Monday, September 01, 2008 vkmlucky, Community Member, asks

Q: Every morning I experience finger joint stiffness in both middle & ring fingers. Any thoughts?

Every morning I experience finger joint stiffness in both my middle and ring fingers. Once I move and flex my fingers, the stiffness decreases, and I'm fine throughout the day until the next morning.  Can anyone provide the cause and any remedies to cure this experience?

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
9/ 4/08 2:51pm

Stiffness in a joint, especially in the morning, can be an indication of arthritis, rheumatoid or osteo. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and osteoarthritis is a result of wear and tear on the joint, so osteoarthritis is usually found in older adults. Do your fingers hurt, as well? With arthritis, pain usually accompanies the morning stiffness. Without knowing more about your age and any possible additional symptoms, I can only make a guess. Therefore, the best suggestion I have for you is to make an appointment to see your doctor for further examination and maybe some tests to get a diagnosis. 

In the absence of a diagnosis and possible treatment, you are doing the best thing possible. Movement can often loosen the joints up and you can make it easier on yourself by applying heat first, like a heating pad or to do your finger exercises in warm water. Still, it's a good idea to see a doctor.


Here are some links you might find useful:

Why Yoga Can Help Soothe Many Types of Chronic Pain

Using Mindfulness Meditation to Alleviate Physical Pain  

Everyday Ways to Protect Your Joints


Good luck!


Angie, Community Member
9/ 4/08 5:27pm
sounds like the beginnings of RA, these are definite sings of RA. I would get a referral to a Rheumatologist and have them do MRI and blood work. The sooner you find out the better, or your joints will get damaged if you wait too long. Reply
Joyce, Community Member
11/21/13 12:16am


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By vkmlucky, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/16/14, First Published: 09/01/08