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Saturday, July 25, 2009 LindaRivera1, Community Member, asks

Q: What is causing the unexplained pain, swelling, and stiffness of my pinky finger?

Yesterday I woke up and the pinky finger on my left hand hurt to bend and wa 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 also have stiffness of the finger. I didnt injur or do anything to my finger, these

symptoms just started unexplained 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
7/29/09 5:26am

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, Community Member
9/15/09 4:14pm

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.

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Jo Ann, Community Member
12/14/13 9:25am

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

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rt777, Community Member
9/ 2/09 11:38am

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, Community Member
12/14/13 9:27am

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, Community Member
9/21/09 9:13am

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, Community Member
10/ 6/09 1:47am

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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Jo Ann, Community Member
12/14/13 9:33am

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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Jeromy StewRT, Community Member
4/ 1/10 12:51am

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, Community Member
10/11/10 3:01pm

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, Community Member
12/14/13 9:31am

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

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vaughan, Community Member
1/24/14 3:26pm

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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The Poet, Community Member
10/11/10 3:22pm

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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sally, Community Member
8/23/12 2:54pm

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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coco, Community Member
12/30/12 1:10pm

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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coco, Community Member
12/30/12 1:27pm

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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michele newell, Community Member
3/26/13 10:59pm

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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Jo Ann, Community Member
12/14/13 9:24am

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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onna, Community Member
12/14/13 10:12am

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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spudynick, Community Member
5/26/14 11:48am

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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