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

    My fingers 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?



  • Vanessa Collins
    Health Guide
    June 17, 2011
    Vanessa Collins
    Health Guide
    June 17, 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 looked at your profile and you haven’t shared any health information, so I don't know if you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or not. That makes it difficult to details about this. 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. We have some great articles about osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis that may be helpful to you.

    7 Facts About a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

    7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Joints

    Everyday Ways to Protect Your Joints

    As well, you may want to look at our article about trigger finger, a condition that can cause the locking you describe.

    I’d recommend you make an appointment to see your family doctor to discuss this issue with them and perhaps have some tests to see what’s going on.

    Good luck!


    • Gina
      June 28, 2011
      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.


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