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Swollen, bruised knuckles - and not from punching anyone!!

(10 Posts)
miam Wed 19-Jan-05 16:26:29

One of the knuckles on my right hand has been becoming very painful and swollen off and on. It looks bruised and is sore to touch and move. I read up about arthritis (paranoid!!) which said that a symptom is that the joint is often hot and inflamed, which mine is not - just very bruised. Does anyone have any idea what this can be?

Frizbe Wed 19-Jan-05 16:27:13

do you get tendons round your knuckles? have you pulled one and not realised it? job for the quack me thinks?

miam Wed 19-Jan-05 16:30:46

Have no idea Frizbe. It's weird because I had it last week and just thought I had bashed my hand off something and then it cleared up. But today it has flared up really badly again! I hate bothering the doc for something that seems so trivial, but perhaps I should get it looked at.

WigWamBam Wed 19-Jan-05 18:46:05

Could it be bursitis?

WigWamBam Wed 19-Jan-05 19:28:33

miam, is it your mouse finger? It could be bursitis, or some other form of RSI. You need to have it checked out.

Frizbe Wed 19-Jan-05 19:34:13

Yep get it checked out!

miam Wed 19-Jan-05 21:04:42

WWB - thought your were joking when you asked if it was my mouse-finger lol. But yes - it is!!!! Have had a look at bursitis and it does sound like it may be some kind of RSI (can I sue MN for being too addictive???). Thanks a lot both. xx

WigWamBam Wed 19-Jan-05 21:08:18

Get it checked out quickly, miam. I have had RSI for 10 years, take it from someone who (unfortunately) knows ... it needs looking at. Stop using the mouse for a bit if you can, take lots of breaks from the computer altogether, at least once every 2 hours move away from the desk for ten minutes.

miam Wed 19-Jan-05 21:10:20

Lots of rests from MN - is it possible???? Thanks WWB. I think I'm getting old - have had more aches and pains this last year than in my entire life boo hoo. Will I need medication for it or is it something you just have to live with?

WigWamBam Wed 19-Jan-05 21:11:03

I just have to live with it - medication doesn't help. I have some splints which I used at first, but the only thing that really helps is rest - in my case it was too late.

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