Saturday, March 03, 2012 eclipse2012, Community Member, asks

Q: What could be causing all my finger joints around the knuckles and joint base of each finger to be very painful in the mornings upon waking up?

I've been noticing this more and more the past year now. Every morning when I wake up not only do I hurt extremely bad in both my neck and low back where I've had spine surgeries but I also am noticing now my fingers right around the kunckles and the base of each individual finger to the hand are very painful and hurt to move. I also notice it in my toes primarily around the knuckles as well. My feet always hurt and are very tender & painful to even massage but it feels good to massage them of course how ever the pain don't stop! I have feeling I'm literally ate up with severe arthritis :(   I have noticed it don't matter if it's 2 hours or 3-4 hours upon waking up they are very painful to bend,move and massage around the knuckles.


  I did work in the oilfield industry and also building homes industry hanging sheetrock for many years before I was injured. I'm 48 now and my body feels like it must be 80.. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but are the finger knuckle joints also affected ? I'm just wondering what else it could be?



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Cort, Health Guide
3/19/12 3:53pm

Fingers and toes can be effected by fibromyalgia and inflammatory joint disorders such as arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often do cause increased pain upon awakening.


If you have FM then your pain sensitization system is upregulated. I suppose its possible  that your nervous system could be reacting to small amounts of trauma causded by all that physical work - even if it didn't cause an overt injury. 


I realize that this doesn't really help you get well. If you have FM the best thing is to learn as much as you can about it and try and find a good practitioner - not always an easy task.  Hydrotherapy - water exercise - can be helpful in FM. I wonder if that would help loosen things up for you? 

Diane Rensch, Community Member
3/19/12 5:46pm


My sister-in-law has CFS and Fibro.   Her amazing results through nutrition prompted her husband Dr. Ray Strand to begin researching nutritional medicine.  He is now an author and international speaker on the subject.  Please watch this clip and let me know what you think.   He has helped so many people find relief from symptoms.  

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By eclipse2012, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/19/12, First Published: 03/03/12