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Joint Pain In Fingers
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Need some direction here... I was diagnosed about 2 months ago. While I am feeling better, the joint pain I thought was unrelated, is now getting worse. I can barely use two fingers on my right hand. Besides Aleve, what have you found helpful in alleviating the pain? I'm 32 and thinking I am too young to have debilitating joint pain.

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If it's not related to celiac,  then you may have to approach your Doctor.  Keeping fingers warm helps with pain along with doing finger stretches. 

 

Colleen 

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Yes, keep the joints mobile, keep stretching and straightening to maintain flexibility, is the best thing you can do.  

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I agree you may be "too young", but arthritis knows no age limit, I am afraid. I started with joint pain in my 30's.

If it is related to gluten and celiac, it may resolve in time. Try to be patient.

 

I keep moving despite the stiffness and pain because it "lubes the joints". No meds have ever really helped my chronic bone and joint pain (and I have osteoarthritis) but warmth, movement, gentle yoga and constantly gently stretching and using my body keeps me less "ouchy". Walking in a heated pool is fantastic. 

 

Try warming your hand and then just opening and closing your hand a few times a day.Like Colleen says,  if it gets worse, see a doc.

Hope you feel better soon!

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I definitely get very bad joint pain from gluten, but even when there is absolutely no dairy/corn/gluten/soy in my diet I still can get pretty stiff based on how much alcohol I've been drinking, how much rice I've been eating (that's our only grain) and even how much sugar.  If I'm eating a paleo diet with very little alcohol (for me this means wine) and drinking a ton of water, I have no joint pain.

 

I hope you get it straightened out.  I have battled arthritis since I was very young too and it's horrible.  It might be worth a trip to the doctor just to see if you can rule out other causes.  

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Thanks for your thoughts y'all!

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You can try taking fish oil to see if it helps. Apparently DHA (specifically found in oily fish like salmon or fish oil pills) is supposed to help with joint pain (among many other things). Not sure how  long you would need to take it to see if it works though.

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My joints were huge when I was diagnosed.  I had given up wearing rings because I was afraid that I would have to cut them off (the rings, not the fingers).  It took some time gluten free for them to go down, but now I am wearing rings again.  When I get into accidental gluten they go back to being big and painful.

 

It might take you some more time, or more attention to your diet.

 

I hope that you feel better soon.

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Need some direction here... I was diagnosed about 2 months ago. While I am feeling better, the joint pain I thought was unrelated, is now getting worse. I can barely use two fingers on my right hand. Besides Aleve, what have you found helpful in alleviating the pain? I'm 32 and thinking I am too young to have debilitating joint pain.

  Have you had your thyroid checked?  I have Hashi's and if my thyroid gets too low, I get joint pain in my fingers.  It goes away completely and stays away when my thyoid is in the correct ranges.....which are different for everyone.  That could be another reason because yes, 32 is too young for joint pain.  That is a symptom of thyroid disease.

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I'm going to start a new thread on this but have you had your immunoglobulins checked ? I am partway through getting diagnosed with IgG deficiency - possibly something called CVID (common variable immune disorder)....other Ig possibly low as well (just did more bloodwork). What it means is bascially low immumity and I have lots of joint pain.

 

It may not be this at all but discuss it with your doc....I am 2 years into trying to determine why I hurt, might save you some time.

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Northern Elf, that would be an informative thread indeed! Please do. I'm interested in reading your thoughts/research. Thanks! IH

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