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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis 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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I have r.Artritis in my hands. I don't take medication because i'm afraid of the side effects? I have r.A. In my hands. My finger joints are becomming deformed. I am scared to take medication because of all the side effects they cause. Without taking drug

I have r.Artritis in my hands. I don't take medication because i'm afraid of the side effects? I have r.A. In my hands. My finger joints are becomming deformed. I am scared to take medication because of all the side effects they cause. Without taking drug

Not much: If you have RA , properly diagnosed by a doctor, confirmed.With blood tests, you probably need medication. Talk to a rheumatologist about your medication concerns. Natural remedies may be able to give some relief, but if you have deformities in your joints already, you need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have been having pain on my right toes, wrist, back and fingers on my right hand. What do I do? I have Fibroymalgia and arthritits

I have been having pain on my right toes, wrist, back and fingers on my right hand. What do I do? I have Fibroymalgia and arthritits

Poly arthritis: U seem to have developed arthritis in >1 joint @ the same time, a condition AKA polyarthritis. In the absence of any other Sx (especially swelling or fever), u shd rest ur joints- use them as little as possible- & if u are otherwise healthy & not taking meds, consider an NSAID like Naproxen with food. This will buy u time to see ur doctor &/or rheumatologist for diagnosis. Keep a diary. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi! So, I was washing my hands earlier, and on my right ring finger, I noticed a small indentation, like a pinprick. Need I be alarmed?

Hi! So, I was washing my hands earlier, and on my right ring finger, I noticed a small indentation, like a pinprick. Need I be alarmed?

Probably not: the only way to be sure it to have it evaluated by a doctor, especially someone with experience in dermatology. The most important thing to do is keep an eye on it, maybe by taking a picture of the spot next to a ruler so you have some reference later, and observe for change over time. ...Read more

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If the ring and pinky fingers can't bend. Does this sound like a broken hand?

If the ring and pinky fingers can't bend. Does this sound like a broken hand?

Stiffness fingers: Can be from arthritis, muscle weakness, tendon injury, joint stiffness, tendonitis and tenosynovitis, infection, neurlogical causes and other reasons. If this is a new issue or something that is progressing seek an evaluation. In fact even if it is old and you just want to be sure to have a diagnosis , seek treatment as some things such as tendon rupture or nerve issues can be progressive. ...Read more

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My moms hands are freezing cold, and the tips of her fingers look like she's been in water, like her fingertips are shriveled up?

My moms hands are freezing cold, and the tips of her fingers look like she's been in water, like her fingertips are shriveled up?

Having cold hands?: Keeping warm, active, don't smoke, and of course a healthy, balanced diet/exercise will help you maintain good health. Is she having cold feet too? I suspect she may have a vasospastic condition called raynaud's phenomenon. When exposed to cold, this can cause significant symptoms--color changes, pain etc..Keep warm, wear gloves. Consult doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've pins & need feeling in my hand when it's moved a certain way but only in my ring finger up to my elbow & I don't wear a ring, it's like a shock ?

I've  pins & need feeling in my hand when it's moved a certain way but only in my ring finger up to my elbow & I don't wear a ring, it's like a shock ?

Nerve: It appears that a nerve gets pinched with that maneuver. It's possible that the impingement occurs at the wrist causing radiation of sharp pain. A hand surgeon or a neurologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you about where the impingement is occurring and what's causing it. Any appropriate tests will be ordered. ...Read more

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My right hand seems to swell and my fingers look like fat links, it doesn't hurt, im a 23 year old female and just trying to figure out how serious iti?

My right hand seems to swell and my fingers look like fat links, it doesn't hurt, im a 23 year old female and just trying to figure out how serious iti?

Serious: Enough that i would recommend you be seen. Arthritis comes to mind as the first possibility. I also highly recommend that you see a chinese medicine practitioner/acupuncturist. Herbs and acupuncture can help your body balance and heal it self. They may also have some diet recommendations that can help. ...Read more

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Pain where ring finger and hand connect?

Pain where ring finger and hand connect?

Trigger finger: If the pain if mostly in the palm at the base of the finger it may be a trigger finger. Other symptoms include catching or locking of the finger. May also be arthritis if the pain is more in the joint. Anti-inflammatory medicine may help both conditions. If not, see a hand surgeon. ...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