What Could Be Causing Pain In My Fingers And Knuckles On Waking?

Question

Asked by eclipse2012

What Could Be Causing Pain In My Fingers And Knuckles On Waking?

Every morning when I wake up, not only do I hurt in both my neck and low back where I've had spinal surgeries, but my fingers right around the kunckles and the base of each finger to the hand are very painful and hurt to move. The same seems to be happening at the base of my toes. I'm worried I'm suffering from severe arthritis. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but are the finger joints also affected? I'm just wondering what else it could be.

Answer

Fingers and toes can be effected by fibromyalgia, and inflammatory joint disorders such as arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis often do cause increased pain upon awakening.

If you have FM then your pain sensitization system is upregulated. I suppose its possible that your nervous system could be reacting to small amounts of trauma causded by all that physical work - even if it didn't cause an overt injury.

I realize that this doesn't really help you get well. If you have FM the best thing is to learn as much as you can about it and try and find a good practitioner. Hydrotherapy - water exercise - can be helpful in FM. I wonder if that would help loosen things up for you?

Here are some links that you might find helpful in learning about your condition.

Understanding Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Quiz: Fact or Myth?

RA and Fibromyalgia: An Interview with Karen Lee Richards