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What might be causing the sudden onset of pain and stiffness in the joints of my fingers ?

What might be causing the sudden onset of pain and stiffness in the joints of my fingers ?

Systemic Process: If we are talking multiple fingers on each hand, it will likely be a systemic process. Meaning a pathology which is affecting your whole body. Such as systemic lupus, rheumatoic or psoriatic arthritis, reiter's syndrome. Psoriatic arthritis likes to affect the small joints. If otherwise than common everyday arthritis certainly, can cause "stiffness" but is usally not with "sudden onset.". ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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What should I do if I am experiencing sudden onset of pain and stiffness in the joints of my fingers?

What should I do if I am experiencing sudden onset of pain and stiffness in the joints of my fingers?

Heat: If you are feeling arthritic it can be from previous injury or trauma from sports. Heat is helpful for joint problems along with over the counter Aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen. If you do not start to resolve see your doctor for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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I have joint pain and stiffness in my index finger! what is it?

I have joint pain and stiffness in my index finger! what is it?

Could be...: Tendonitis, synovitis (early arthritis), recovering from a sprain or trigger finger, just to name a few. See a hand surgeon for a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you treat finger joint stiffness?

How do you treat finger joint stiffness?

Therapy: Depending upon the cause of the stiffness, you might need to see an occupational therapist. They work with problems of the hand. You might have a trigger finger, arthritis, dupuytren's contracture or joint inflammation. See a board certified orthopedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I have joint stiffness in the middle knuckle of each finger?

Why do I have joint stiffness in the middle knuckle of each finger?

Psoriatic Arthritis?: If you are young and have big, sore, or inflammed middle joints of your digits: 2-5, you are more likely to have psoritic arthritis particularly if your large knuckes are not involved. If you are over 50, the DJD of the hands is more likely. If you think you have ra, then have your dr. Get a ccp antibody. It should be positive. If you or a family member has psoriasis, all bets are off on ra! ...Read more

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After stopping Decadron (dexamethasone) tablets i experience of severe joints pain and stiffness of fingers at night?

After stopping Decadron (dexamethasone)  tablets i experience of severe  joints pain and  stiffness of fingers at night?

Not surprising: Decadron (dexamethasone) is a steroid. If it is stopped too quickly then side effects like joint pain and muscle aches may occur. Also - Decadron (dexamethasone) helps reduce these symptoms so if the dose is lowered beyond a certain point you can have the original symptoms return. ...Read more

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What helps alleviate finger joint pain and stiffness?

What helps alleviate finger joint pain and stiffness?

Movment: Try over the counter anti inflamatory medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). You should keep the joints supple by moving them as much as possible. ...Read more

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Why do I have joint stiffness in the middle knuckle of index finger?

Why do I have joint stiffness in the middle knuckle of index finger?

Stiff PIP: 1. Arthritis is a common cause of stiffness of these joints 2. Often a trigger finger will give the feeling that this joint is sore and stiff 3 often the two problems arise in the same finger each exacerbating the other. ...Read more

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Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more