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Dr. Rohit Keswani
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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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Dr. Douglas Mund
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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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Dr. Thomas Namey
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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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Robert Kwok
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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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Dr. William Newton
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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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Monica Wood
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My boyfriend's fingers are not straight like most of us. He is 25 years old, and his mom suffers from arthritis, and his fingers from both hands are not straight, and i'm scare that he will get worst, so is there any thing he can do?

I : I would recommend starting with a good primary care physician. Without looking at his hands and seeing which way they are bending, it is difficult to start narrowing down a diagnosis. Some hand deformities are inherited, but not necessarily present at birth. Others are progressive and related to inflammatory conditions, one of which is rheumatoid arthritis. Others are related to injuries. Even a simple trigger finger can lock the finger in a bent position. The primary care physician can then decide if a rheumatologist, hand surgeon, or another specialty is most appropriate. ...Read more

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Dr. David Kennedy
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I notice when my legs and hands or fingers get cold or near a cold area they start to hurt like achy and have pain. Could this be a sign of arthritis?

I notice when my legs and hands or fingers get cold or near a cold area they start to hurt like achy and have pain. Could this be a sign of arthritis?

None: when your fingers or fingertips get cold, you may have burning feeling that is more common in women. This condition is Raynaud's phenomenon. Raynaud's May occur in types of joint disease - scleroderma and arthritis. lab work can be drawn to check for signs of arthritis. Warming packs help with burning feeling when your fingers get cold. Watch out for frostbite. do you smoke cigarettes? ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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I have severe pains at random in different parts of my body the pain may hit my shoulder or hands i can't move them when it happens has also hit my knees. It feels some times like a burning sensation in my arm, tits not arthritis

I have severe pains at random in different parts of my body the pain may hit my shoulder or hands i can't move them when it happens has also hit my knees. It feels  some times like a burning sensation in my arm, tits not arthritis

Need a work up: You should see your doctor for an evaluation. You may choose to start with a rheumatologist that can do a work up to see if you have any inflammatory conditions that would cause such a wondering type of pain syndrome. ...Read more

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