Thursday, May 29, 2014, Community Member, asks

Q: Are these pinky finger arthritis signs?

I woke up last week with my left pinky finger numb and part of my hand as well. It's getting worse. I read this is one of the signs of rheumatoid arthritis. Is this true?

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
5/30/14 12:38pm

Numbness in and of itself is not necessarily a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Numbness is usually related to nerves and often happens when a nerve is being pinched. The damage that is caused by more advanced rheumatoid arthritis can lead to pinched nerves. However, if you haven't been diagnosed with RA, it's unlikely that this is the first sign of the disease.


I would recommend that you make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss this issue as soon as possible. It may be that you have pinched nerve in your elbow, shoulder or neck and you may need more testing or there may be some medication that can help you.

Good luck! Please let us know how it goes?

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By, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/10/14, First Published: 05/29/14