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Arthritis

Question
Posted by: AJ | 2019/12/17

Q.

My fingers feel like they're about to break

I have noticed my fingers feel very week, even pressing the button on the lift feels like there is a risk of fracture. The little finger feels like that even without putting any specific pressure on it. This has not been happening before. I've been on HRT for over a year but prior to that I had undiagnosed menopause for a while (I dont' know how long). My bones have been checked through a special test at the hospital at the time menopause was diagnosed. No one said there was any major issue and I had no complaints back then. Two weeks ago I also noticed that I could not put a ring on the usual finger on my right hand because the joint somehow got too big. This also never happened before. Now I can do it again but with difficulty and I am worried I won't get the ring off again. I sometimes experience sudden sharp pain in my finger and toe joints but only rarely and the frequency has not increased of late. It happens only a couple of times a month. When I have fever, my joints also ache but on those occasions those are hips and knees, never fingers or toes. Am I in danger of my bones thinning dangerously? I am mostly worried about this feeling of my fingers being very fragile.

Expert's Reply

A.

Arthritis expert
- 2019/12/29

What you are describing sounds like tendinitis of the fingers and not arthritis. We need to check that you do not have GOUT with a blood test.

You may require injections in the hand for the tendinitis/tenosynovitis.
You do not seem to have osteoporosis (brittle bone disease) or osteo arthritis of the hands.

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