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what are nodules on fingers

trishertrisher Posts: 9,727
edited 7. Jun 2009, 02:06 in Say Hello Archive
Being newly diagnosed with RA, I do not understand everything yet so could someone tell me what nodules are please?


  • suzstersuzster Posts: 1,328
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    from my experience they are nobbley bumps ate the base of your fingers, not sure how they happen but my rheumy said they are very common.
    i have a few that are not causing any problems but i did have one at the base of my ring finger that was qite big, my finger kept dislocating and was painful when rheumy felt it she told me it was a large nodule and she injected a steroid into it. a few days later it felt much better and wasn't dislocating anymore, so all good!
    sorry i can't explain better but i'm sure someone else can!
  • lindalegslindalegs Posts: 5,401 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Trisher,

    Just to add to what Suzster says, in my experience, nodules can appear on any joint and some can get quite big. They can also be painful - so if you get any lumps or bumps on your joints you'll probably find that's what they are - it's always wise to mention them to your GP or Rheumy if any appear.

    Not all of them are here to stay either - I had a large painful one at the base of my spine, my Rheumy and I decided to leave it to see what happened and it did go away on it's own.

    Nodules are just another 'joy' of arthritis :roll: :wink:

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  • trishertrisher Posts: 9,727
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi lidalegs
    thanks for that answer it's something new I've learnt. I'm not used to all this at the moment.
    I have just given birth to my first one. Not sure if it's a girl or a boy yet :roll:
    I'll see what happens to it thanks again
    trisher :D
  • colinonecolinone Posts: 1,406
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Trisher
    Welcome to the site and its nice to meet you. Noduals if thats how you spell it. over 20% of RA sufferers get noduals its a build up of some sort of tissue but google it and have a read. I have them on my elbows hands and feet. they normaly grow on your boney bits, dont forget to join the guys around the site catch you later.
  • trishertrisher Posts: 9,727
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi suzster

    Thanks for your reply. Every bit of information from you is helping me understand things a bit better. :?
    There are so many questions but you cannot sit in the doctors room and think of all the things you want to ask knowing there is a lot of other patients sitting outside waiting. :oops: beside that I was sweating like mad and had to get out for some air.
    Hope to speak to you soon Trisher :D
  • suzstersuzster Posts: 1,328
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    sorry, only just saw this! no worries trisher, glad i can help abit!! my nodule on my finger has gone, thank goodness as it was painful, but fingers crossed the injection did the trick.
  • mrsmoppmrsmopp Posts: 73
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Trish

    I had a two large Nodules on my elbow. They werent painful, but didnt look to good. They lasted for about 6 months then just dissapeared, Doctor said it was because my medication was kicking in. Take Care x
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