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Pain in knuckles. Taking anti-inflammatory medicine. Do I have arthritis?

Hi. When I wake up in the morning my knuckles in the right hand hurt. This condition has been lasting for the past 3 weeks. I had this condition during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy and it was fine after the pregnancy period. I am taking anti-inflammatory right now. it does not seem to be helping very much. Do you think I have arthritis? I am 29 years old. could you please let me know what i should do? I went to see a doctor and he did not say anything about it being arthritis. I am suppose to take the anti inflammatory and after that if it does not help, he will refer me for a nerve test to ensure it s not due to nerve damage.
Asked On : Sun, 20 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.
Joint pains in young can be due to autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, inflammatory diseases like SLE, bursitis, fibromyalgia, etc.
To pinpoint the diagnosis, complete physical examination and investigations like complete blood counts, ESR, RA factor, CRP, serum uric acid, serum creatinine, X-ray and MRI joints from a rheumatologist are needed.
A high levels of anti- DNase is suggestive of an autoimmune disorder which needs disease modifying agents and oral steroids to take care of the symptoms. You need to consult a rheumatologist for proper treatment.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Mon, 30 Dec 2013
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