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What is the cause and remedy for pain and swelling on the wrist and fingers ?

Hi doctor, I AM 54 YRS OLD INDIAN WOMEN ,I PREVIOUSLY HAD A PROBLEM OF PAINS AT JOINTS OF HANDS AND LEGS,IT WAS SO NASTY THAT SOMETIMES I CANT EVEN MOVE THEM .I HAVE USED PAINKILLERS FOR A WHILE AND LATER TURNED UP TO AYURVEDA MEDICINE AND STILL CONTINUING WITH THEM,BUT FROM PAST 1-2 MONTHS ONLY MY FINGERS AND WRIST OF BOTH HANDS ARE GETTING SEVERELY AFFECTED,I CANT MOVE THEM FREELY(ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNING) AND HAS PAIN WITH SWELLINGS. PLEASE SUGGEST ME ? CAN I CONSULT GENERAL PHYSICIAN OR ....? PLEASE LET ME KNOW ? I WANT TO GET RID OF THIS TERRIBLE PAIN AND SWELLING?
Asked On : Tue, 27 Mar 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
It seems you are suffering from polyarthritis of small joints of hands and wrists. Do let us know if you have early morning stifness or not.
You need to be investigated for polarthritis. Do get your complete blood count, fasting ESR, CRP,Thyroid profile, Rheumatoid factor, Serum Calcium and Phosphorous and alkaline phosphatase.
Clinically reviewing you condition, to me it seems Rheumatoid arthritis in flare. Do get these tests done and do consult a good Rheumatologist or Orthopedician.
To your knowledge Chronic rheumatoid arthritis, diagnosed early and treated with DMARDs can prevent severe joint deformities which are associated with this disease.
Answered: Wed, 11 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Kimberly Martin's  Response
Hello Anonymous joint problems are a common issue. I would think that your general physician could start the workup on the different causes of joint pain and swelling. Some causes of joint swelling include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other various forms of arthritis. Other medical problems can also cause joint swelling and your general physician can start workup for you.

Be well, Dr. Kimberly
Answered: Tue, 27 Mar 2012
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