• Gina Gina
    June 16, 2011
    What causes early morning stiffness and pain the hands?
    Gina Gina
    June 16, 2011

    I have a problem with my fingers. They are VERY stiff in the mornings, and my knuckles will lock when I make a fist. When I try to open my hand, I have to pull my fingers out with my other hand. What could be causing this?

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  • V
    V
    Health Guide
    June 16, 2011
    V
    V
    Health Guide
    June 16, 2011

    Hi, Gina!

     

    Sounds as though you have some serious morning stiffness in your hands.  How long has this been going on, and are your fingers/hands painful.  Are they swollen and/or warm to the touch?  How long does the stiffness last?  I don't see that you have shared any health information, so I don't know if you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or not.  Please provide a little more information, and we will certainly try to help you as much as we can.  RA and osteoarthritis can cause the type of symptom you are describing.

     

    V

     

    P.S.  Here are some links about osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis that might be helpful to you.  Good luck!

     

    7 Facts About a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

    7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Joints

    Everyday Ways to Protect Your Joints

    • Gina
      June 28, 2011
      Gina
      June 28, 2011

      I have not seen a Dr. yet, this has been going on for about 6 months now. My hands loosen up a little after about an hour but stay stiff all day. They get swollen but I don't notice them being warm to the touch.  The past couple weeks both my hands, my right wrist and my right elbow are giving me some pain. I can't hold anything for a long period of time and picking up even a coffee cup with my right arm is painful. I love to water my flowerbeds but holding anything hurts after 5 minutes. I don't know if this is important but the palms of my hands are pealing and very dry. I get dry skin so I use lotion alot throughout the day and use the same brand so I know it works. My hands have never been this bad before.

      Gina.

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  • nan
    nan
    June 30, 2011
    nan
    nan
    June 30, 2011

    Be careful pulling your fingers out.  It sounds like you have a tendon or ligament that is triggering.  This in the past happen to me alot. My hand surgeon told me by prying or pulling on the fingers that I could rupture a tendon and ligament.  She had me rub your palm at the base of the finger thats locked.  You my feel a knot and if you do rub it until your finger begins to work.  You may feel a pop and if you do, its ok.  I've had multiple shots in the palm of my hands and also had tendon release surgery.  Hope this helps

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  • Megan June 20, 2011
    Megan
    June 20, 2011

    I had this before I was first diagnosed with RA in the 1990's. I can empathize completely. I had to pry my fingers open aftering writing for an extended period of time. Once I was on the right meds, everything loosened up and my hands diddn't "stick" any more.

     

    Are you under the care of a Rheumagologist?

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