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Hi. I am new to this forum. Has anyone ever awaken in the morning with stiff fingers? Painful fingers and not being able to bend them for at least an hour or so. A doctor told me I had osteo-arthritis. Just wondering if anyone has had this and what did you do for a remedy? Thanks!
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replied July 5th, 2005
Stiff Fingers
My thumb on my right hand started by getting stiff, then locked. A doctor gave me a shot somewhere in my hand and by next day it was ok. That was about 6 yrs ago. About 3 weeks ago my left thumb did the same thing. The original doctor is gone. New doctor gave me a shot, but no luck. I'm sure I had a steroid both times. Evidently there are different kind of steroids. I'm waiting to talk to the doctor again
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replied July 15th, 2011
This might sound like it's too simple to be true, but I believe found what was causing my stiff/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 stiff 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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replied August 7th, 2011
I was very interested in this post about fish oil. Are you still painfree? I have been suffering from this problem fro ages, I have been taking omega3 oils so I am going to try giving them up from today.
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replied November 1st, 2011
Thanks! I was taking Omega 3 soft gel caps for quite some time and never had problems with stiff/sore fingers. Recently started taking fish oil gels. I am going to stop taking them and see what happens. It was after I started taking the Salmon oil soft gel caps that the pain in my fingers started.
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replied September 24th, 2012
Hope this reply reaches everyone that has stiff fingers in AM. It has been several weeks since I came across this thread while looking for a solution to my stiff fingers in the AM. I was very surprise to read the post that fish oil maybe the cause. I was taking a dose in the AM and PM. Never had an issue until about six months ago. After reading the post I stopped the dose of fish oil. I am happy to report I have about a 90% recovery of the stiff finger condition. In fact the remaining 10% goes away in a few minutes. I am not really sure if the problem was the fish oil or the manufacturer. I also was taking the brand that was mentioned in one of the post. I am very glad I ended up here and did not rush off to a Doctor. I am positive I would still be taking costly tests with no diagnosis of the problem.
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replied January 15th, 2013
Hope this helps... need help badly :(
I have been having stiff fingers in the AM for almost two weeks. I have a two year old and a two month old at home and the pain is so bad I can barely do their diapers or function in the morning. I am being referred to a rheumatologist and I've been going to physio for a while (that seems to make it feel worse). Massage has helped a bit but I can't afford to do it daily. I really truly hope that cutting out my omega supplement in the morning will help me return to normal. Having two kids so young is already tough enough without debilitating pain.

Maybe it's an allergy? I never eat any form of fish besides this pill. Maybe the ocean is contaminated with so much crap that the fish oil brings on problems? I don't know. Hope it helps though.
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replied March 16th, 2013
Skim writing with an update.

Yes - stopping fish pills helped.

But I've also been Diagnoised with rheumatoid arthritis . Early treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is extremely important so if you have any unexplained stiff joints in the am that take an hour or more to loosen go to the doctor immediately. Ask for a ccp antibody test.
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replied November 23rd, 2011
Fish Oil is the cause of Stiff, Painful Hands and Fingers!!
Thanks for this post! I have been taking a table spoon of fish oil each day for years, and out of no where, I started waking up in the mornings with very stiff, and painful hands. I had no idea what could be the cause, and was considering going to the doctor. After reading this post, I stopped the fish oil and my hands went back to normal the next day. My hands and fingers haven't felt like this in years! Thanks for posting! I have no idea why the fish oil would cause this, but it does. The amazing thing is that if I had gone to the doctor, he would have put me on some drug. For sure, he would never have guessed that it was the fish oil.....
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replied April 18th, 2012
Finger joint stiffness remedy
I have also suffered with the stiffness in my finger joints upon waking only beginning recently. I have been taking an Omega 3-6-9 fish oil, flax oil and borage oil supplement soft gel cap 2-3 times daily for about 2 months. But even more recently I have begun to work in the garden, pulling weeds and roots, lifting large and heavy stones and blocks, digging flower beds, etc. I will stop taking the Omega soft gel caps to see if that gives any improvement in my joint mobility. But, I have also found relief in soaking my hands in hot water with 1/8 c. vinegar every morning for 5 minutes each hand. Then I will run cold water over them. It helps relieve the stiffness quickly and without taking any medication. BTW, vinegar is so useful for many home remedies, and especially for soreness in the body.
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replied November 25th, 2011
Wow! I suddenly started having very stiff fingers and knuckles in the am and the only thing I had changed was adding a fish oil soft get to my morning routine. I stopped taking it two days ago suspicious that they may have had an affect on this sudden issue. I googled the issue and ran across this forum. I've not seen the problem go away yet but am hopeful after reading this post. Thanks for sharing!
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replied November 28th, 2011
Why do these oils cause stiffness?
I am so glad to read this. I made the connection between fish oils and stiffness awhile back. My doctor thought I might be allergic to fish so recommended I try flax oil. I tried Udo's 3-6-9 ,which is fish free, and at low dosages I don't notice anything but when I take 2-3 T. (which is what is recommended for my weight) I develop a lot of stiffness. If anyone has any idea what causes this I would be very interested in knowing!! Thanks.
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replied April 14th, 2012
fishing oil?
Fishing oil? I have never thought about it! I do have stiff and painful fingers. I also take fish oil soft gel everyday!! My doctors have done every tests there is available and did not find the cause for my stiff fingers. I am going to stop fishing oil today and see!
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replied April 16th, 2012
stiff fingers are gone!
Wow! Today is only the 2nd day of my Fish Oil gels withdrawn. My finger stiff/pain is 95% gone!! I already forgot how is like without pain in your hands in the morning .....

Since one year ago when I switched my Omega-3 daily dose to the Fish Oil gels from Nature Made (1200mg), every morning my fingers are so stiff and pain. The stiffness will go away a couple hours later. I had never thought that the Fish Oil had anything to do with my stiff fingers. My doctor has done all different tests even including Westville virus, lamb disease..... As she could not find anything wrong with me, she simply gave me some anti-inflammatory pills for arthritis, which did not work for me at all!

I am soooo glad that I don't have arthritis!! Allergy to fish oil? I don't know about it. I have not been allergic to anything in my life. I am 56, female, a world traveler. I love to eat sea food all my life!

Thank you! Thank you! for this wonderful tip!
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replied May 23rd, 2012
I started waking up with a very sore, locked right thumb joint and put up with it for a sometime thinking it would go away. It didn't, in fact it got progressively worse. When i found this forum a few weeks ago, i couldn't believe that it could be from my omega supplements! I take a very high quality Krill oil that is manufactured to very high standards (hopefully it really is!)

Anyway, i mentioned it to my husband, and we decided to try cutting out that particular supplement. Lo and behold, by the next day, he had already started to feel an improvement. A few weeks ago, we had invested in an expensive foam mattress to try and improve his early morning mobility, but to no avail. We were in the process of looking for another expensive spring mattress, to see if that would work!!! Well, he got progressively better, until a week later he was claiming that he felt better than he had for years, and that he felt like he had his "young body" back again - he is 55 years young Smile

Now, if he hadn't joined me in the experiment, i would have gone back to taking my oil supplement because i suffer from dry skin and was taking 3 capsules a day (he was taking 2) to try and help my condition. It has taken a good month now, but it started getting progressively better, until now, when i can at last write back to report that i am completely pain free!!! I am 52, and very active in the garden, so am extremely grateful to "hmadison" for sharing his/her experience with us.

Look how many people have already been helped by this information... how many thousands are out there looking for relief by taking the oil supplement in the first place, or by taking expensive damaging drugs to try and alleviate the problem... how can we get this info out there to them I wonder...
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replied April 17th, 2012
What a strange thing that fish oil,so rich in all the Omega 3 we need for our bodies should cause the very problems it is supposed to help . I cant help but wonder if there is something toxic in the production of the oil or the gel capsules.
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replied April 18th, 2012
I wonder that too! I have been taken Omega-3 from different products and never had such stiff finger problem. Thas was why I put the "Nature Made" name up there. I will try the fish oil from a different company and let people know.
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replied May 18th, 2012
Hey! So, I read these posts after I googled stiff fingers because I have been dealing with this for quite a few months now. I am a 34 yo very active male exercising 6 days a week. My fingers wake me up throughout the night they hurt so bad. They feel stiff and last throughout the morning while I'm at the gym. I regularly take salmon oil and it wasn't until recently this has became an issue. After discontinuing usage I noticed improvement immediately. I had to share this with my mom who suffers the same problem and she immediately noticed improvement as well. She tried taking her fish oil again and the stiffness returned. We both take totally different brands. Mine is a salmon oil and hers is omega 3 fish oil. I guess I will try a flax or something. I'm disappointed, I've taken salmon oil for years and thought I loved it. Lol craziness.
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replied May 23rd, 2012
As i mentioned in my letter above, my husband and i were taking very high quality Krill oil capsules (not soft gel even) and we both experienced joint pain. I forgot to mention that we had only recently increased our dosage from one capsule a day to two for him and three for me. Perhaps that was the problem? We are both off them now completely and feel great!
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replied June 2nd, 2012
Hello hmadison,
I think i have the same problem like yours. I noticed that i have fingers cramping in the morning. Not until you mentioned about fish oil then i realized that it started when i started taking it on a daily basis. I will try and stop taking it and see what happens. Thanks for your comment.
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replied July 11th, 2012
Well this really got my interest been having problems for a while but put it down to playing banjo and guitar a lot.
However i also started fish oil omega 3 (salmon) with a view to it mainly helping my high blood pressure a few months back and have been having strangely stiff unresponsive and slightly painful fingers especially a.m.
Anyway i have stopped the fish oil and early signs are that, things are getting much better 48 hrs after stopping the fish oils. I will try a seed based omega oil mix after a week or so and report back..but...who'd have thought!!
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replied September 12th, 2011
I have leg cramps so started taking calcium pills. While I was at it, I took the fish oil in gel caps too. The last couple of days my hand joints are stiff and in pain when I wake. I will stop the fish oil on your suggestion. Very Interesting.
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replied October 13th, 2011
I have a problem with stiff fingers in the morning. I realized that it was happening after I had eaten any kind of soy and it was worse if I did a lot of heavy work with my hands. It is not easy to stay away from soy. It is in so many things. I occasionally get stiff fingers and when I do I check and find out that something I ate had soy in it.
I woke up one morning and couldn't close my fingers. The night before I had eaten Chop Suey with soy sauce (a lot of soy sauce) I thought that it was the MSG. Apparently the MSG causes a "ring" that encircles the tendon (or maybe the tendon) to swell and keeps it from moving.
I read somewhere that the "ring" can be cut in the doctors office. I just stay away from soy and MSG.
I don't know if that is your problem?
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replied November 13th, 2011
Try these exercises
I have found from other problems with my foot and back that keeping the stiff joints moving is the key to improvement (drugs or supplements alone are not enough).
I am about to try daily the finger exercises shown in two short videos here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tId48-kp3j8 &NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPHTH-Rdq1w &NR=1
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replied September 1st, 2005
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Hi -

i started waking up with stiff fingers in a claw like position in the morning shortly after I started taking lipitor. I have stopped taking lipitor for 5 months now and still have the stiffness in my fingers. Sometime it starts at night - right hand more so than the left. Now they are just stiff and I cannot close it into a fist and my right ring finger has developed into a trigger finger. There is no swelling or discoloration and I am concerned as this has not stopped. I told my doctor about it and he ran both blood and urine tests and found nothing.

Does anyone know about this?
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replied October 31st, 2011
I had the same thig happen to me, I don't know if it was tied to lipitor or not?

Went through every medical speciality to get a diagnosis. Neurologist reccomended Carpal Tunnel surgery so I got carpal tunnel surgery, and it did not fix the problem.

Infectious disease specialist put me on 30 day IV infusion treatment for lyme disese, still have the same problem.

Pulminary specilist put me on sleep apneah therapy with a CPCP machine and it fixed the problem. Unfortunately I can't tolerate the CPAP machine, so problem remains.

Took Oxygen pills and that corrected the problem, as long as I take oxygen pills I wake up and hands are fine, unfortunatley they irritate my stomache and I now have GERD..

So, what casues the problem "claw hands" or what i refer to as bilateral peripheral neuropathy, prbably in my case low blood oxygen content??

The preceeding year my knuckle were like cracking all the time, then they just stopped when I started having the problem, also the preceeding year my arms would go completley to sleep too and get cold and tingly etc. then that stopped and hands went into Claw hand mode, both hands, right worse than left..

So the real question is what caused it, I don't know nad I find very little on th einternet about this issue..

301-342-1558 Brian
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replied November 17th, 2012
Stiffness or carpal tunnel
I was also diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and was not keen on getting the operation done. I was having the stiffness and numbness mostly in the left hand and not on the right. I use the right for the computer mouse. If I has carpal tunnel the right hand should have been affected more I reasoned. Even the test recommended that I had mildly severe carpal tunnel syndrome. I tried various finger exercises and nothing worked. Then I noticed that I had put on weight and my ring had gotten very tight. I removed it and my problem is getting sorted out. The stiffness is there only on the ring finger but the tingling feeling has gone. For the stiffness I am going to stop the fish oil capsules I have been prescribed. Hope this helps.
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replied September 8th, 2005
Stiff Fingers
I too have been waking up with my fingers really stiff. My doctor says it is probably arthritis, but didn't seem too concerned about it. It started suddenly and involves both hands. Every morning my hands are so stiff it takes awhile to loosen them up. I read somewhere that it has to do with fluid retention in the arms and hands while you sleep. Now my fingers are sore all the time. I wish I knew what is causing this and if there is anything I can do to keep it from getting worse or to stop it! :?:
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replied June 5th, 2006
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Dorothy,

after six months of temp work helping a company move their corporate offices, I started waking up with stiff fingers every morning. It would take me several minutes of gentle movement and knuckle popping before I could make a fist and have full range of motion.

I tried changing my diet (eliminating dairy and red meat), strengthening exercises and massage, with no success.

Since my fingers were fine during the day, I began thinking it was a build-up of (sinovial?) fluid during the night. So I tried keeping my hands in loose "fists" while I slept, since that is the range of motion I was looking for. Every time I woke up, I just reminded myself to keep them that way (it was actually pretty easy to do). The next morning I was surprised to wake up with no stiffness and full range of motion.

This is now the morning of my fourth day after trying this technique and the stiffness has not returned. I am also massaging my hands and fingers for five or so minutes each night with ayurvedic oil, but even on the nights when I am too tired to do that, the closed hand position has helped tremendously.

My educated guess is that sleeping with the fingers extended must somehow cut off the circulation in the hands and lead to pooling of fluid.

I suppose if you were not a light sleeper, you could resort to putting sock over your hands to keep them closed. That might sound funny, but I was willing to try almost anything to wake up without the stiffness!

I would be curious to hear from anyone who tries this.

Btw: I am a fifty year-old mail, otherwise in good health, but with a family history of arthritis, particularly in the fingers.

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dorothy k. wrote:
i too have been waking up with my fingers really stiff. My doctor says it is probably arthritis, but didn't seem too concerned about it. It started suddenly and involves both hands. Every morning my hands are so stiff it takes awhile to loosen them up. I read somewhere that it has to do with fluid retention in the arms and hands while you sleep. Now my fingers are sore all the time. I wish I knew what is causing this and if there is anything I can do to keep it from getting worse or to stop it! :?:
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replied June 26th, 2007
Fingers
My fingers are getting stiff and it is hard to make a fist. What do I need to do? Sad
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replied April 21st, 2011
Take 4000-6000 mg of MSM. It can be hard on the stomach so start with 1000 and work up gradually. It helped me with swollen fingers and painful palms and fingers.
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replied September 19th, 2007
Stiff Fingers In the Morning
I bought a new house about 5 months ago, and I started doing all the landscaping my self. digging the ditches for drains, sprinklers, and a wall I built out of large blocks (50lb each). I started noticing the stiffness in my fingers after putting in the sprinklers. I figured it would go away, I even theorized that it might be because of all the pipe glue that went on my fingers Smile. Anyways I spent the better part of the summer working on my yard, and now the pain will not go away. Oh I should mention that my regular job is software development, so my fingers never got to rest.

Can anyone tell me is this just over use or signs of something else. Like you guys the stiffness only last for an hour in the morning, and one of my fingers gets locked. I'm 31 yrs old.
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replied June 19th, 2012
I have also had stiff fingers in the mornings and it has progressed to during the day after I have been typing for a while. I don't experience any pain and I am baffled as to what might be causing this. I was considering going to my GP but I have been working full-time lately and haven't had time to go yet and thought I would google the problem and see what might be causing it. I started landscaping my yard about 3 months ago and it started after that but I haven't been doing that sort of thing for a couple of months now and I still have the problem, in fact it is getting worse but I have no pain which I find surprising as I thought if it was rheumatoid arthritis I would have pain.
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replied October 20th, 2007
I'm 22...
my fingers started hurting about 6 months ago. had to quit my job because of it (and other joint problems)

I wake up with swollen, painful stiff fingers. my fingers hurt so bad they feel broken some mornings!

...but yet my blood work is normal. blah

I'm seeing a specialist next month
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replied October 23rd, 2007
I Had Stiff Fingers And Ankles
I had stiff fingers and ankles until I started taking a special juice everyday. Now I don't have stiffness nor pain. The pain killers gave me an ulcer, but the juice doesn't bother my stomach and also keeps my cancer in remission.
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replied June 4th, 2011
Swollen fingers
What is the recipe to the special juice?
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replied June 4th, 2011
Especially eHealthy
Diva,

You may not get a reply from catbite, as he/she posted that reply back in 2007. You can see when the post was put up, there is a date under the name.

Sorry
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replied October 24th, 2011
Stiffness in fingers and ankles
I have been suffering from the same problem. Can you email me with the name of that special juice? Thanks
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replied November 15th, 2007
Acai Helped Me
I used to wake up with stiff fingers and ankles. I began taking Acai juice a year ago and I don't have any stiff fingers anymore.
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replied December 12th, 2007
Stiff Fingers - Unable to Close Without Manually Forcing
I noticed that I could not close my right index finger. It is starting to affect the next finger as well. Doctor said it was carpal tunnel or a form of tendonitis. Could be, as I type a lot and use my hands frequently for crafts.

I notice that as the day goes on, the finger loosens somewhat. I can force the finger into a closed position, but feel tendon pain when I do so. I can close the finger normally after forcing it.

I'll try the Acai juice if I can find it.

Thanks!
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replied March 19th, 2008
Re: I'm 22...
Best Aunt EVA wrote:
my fingers started hurting about 6 months ago. had to quit my job because of it (and other joint problems)

I wake up with swollen, painful stiff fingers. my fingers hurt so bad they feel broken some mornings!

...but yet my blood work is normal. blah

I'm seeing a specialist next month


My girlfriend is close to your age and is having the same problem. I was wondering if the specialist you saw, if you've already gone, has determined the cause.

I didn't think arthritis was something people in their 20's could get.
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replied April 24th, 2008
Re: Stiff Fingers - Unable to Close Without Manually Forcing
Ladyncats wrote:
I noticed that I could not close my right index finger. It is starting to affect the next finger as well. Doctor said it was carpal tunnel or a form of tendonitis. Could be, as I type a lot and use my hands frequently for crafts.

I notice that as the day goes on, the finger loosens somewhat. I can force the finger into a closed position, but feel tendon pain when I do so. I can close the finger normally after forcing it.

I'll try the Acai juice if I can find it.

Thanks!




Hi, I am Bowesy. I wouldn´t bother with acai juice if I were you, it is the biggest con I have come across, it is merely conscentrated fruit juice and make no difference to stiff and painful fingers - at all! It's my view there is an opportunist putting this on a site, preying on people who are desperate for help - as I was and still am - to encourage their sales , probbaly as an agent. Thirty-four pounds for two bottles including postal charges. Ridiculous!. Don´t wast your money love.
But if anybody does know of a non-quack remedy I'd be thrilled.
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replied July 12th, 2008
stiff fingers
I have the same stiffness and pain in my fingers but mainly in my left index finger. I went to the Dr. I got X-rays of my hands and it came back normal, all my blood work was normal also. So, I decided to go to a holistic Dr. he told me to take cod liver oil and other supplements that my body was lacking. My fingers don't feel as swollen in the morning anymore, but my index still hurts, so I took a class on EFT (Emotional freedom tech.) I see a big difference in the pain, it has not gone away completely but I am still doing the EFT. I am hoping it goes away soon.
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replied July 23rd, 2008
natural treatment
You should restore your metabolism and clean capillaries.

As far as I know no any medication can really treat,

only Zalmanov emulsion can help.

Regards
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replied October 6th, 2008
Thyroid may be off
I have the same problems mentioned here as everyone else and mine too seem to happen overnight. I wake up with stiff fingers. I have been going to someone who specializes in alternative therapies, and she put me on some supplements and minerals. She suggested that my thyroid is not functioning properly. Upon further research, I found that magnesium deficiency is responsible for alot of thyroid problems and stiff joints(my knees when stiff too, they are alot better now). I take magnesium/calcium supplement, and a supplement that contains nanokinase, which regulates thyroid function. I have noticed improvements but its not overnight. Please research thyroid disease symptoms. I found that repetivive stress(i am a hairstlyist) has alot to do with it also.
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replied October 30th, 2008
My problems in this area began four years ago with many of the symptoms you are posting: painful joints, swelling in my hands and feet. Four years ago all my blood work came back negative but I recently went in for more blood work for other things and they added the RA test again just to check (because my knees are now being affected and my toes cramp and curl up) and this time it came back positive.

I guess my point is, if I were you, I would have blood work done every year or two just to see if anything changes. It would appear that sometimes it doesn't show up in a test right away.
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replied November 7th, 2008
Possible Diagnosis
Many of you seem to have the same condition as I do - a stiff, almost immobile finger. When it first started, it was bad when I woke up, and then got better during the day. After about 6 months, I find it is bad most of the day, and usually only improves after intense aerobic exercise - exercise which does not usually involve use of my hands! After looking online quite a bit, I think what I have is called "trigger-finger" and it is described, and treatment recommended, at:

www.mayoclinic.com/health/trigger-finger/D S00155
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replied December 16th, 2008
Stiffness in hands
I have the same symptoms as all of you do, I read that the aspartame in diet coke can cause methanol toxicity which cause these side effects. If you are a diet coke drinker, look at this web site it might help. MS, Lupus and Diet drinks.
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replied January 16th, 2009
Stiff fingers
My fingers are really stiff in the morning (both hands now) and take about 45 mins to get better so I won't drop anything. It is not arthritis. Docs say cortisone might make it better but I need to know what it is and heal it myself. Scan showed fluid at the base of the bad fingers which gathers at night. Glad to hear there are others with this condition. I thought it was just me!!
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replied July 16th, 2011
Stiff fingers
I wake up each morning with stiff fingers and wonder if my circulation is not as it should be. i like to try alternatives first before going to the doctor and started using a product with "gonoderma" in it. i did a lot of research on it and find that it is a great herbal supplement that has helped a lot of people with different problems, including circulation and system balance. i even met some of those people. The condition has improved a lot (I am a graphic artist...on the computer for hours per day), and I will be continuing the use. I also ecercise my hands and fingers to give them more range of motion. You may be sceptical so do your own research...just type in "gamoderma lucidum" and so much info will be available...even go to National Health Institute to see. A company has the 100% certified organic product and you can order the items of your choice or not as you decide.
I don't normally participate in these forums but had to pass on the info. Hope you get the result you are looking for.
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