereditary in my family and the only time i have alot of problems with it is when i bump it or when i used to work. My GP put me on Feldine and that worked wonders but insurance cut it out for me and Naproxen doesn't help. It is so wierd though mine has always been my pinky finger. Any suggestions?

Love, Monkey

 
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Re: Arthritis in finger

Judy: You may have Trigger Finger instead of arthritis.

 
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