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Do I have RA?
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daphcoley78 posted:
About 5 days ago, I began experiencing numbness and tingling in my hands, like they were falling asleep. The next day I noticed that my fingers were swollen, and then the pain started. My fingers ached in my bones. It has progressively gotten worse over the last couple days. Now I am in constant pain with my hands. I cannot close my hand to make a fist. When I do try, I can only get it halfway closed and there is pain in the palm of my hand, like a tendon is stretching or something. I have no ability to grip things, hold things, and just typing or texting induces severe, constant pain. This started about 5 days ago and is happening to both hands, tho the left one is much worse. I have taken lorcet, neurontin, aleve, and ibuprofen-none of which ease the pain at all. What is wrong with me?
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atti_editor responded:
Hi daphcoley78,

Joint stiffness, swelling, pain, and redness/warmth are some of the hallmark signs of RA (the hands are almost always affected). This article explains RA symptoms in more detail. The only way to get a definitive diagnosis as to what is happening with your hands is to see a doctor for evaluation. This article explains how RA is diagnosed.

Best wishes,
Atti


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