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What could it be besides rheumatoid arthritis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 22, 2009
  • 04:01 PM

I have had joint pain in a few joints in my hands for the last couple of years, mainly in the lower thumb joints. I am a 36 year old female. I have never had the stiffness, fevers, fatigue, weakness and swelling associated with RA. I do have a swollen joint in my wrist right now but I think I may have injured it. I'm not overweight. For the last three months I've also been having pain in the first knuckle of my right index finger.

What else could it be besides RA? Can someone my age develop osteoarthritis?

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  • You have been officially diagnosed with RA? What tests have been performed? What medications are you taking? What is your activity level with your hands, do you use them more than most? OA can occur in people your age, but it is much less common than RA. It's more of a 'wear and tear' arthritis....developing this level of use by this age is not common, but I'm sure it's also not impossible. However, you can have RA without the swelling or other symptoms yet. The thumb joint commonly gets injured or hyper-extended. Could this have happened? Which knuckle is involved on your index finger? How did you injure your wrist....could you have injured the fingers at the same time? Do any other joints in your body have pain (hips, knees, elbows)? What is your activity level?
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • It possibly could be the thumb basil joints. These joints can become deteriorated and need replacement. I would see an orthopedic that specializes in hands only. By seeing this type of specialist you will know what could be wrong and get information as to the different types of treatment. Good luck.
    Loreen 1 Replies Flag this Response
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