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My finger joints lock?

My finger joints lock?

Trigger finger: Respond to ice if it is painful and swollen in the palm. Midl heat if it is stiff and locking without swelling, massage of the palm, topical anitinflammatorires placed in the palm and gentle not forceful range of motion, How ever the clincal presentation or severity of trigger finger varies a lot i.e. they are not all the same. If one tries these and fails see a hand doctor ...Read more

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Tiny clear itchy bumps occur on right middle finger (from mid joint to fingertip). Recently the finger tip feels a little numb.?

Tiny clear itchy bumps occur on right middle finger (from mid joint to fingertip). Recently the finger tip feels a little numb.?

Need to see this: Before any diagnosis can be made. Please schedule a virtual consultation or visit your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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A couple finger joints pop as if out of joint, stiff and feel "full" if that makes sense, all fingers hurt on both hands. What could be the issue?

A couple finger joints pop as if out of joint, stiff and feel "full" if that makes sense, all fingers hurt on both hands. What could be the issue?

Need exam: Difficult to say without exam but trigger finger (s)and arthritis could account for your symptoms. Best to have your hands examined and x- rayed. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Pain between index and middle finger in tissue under webbing not located at the joint. Concentrated in that spot with no prior symptoms.

Need more info like: Any swelling, discoloration, any hair embedded there, anything could be squeezed from the site; nature of pain....
Is it constant /not? Anything or any activity brings it on? Is it sharp/dull, etc. How long has it been going on for?
Without an exam it'll be difficult to make a dx. In some hairdressers, hair gets embedded into a scratch in the web, causing an inflammatory reaction.
See an orthopod. ...Read more

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My middle finger only has been numb for weeks. It's only on the side next to my ring finger and only from the second joint to the tip. Cause?

My middle finger only has been numb for weeks. It's only on the side next to my ring finger and only from the second joint to the tip. Cause?

Nerves?: Are you wearing a ring on the finger next to it? It sounds like you may have injured the nerve on the finger next to it just from bumping into the ring every day. Try a few days with the ring off and see if it improves. If you're not wearing a ring, did you have any injuries to the finger? Hope it gets better for you! ...Read more

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I have a hard bump on my joint of my middle finger what is it?

I have a hard bump on my joint of my middle finger what is it?

Which joint?: Depends on which joint it is. This could be anything from a small benign cyst to a bony exostosis or bone growth. If it is tender or is growing, I would recommend evaluation by a health care professional. ...Read more

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I have joint pain on my middle finger. What should I do for it?

I have joint pain on my middle finger. What should I do for it?

See rheumatologist: If you are concerned, see a rheumatogist as they will be able to determine what is causing it. ...Read more

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What causes ganglion cysts to develop on the inside of 1st joint of the middle finger?

What causes ganglion cysts to develop on the inside of 1st joint of the middle finger?

A2 pulley: Ganglions can develop at the edge of the a1 or a2 pulley of the flexor tendons. Ganglions are synovial cysts arising from a tear or opening in the tendon sheath. Synovial tissue causes cyst to form and emerge from the tear that results from over use or trauma. ...Read more

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My middle finger joint started hurting 3 weeks ago and it is swollen and what ever I do it really hurts. Could I have broken it & not known?

My middle finger joint started hurting 3 weeks ago and it is swollen and what ever I do it really hurts. Could I have broken it & not known?

Likely it's: Strain, sprain or arthritis. Warm compress and taking nsaids may help. If it gets worse, see your dr and consider getting an xray. Take care! ...Read more

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I have a hard lump of my middle finger next to the middle joint. It has been there for a long time and hasn't gone away. Not sure what it is?

I have a hard lump of my middle finger next to the middle joint. It has been there for a long time and hasn't gone away. Not sure what it is?

Probably a cyst: I is likely a synovial or tendon cyst. There is no need to do anything about it if it does not bother you. ...Read more

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I had an accident and fell resulting in cutting my middle finger ;requiring 6-8 stiches; my ring finger has been burning at the last joint to tip?

I had an accident and fell resulting in cutting my middle finger ;requiring 6-8 stiches; my ring finger has been burning at the last joint to tip?

Likely nerve injury: Sounds like a nerve injury, which are common. Is the burning in the same finger that was cut? If so, you likely cut the nerve in the process. If not, you may have crushed the nerve at the same time you got the cut. Usually, these nerve injuries heal with time, but can take months. You should have your doctor take a look, however. ...Read more

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I'm having pain at the joint of my middle finger where the palm and finger meet. The pain is bad when I'm bracing to get off of the floor and when ope?

Trigger finger: Pain at the metacarpal phalangeal joints is usually due to an overuse syndrome. It can be treated with rest, ice and heat, and corticosteroid injections by a medical provider. Often avoiding what hurts and use of that joint for 2-6 weeks will clear up the problem. If the joint is swollen, red, and with worsening pain infection and conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Having a pain in the joint of my left hand of the middle finger?

Having a pain in the joint of my left hand of the middle finger?

Tendon Inflammation: There are multiple causes of finger/joint pain. Given your age and no history of trauma, nor arthritic problems, the most likely cause is a trigger finger or tendonitis (swollen tendon). Ask yourself, ifyour pain is on the back of the knuckle, worse in the morning, and painful with flexing the finger, and if there is tenderness in the palm over the tendon. A hand surgeon can help make diagnosis. ...Read more

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Knot coming up on inside of hand on middle finger joint painful help?

Knot coming up on inside of hand on middle finger joint painful help?

Probably a ganglion: Cyst. Typically come from a joint. Can be very painful. Most hand bumps are benign. Typically can be aspirated with a needle and decompressed or otherwise surgical excised. Used to call them bible beater lesions because the biggest book on the house was the bible and by smacking it with the 'good book' caused them to rupture. I do not recommend this though. See an orthopaedist. ...Read more

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My middle finger joint always aches. What are my options to remedy the constant pain?

My middle finger joint always aches. What are my options to remedy the constant pain?

A diagnosis: The only remedy for a chronic painful problem is having a diangnosis by history, exam, perhaps images, and even blood work. Go see you doc. ...Read more

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I have a hard bump on the back of my middle finger middle joint. Its skin color not mobile.

I have a hard bump on the back of my middle finger middle joint. Its skin color not mobile.

Arthritis-related?: Based on the location and the description it is possible this is a "bouchard's node" which can be seen in osteoarthritis. Your primary care doctor could likely confirm this for you. ...Read more

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Why has middle finger joint grown the size of big pea the last 5 years. It sticks out on the side close to my nail?

Why has middle finger joint grown the size of big pea the last 5 years. It sticks out on the side close to my nail?

Cyst/tophus: It's most likely a cyst/tophus. Have you been diagnosed with gout? Is it soft or bony? If bony may be an arthritic spur. Does it interfere with your daily activities? Bring it up at your next office visit with your PCP. ...Read more

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I think I sprained my middle finger last night. It's sore when I touch the joint and bend it there is slight pain. Should I strap it.?

I think I sprained my middle finger last night. It's sore when I touch the joint and bend it there is slight pain. Should I strap it.?

It may help.: Immobilization may ease the pain associated with moving the joint. Have it evaluated by a professional as you may need to have an x-ray taken of it to make sure it is not fractured. ...Read more

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What about a discoloration on right hand, middle finger, middle joint spreading occasionally to top joint. Does chinese medicine know anything about?

What about a discoloration on right hand, middle finger, middle joint spreading occasionally to top joint. Does chinese medicine know anything about?

See your doctor: Your symptoms are vague. See your doctor for an evaluation. He or she can refers you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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I have a small & hard greenish lump under the skin of my middle finger, the joint area. I discovered it two weeks ago, and now it is starting to hurt.

I have a small & hard greenish lump under the skin of my middle finger, the joint area. I discovered it two weeks ago, and now it is starting to hurt.

Nodules: This nodule is either a Heberden's nodule or a Bouchard's nodule, depending on which joint is involved. It is a harbinger of the development and of arthritis. You should get checked for rheumatoid arthritis (simple blood test). Treatment is usually NSAIDs. ...Read more

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My hand is really red it's just below my fingers (not on the joint) between my pointer and middle finger it hurts when I touch it and when I add press?

Your age?: We have to know your age. We cannot answer questions for minors. So fix your public profile so that it shows your age. You have noted your country, which also helps with some questions, as diseases and resources vary by age and location, as well as gender. Be honest about your age. You expect if from us, and we expect it from you, too! ...Read more

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I have a severe pain in my left middle finger on the top joint?

I have a severe pain in my left middle finger on the top joint?

Possible Heberden's: Women are more likely to get a certain type of osteoarthritis of their hands when compared to men. Typically this involves the set of joints that the end the fingers and the middle finger joints. Initially there may pain but over several months there can be warmth/redness and eventually bony enlargement of the joint which, at the area you describe, would be a Heberden's (bony growth - spur). ...Read more

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If I broke my middle finger, do I need to stabilize both joints in my finger or just the last one?

If I broke my middle finger, do I need to stabilize both joints in my finger or just the last one?

Possibly: The usual practice is to immobilize the joint above and the joint below the fracture. If the fracture occured at the tip, then only the last joint would need to be immobilized. ...Read more