| | sudden onset knuckle pain/sensitivity?
I was hoping someone could help me figure something out. I was sitting at my computer last night and all of a sudden noticed that my knuckles and fingers (including upper joints in my fingers) were sore and I felt some unusual resistance when I tried to make a fist or stretch my fingers out. They're a bit less stiff today though still quite sore (i have pretty much full range of motion back and forward, it's just tight and uncomfortable), I have no redness or intense burning of any sort, and no visible swelling as far as I can tell (though it feels like they could be a bit swollen, hence the feeling of "resistance" to movement). My fingers just feel stiffer than normal and sensitive, and i get occasional momentary tingling that disappears pretty quickly (the kind of cool sensation you might get when a limb is recovering from having fallen asleep, like restored bloodflow). Changing the position of my arms doesn't change anything, though the occasional tingling sensations do travel up to my wrists and arms sometimes. This made me think that I might have compressed a nerve (like carpal tunnel or something), but what would compressing a nerve have to do with sore knuckle joints?
There is some pain when I try to push my fingers back (in the direction of my arm), as well as some pain when I push them sideways (all extended next to each other, pushing on the side of my hand). The level of pain is more or less constant, though not too intense. Applying heat helps temporarily. Neither the pain nor the feeling of sensitivity is intense enough to interfere with basic everyday activities, but I am constantly aware of them and my hands are very uncomfortable.
I'm confused about the fact that this happened so suddenly. I had no injury or any big change in temperature, and I can't find any sort of potential diagnosis that would involve such a sudden onset.
I do crack my knuckles regularly, though they never hurt and nothing like this has ever happened before. I've even felt the need to crack them today, despite the stiffness, and it didn't hurt, it seemed to even have helped feel a bit better.
I have no history of early onset arthritis in my family (or any at all, i think), and I'm 21 years old.
I hope that made sense. I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me shed some light on the issue, I'm really very confused and getting worried.
Last edited by purplesilhouette; 10-13-2009 at 04:36 PM.