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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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my fingers have started to stiffen

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my fingers have started to stiffen
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi--can you tell me more about the problem and how long it's been going on?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

the joints seem to lock and it is painful it started today

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Dennis and before today no problems at all with any joints? Any swelling or redness?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

pins and needles no swelling or redness

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
And before today absolutely no joint problems?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

sometimes, but this is longer

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Dennis--just one more question--has a doctor looked into this problem?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Dennis--and we can continue after this if you'd like. Of course this could be the rather common cause--osteoarthritis--but in general that's a gradual thing that doesn't suddenly one day become much worse. More likely here would be rheumatoid arthritis and I suggest you get an autoimmune blood panel--antinuclear antibody titer, rheumatoid factor, sed rate, and C reactive protein--and x-rays of the hands to check for that. There are some very effective medications for that but for now you can try ibuprofen or naproxen for help.
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