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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 erin, Community Member, asks

Q: Pain in pinky finger

For over a year I have had a constant stiffness and pain in my left pinky finger. It gets better and worse at different times, it just depends. I have to consciously think about bending it in order for it to bend. It feels like maybe something is disconnected or shifted and it is very stiff and constantly aching. Does anyone have any ideas as what it could be?

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
11/20/09 11:48am

It's hard to say, especially if you don't remember any kind of injury to your pinky prior to the pain and stiffness.  You could have a touch of arthritis in it.  People who play the guitar a lot someties get something called Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, but there is usually also pain the elbow and inner forearm in addition to the pinky.  You'll need to see a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.   

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Wiley, Community Member
1/25/11 9:45pm

I am a self-taught artist and have been for you could say 20 years. I use my hands, especially my right, often and can draw for hours at a time. My right pinky is bending. Also, to add to this I have sharp pains in this finger that travel up my arm into my right shoulder.  I have been excluded from having reu. arthritis, but they did diagnose me with fibromyalgia. My finger, too, is stiff and does not bend correctly. I was horrified when I first seen this because my great grandmother had terrible arthritis and all of her fingers were deformed to say the least. I thought my drawing days were number.

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JJ, Community Member
4/10/13 3:26pm

There is a bump on my right pinky and it hurts a lot.  It is also hard to bend that finger at times.

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By erin, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/10/14, First Published: 11/11/09