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  • By Shawn Bishop
August 20, 2010

Pain in Finger Joints a Common First Symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis

August 20, 2010

Dear Mayo Clinic:

How do I know if joint pain in my fingers is arthritis or if it''s inflammatory process. These results provide important clues because rheumatoid arthritis is the result of an immune system gone awry. It''s the synovium that allows for smooth movement of the joints. The synovium becomes inflamed and swells, creating pain with movement. This inflammation makes the immune system work even harder, resulting in more swelling and inflammation. Without treatment to interrupt this cycle, rheumatoid arthritis eventually causes joint damage and deformity and limits the patient''t understand what throws the immune system off kilter. Certain genes can increase susceptibility to the disease. Illness, environmental factors and lifestyle choices play a role, too. For example, cigarette smoking seems to rev up the immune system. If you smoke cigarettes, it is important to stop the tobacco habit.

Arthritis Curehow to Arthritis Cure for There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but most people are able to manage the disease and lead active lives. In the past decade, treatment has become much more proactive and aggressive. We usually start with a combination of medications to get the disease under control as quickly the 1 last update 2020/05/28 as possible. An initial treatment plan might include cortisone injections and long-term use of what''s a little more information about the options:There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but most people are able to manage the disease and lead active lives. In the past decade, treatment has become much more proactive and aggressive. We usually start with a combination of medications to get the disease under control as quickly as possible. An initial treatment plan might include cortisone injections and long-term use of what''s a little more information about the options:

Cortisone: Oral cortisone quickly and efficiently reduces the amount of inflammation in the joints and may be given for a the 1 last update 2020/05/28 short time. Cortisone, also referred to as steroids or prednisone, may also be injected into the joints, even finger joints. (As an aside, two Mayo Clinic doctors won a Nobel Prize for identifying this still-important medication.)Cortisone: Oral cortisone quickly and efficiently reduces the amount of inflammation in the joints and may be given for a short time. Cortisone, also referred to as steroids or prednisone, may also be injected into the joints, even finger joints. (As an aside, two Mayo Clinic doctors won a Nobel Prize for identifying this still-important medication.)

Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs): This category is the mainstay of rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Over the longer term, DMARDs slow progression of rheumatoid arthritis and save the joints and other tissues from permanent damage. Medications often used are hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall).

TNF-alpha inhibitors: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha is a protein made by the white blood cells that activates the immune system. TNF-alpha inhibitors often are used in combination with DMARDs. Medications in this category include infliximab (Remicade) and etanercept (Enbrel).

Work closely with a rheumatologist to determine the treatment approach that works best for you. There are many choices and combinations to help provide immediate symptom relief and manage the disease long term.

— Nisha Manek, M.D., Rhematology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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