I have been reading your posts with great interest. I am 31 years old and last winter, began to experience some odd symptoms of lots of swelling and discomfort in my index finger on my left hand. It went away after about a week but since then it has been uncomfortable, feels 'tight' when I bend it and looks slightly swollen. Moving on to this year.. I noticed three weeks ago that I developed a small pea sized lump on my palm at the knuckle area, I thought it was a ganglion, it doesnt move and hasnt got any bigger, I left it alone but then three days ago another 'lump' has developed underneath my ring finger, this one is painful and feels like it has got a bit bigger. Over the last week I have been experiencing discomfort in my thumb and wrist - all on the same hand, my ankles hurt in the mornings ( I am slightly overweight) and I suffer with lower back pain though not all the time! I also noticed a bump at the top of my left index finger - it is mishapen for want of a better word, so reluctantly went to the GP today. I sat down and he said 'Those ae cysts we'll leave those' and to my swollen bumpy finger - 'thats arthritis that is, yeah, well its a bit early but.....' I left the office feeling quite upset, how does he know its arthritis, no tests, no analgesia, no refferal, at the age of 31 I just have to accept that I have arthritis based on a 2 minute consultation. I have been left feeling really quite upset, I dont know whether I should believe what he says, go back to a different GP or what to do. I wanted to know if the lumps on my palms were, in fact, arthritic. Can anyone help?
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