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Is stiffness in the finger joints upon waking a sign of arthritis?

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Posted on Tue, 24 Nov 2015
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At night my hands r curve while m sleep , when I wake up in the morning to move my fingers, I have to slowly stretch/ spread my fingers open, the pain is about 10? Is this a sign of Arthritis.



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hurt so bad do u think it might be arthritis
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Answered by Dr. Saddiq Ulabidin (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Yes it is a sign of arthritis

Detailed Answer:
Hi! Welcome to health care magic! Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. I will try to suggest you next course of action.

First of all, as far as your query is concerned, Yes, such symptoms that yiu have described are called morning stiffness and it is part of arthritis and it is a discounting point between various types of arthritis depending upon duration of stiffness.

You need to consult your GP and ask for some basic blood screening tests including Complete blood count, ESR, CRP, RA factor and ANA. Arrange a referral to rheumatologist for a detailed evaluation and concerning radiographs of hands. Meanwhile keep using analgesics like acetaminophen or ibuprofen for symptomatic relief.

Hoping you a speedy recovery. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. You can also reach me directly through my profile in future, in case of any more queries. Regards.
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Is stiffness in the finger joints upon waking a sign of arthritis?

Brief Answer: Yes it is a sign of arthritis Detailed Answer: Hi! Welcome to health care magic! Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. I will try to suggest you next course of action. First of all, as far as your query is concerned, Yes, such symptoms that yiu have described are called morning stiffness and it is part of arthritis and it is a discounting point between various types of arthritis depending upon duration of stiffness. You need to consult your GP and ask for some basic blood screening tests including Complete blood count, ESR, CRP, RA factor and ANA. Arrange a referral to rheumatologist for a detailed evaluation and concerning radiographs of hands. Meanwhile keep using analgesics like acetaminophen or ibuprofen for symptomatic relief. Hoping you a speedy recovery. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. You can also reach me directly through my profile in future, in case of any more queries. Regards.