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About 3 months ago the middle knuckle on my left pointer finger delevoped a lump on the top of it. The lump was not filled with fluid and it was Not hard. At night it would swell and in the morning it would be difficult for me to bend that finger. It does not hurt but sometimes if it's real swollen it will be a little sore but only because I can't bend it.
About 2 months ago, 1 month after developing the lump on my left finger I developed another lump on my right ring finger (middle knuckle). Both knuckles looked the same.
I went to the doctor( a walk in clinic) and every doctor there came in and looked at my knuckles. They had no idea what it was. They wanted to put me on celebrex but I would not take it. The only guess they had was maybe rhuematoid arthritis. They wanted me to get blood work, come back and see them, and then they would send me to a specialist. I have no insurance so that never happened.
About 1 week ago I developed small itchy bumps that resembled poison ivy on the 2 knuckles in question. They lasted for about 4 days and now that symtom has disappeared.
Any ideas you might have would be appreciated. I am a 23 year old healthy fit female. However I have no insurance and no financial support. I hope you might know what this is. Thanks!
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replied February 20th, 2010
I have the same thing. I'm 20 years old, love to run, and have been completely healthy otherwise. I have one on my thumb right now, but have had them on either index finger for a few days before they disappeared. I'll also go months at a time without symptoms. I have no idea what this is.
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replied February 20th, 2010
I have the same thing. I'm 20 years old, love to run, and have been completely healthy otherwise. I have one on my thumb right now, but have had them on either index finger for a few days before they disappeared. I'll also go months at a time without symptoms. I have no idea what this is.
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replied May 17th, 2010
My pain was tremendous in the morning and steady through the day, limiting my ability to work and other things. The doctors have recommended the following:
Try Glucosamine and MSN tablets (over the counter 'dietary supplements') for joint strengthening.
Try acetaminophen (tylenol) for pain, or ibuprofen (advil) if that doesn't help. It is not a good idea to take NSAID type pain killers for long term, they can hurt you much more than they can help.
What you have is an inflammation. The best anti inflammatory I have found for this is called Diclofenac Potassium and it is prescription only (sorry). This helped me the most, but it is also an NSAID class drug and therefore not a permanent solution.
I suggest you go directly to an Orthopaedics doctor as soon as you can.
Good luck.
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replied April 17th, 2011
swollen knuckles
I started to develop nodules on my knuckles, they would be swollen and stiff. They hurt if I bumped them. I stopped eating nightshades and my fingers went back to normal. Night shades are tomatoes anything made with it, paprika, potatoes, ( except sweet potatoes), all the peppers (except black) and egg plant. Nightshades cause inflammation. During ww1 and II people ate alot of potatoes as it was cheap and developed swollen hands and joints, arthritis. It was referred to as dropsy. The old farmers used to throw away potatoes that had been exposed to sunlight as it was considered poisonous. In the middle ages people considered tomatoes poisonous. For people who develop a sensitivity to them , they are.
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replied March 25th, 2012
How long did it take for your knuckles to go back to normal after you quit eating nightshades?
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replied July 6th, 2011
I have a similar injury. One day I woke up and the knuckle on my middle finger was a bit swollen and tender. Pain isn't too bad but then I am a bit immune to pain after breaking my femur! However, I have no recollection of hurting it. It would be strange to get arthritis is one finger and rheumatoid arthritis is not commone for someone my age. I hope I don't develop this in any other fingers. Its been like this for over a month and I never iced it or did anything at all except my doctor told me to use a splint and see if that helps otherwise I will need an xray to confirm it is not broken or sprained. It is rather annoying but hopefully nothing serious!
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replied October 24th, 2011
Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs in people of all ages
Just an fyi, you don't have to be old to have rheumatoid arthritis. People are often confused about that as they think it is osteo arthritis, a completely different disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune systemic inflammatory disease. I was diagnosed with it at 45. My aunt has had it since she was in her early 20's. It can start very insidiously with just a few joints involved. I realize now that I had symptoms for over a decade before things got really bad. I wish now that I had paid attention to odd swellings and pain without a cause, maybe if I'd been treated earlier I would have had a better chance for remission.
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replied February 11th, 2013
Swollen knuckles.
I had a similar swelling on my right pointer knuckle and thumb knuckle. I wasnt feeling well so i walked into a minute clinic at CVS and for 80 dollars I was prescribed antibiotics for a sinus infection. After my sinus infection was cleared, so my swelling in my knuckles. I hope this helps...it could be a some kind of infection.
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