How Can You Tell If You Have Arthritis In Your Hands And Fingers?
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“Arthritis” is an general term doctors use to describe inflammation of the joints. There are several different kinds, and the types most likely to affect the hands, fingers and wrists are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis, or OA, affects more people than any other form of arthritis. It’s caused by degeneration of the cartilage in the joints over time, and is especially prevalent among people in their 60s and beyond. When you have OA, padding between the joints has been worn down: bones rub together and nerves may be exposed, possibly triggering severe pain.
* Swelling and tenderness will occur in the knuckles or around the wrist.
* Hands and fingers will ache when you use them.
* Joints will feel stiff, especially in the morning.
* Moving the fingers will become harder and more uncomfortable.
* Your grip will feel weaker.
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is actually an autoimmune disorder, which means your immune system attacks your own body. When you have RA, your immune system reacts as if the soft lining around your joints is a threat, like an invading virus or bacteria. As a result, fluid builds up around the joints, causing pain and these other symptoms in the hands, fingers, and possibly the wrists.
* Pain and stiffness that last for more than an hour when you wake up
* Joints that are warm and tender to the touch.
* Joints on both sides of the body are affected.
* Finger joints become misshapen.
* You may feel more tired and fatigued than usual.
* If you also experience numbness and tingling of the hands, you may have a nerve condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
The purpose of this video has been to provide quick, basic information about arthritis pain in the fingers, hands, and wrists. To learn more about related topics, see “Links To Related Resources” below the video screen.
But remember, you should always rely only on a doctor to diagnose any symptoms you may be experiencing.