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Can't bend fingers in the morning

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 23, 2006
  • 09:35 PM

Since the day I started to work for the first time (3 months ago) I was never able to bend my fingers in the morning, when I would try to do so it would hurt like ***l, I have to take my other hand to bend my fingers and then everything becomes alright. Any advice?

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  • I also have this problem,,,at one time I thought I had lupus, but test have shown I dont. I do however have other neurological problems, and maybe you should tell your doctor.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 26, 2006
    • 06:59 AM
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  • any ideas?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 30, 2006
    • 07:17 PM
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  • I have been looking for some sort of information about this. For me is not normal; I am 23 years old and just came back from a US MARINES bootcamp training which was really stressfull and high mentally demanding. In about the middle of the training I started to have this problem. I was waking up with my middle finger on my left hand all bended and it was really hard for me to straigthen it up without pain. I have to use my other hand to fix it. Sometimes I think is like a joint problem and my dad tells me is related with the nervs. So nervous sintoms? I don't know. I will just keep looking.. This is really anoying.
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  • I have similar problems. At times my hands and finger would get stiff and stuck where i would have to move them with my other hand. So far no doctors have answered my questions. I have had radial nerve entrapment on my left arm. Some times when the finger and hands get stuck it feels like the carpel tendon is also very sore. Good luck. When i find out anything i will post.
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  • I too experienced the stiff and painfull fingers in the morning. After seeing my othopedic surgeon (carpal tunnel and trigger finger releases), he referred me to a Rheumatologist (and had the forsight to take xrays and blood tests completed. Problem: wake in AM unable to bend fingers – have to use other hand to bend them. Rt thumb so swollen could not bend and when I did finally get it bent (painfully) it was triggered bent until I painfully popped it straight again. Could not use it to write or place any pressure on it. After a 1.5 month wait to see a specialist . . . . I have results! Results from the Rheumatologist appointment: · The whole battery of blood tests (lupis, and other ones for arthritis) is negative. Good and bad – people with symptoms can go several years – including having damaged joints before it will show up in blood tests. · X-rays taken at the end of July – no damage to joints in the hands. That is the good news!!! · The 1 week of a medicine I took at beginning of august helped for a couple of days, then pain returned gradually for the fingers - it never helped the thumb.· Diagnosis – he believes I have rheumatoid arthritis …. He said it is the swelling of the joints on both sides of the body – left and right (kind of mirror image) Treatment· Begin a short term med once per day. If after one week I am 75% (or better) improved they will prescribe me the long term drug (have no idea what it is). It will be based on the dosage of the short term med. If after 1 week, not enough improvement, up the dose. This is done through a phone call. after two days I can begin to bend thumb - although it is still triggering - fingers were still stiff and painful this mornign - but they are less painful today than yesterday at this time.· The other long term drug needs 2-4 months to build up in the body. So I would need to continue the short term med for a couple of months before tapering off and the other drug taking over.· I go back in a couple of months for a second appointment. No one in my family has had this - I had no clue what was going on. My recommendation is to ask your primary care dr to refer you to a specialist. Good luck to you.
    peppermint patty 2 Replies
    • September 12, 2009
    • 08:19 PM
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  • OMG...same here..It started with the middle finger and two months later its all my fingers on my left hand..did blod work to see if it is rheumatoid arthritis and it turns out that it is not...i am puzzeled to what might be wrong with me..when i wake up in the morning i cant bend my fingers only to a half way point and so i have to use my other hand to bend them and it takes about half an hour to an hour to get use of my left hand...my middle finger bone clicks at the nuckle point when i bend my finger and it hurts when i do this...and i know people are like..so why do you do it..well its so i can get use of my hand and do what needs to be done to get my kids off to school...not only is it my hands now its my body that hurts now..i am 29 and i feel like i am 80...i have to wait for a month to see the specialest..so if anyone knows whats going on i would love to hear what they think it is...glad to know i am not the only one and that i also dont wish this on anyone
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 8, 2009
    • 08:03 PM
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  • I see my specialist for the second visit this coming week! I am on both a long term medication and the short term, which I have to have gradually reduced before I can stop taking it.Observations these past two months - that seem to have helped for me:I stopped eating anything from the nightshade family (white potato, peppers (green, red, hot), and tomatoes (I love salsa - so this was really hard for me to do), about two days after I changed my diet - I found my medication began to work much better. (I've read that cocoa can cause increased pain and stiffness - I dont know - I cannot eat any chocolate because it triggers really bad migraines).The days after I have very little or no salt I can move my fingers better than after I have had salt (ie popcorn, salted peanuts, etc). I try to keep salt at a minimum.I have also noticed that when I have days where I have bad headaches and take pain releivers (tylonal, asprin, or aleve) my thumb moves much better and is pain free. I plan to ask my Dr about the pain releivers - I dont take them except when I have bad headaches. I want to get his okay (I dont know the drug interactions that might occur) - because it really seems to help me.I hope your specialist can help you - it seems to take such a long time to get in to see a specialist. The wait seems like - 4ever. It has taken a while, but I am feeling better - the swelling in my hands and fingers is reduced and I can bend my fingers in the morning. AND I can almost write without pain.We may not have the same thing - but pain is pain - and it is real. I hope you get relief from the pain very soon.
    peppermint patty 2 Replies
    • November 9, 2009
    • 03:00 AM
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  • Totally having the same thing with just my middle fingers in the morning. I have Sjogren's Syndrome which is an autoimmune disease (like Lupus, but different). This could be a symptom of this disease. Arthritis is a side effect of this disease. If you have super dry eyes and a dry mouth I would get tested for Sjogren's.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 27, 2009
    • 03:39 PM
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  • you could try immunocal, it supposedly helps and RA is an immune system problem. If you try, be sure to post your results as I know someone who seems to have developed this problem recently.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 22, 2010
    • 02:12 PM
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  • I woke up with stiff fingers on my right hand several mornings after playing a very hard game of tennis. (Turns out I'd strained every muscle in my hand, arm, and shoulder!) Gripping anything like a racquet, golf club, or shovel or just cleaning house can cause this stiffness. Here's how the stiffness can go away...and it's a little like magic: I read the chapter on "fingers" in the "Trigger Point Therapy Workbook", and found one pain point on the outer-side of my forearm, about 3" below my elbow (a large muscle) ...where I press for a few seconds...and the muscles in my fingers release, and the stiffness disappears. The book, by Davies and Davies, stresses not to massage toooo much and too long. For you, it might be a different muscle or point on your fingers/arm/shoulder that needs attention. You have to give your muscles time to HEAL again, so press and massage, intermittently, about 6 times during the day for short periods. This can take a few weeks of gentle pressing of trigger points and massage. And "perhaps" this will help you too. Please don't resort to taking pills or surgery before you try this simple method. Good luck, I hope it works for you!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 16, 2010
    • 11:10 AM
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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. Joint pain, specifically in the morning, is usually a sign of inflammation. If your symptoms are not related to activity (doing something unusual with your hands) than I would recommend seeing a rheumatologist. Joint pain due to osteoarthrits or a soft tissue issue such as carpal tunnel does not generally occur in both hands at the same time. Systemic issues such as rheumatoid arthrits or lupus can cause bilateral joint pain. To learn more about potential causes of finger joint pain you can visit http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/finger-joint-pain.html Hope this helps. Good luck. ~JTrempe PT, ATC
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    • October 17, 2010
    • 03:50 AM
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  • I have been looking for some sort of information about this. For me is not normal; I am 23 years old and just came back from a US MARINES bootcamp training which was really stressfull and high mentally demanding. In about the middle of the training I started to have this problem. I was waking up with my middle finger on my left hand all bended and it was really hard for me to straigthen it up without pain. I have to use my other hand to fix it. Sometimes I think is like a joint problem and my dad tells me is related with the nervs. So nervous sintoms? I don't know. I will just keep looking.. This is really anoying.Wow.. this is exactly what is happening with me. Same finger same hand. I started building a Habitat for Humanity house for my 4th year architecture project about 2 months ago and about 2 weeks ago my middle finger would seem to be stuck in a bent position. it would take extra effort to straighten it out but when i would relax it would pop right back into that same bend. Now, my ring finger is starting to do it. All of my knuckles ache and are really stiff lately but this is just weird. I've read what most have had to say in this forum and there seems to not be one specific answer to the question. Y'all think i should talk to my doc?
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  • Thanks. Two things tht helped me a lot (in terms of getting less pain):1. I try to keep salt at a minimum.2.stopped eating white potato, peppers (green, red, hot), and tomatoes.I also did wear hand gloves at AM which reduced the pain a lil bit. Dont know whether it actually works or not, but at least physiologically it helped me as well. I'm waiting for my insurance to get treatment. I see my specialist for the second visit this coming week! I am on both a long term medication and the short term, which I have to have gradually reduced before I can stop taking it.Observations these past two months - that seem to have helped for me:I stopped eating anything from the nightshade family (white potato, peppers (green, red, hot), and tomatoes (I love salsa - so this was really hard for me to do), about two days after I changed my diet - I found my medication began to work much better. (I've read that cocoa can cause increased pain and stiffness - I dont know - I cannot eat any chocolate because it triggers really bad migraines).The days after I have very little or no salt I can move my fingers better than after I have had salt (ie popcorn, salted peanuts, etc). I try to keep salt at a minimum.I have also noticed that when I have days where I have bad headaches and take pain releivers (tylonal, asprin, or aleve) my thumb moves much better and is pain free. I plan to ask my Dr about the pain releivers - I dont take them except when I have bad headaches. I want to get his okay (I dont know the drug interactions that might occur) - because it really seems to help me.I hope your specialist can help you - it seems to take such a long time to get in to see a specialist. The wait seems like - 4ever. It has taken a while, but I am feeling better - the swelling in my hands and fingers is reduced and I can bend my fingers in the morning. AND I can almost write without pain.We may not have the same thing - but pain is pain - and it is real. I hope you get relief from the pain very soon.
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  • Hello, I am a physical therapist. Finger and hand pain can come from a variety of sources. As a PT I use my hands all day and frequently have morning symptoms and stiffness. This is just a case of inflammation secondary to overuse. It doesn't always mean you have arthritis or some systemic disease. It could just be overuse. If you are concerned you can visit this site and view some of the conditions that can affect the hands and fingers. I hope this helps. http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/finger-joint-pain.html http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/hand-joint-pain.html Good luck. ~JTrempe PT, ATC
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  • OMG...same here..It started with the middle finger and two months later its all my fingers on my left hand..did blod work to see if it is rheumatoid arthritis and it turns out that it is not...i am puzzeled to what might be wrong with me..when i wake up in the morning i cant bend my fingers only to a half way point and so i have to use my other hand to bend them and it takes about half an hour to an hour to get use of my left hand...my middle finger bone clicks at the nuckle point when i bend my finger and it hurts when i do this...and i know people are like..so why do you do it..well its so i can get use of my hand and do what needs to be done to get my kids off to school...not only is it my hands now its my body that hurts now..i am 29 and i feel like i am 80...i have to wait for a month to see the specialest..so if anyone knows whats going on i would love to hear what they think it is...glad to know i am not the only one and that i also dont wish this on anyoneMy docter wants to give me cortizone shot in finger will fix the problem.Sometimes thow its only temp and needs to be done in a series of shots.
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  • This might sound like it's too simple to be true, but I believe found what was causing my still/painful fingers. I just started taking fish oil soft gel caps from Spectrum recently. Shortly after beginning taking daily doses, I started waking up in the night unable to bend my fingers because they were still and hurt. This was a new experience for me. For one reason or another I stopped taking the fish oil for a while and the problem went away. I made the connection and re-started taking the oil just to experiment. The problem returned after a couple of days. I've been off now for several weeks and no recurrent problem. The oil? The soft gel caps? I don't know. But I'm staying away from both for now.
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  • I would recommend seeing an orthopaedic surgeon that specializes in hands. I would also recommend seeing a rheumatologist.You may have some kind of arthritis. There are many types of arthritis and they don't discriminate by age. I was diagnosed with a rare kind of arthritis at 29. I now have it much worse. Whatever you do, if you don't get relief follow up with specialists.They will steer you in the right direction.
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