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.

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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.

Knucle. Please see your arthritis specialist as soon as you can. The lumps are important and must be helped. Read more...
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...

Is wrist pain a symptom rheumatoid arthritis?

Wrist pain. Rheumatoid arthritis can indeed cause joint pain in the wrist. However, there are many causes of wrist pain: osteoarthritis (degenerative wear-and-tear arthritis), tendinitis, bony abnormalities (keinbock's disease, scaphoid stress fracture), carpal tunnel syndrome, cartilage abnormalities, capsulitis, intersection syndrome, dequervain's tenosynovitis, and still many others. Your doctor can help. Read more...

Rheumatoid arthritis nodules on wrist is that possible? How would I know if it's a nodule or something else?

Yes. An exam by doctor/rheumatologist can confirm. Mri will differentiate between a ganglion (common by the wrist) and a solid mass like a rheumatoid nodule. Definitive test is an excisional biopsy. Read more...

Being treated for rheumatoid arthritis my elbows will ache sometime. It feels like the pain travels to my wrist at the same time. Is this normal?

Yes. The radial, ulnar ; median nerves r in close proximity to the elbow, ; the inflammatory process can irritation can effect the nerves and give u referred pain down the arm ; into the hand ; wrist. Read more...

A tender bump suddenly appeared om thumb. Could this be rheumatoid arthritis?

Highly Unlikely. If your joint is actually swollen it may be athritis but rheumatoid would be unlikely. If the bump is nit a joint, then it definitely not ra. Read more...
Maybe. There are several causes for the development of a tender bump. It could be a ganglion cyst, mucous cyst, rheumatoid nodule or osteoarthritic nodule. I good physical exam and some diagnostic tests will help identify the etiology. Read more...

My wife has extreme pain in her shoulder and wrist on opposite sides bad enough to make her cry re doc thought it might be rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatism? Polyarthralgia it is called and can be due to systemic arthritis like RA. But, need know lab tests, age, occupation, history of injury, bone density, symptoms, tenderness to pressure, numbness, weakness, duration and response to OTC meds and much more. Take some Aleve (naproxen) and get tested if it persists. Read more...

23 Male. Keep waking up with sore, visibly red and inflamed middle pinky joint. Hurts pretty badly, eventually lessens during the day. Definitely its worst when I wake up. Scared its onset Rheumatoid Arthritis. What are the other possibilities?

Other arthritis. There are other types of arthritis, including run-of-the-mill osteoarthritis (OA, generic "arthritis"), infections (viral, Lyme disease, TB, Neisseria - latter 3 can be treated), paraneoplastic arthritis (related to cancer), lupus or other autoimmune conditions, & arthritis related to gout, crystal disease, or other systemic disease (IBD). RA runs in families. Recommend seeing your doctor soon. Read more...

Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome caused by rheumatoid arthritis present differently than primary CTS? E.g. slower atrophy due to RR wrist inflammation?

Very similar. Tbe symptoms of CTS, irrespective of its etiology, are similar and are primarily due to narrowing of the joint spaces in the wrist area from where nerves travel to cause pain. Read more...