After the slightest friction (closing the car door, opening a coke bottle, carrying a shopping bag) my middle finger suddenly swells, turns purple and becomes excruciatingly painful - this can last for several days and after it returns to normal I have to be extremely careful not to aggravate it otherwise it immediately swells up again - this has happened several times and not always to the same finger. I have been told that it is due to my blood vessels being fine or delicate. I am 65 years of age and this started a couple of years back.
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replied April 20th, 2011
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.

The symptoms described could be due to vascular disorders like raynauds, or due to vasculitis, skin disorders like erythema nodosum, etc

You might benefit by consulting a rheumatologist for proper blood tests and doppler studies, which will provide the proper diagnosis.

I hope this helps.

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