A 23-year-old male asked:
23 male. keep waking up with sore, visibly red and inflamed middle pinky joint. hurts pretty badly, eventually lessens during the day. definitely its worst when i wake up. scared its onset rheumatoid arthritis.. what are the other possibilities?
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay answered
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Other arthritis: There are other types of arthritis, including run-of-the-mill osteoarthritis (OA, generic "arthritis"), infections (viral, Lyme disease, TB, Neisseria - latter 3 can be treated), paraneoplastic arthritis (related to cancer), lupus or other autoimmune conditions, & arthritis related to gout, crystal disease, or other systemic disease (IBD). RA runs in families. Recommend seeing your doctor soon.
Answered on Sep 1, 2016
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