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What would cause a hard callous type of bump, on top of the PIP finger joint?

What would cause a hard callous type of bump, on top of the PIP finger joint?

Callous PIP finger: I would suspect using something like scissors in your work or hobby. Can do 2nd opinion and you can send pictures and we can talk to figure out what it is. ...Read more

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Mom is 79 has severe gout in the finger joints,?

Mom is 79 has severe gout in the finger joints,?

See a rheumatologist: Gout is very treatable and preventable. There is no reason that she needs to continue to suffer. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I am experiencing itch and skin rash over finger joints.

I am experiencing itch and skin rash over finger joints.

May be eczema: Eczema on the fingers and hands doesn't have to look like the dry, crackly surface skin texture of eczema elsewhere. Fingers can have itchy flesh-colored bumps, called dishydrotic eczema or dishydrosis. The treatment can be as in eczema, with hydrocortisone cream 3 times a day for a week... and if the rash worsens or isn't better, one should see a primary care doctor or dermatologist for care. ...Read more

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I have been eating badly and lots of sugar for the past 2 weeks. Also picked up an extra 10kgs since stopping smoking 8 months ago and I am struggling now to loose it. The problem now is that both my shoulder and finger joints are stiff. Diabetes?

I have been eating badly and lots of sugar for the past 2 weeks. Also picked up an extra 10kgs since stopping smoking 8 months ago and I am struggling now to loose it. The problem now is that both my shoulder and finger joints are stiff. Diabetes?

Not necessarily: To diagnose diabetes your doctor would need to test your blood glucose and/or A1c level. It is good that you quit smoking. Losing weight is not easy and it gets harder with increasing age. Joining a group like weight watchers may help.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Fractured radius - why are my finger joints are very stiff each morning? Improves during the day with movement. How long will this last? Thanks

Fractured radius - why are my finger joints are very stiff each morning? Improves during the day with movement. How long will this last? Thanks

Swelling from break: The fracture causes inflammation, which impedes the normal flow of lymph from the hand to the arm and then into the central veins. Because of this slowdown, your fingers are a little swollen and feel stiff.

Elevating your arm, which gives the flow a boost from gravity, might help.

This is temporary, don't worry. ...Read more

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A couple finger joints pop as if out of joint, stiff and feel "full" if that makes sense, all fingers hurt on both hands. What could be the issue?

A couple finger joints pop as if out of joint, stiff and feel "full" if that makes sense, all fingers hurt on both hands. What could be the issue?

Need exam: Difficult to say without exam but trigger finger (s)and arthritis could account for your symptoms. Best to have your hands examined and x- rayed. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I cannot bend my thumbs without doing it with my other hand along with my finger joints locking when I grasp a small object.

I cannot bend my thumbs without doing it with my other hand along with my finger joints locking when I grasp a small object.

Sounds like you may: Be having Trigger Thumb and Finger (s).
See an Orthopedist to have confirm the Dx and then maybe steroid shot maybe helpful or you might be needing surgery to release it.
Good Luck and Happy Holidays. ...Read more

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Is it normal to develop pmr and psoriatic artritis at the same time? My pmr symptoms started 18 months ago, but I also had finger joint pain at that time. 6 months ago, finger pain got worse and nail.

Is it normal to develop pmr and psoriatic artritis at the same time? My pmr symptoms started 18 months ago, but I also had finger joint pain at that time. 6 months ago, finger pain got worse and nail.

? all PSA: You are rather young for pmr. It may be that your initial symptoms of psoriatic arthritis (psa), mimicked pmr with neck, shoulder, lower back and/or hip hip pain/stiffness. Both pmr and psa can have elevated ESR and or crp. Both can respond well to prednisone. I try to diagnose people with one disease not two if possible. ...Read more

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Feeling a burn pain in right front lower abdomen. Pain in finger joints when I wake up. How should I treat it?

Feeling a burn pain in right front lower abdomen. Pain in finger joints when I wake up. How should I treat it?

Few issues here: From what you describe sounds like a few separate issues. You are best to see your doctor and have one issue at a time evaluated and diagnosed ...Read more

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Hello. I've been having sharp pain in my ring finger joint. Also my left hand ring finger is Stiff from the knuckle joint to the finger.

Hello. I've been having sharp pain in my ring finger joint. Also my left hand ring finger is Stiff from the knuckle joint to the finger.

Trigger finger? Vs: Strain or constricting ring, if no trauma or strain and if older than 30 can start to get trigger finger, joint stiffness, see a hand surgeon best to take care of this. Be sure ring is loose fitting ...Read more

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Why do my hands and finger joints get red, hot, swollen, sore, and tight after using my hands for about 8 hrs? It is happening more and more lately.

Why do my hands and finger joints get red, hot, swollen, sore, and tight after using my hands for about 8 hrs? It is happening more and more lately.

Finger pain: Inflammation of joints or arthritis is one possibility, but simple overuse and sprain may be the cause. Arthritis symptoms would last longer and be accompanied by joint tenderness and morning stiffness may be present. If symptoms persist consult a rheumatologist for evaluation, advice and treatment. Try to avoid activities that stress your hands. Anti-inflammatory meds like Advil help, if you can ...Read more

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Is intermittent throbbing/spasms normal 24 hours after removal of cyst from the top finger joint? Surgery done at surgery center by hand surgeon

Is intermittent throbbing/spasms normal 24 hours after removal of cyst from the top finger joint? Surgery done at surgery center by hand surgeon

Probably: 24 hours is not very long post op. As long as it is intermittent and there is no pus, increasing redness or swelling, I would give it another day or two. If symptoms persist or worsen over and past the 48-72 post op hour mark, call the hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Finger joint swelling/redness, fever, fatigue, back shoulder hip pain/stiff and muscle aches. ANA pos, RF neg, other tests normal. Possibilities?

Finger joint swelling/redness, fever, fatigue, back shoulder hip pain/stiff and muscle aches. ANA pos, RF neg, other tests normal. Possibilities?

Several things: In young women finger swelling, fever, stiffness, muscle aches, other joint pain can be the onset of lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA test does not have to be positive). Other less common connective tissue diseases and even some infections can do this. A Rheumatologist should be able to work this out. Not all tests are positive early. ...Read more

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Male 35. Feeling a burn pain in right front lower abdomen. Pain in finger joints when I wake up. Mouth ulcers happening every 2 or 3 weeks. How should I treat this?

Male 35. Feeling a burn pain in right front lower abdomen. Pain in finger joints when I wake up. Mouth ulcers happening every 2 or 3 weeks. How should I treat this?

Coincident: You may have two or three coincident but unrelated problems. Abdominal and joint pain needs to be evaluated by your General Physician as soon as possible. Mouth "ulcers" need to be seen by your General Dentist to determine nature of lesions and appropriate treatment. Report ALL symptoms to both practitioners. ...Read more

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My finger joints lock?

My finger joints lock?

Trigger finger: Respond to ice if it is painful and swollen in the palm. Midl heat if it is stiff and locking without swelling, massage of the palm, topical anitinflammatorires placed in the palm and gentle not forceful range of motion, How ever the clincal presentation or severity of trigger finger varies a lot i.e. they are not all the same. If one tries these and fails see a hand doctor ...Read more

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What causes my right ring finger joint to hurt?

What causes my right ring finger joint to hurt?

I just counted: There are 3 joints: closer to the hand, the next one called proximal interphalangeal joint, then there is the one near the fingernail, the distal interpharyngeal joint. Likely, arthritis is the cause of your discomfort. ...Read more

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What could cause a sudden lump to appear on my finger joint?

What could cause a sudden lump to appear on my finger joint?

Common hand lumps: Include ganglion (cyst), foreign body, or it's inclusion cyst or epidermal inclusion cyst, benign solid tumors. Nodules from dupuytrens disease, gout or inflammatory arthritis. Malignant or metastatic disease can occur but is very rare. At times tendinitis is associated with swollen tissue that feels like a lump and nerves or blood vessels can swell talk to your pcp and/ or see a hand surgeon ...Read more

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What could cause wollen joints, and calluses/bumps on fingers?

What could cause wollen joints, and calluses/bumps on fingers?

Many possibilities: Joint swelling is a sign of inflammation. If chronic, it can be related to a systemic cause such as autoimmune disorders (lupus), or age-related degenerative cause (osteoarthritis). If is is self-limited, a minor injury may be the cause. Calluses are caused by chronic pressure.
"bumps" could be anything but may indicate chronic joint disease. See your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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A dark bruise sometimes forms at one of my finger joints with no apparent cause. Sometimes, it's painful. It's always disconcerting. What's going on?

A dark bruise sometimes forms at one of my finger joints with no apparent cause. Sometimes, it's painful. It's always disconcerting. What's going on?

More details needed: To have bruise on the top of the finger must have reason, please describe it with more details? The size who long it take to go away any pain with it, have any other problems health wise. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the cause of stiff and painful finger joints in the arm?

Please advise what is the cause of stiff and painful finger joints in the arm?

That's odd...: To have painful and stiff finger joints in the arm you would have to have fingers in your arm. Did somebody with arthritis pinch your arm really hard? Please clarify. ...Read more

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What would cause pain in the distal joint of both middle fingers? No swelling.

What would cause pain in the distal joint of both middle fingers? No swelling.

Joint pain: Although there are some chronic arthritic problems that may affect someone your age, the first thing I would think about is whether you are doing something repetitive with those fingers that is causing a chronic irritation. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications or Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be used for this. If the pain persists for more than 2-3 weeks, develop swelling and redness, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Both my index finger jurt on the distal joint of each finger. It hurts when I push. What could be the cause of the pain? Thanks

Arthritis distal jts: Arthritis can casue this pain While early on there are no. Bumps on the distal joints near the nails that are called hebreden's nodes and the ones near the pip or middle joints, bouchard's nodes., stiffness and some swelling that makes the joints feel sore and tight at times can be an early sign. Speak to your PCP about medication and diagnosis. Warm water usually better if stiff/ice if sore ...Read more

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My fingers lock up if I bend them after being straight (bend at the top joint, middle joint locks, seems to distend). What is it? How do I treat it?

My fingers lock up if I bend them after being straight (bend at the top joint, middle joint locks, seems to distend). What is it? How do I treat it?

Locking fingers: You should prob see an ortho doc for X-rays and exam. It sounds like a "Trigger Digit" (TD) however you're on the young side to have this prob. TD usually causes severe tenderness if you press hard at base of digit palm side. ...Read more

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What can cause finger/joint pain?

What can cause finger/joint pain?

Finger pain: Tendinitis (trigger finger), arthrritis, gout, infalmmatory arthrtiis, sprain or ligament injury, nerve injury, tendon, circulation issues, fracture, joint injury name a tissue type and it can be affected. ...Read more

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What causes long term finger/joint pain?

Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a common cause, but many other causes, e.g. Osteo-arthitis, gout, scleroderma, raynauds etc. ...Read more