My Mother & I Have Arthritis, Her Fingers Became Crooked In Her Middle Age To Late Life. They Have Knots In The Joints Of Her Fingers.

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Asked by Sherry

My Mother & I Have Arthritis, Her Fingers Became Crooked In Her Middle Age To Late Life. They Have Knots In The Joints Of Her Fingers.

The rest of her joints are not deformed like that. My joints in my fingers are painful, red, & have knots as well. Dr's have told me that I have arthritis in a lot of my joints. What kind of arthritis do I have.

Answer

Hi Sherry,

There are so many different types of arthritis, more than 100. Unfortunately we are not doctors here and cannot tell you what type of arthritis you have.

In general, when people use the generic term "arthritis" they are really talking about osteoarthritis. However, there is even a subset of osteoarthritis which has an inflammatory feature making it resemble RA. It can get very confusing indeed.

You really should consult with a good rheumatologist. This would be the type of doctor who could help find an accurate diagnosis and get you started on an appropriate treatment.

I know that you are probably worried that you will end up with hands that look like your mother's. With proper treatment, they may not happen and treatment options for RA have changed dramatically in the past decade or so. Don't give up hope, but do keep looking for answers.