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Pain in Index finger

Posted In: Muscle conditions 7 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 14, 2009
  • 09:36 AM

Hello all,

Over the past 6 months, the joint in my index finger on my right hand has been getting stiff. It was annoying, but liveable and so haven't been to see anyone about it.

Over the past week it got gradually worse until the other night, it felt as if there was a build up of pressure in the joint and i had to crack it. I didn't, and the next morning i was in agony with it. It's now day 2 and i'm still unable to move my finger. It doesn't look dislocated, but does look pretty swollen compared to my other index finger.

any ideas what this could be? Don't want to go to the hospital and waste anyones time..

Oh, and arthritis should be out of the question as i'm only 22,

Thanks in advance,

Hifty

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  • Are you sure you didn't injure the finger/knuckle around six months ago (the time the stiffness began?), perhaps a fracture of the joint that was not treated? Perhaps think about whether or not there is anything you can recall around that time; did you smash it or bang it unintentionally, hit it inadvertently with something by accident (just an example, a hammer)? A slam in a door? A twist? A severe strain of some kind, like finger to wrist? I ask about injury because I am going through the same, however, I know the cause; I crushed that knuckle (and others) due to a hand injury. Must you go to the ER (much cheaper to schedule an appointment at the doctors office)? Do you have a regular doctor that you see? If I were going through similar/same without knowing the cause, I would schedule an appointment just to have it looked at. If the doctor suspects you may need it looked into further, in the event that a definitive diagnosis cannot conclude without an x-ray or anything else that he/she may feel applicable ... you should be referred to the proper care specialist or facility and advised on what you should do next to conclude a diagnosis.
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello mate,Thanks for your reply.I can't recall any time where i could have damaged it to be honest.. My mum tells me she suffered from the same at about my age, with the same finger so it sounds as if i've inherited that (The stiffness/arthiritis). However, she said she never experienced pain as such, just stiffness.I'm in the UK so going to the hospital is no problem in terms of cash, but i'm not one to go get something checked out unless it's pretty severe. I mentioned the problem at the Docs the other week or so (before this specific problem) and he diagnosed me with having mild arthritis and some ibulieve would work.. This was without even looking/touching the finger... And that, is why i won't be going back to my GP :mad:It's now day 3, it's not as painful but it's still very stiff. Can bend it half way to a clenched fist. I said i would go to the hospital for an Xray if it was still as bad on day 3, but now the pain has gone i'm going to leave it and just keep an eye on it. Someone mentioned it could be a trapped nerve? Could this be the cause do you think?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello again, Hmmm ... a trapped nerve, I truly don't know and can only relate to my own case. However, it certainly wouldn't hurt to surf around and look at the side-effects that pertain to arthritis. I'm sorry to hear that the finger wasn't properly examined, that is a shame. Good for you for finding another GP! I'm happy to hear you are getting relief. Also, I'm happy to hear that you have a plan should this continue. I strongly suspect this may be, as you say, inherited; at least in the manner of predisposition, no doubt. One thing I would like to ask of you though ... if/when it does flare up again, please go to the hospital since you have the coverage. Also, it certainly can't hurt to go ... it can only help. It is severe enough for you to go, I assure you; this is ongoing, so please have it looked at. Perhaps there are better treatments/meds available ... also, technology is looming ... so you'll want to be in the loop, so to speak, in case there is a way to remedy this or halt it altogether some day soon; never give up hope. Take care, I am very happy to hear that you are feeling relief; believe me, I know it bites! :D
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Here's a link to start, you may find some answers here (trapped nerve?): http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/a/arthritis/symptoms.htm#symptom_list
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks mate, your a star! :)Day 5 and it's pretty much back to normal. Slightly stiff, but no pain.That being said, i'm going to take your advice and get it checked out anyway. As i said, i'm not usually one to check something out unless it's severe, but in this case with it being a finger, i'd rather catch it early if it is something that could result in issues when i'm older.Thanks again, Hifty
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  • This condition is probably "trigger finger" whereas you have a poppin or the tendons have attached themselves. Cortisone shots may work, or surgery . See your doctorDay 5 and it's pretty much back to normal. Slightly stiff, but no pain.That being said, i'm going to take your advice and get it checked out anyway. As i said, i'm not usually one to check something out unless it's severe, but in this case with it being a finger, i'd rather catch it early if it is something that could result in issues when i'm older.Thanks again, Hifty
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 06:23 PM
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  • Hello all,Over the past 6 months, the joint in my index finger on my right hand has been getting stiff. It was annoying, but liveable and so haven't been to see anyone about it. Over the past week it got gradually worse until the other night, it felt as if there was a build up of pressure in the joint and i had to crack it. I didn't, and the next morning i was in agony with it. It's now day 2 and i'm still unable to move my finger. It doesn't look dislocated, but does look pretty swollen compared to my other index finger.any ideas what this could be? Don't want to go to the hospital and waste anyones time..Oh, and arthritis should be out of the question as i'm only 22,Thanks in advance,HiftyYou need to go off all grains and sugars. You will go through a detox as both have addictive qualities. If that does not work, then get off all dairy products. See the Dr. Gundry diet evolution and other similar books.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 18, 2010
    • 08:39 PM
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