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minor question - finger arthritis - Bugsy

Posted: Dec 19th, 2016 - 6:00 pm

In the grand scheme of things this is a very paltry question, but it's new to me, so would like to hear about any tips or fixes. I'm in my 60s but have never had arthritis, no pains anywhere, even with doing MT for 30 years. I do have the Heberden's nodes on a couple fingers, but again, no pain associated with them.  But one night 2 weeks ago, I got off work and realized my left ring finger was swollen and stiff at the PIP joint. My wedding ring, which I've always been able to slip off very easily, was totally stuck. No injury that I was aware of. I figured I'd give it a couple days to settle down, but it never has, it is still the same. When I make a fist, it feels like that joint is kind of "jammed," if you know the feeling.

So I GUESS it is arthritis, but since when does arthritis happen all of a sudden, bang? Did manage to get the ring off when I woke up yesterday morning, along with applying cold water to the swollen area to try to reduce swelling, holding that arm up in the air, and vaseline, and a h*** of a lot of manipulation. I had really thought the ring would still have to be cut off, but did manage to get it off.

Has anyone had this happen, and did it go away, or what to do about it, if anything? Thanks in advance.



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