Hi welcome to healthcare magic
There are different kinds of arthritis (inflammation of the joint) , the main ones are osteoarthritis
, rheumatoid arthritis
, arthritis secondary to gout. It can also occur secondary to infections or systemic disease such as lupus.
If due to systemic disease they may or may not be other symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis presents with tender swollen joints, morning stiffness
which lasts for a long time, firm bumps under the skin and in some cases fatigue
and weight loss
.It usually starts in the smaller joints such as the the fingers and toes before moving to the larger joints. It is diagnosed by blood tests which may show inflammation in the body and the presence of rheumatoid factor
. Xrays can also be done. Treatment varies according to the severity.
Osteoartritis differs in terms of the cause and symptoms. The stiffness experienced is usually not as long on mornings. You may hear a grating sensation ( usually with larger joints)
Gout is diagnosed by the presence of excess uric acid and is usually associated with sudden severe attacks of pain , redness
You will need to see your doctor to diagnose the cause of your pain and to determine if it is arthritis. Your doctor will take a full history, examine the joints in question and may perform a systemic examination to rule out systemic disease. The investigations done would depend on the results.
There are other causes of pain in the hands other than arthritis and your doctor will assess for these.
I hope this helps and I hope that you feel better soon