I get episodes of sometimes very severe pain in some of my fingers; I told my Rheum about it, he looked at my hands/fingers and said he didn't see any swelling. The knuckle areas throbbed & ached, though sometimes I got some really seeminly sharp, sudden pains in there. I was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibro, but I am not so sure that I have Fibro. I have heard prednisone makes Fibro worse....but when I take Pred, I feel like a new woman! And I am even taking Lyrica right now for nerve pains; Lyrica has recently been approved to treat Fibro as well....but it's not doing anything for any pains I have at or near any of my joints, nor doing anything for my spasms. So the Lyrica is only helping my nerve pains. The only thing is, I am beginning to wonder if the finger pains I get might also be nerve related and come to think of it, i've not had pains in my fingers since taking Lyrica. Those pains would be so bad sometimes, it would wake me up at night. I also have OA in my spine, hips, and ankles; and I have something else going on in my sacroiliac area and entire pelvic girdle, which aches deeply all the time. And the Lyrica is helping none of those pains, so I don't think it's Fibro related either.
My Rheum checked my fingers, saw no swelling, and also checked the range of motion in each finger. He did not think I had finger arthritis at all...but didn't say what else it might possibly be. Aside from that, maybe you'd want to request some x-rays to look into it?
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I also have osteoarthritis and my fingers hurt most all the time, the worst thing i can do is bump them from the side, if i squeeze the knuckle it is very painful and it is also hard to type so it takes me a while.
My knees and ankles and feet are also affected, oh yes and they do swell up in the morning i have to spend alittle time working to bend my fingers to get moving asthey are so swollen. The hardest is in the winter they feel so cold it feels like it is in the bones and i soak my hand in warm water and the heat does not even touch it, i hope you do not get it like that.