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morning stiffness and tightness in my fingers?

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For the past month I have morning stiffness and tightness in my all my fingers...Just my my joints below my knucles...Is this a sign of Rheumatoid Arthritis or just arthritis??/And should I get tested???ANd is there anything I can take over the counter to help relieve this discomfort in the mornings...

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replied March 26th, 2011
Arthritis Answer A21270
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The correct diagnosis can only be made after careful examination and blood tests. If your daily activities are affected, you should consider visiting your doctor for further evaluation to find the correct diagnosis and get started on appropriate treatment. Taking pain killers or anti-inflammatory medications will only temporarily reduce the pain, it will not halt or restrict the pathology behind the symptoms. Adequate treatment would help control the progression and give long lasting relief.
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