Learn from patients with pain similar to yours

CatchMyPain Community and Pain Diary App to manage chronic illness

Is pain in 1 knuckle fibro

Apr 06, 2017 9:19 AM

I have had a pain in the knuckle nearest my nails on my middle finger. I'm not getting full movement either. I've not had diagnosis yet but GP thinks I have fibromyalgia. Has anyone else experienced this?

Apr 07, 2017 8:40 AM

If it's only your knuckle and you don't have widespread muscle pain I'd think it's a lot more likely to be some kind of arthritis. I'm not a doctor though.

Apr 08, 2017 1:37 AM

Fibromyalgia is more nerve pain and in more than one place. You might have rheumatoid arthritis.

Apr 08, 2017 5:22 PM

I didn't explain very well. I have back pain and random pains all over my body. Nerve pain in my head and neck. Shooting pains in the soles of my feet. I have IBS. I feel like I'm walking through custard some days and the fatigue is unbearable. The finger pain is new and I wondered if it could be related. Thanks for your replies. I have family members with EDS, AS and fibro.

Apr 11, 2017 4:43 PM

My thumb stops working from time to time with terrible pain in my knuckle. Broken kind of pain.

Apr 11, 2017 6:42 PM

I've had fibro symptoms since 2007, muscular knots, tender points, and neuropathies. I have had OA all over since the 90's. I was diagnosed with Sjogrens in 2015 officially, though I've had symptoms for years. Just last year I started having pain, first in one finger then another then another. It randomly happens with swelling, pain, puffiness, and not always in every fiber or all fingers. My Ortho and rheumatologist send to think it could be a combination of the OA and Sjogrens attacking the joints due to my already hyped up autoimmune issues. See a rheumatologist and orthopedist. Until then wear compression crafters I gloves; they help some. Hugs love and prayers you can find out answers soon! 😊💕🙏🌸

Apr 18, 2017 7:35 PM

Have you been tested for Rheumatoid or lupus. I'm not a doc but sounds more like one of those to me. Fibro is muscle. The others I mentioned are more joint pain.

Apr 18, 2017 9:24 PM

No. One knuckle? Fibromyalgia is a body-wide pain & tenderness, along with extreme fatigue. The pain is exacerbated by any exertion, and can cause you to be laid up in bed for days to weeks. There used to be a test of 18 pressure points that were used to identify Fibromyalgia, and if you didn't have pain/tenderness in 14 of the 18, you wouldn't be dx. Now, most drs have kept up to date, and know that those points are only a minor fraction of the disease. Pain and arthritis in one knuckle would suggest a prior injury, perhaps even when you were too young to remember it.

Apr 18, 2017 9:52 PM

Also, pain, tenderness, & fatigue are just 3 of the many symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Apr 18, 2017 10:32 PM

Laura, thanks for explaining. Yes, from your combined symptoms, Fibro is plausible. Funny you mention walking through custard- I compare it to wading chest-deep through half-set cement, lol. We all do the best we can to describe it in a way that others will 'get it', and most of the time they just don't. I'd advise you to do some research online about Fibromyalgia and its many symptoms, then make a list of symptoms you have or have had that are relevant to Fibro, then present the info to your drs.

Apr 18, 2017 10:42 PM

If any of you are interested, I admin a support group on Facebook that is for anyone with any chronic illness or pain. You're welcome to join us at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/880299938751016/

Apr 19, 2017 1:57 AM

Thanks for all the messages. I went to see a rheumatologist on Monday who examined me but didn't examine any of the parts I said were currently hurting. It appears I have Ehlers-Danlos as well as fibro. Still waiting for MRI to check for arthritis in my back. No further forward with my finger but from my research and the way my finger is feeling now I think it might be trigger finger

Apr 19, 2017 9:28 AM

Ehlers danlos is autoimmune. What kind of arthritis are they looking for? Are you getting any blood work done?

Apr 20, 2017 9:51 AM

I have attached the map of the usual tender points to determine fibro

Apr 21, 2017 3:38 PM

The registrar didn't test all the points for fibro. They are checking for ankylosing spondylitis. I feel like I've had endless blood tests

Apr 21, 2017 4:00 PM

The tubes of blood work does seem endless. I once had 19 vials taken at one time! I sarcastically asked if I would need a transfusion when they were done. It is very hard to just endlessly wait and wait. Distract yourself and try to be patient. You want the correct diagnosis not just a convenient catch all. Make sure you get a physical copy of every single test they do on you. Just in case you change doctors. For some reason many doctors want to do the same tests over if you change doctors. Also for many auto immune diseases the tests are not always correct. Also the symptoms overlap. I have had the Rheumatoid Arthritis Ana test done twice in the same week...one was positive and one was negative. Don't give up it might make you a little crazy waiting but a correct diagnosis is worth it.

Ready to start relieving your pain?

Join Community