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sudden problem: stiff painful finger and a couple of small bumps

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  • Posted By: Maestro232
  • June 1, 2010
  • 06:10 PM


As if out of nowhere I woke up one morning with an incredibly painful and stiff finger. It felt a bit like a jammed finger except that I could slowly bend it to a closed position (with pain), such that it would be fully mobile afterwards with some background pain for the rest of the day. Next morning same thing. Incredibly stiff and painful, requiring a slow process of "remobilizing" it.

I have additionally noticed a single small cluster of clearish/flesh-colored bumps on one side of the same finger in between the two outer joints. They don't hurt and they might not even be related, but it is curious that the only hurting finger has them.

I did some uncharacteristicly harsh work with my hands recently (hours and hours of gardening and heavy squeezy to cut down shrubs), but I did not notice the problem immediately after this work. More like a few days to a week after, so this may or may not be correlated as well.


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  • Those bumps you're referring to are called Rheumatoid nodules. What you're describing sounds like rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. You should see a doctor and have some bloodwork done to confirm the diagnosis. There are alot of great meds out there to keep the symptoms of RA at bay. Good luck. Keep us posted. Chris
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  • Those bumps you're referring to are called Rheumatoid nodules. Thank you for the response. I did a little wiki-ing of rheumatoid nodules and it indicated their minimun size is that of a lentil. This little cluster is not that big however. Additionally, this is the only finger experiencing such pain, and I have no other indication of joint pain until now. Wouldn't I expect it to be a wider condition?
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