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About a year ago I got a bump on my finger (it's in the middle where my finger bends-my knuckle). Then three months later on the opposite hand I got two more bumps (same place) on two different fingers. No pain initially but ugly. My doctor said not to worry. I was tested for arthritis but that's not it. I did go to a specialist for arthritis as well and he doesn't know what it is. So now (A year later ) it is starting to hurt when i bend my fingers. I also can't knock on a door because it is very painful. Any advice because I am starting to worry. Please know I never cracked my knuckles or anything of that sort and I am only 37 (female).
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replied April 11th, 2009
I have had A bump on my middle right hand finger for almost a year now. it is very painful. I also have various bumps on thr hand but a bit different. I've had many blood test but even the specialist is unaware of what it could be. I was tested positive for ANA speckled pattern. I am only 20 years old and my joints are beginning to hurt extremely bad, I also have not been diaognosed with arthritis. I have been sent to a plastic surgeon to cut the biggest one and sent off for a biopsy to find out exactly what it is.
I would recommend you have the same done. First get some various blood tests done to see if they can find anything in your blood causing these problems.
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replied March 8th, 2012
positive ana sounds like you might have an autoimmune disease, i started out with your problems, blood wrk showed positive ana, within 3 months i found out i had raynaud's disease and scleroderma, along with painful knots i also had very painful joints,emer.room even told me i had a fractured ankel, it wasn't that, it was the disease developing, good luck, hope you find an answer:)
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replied May 12th, 2009
bumps on fingers and joint pain
Did either of you find out what was going on. About 3 months ago I developed a swollen knuckle( the middle knuckle) I still have it today but worse and it's now developed itchy bumps that almost look like poison ivy but are localized to the knuckle. Sometimes it's so swollen that it's hard to bend the knuckle. About a month after delevoping the first one I got a similar lump/swelling on the opposite hand on my ring finger. More lumps are forming(small bumps) on that finger as well. I am getting scared. I don't know what it is. I am a 23 year old female with no health insurance and no financial assistance. Please help!
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replied February 23rd, 2010
painful bumps on finger joints
Could be CREST syndrome. Go see a rheumatologist
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replied February 23rd, 2010
painful bumps on finger joints
Could be CREST syndrome. Go see a rheumatologist
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replied March 24th, 2010
Bumps on the knuckles

If this is what you have then it is known as a knuckle pad. There is not much you can do about them.
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replied April 27th, 2010
Bumps in Finger Joints
Not knuckle pads. Mine are invisible except in profile.
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replied April 21st, 2011
thumb and forefinger bumps and pain
I am so happy to find this discussion. A fer weeks ago I woke up wit a tiny itchy bump on my left pointer finger. The itch went away within hours but it was still sensitive. I figured it was a bite of some kind. Most days since then I have woken up with one new bump on or around my pointer or thumb, front or back, and now it has spread to the other hand! The creases on and between those fingers are super sensitive and its clearly the worst in the morning. Mine are flesh colored and more visible in profile but even the oldest ones are still there. I am a 36 year old female and any help would be greatly appreciated.
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replied July 3rd, 2011
I have two matching bumps on left middle finger joint near tip of finger. Tested for gout and rhem. arthritis. Lab results showed neither problem. Started one month ago after yard work. slightly painful to touch when pressed firmly. Can bend it okay.
Any suggestions?
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replied July 3rd, 2011
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Creation,

The distal interphalangeal joints (DIPJ) are very susceptible to osteoarthritis. It may be some time before the changes start of affect the bones and thus show up on x-ray. Before that, the cartilage is beginning to degenerate. This can cause some swelling within the joint. Since it is such a small joint, it can't contain much swelling.

The pressure from the swelling, can cause ganglion cysts to occur. These are outpouching of the synovial lining from the joint. They are filled with synovial fluid (joint fluid). It looks like apple jelly actually.

In the DIPJ's these ganglions are called mucous cysts. They are very common. They usually show up on the dorsal aspect (top) of the DIPJ, usually, slightly to one side or the other. They can range from hard as a rock, to slightly bouncy (like a water balloon).

Sometimes the skin overlying the cyst can get very thin, and then a minor abrasion will cause it to rupture. If this occurs, or if the cysts are causing problems, such as pain or stiffness, then they are surgically removed. They can be aspirated (drained), but the cyst wall is still there, so it usually fills back up again.

If surgery is opted, the cyst and any small osteophytes (bone spurs) on the joint, are also debrided (removed).


If the little bumps are bothering you, you should see a hand surgeon for an evaluation.

Good luck.
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replied November 17th, 2013
This sounds like what I've got on the joint nearest the nail on my right hand index finger. Being there it gets caught and knocked all the time and has burst three times in three months, the discharge is clear and a bit like silicone in consistency. I had hoped it might clear up by itself but it looks as though I may need to get it removed. Sometimes it is very tender, usually before it pops, at other times I almost forget about it.
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replied January 25th, 2012
Red painful bumps on joints
I am 35 years old and healthy. For the last couple years I have gotten red, itchy, painful bumps on my finger and toe joints. I usually get a number of them at a time but then will go months without them. The are there for 1-3 weeks typically. I haven't seen a doctor yet because I'm afraid that by the time I get seen, they will be gone. I found a site that gave a name to something that sounds very familiar. It is Granuloma Annulare. It describes bumps or ring shaped lesions especially on feet, hands, elbows or knees. They can be red, purple, skin colored or pearly white. They sometimes itch. They disappear on their own, there is no known cause and no cure.
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replied January 27th, 2012
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LBK,

If the bumps bother you significantly, contact a dermatomogy practice. See if there is some way for you to make an appointment when the bumps arise. Also, if you have access to a digital camera, take pictures of the bumps daily, so that the dermatologist can see their progression. Use a medium blue background, as that usually shows up skin lesions the best.

Good luck.
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replied February 13th, 2012
Painful bump on thumb
I have a very painful bump on my thumb between my nail and joint. It is hard and seemed to have developed overnight, any one know what it may be or hot to lessen the pain?
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replied March 8th, 2012
same thing happened to me, months later i was diagnosed w/ raynaud's disease and scleroderma
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replied July 17th, 2012
Gaelic - that sounds right ! I poked a hole in the bump with a needle ( the bump is starting to deform my little finger - last knuckle closest the nail ) and its draining a clearish, sticky liquid. More upon squeezing the joint and entire area.
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replied July 17th, 2012
Gaelic - that sounds right ! I poked a hole in the bump with a needle ( the bump is starting to deform my little finger - last knuckle closest the nail ) and its draining a clearish, sticky liquid. More upon squeezing the joint and entire area.
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replied January 31st, 2013
last week my daughter has a rash on her torso and neck. Dr thought it was a reaction to a Sulfa based antibiotic. now she is experiencing joint pain and small bumps on her finger and thumb she describes them as blister like. Painful to move and use her hands. Along with other joint pain. She had labs done yesterday. They sent pictures of rash & bumps to Dermatology. They ordered more test today for blood work on her kidneys. Any ideas?
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replied February 1st, 2013
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CatLynn,

You need to wait to see what the labs show and what dermatology feels the rash/blisters are.

There are so many inflammatory arthropathies, it is difficult to determine what a patient has right off the bar. After the labs and derm evaluation come back, if the symptoms are still there, an evaluation by a rheumatologist may be in order.

In the mean time, it is important to maintain finger range of motion. Though it may be uncomfortable, it is very important to get the fingers through a full range of motion several times a day. It is better to prevent stiffness, than to try to treat it later.

If you Google "six pack finger exercises", you can get several links to how to do the proper finger exercises to maintain range of motion.


Hope you find out what is going on. Good luck.
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replied February 1st, 2013
Thank you so much I will check out the six pack site.
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replied October 6th, 2013
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