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Redness, swelling in fingers. Taking light treatment, conditions worsened. History of rheumatic fever, side effect?

For the past eight months or so I have been having redness, swelling, and stiffness in my fingers. They are warm to the touch and ache. I went to the Dr. (P.A.) and they did blood work that indicated a "0 Rhumatoid factor" and told me to take Ibuprofen. It has continued and gotten worse now for 5 months since that appointment. I am only 27 years old and i'm worried about arthritis. At 19 I was diagnosed with Rhumatic Fever and am a carrier of strep. I also take Adderall for ADHD and wonder if it is a side affect of that?
Asked On : Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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The pain and swelling of the fingers is suggestive of an inflammation of the small joints of the hands. Rheumatoid arthritis is a likely possibility even if the RA factor is negative. Regular anti inflammatory medicines and pain killers will help you.
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Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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