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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

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Have 2 lumps appear on my right index finger middle knuckle. I am right handed, have rheumatoid arthritis but in remission.

Have 2 lumps appear on my right index finger middle knuckle. I am right handed, have rheumatoid arthritis but in remission.

Unclear question: Rheumatoid nodules are a natural part of the illness with rheumatoid arthritis. If the disease is in remission, the nodules per se are not an issue, other than cosmetic one.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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I damaged the nerves in my knuckle years ago. Will I inevitably get arthritis?

I damaged the nerves in my knuckle years ago. Will I inevitably get arthritis?

Not likely: Although nerve damage can lead to arthritis in the lower extremities (charcot joint) it is unusual in the hand. Damage to the cartilage of the joint or a fracture which involves the joint are more likely to cause arthritis than nerve damage. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my wrist. I used it too much at work today... help please?

I have arthritis in my wrist. I used it too much at work today... help please?

Arthritis wrist: I have arthritis in my wrist. I used it too much at work today... help please? ANS: increase the dose of your arthritis med for a few days after talking with your Dr. Heating pad may help. Tell your employer about your problem. I would discuss with your health car team and ask about work advice. ...Read more

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I've had really bad wrist pain for almost 2 years now and it seems to be getting worse how do I know if it cts or arthritis?

I've had really bad wrist pain for almost 2 years now and it seems to be getting worse how do I know if it cts or arthritis?

Exam & testing: Those 2 possibilities, along with other possible causes of wrist pain, can usually be sorted out by seeing your doctor for a complete history and exam, and possibly getting some additional testing such as xrays and/or ncs/emg (nerve conduction study/electromyelogram). ...Read more

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My wrist is in pain for a while is this a sign of arthritis?

My wrist is in pain for a while is this a sign of arthritis?

Possibly: I would consult your hand surgeon to obtain radiographs of the wrist. ...Read more

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The wrist has no pain then you fall and instant pain, can that be arthritis?

The wrist has no pain then you fall and instant pain, can that be arthritis?

Possibly: I would consult with your hand surgeon to obtain radiographs (x-rays) of the wrist. ...Read more

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Will basilar thumb arthritis get better over time?

Will basilar thumb arthritis get better over time?

Not likely, sorry: Basilar joint arthritis (tmc arthritis) develops from ligament damage and laxity which impairs stability. Cartilage surfaces do well under compression but not shear forces. The instability with grasp and pinch leads to cartilage breakdown and arthritis. Many patients benefit from a supporting splint. Treatment depends upon symptoms, not severity of x-ray changes. ...Read more

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What type of food and activities should be banned for a patient with osteo arthritis in wrist?

What type of food and activities should be banned for a patient with osteo arthritis in wrist?

Patient sets limits: There's no diet restrictions; life's difficult enough without folks making food rules that are of little or no help. The discomfort and disability of the osteoarthritis itself will set the limit on activities. Osteoarthritis in the wrist is especially tricky as a bone may have been injured contributing to the problem. The treating rheumatologist can give you more guidance. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Do the nail charges seen in psoriatic arthritis occur with the start of symptoms or before/after?

Do the nail charges seen in psoriatic arthritis occur with the start of symptoms or before/after?

95% after: . Most psoriatic nail disease occurs in patients with clinically evident psoriasis; it only occurs in less than 5% of patients with no other cutaneous findings of psoriasis. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you dislocate your pinky does that mean you will get arthritis in that finger?

I'm just wondering, if you dislocate your pinky does that mean you will get arthritis in that finger?

Not necessarily: Unless there was damage to the bones or joints at the time of dislocation. Most often, there is no significant bone or joint damage with an uncomplicated dislocation. ...Read more

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My index finger hirts to bend or crackit. Could it be mild arthritis from cracking my fingers too much?

My index finger hirts to bend or crackit. Could it be mild arthritis from cracking my fingers too much?

Pop away: There is no evidence to suggest that popping the knuckles causes arthritis later in life. Yes, the pain in your joint could indeed be from arthritis. It is unlikely that cracking your knuckles is to blame. ...Read more

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I have sharp shooting pains around the thumb into the wrist. Told it is a symptom of arthritis. Is that true?

Can be: Yes but it could also be the symptom of an irritated nerve. Pain with use, not at rest, points more toward a joint or tendon pain. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more