Swollen fingers are a condition that every human has probably encountered with. It is usually harmless and happens in those days when your body contains more water than usual.
It can happen also during pregnancy, during premenstrual syndrome or simply when you eat salty food. But when you come to a condition that your swollen painful fingers in the morning give you so much trouble that you cannot stand it anymore, you should wonder if it your condition is more serious than you have thought of. Maybe it is just an injury of your fingers or maybe it could be a symptom of a painful condition, rheumatoid arthritis. With other symptoms, your condition could be more dangerous than just swollen fingers.
Swollen fingers, painful in the morning
Swollen fingers are sometimes a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, but swollen fingers are not an only symptom of the disease. The disease appears as a symmetrical polyarthritis, which usually begins peripherally and spreads proximally, for example, in the arm it engages the first proximal knuckles fist, then it engages the wrist, elbow, and only in late stages shoulder joints. Swollen painful fingers in the morning can be included in these symptoms. The beginning of the disease can be can be particularly acute when the patient wakes up one morning with a swollen and stiff fingers and joints or insidious with problems such as fatigue, loss of appetite, insomnia, and sub-febrile temperatures. Such an insidious onset of disease also indicates a poorer prognosis of the disease and affects 60 to 70 percent of patients.
The affected joints and swollen fingers show signs of inflammation: pain, swelling, warmth, loss of function. Wrists are usually first affected. Pain is the most common symptom in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and many treatments are used for its mitigation. Although inflammatory pain in fingers and joints is present constantly, something to reduce the rest and enhance its activity. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between stiffness and pain. During the inflammation the nervous system responds to increased or painless stimuli such as movement or pressure. Chemical mediators and increased pressure in the joint may mimic parts of the sensory nerves. Anxiety in patients may also increase the pain and swollen joints and also swollen fingers.
Swollen fingers are sensitive
Swollen fingers can be also very sensitive. With the pain in joints and fingers it may be present also the sensitivity to palpation. It is assumed that the cause of this abnormal pressure within the joint. The presence of hypersensitivity around the affected joint is one of the diagnostic criteria for rheumatoid arthritis and there are standardized scales for measuring sensitivity. Swelling of the joints is characteristic of inflammation in rheumatic diseases. Swollen painful fingers in the morning are a sign that the area is affected. Swelling occurs around the affected joint and its synovial membrane. If you are feeling first symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis you need to visit your doctor as soon as possible. It is unbelievable that that kind of disease can begin with just swollen fingers.