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Two weeks ago I started waking up with stiffness in one finger and pain if I tried to bend it. It would get better throughout the day, but now the finger is completely stiff 24 hours a day. It has spread to another finger quite badly, and I can feel it a bit in two others. No other joints have stiffness or pain, just the middle knuckle of the fingers. I started taking vitamins and Omega 3 from a highly rated "premium" supplement company 3 weeks before the problems started. Stopped taking all vitamins today after reading posts on fish oil. I also type on the computer frequently but can only use 1 finger now. Any ideas? Thank you!

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replied February 23rd, 2012
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

It seems that you might be having a trigger finger.

Trigger finger is a common disorder of later adulthood characterized by catching, snapping or locking of the involved finger flexor tendon, associated with dysfunction and pain.

The most probable cause would be due to overuse, repetitive stresses, workplace vibration, and repetitive forceful use of a digit which leads to inflammation of the fibrous digital sheath.

Treatment of such conditions is with anti inflammatory medications and if needed steroid injections within the involved joints.

You may consult with your doctor or a orthopedician who can examine you and provide proper treatment.

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