• LindaRivera1 LindaRivera1
    July 25, 2009
    What causes unexplained pain and stiffness in my finger joint?
    LindaRivera1 LindaRivera1
    July 25, 2009

    Yesterday I woke up and the pinky finger on my left hand hurt to bend and was a little swollen at the base of the finger (where the finger meets the palm of my hand). Today, the pain and swelling increased, and I also have stiffness of the finger. I didn't injure or do anything to my finger; these symptoms just started unexpectedly to just one finger/joint. What could be wrong? Do I need to see a doctor?

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    July 29, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    July 29, 2009

    It's hard to say what is causing your swollen and painful pinky.  Since you didn't injure it, it could be something like tendonitis, which is an inflammation and swelling of a tendon in the finger.  You could try applying an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time.  You might also take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin for the pain.  If it doesn't improve in a couple of days or gets worse, you should definitely see a doctor.

     

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    • 67 mustang
      September 15, 2009
      67 mustang
      September 15, 2009
      I would greatly like to know your outcome as well.  Sunday my middle finger on my right hand, main joint was swollen and very sore in the morning.  Monday same hand my thumb and index finger felt the same.  Today, Tuesday, middle finger and index finger on left hand are also swollen and very sore/stiff.  Ibuprofin for two days is not helping.  Any help you can give would be appreciated. READ MORE
    • Jo Ann
      December 14, 2013
      Jo Ann
      December 14, 2013

      I have this same problem and I have tryed every thing for mine and nothing has worked

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  • rt777 September 02, 2009
    rt777
    September 02, 2009

    I woke up this week with exactly this problem in the ring finger on my left hand. Can you tell me what your outcome was? It's bizarre as I did nothing to injure my hand/finger. Thanks.

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    • Jo Ann
      December 14, 2013
      Jo Ann
      December 14, 2013

      Same thing here and it is very painful and even bend mine and that is a pain in the butt

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  • ladyhobbes September 21, 2009
    ladyhobbes
    September 21, 2009

    About 2 or 3 months ago, my pinky on my left hand started hurting, became stiff and swollen, and is excrutiating to bend.  I saw that you had it happen to the same finger and am wondering if you've found anything that helps?  I'm finally getting into the doctor to do a nerve conduction study, but thats still not for almost 3 weeks.  I also had no injury that I recall, but nothing I've found so far makes it better so I'm at a loss.

    Help!

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    • onna
      October 06, 2009
      onna
      October 06, 2009

      did u use it repetatively like with your mouse, I had this happen and my doc said mine was arthritis it come and goes now. I use aleve for the pain.

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    • Jeromy StewRT
      April 01, 2010
      Jeromy StewRT
      April 01, 2010

      I have exactly what you have described, with added itchy-ness on the palm side of my hand and sometimes on my fingers. Today the base of both pinky fingers is swolen and it's harder to bend them than it was yesterday. I don't have a lot of cash lying around to go get this checked out. My inclination is to say that the symptoms were triggered from either dehydration or some kind of allergen.

       

      Please help

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    • glenn
      October 11, 2010
      glenn
      October 11, 2010

      if your pinky is filled with a fluid it could be an infection. antibiotics will cure it. i have an inflamed pinky now and the dr prescribed antibiotics for me. said the infection was caused by cultures in my body that found an opening.

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    • Jo Ann
      December 14, 2013
      Jo Ann
      December 14, 2013
      Oh my goodness I am glad to see I am not the only one that has this problem You name it and I have probley tryed it for the pain and swelling and nothing has helped I was even on Daypro 600mg twice a day and nothing helped  My family doctor and chiropractor think it may be Osteoarthritis and are sending me to a doctor that deals with Arthritis I hope something can be done I have been dealing with this since April and it has gotten worse not better  good luck to you finding out what it is READ MORE
    • Jo Ann
      December 14, 2013
      Jo Ann
      December 14, 2013

      Aleve does not help what I got at all I have not found any thing that helps dont think it would hurt so bad if the swelling would just go down

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    • vaughan
      January 24, 2014
      vaughan
      January 24, 2014

      I get it in the same finger about twice a year and treat it with ibuleave ointment and it usually goes almost within a week but i have to forcibly bend the joints a little at a time (very painful) to get it going again and its ok then for a few months

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  • sally August 23, 2012
    sally
    August 23, 2012

    I also woke up with pain on my finger today, and as the day proceeded it got swollen and then turned red on the tip and on the side of my finger. It hurts when applying pressure and burns with hot water. I didn't hurt it yesterday,

    it doesn't have a small bump for me to thing that a small bug bit it. This it the second time this happens,  I just don't know..

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  • The Poet October 11, 2010
    The Poet
    October 11, 2010

    I would estimate that it's some sort of infection.  Are there any cuts or abrasions around your pinky?  It could even have been an insect bite.  If it's a spider bite, it's definitely something you want to get looked at as soon as possible.

    Some insect venoms have effects like that.  You first experience stiffness, inflammation, and soreness.  It can get much worse and turn into something you don't want to deal with.

    If you don't have the money to pay for a doctor visit, go to a free clinic in your area.  It may be relatively minor now, but you don't want to risk losing a finger, or possibly your hand.

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  • onna December 14, 2013
    onna
    December 14, 2013

    Arthritis, i used the computer to much had it in two fingers. Once i quit using them so much it cleared up and has not returned. The doctor told me thats 

    what it was .

     

     


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  • michele newell March 26, 2013
    michele newell
    March 26, 2013

    my uncle's left hand is noticably swollen compared to his right. he has gone to see his doctor & they gave him a cortisone shot but didn't help. i hate to see him in all this pain. Doctor said could be rumatory arthritis. could you help?

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  • coco December 30, 2012
    coco
    December 30, 2012

    Three years ago my friend told me his finger hurt and swollen first one finger then to another one, 2 each hand after couple weeks. So he went to doctor to check up, they said he needs to cut off all the fingers swollen since they found he has bone cancel. it could spread the whole body. this deasea is rare. He woke up after surgery two hours later then he never woke up again at Mercy Hospital in MD. 

     

    Today i woke up with my pink finger got swollen. im a little scared but then i think i got myself tight up in those cozy blanket all night, it could be a problem. zhope this help.

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  • spudynick May 26, 2014
    spudynick
    May 26, 2014

    My right ring finger and now pinky have been swelling at night for the last three weeks.  Now my pinky on my left hand is swollen.  I went to my doctor and he took an xray.  He didn't find anything wrong, no arthritis.  He took a blood test to test for infection.  Nothing there.  He said if it was a strain it should be better in about a week.  It's not.  Where do I go from here?  I guess back to the doctor for an MRI.

     

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  • Jo Ann December 14, 2013
    Jo Ann
    December 14, 2013

    Sorry this is not an answer but a commet I have the same thing Cry and it is painful my family doctor thinks it my be Osteoarthritis so you may need to see your doctor

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  • coco December 30, 2012
    coco
    December 30, 2012

    The odd thing they coulnd answer why my friend die after surgery cut off those fingers by a doctor of famous hospital. He die at 36, his name was TJ Roberts worked as a director and voice for 105.7 radio station for Baltimore. you could look up Google about his case deasea. I feel very sad and devastating after the news since i was the one he called me for his problem. RIP TJ.

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