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Old 01-27-2014, 07:16 AM   #1
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Finger joint pain

Ok, I think I'm being paranoid, but late yesterday afternoon and last night I started to experience pain in the first joint of my middle finger on my right hand. I do use that finger a lot to move the mouse wheel...however, it's only the top part of my finger and it is slightly swollen and feverish (and I can feel the pulse throbbing in it). It is not debilitating, but it is disturbing. Google searching indicates Gout, and gout is linked to high fat, protein diet (for one thing)...Am I unreasonably worried?
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:43 AM   #2
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could be a lot of things--gout, rheumatoid arthritis, I sometimes get swollen hot joints if I eat too many nightshades (peppers, eggplants, etc),
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:48 AM   #3
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Gout is a pretty specific diagnosis. I wouldn't automatically assume that's what it is. I have hyperuricemia, which causes gout, but don't have gout symptoms (I get uric acid kidney stones instead), and I'm doing fine on low carb. It's a simple blood test to check your uric acid levels, and there are a couple of medications, if that's what you have. Allopurinol is one of the treatments and it had me in the hospital with near organ failure, so I always advise against that treatment, though we all know I react weirdly to meds. Water, water, and more water, is my treatment of choice.

A small puncture wound that becomes infected can cause the same symptoms, and you may not even know you've cut yourself.

A strain from overuse could be the culprit.

As Ouis mentioned, different types of arthritis or autoimmune issues could be to blame.

It really could be anything.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:05 AM   #4
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I think I'll ride it out and see if symptoms improve (or worsen) before I actually go to a doctor. Thanks, Ladies.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:01 AM   #5
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Good plan. Especially if this is a relatively new symptom. You could have even slept on it funny or something. So many times these things just resolve themselves. Hope you feel better!
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:02 AM   #6
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Thanks, and I was doing a lot of chores around my house yesterday. It could have something to do with it.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:09 AM   #7
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Cindy, I jinxed myself. Massive kidney stone last night. I blame this thread.
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Cindy could it be an insect bite?
We have terrible recluse spinners that do a number on human skin.
Do u have recluse spiders in ur neck of the woods?
They instantly cause the skin to rot.
I've never had a bite from them. My young brother has few timed...not pretty.
How ur better today!
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:16 PM   #9
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Cindy, I jinxed myself. Massive kidney stone last night. I blame this thread.
Oh no! I hope you feel better now!I had a pain in my side yesterday too, and my co-worker was convincing me it might be a kidney stone lol. Not so far. Fingers crossed.

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Cindy could it be an insect bite?
We have terrible recluse spinners that do a number on human skin.
Do u have recluse spiders in ur neck of the woods?
They instantly cause the skin to rot.
I've never had a bite from them. My young brother has few timed...not pretty.
How ur better today!
I don't think it was a brown recluse, because I still have my finger. In fact, it's much better today. Thanks for asking about me.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:33 PM   #10
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Hi Cindy! A lot of the bus drivers are complaining of the same thing. It is in several fingers and other joints. Ours are due to working out in the cold weather this month. Even my sister who works in a lab is having the same trouble. She says it is due to being cold in the lab all day. Maybe your pain is from the cold this winter. Just an idea.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:42 PM   #11
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I do think it was due to overuse, on top of every day use on the computer. It's not likely due to extreme cold because we haven't had a lot of that in S.C. Although the last two weeks have had some really cold days. Who knows? At least it's better for the time being.
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all good now, LG???

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Old 01-29-2014, 03:00 PM   #13
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All good, thanks!
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