• What are the treatment of choice for relieving the pain of Heberden's nodes

    Recently I began having a burning like sensation on the side of my small fingers, than I notice a small nodule on my forefinger that is redden and very painful, now both little fingers on the side are painful. I have notice some puffiness near the  web area by my thumb, my entire hand is now very  painful. 

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    JB
    July 02, 2008
    JB
    JB
    July 02, 2008

    Dr. Jonathan Krant wrote about Heberden's Nodes on this site.

     

    For other people who might read this, Heberden's nodes usually abut the fingernails and frequently occur when people are in their late 20s or older, signifying a tendency toward more generalized osteoarthritis. These nodes are generally not painful, though sometimes they may contain inflammatory fluid and feel tender. They may be painful at first, and the joint may be hard to bend, but eventually the pain subsides, and the person is left with the hard, bony growth.

    Unfortunately, the involved nodes are difficult to treat, Dr. Krant wrote. Injecting them with steroids and lidocaine is painful, and surgical removal does not prevent recurrence.

     

    Since inflammation is a big part of the problem, your doctor may suggest your take anti-inflammatory medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. But you must talk to your doctor about your symptoms and to discuss the best treatment options for you.

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