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What do hands look like with arthritis?

What do hands look like with arthritis?

Joints involved: You can see some enlargement of certain joints in the hands, such as those in your fingers that allow them to bend. They can also become slightly bent and fixed. In rheumatoid arthritis the fingers can cross over each other and you may see the wrist deviate in the direction of the little finger ("ulnar deviation"). ...Read more

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Painful Joints (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a term used to describe a common type of arthritis in children. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in ...Read more

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What does rheumatoid arthritis in the hands look like?

What does rheumatoid arthritis in the hands look like?

Joint swelling: In the most classical presentation there is symmetrical swelling around the middle joints (pip) in the fingers and in the knuckles. The end joints, nearest the nails, are usually spared. It is also symmetrical in both hands. The areas between the joints are relatively normal. The swelling may be warm and there may be slight redness as well. ...Read more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Avoid potential trauma to your joints
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Avoid traumatic exercise like running. Swimming is good.
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Use splints and braces
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Try drugs like naproxen to help you get through pain and exercise more
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It feels like the blood are all in my hands and don't circulate i don't know if its arthritis or what

It feels like the blood are all in my hands and don't circulate i don't know if its arthritis or what

Can't be so, but...: While your description can't be real, i believe you feel a fullness and/or stiffness in your hands that would almost feel like what you decribed. If you have a reddish to purpleish discoloration over the joints, you may have arthritis. But stiffness is what most people feel before they have pain. See your doctor. Aleve (2) twice a day should improve the sx, but still see dr. To r/o inflammation! ...Read more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Avoid running and jumping -- just walk
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Don't gain weight
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Take Tylenol/NSAID before exercise
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For people with arthritis, is it painful to pop knuckles, like hand knuckles?

For people with arthritis, is it painful to pop knuckles, like hand knuckles?

Maybe, maybe not: Cracking a joint moves the parts of the joint, with the cracking noise coming from cartilage surfaces sliding, from movement of a little air-space from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. One person with arthritis inflammation in a joint can feel better and looser at the joint after cracking it, while another person can feel more joint pain after cracking it. ...Read more

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What does degenerative arthritis in hands feel like?

What does degenerative arthritis in hands feel like?

Stiffness: Is the most common complaint. Pain is usually bimodal meaning worse in the am and then later in the day. Pain should improve in the am within 30 min or so as the hands and fingers are used. If the pain and stiffness lasts longer than 30-60 min then this can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis which is more severe and should be treated sooner than later. Discuss this with your pcp. ...Read more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight.
once
Regular low impact cardiovascular exercise.
daily
Light weight training.
daily
Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplementation.
daily
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I have arthritis in my fingers on both hands, and I'm looking for weight lifting gloves made for arthriris?

I have arthritis in my fingers on both hands, and I'm looking for weight lifting gloves made for arthriris?

No such animal: Use straps. They will take a lot of stress off of your hands. Gloves will not be helpful. ...Read more

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