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does anyone have arthritis in their fingers?

babyruthbbabyruth Posts: 260
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:58 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
a couple of my fingers have been really hurting lately, they kinda feel like they are very bruised and when i touch the knuckle it feels like i just slammed my fingers in a door ... sometimes when i touch these fingers i get sharp pain as if the bones were in shards or something. i don't know how to explain this. i have this in two fingers and one of my fingers is curving at the top joint. is this osteoarthritis? i have OA in my spine and knees, but haven't a clue if this constitutes OA in my fingers. heaven forbid i bump those knuckles doing something AAAggggghhhhhhh! :S


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    take a look at this site, provided by Spine-Helaht

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • There are many things that can cause pain in your fingers. It's best to follow up with your doctor for further testing
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  • Hi,

    I have very crooked fingers (they look just like my mothers!!) and they are painful. I had severe arthritis in both thumb joints and actually had to have the joint replaced (at the base of the thumb). It was a hard surgery with a long recovery but so worth it as I can use my thumbs again.

    I have an excellent hand surgeon and suggest seeing if there is one in your area. Any x-ray can diagnose what is going on.

    It is no fun and except for my thumbs nothing I can do but watch things get worse.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • I have OA and my sister has RA. Have you been checked by at Rheumatologist? They can take x-rays or an MRI to see what is affecting you fingers and hands. Pain is tough.
  • HI,
    I also am loaded with osteo, and after a total ligament reconstruction in 2010, the arthritis has really set into that hand. (primary hand, of course!)
    I must wear a brace at all times, as this was a very delicate surgery, and though my hand works just fine, I can not rotate the wrist much at all - even cut my hair short as I can't rotate the curling iron anymore no matter how I try... The thumb joint at the base of the hand is looking pointed and aches all the time. Then I just noticed the 1st finger is no longer a straight line...curves a bit at the end, and even pushing on it will not straighten it out.
    Sounds like you have it too - sorry for both of us, but so far, it's workable. My surgeon suggested trying the glucosamine/condroiton (spelling?) but not to expect alot..it helps to lubricate the joints in some people, others it does nothing.
    Good luck, but I think the arthritis is there to stay..
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  • is it possible for one to get steroid injections in their fingers? the last knuckle near the tips of my outer two fingers are exceptionally painful this evening. i do have tiny fingers though, about the same size as one of my neices who is 10! :O my goodness it hurts. here i am with this back and sciatic pain and the pain in my two outer fingers on my right hand are extremely painful. i actually just took a dilaudid for break-through pain. ow, ow, owie :''(
  • I have had cortisone injections in my thumbs but not my fingers.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • I have had 2 lots of Thumb Base Injections in which I have to say they are great, if you can stand the first 15mins of the Steroid being injected into your already inflammed and painful thumb. In Feb 2012 had Lumbar Spinal Fusion, had to remove a bone that was tethered to my spinal cord, 6 pins and a plate inserted, 6hour Op. 3 days Hospital, NO Stitiches........no pain at all in that area since....Great Doctor!!

    My hand surgeon wants to operate on my thumb as soo as I've recovered fro the back surgery........which wont belong at all, also I have Degenerative Spinal Disease, Oesteoarthritis (WS).....and I did all this by the time I reached 55yrs!!!!!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    edited 08/10/2012 - 6:59 PM

    Arthritis, at least Osteoarthritis doesnt seem to stop once it has started. I did not show any shows of arthritis until about 12 years ago. Then from that time, things just started to snowball. First it was in my shoulders, which resulted in my two total shoulder replacements. Then my hips, left hip totally replaced last year. X-Rays do show that its just a matter of time for my right hip... Plus the Orthopedic doctor was frank with me, he also figured that later on it will be my knees.

    Arthritis has just seemed to rip through my body. Much of this is attributed to the multiple spinal surgeries, since normal arthritis, does not advance as quick as it has for me.

    My fingers? Yes, no question about it. My fingers are not out of shape or look strange, but month after month it is getting tougher and tougher to bend them and each time I do it hurts.

    At this time, I am a bit reluctant to have any more steroid injections. Besides the countless ones for my spine, I had about 15 in less then 20 months for my shoulder/hip (the restrictions on joints is not as strict as it is with the spine)
    Back to the steroids. I know have cataracts, the type that is not brought on by age, but by medications, steroids being the number one reason. So, I will have to have cataract surgery in my right eye before the end of the year.

    I've been researching and studying on what can be done to slow down the progression of arthritis. There are some exercises and OTC, some herbs and diets that can help, but nothing is truly proven.

    So, now, arent you glad you asked if anyone has arthritis in their fingers!

    Here is a good site that deals with Arthritis.... It is part of the Spine-Health company/family

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • right hand, first two fingers mostly, shoulders, hips, no knee for some reason, been having a lot right knee pain but had an xray and doc said all clear, not sure what that pain is from now,,,,,
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