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

    Yesterday I woke up and my pinky finger hurt to bend and was a little swollen at the base of the finger. Today, the pain and swelling is worse, and my finger is stiff. I didn't injure it; these symptoms just started unexpectedly. What could be wrong? Should I 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 difficult to say what's causing your swollen pinky, but if you didn't injure it it could be something like tendonitis, which is an inflammation and swelling of a tendon. Try applying an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time to see if that helps ease the pain.

     

    I'd also recommend an OTC anti-inflammatory pain medication, like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen for the pain. If it doesn't get better in a few days or if it gets worse you should definitely see a doctor.

     

    It is possible to injure a finger or toe in your sleep or in some other way that you don't realize at the time. Alternatively, it could be a repetitive motion injury, or even something like carpal tunnel syndrome.

     

    • 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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    • Cindyfisher
      February 09, 2016
      Cindyfisher
      February 09, 2016
      Same thing here only my pinky finger READ MORE
    • LCM
      LCM
      February 12, 2016
      LCM
      LCM
      February 12, 2016
      That happened to me also, all of a sudden I have a very swollen painful pinky finger, it's so stiff, and Advil is not helping. READ MORE
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