Monday, March 28, 2011 shelly74, Community Member, asks

Q: lump on my little finger which has become sore. is this a nodule??

hi, over the last 6 weeks or so i have devolped a lump on the side of my little finger its next to the knuckle it has become bigger over the weeks and is now very sore espcially if i knock it. im quite worried what is this ? im on plaqunil and had ra for 2yrs. any advice will be appreciated.
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V, Health Guide
3/28/11 7:06am

Hello, Shelly.  Rheumatoid nodules are ususally not painful. I have read that as a "complication" they can become painful.  Sometimes a steriod shot will reduce the nodule and lessen the pain of rheumatoid nodules. I don't know if you have a rheumatoid nodule or not. I have nodules on several of my fingers, but they are not sore. Sometimes my joints swell and they are painful, but there is no nodule there. I would strongly suggest letting your doctor look at your hands.  He/she is really the only one qualified to diagnose the lump and treat it, if necessary.


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shelly74, Community Member
3/28/11 8:02am

thanks so much for your reply, i have actually made an appointment to see my gp regarding some hand cream for my swollen fingers so will show her this lump its weird because when it first appeared its was painless now its painfully uncomfortable. will let you know how i get on.


Lene Andersen, Health Guide
4/ 5/11 12:14pm

to my knowledge, nodules are rarely painful unless they are on e.g., the sole of your foot. However, I admittedly don't know too much about the topic. We do have an excellent post about nodules that may give you more information, but you should definitely run this by your doctor.

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