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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers

Thanks.  Yes look like warts on side of Left middle finger.  One just appeared last week, another starting under that one.  I e mailed m DR to see if I should make appoint.  Most of my fingers smooth on top, knuckles not big yet.

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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers


@I am still oxox wrote:

Hello all - so I have my appointment with the hand surgeon today about what I thought were ganglion cysts, it turns out they are arthritic nodules and he was well not much can be done about then, take anti inflammatory meds and deal with the bony knuckles.

Needless to say I am not happy, I think my next appointment with be with an arthritis specialist. 

PS I am only 61 what will happen in the years to come Smiley Sad 


I know you posted recently that you lost your job, not sure if you lost your insurance but anyway, IMO, there's no sense in spending a $300 consulation fee with any other specialist.

 

These nodules are common in OA and there is nothing anyone can do for you. There is an entire thread about hand arthritis and posters who have it gave excellent suggestions. Other than finger splints, NSAIDs, turmeric, finger exercises, these nodules don't go away.

 

They are: Heberden's nodes and Bouchards nodes depending on what finger joint the bony growths are. I am sure the ortho doctor told you this.  Sometimes they hurt more than other times. Un fortunately many of us live with these. There is no cure or any other treatments a specialist will give you,Might as well save your money

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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers

My doctor told me everyone (that lives over 50 years of age) will get osteoarthritis.  It's a part of aging.  

 

 

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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers


@Sunshine Kate wrote:

My doctor told me everyone (that lives over 50 years of age) will get osteoarthritis.  It's a part of aging.  

 

 


exactly right, The human body was never built to last 90+ years so aging weakens the bones, makes our joints weaken, bony overgrowths are formed because as the body ages and the bones weaken, the body tries to make more bone but it does so by the bone spurs it grows, not the actual bones themselves.

 

Genetics plays a huge role in OA so some get ot worse than others. 

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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers

I have these too.

 

I'm 68 and I noticed them starting to form about 3-4 years ago.  I've had arthritis in my hands for many years, and my knuckles were enlarging, but the nodules were a new thing.

I didn't consult a dr, but just googled them, so I learned what they were, and what they were called.

 

At first they were a little red, and felt a little inflamed.  My hands ached much of the time as well.

 

I started taking all the usual supplements, something I had resisted doing.  I was surprised to find so much improvement. I haven't tried noni juice, but I've read good things about it.

 

I find that as long as my hands are not hurting, and reminding me of all the future damage that can be happening, I can ignore these things and go on with my business.

 

 

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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers

@60sgirl, & the rest of the posters here, Thank You for the pix, etc

I have a few of these, don't hurt, but do have those issues with my fingers, very frustrating, had no idea what they were, now I know Thanx to all of you, love these forums I learn so much

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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers


@60sgirl wrote:

@I am still oxox wrote:

Hello all - so I have my appointment with the hand surgeon today about what I thought were ganglion cysts, it turns out they are arthritic nodules and he was well not much can be done about then, take anti inflammatory meds and deal with the bony knuckles.

Needless to say I am not happy, I think my next appointment with be with an arthritis specialist. 

PS I am only 61 what will happen in the years to come Smiley Sad 


I know you posted recently that you lost your job, not sure if you lost your insurance but anyway, IMO, there's no sense in spending a $300 consulation fee with any other specialist.

 

These nodules are common in OA and there is nothing anyone can do for you. There is an entire thread about hand arthritis and posters who have it gave excellent suggestions. Other than finger splints, NSAIDs, turmeric, finger exercises, these nodules don't go away.

 

They are: Heberden's nodes and Bouchards nodes depending on what finger joint the bony growths are. I am sure the ortho doctor told you this.  Sometimes they hurt more than other times. Un fortunately many of us live with these. There is no cure or any other treatments a specialist will give you,Might as well save your money


 

 

Thank you for you concern I have excellent insurance through my spouse, thank you for the concern but I am going to see a doc,  they are painful and at times it is difficult to use a mouse and also they are annoying to look like. They look nothing like the photos

 

 

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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers


@I am still oxox wrote:

@60sgirl wrote:

@I am still oxox wrote:

Hello all - so I have my appointment with the hand surgeon today about what I thought were ganglion cysts, it turns out they are arthritic nodules and he was well not much can be done about then, take anti inflammatory meds and deal with the bony knuckles.

Needless to say I am not happy, I think my next appointment with be with an arthritis specialist. 

PS I am only 61 what will happen in the years to come Smiley Sad 


I know you posted recently that you lost your job, not sure if you lost your insurance but anyway, IMO, there's no sense in spending a $300 consulation fee with any other specialist.

 

These nodules are common in OA and there is nothing anyone can do for you. There is an entire thread about hand arthritis and posters who have it gave excellent suggestions. Other than finger splints, NSAIDs, turmeric, finger exercises, these nodules don't go away.

 

They are: Heberden's nodes and Bouchards nodes depending on what finger joint the bony growths are. I am sure the ortho doctor told you this.  Sometimes they hurt more than other times. Un fortunately many of us live with these. There is no cure or any other treatments a specialist will give you,Might as well save your money


 

 

Thank you for you concern I have excellent insurance through my spouse, thank you for the concern but I am going to see a doc,  they are painful and at times it is difficult to use a mouse and also they are annoying to look like. They look nothing like the photos

 

 

IMG_3122 (1).jpg

 

IMG_3123.JPG

 


no problem. I have the same thing on my ring finger in addition to the nodes on the joints. My ortho surgeon said the nodules have too much arthritis underneath them for him to be able to do anything about them. My rheum doctor gave me cortisone injections in the joint 3 times. It helped but eventually all the pain and stiffness came back. I am unable to bend my finger closed into my palm.

 

Good luck to you. 

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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers


@60sgirl wrote:

@I am still oxox wrote:

Hello all - so I have my appointment with the hand surgeon today about what I thought were ganglion cysts, it turns out they are arthritic nodules and he was well not much can be done about then, take anti inflammatory meds and deal with the bony knuckles.

Needless to say I am not happy, I think my next appointment with be with an arthritis specialist. 

PS I am only 61 what will happen in the years to come Smiley Sad 


I know you posted recently that you lost your job, not sure if you lost your insurance but anyway, IMO, there's no sense in spending a $300 consulation fee with any other specialist.

 

These nodules are common in OA and there is nothing anyone can do for you. There is an entire thread about hand arthritis and posters who have it gave excellent suggestions. Other than finger splints, NSAIDs, turmeric, finger exercises, these nodules don't go away.

 

They are: Heberden's nodes and Bouchards nodes depending on what finger joint the bony growths are. I am sure the ortho doctor told you this.  Sometimes they hurt more than other times. Un fortunately many of us live with these. There is no cure or any other treatments a specialist will give you,Might as well save your money


 

 

@60sgirl, your info is totally corrrect. i fell down some stairs and landed on my concrete driveway years ago. I sustained crushing sprains of the thumb and fingers of my right hand. A combination of advancing age and the prior injury have resulted in the development of a Heberden node on my right index finger and a Brouchard node on my right ring finger. Doctors have told me they cannot be removed or the size (which may increase) cannot be reduced.

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Re: Arthritic nodules on fingers


@I am still oxox wrote:

Hello all - so I have my appointment with the hand surgeon today about what I thought were ganglion cysts, it turns out they are arthritic nodules and he was well not much can be done about then, take anti inflammatory meds and deal with the bony knuckles.

Needless to say I am not happy, I think my next appointment with be with an arthritis specialist. 

PS I am only 61 what will happen in the years to come Smiley Sad 


@I am still oxox

Honey its okay, even those it doesn't seem to be at this moment in time.

 

I had a co-worker at the volunteer fire dept. that had this and she took our notes at each meeting, to be typed up later.

   I will never forget her, being big part of the fire dept. She wore gloves. I am dealing with the same thing at this time in my life...

   I hope in the future, they might find a cure without medicines that would not hurt us.

 

In the mean time I will be positive and deal with it. Gods Blessings.