Pain in joints around ring finger. Long hours with computer, keyboard and mouse
I am a 29 year old male with normally good health. My job is pretty demanding (whose isn't these days?) and as a result, I need to put in long hours sitting in front of the computer. I've noticed over the last 2 weeks, that the joints around my ring finger (above and around the knuckle) hurt when I use the mouse. The area on my palm that extends to the ring finger also feels tender. I wake up with the ring finger feeling stiff and when I touch the area around the knuckle joint, the muscle/bone feel sore and tender.
It started out as a minor inconvenience 2 weeks ago but the pain has been increasing over the last 2 weeks. I can type without a problem, but using a mouse definitely worsens it. I bought an ergonomic mouse pad and that seems to be providing some temporary relief from the pain but that's not the solution.
I've also noticed that over the last month or two that I've had crack my knuckles when I wake up because it feels like there's pressure trapped between the knuckle joints. I try to stay away from this but if I do, it feels like the pressure is building inside the joints.
I need to make an appointment soon to go see a doctor, but I just wanted to know if there were any others out there who have these symptoms?