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Dr Hive....a weird bump on my finger...what is it?

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I have this weird little bump on my middle finger of my right hand.....right by the first joint.  It's not red or inflamed.  But it does hurt some.  Not a ton...but enough to bother me.  I can't quite bend my finger fully without stiffness or pain.   Let me describe the pain though, because it's weird too...it's not a shooting pain or an intense pain...more of an annoyance pain...if that makes sense.  The pain is on the inside of my finger...not surface.  But it hurts when I bend my finger fully or if something pushes down on in...like putting my blue jeans on for example...if my finger gets in between my body and the jeans, it hurts...

I don't want to go to the doctor for a silly little bump...so can you help me diagnose?  It's not a big bump...at all...in fact unless I told you it was there, you wouldn't notice it even if you looked at my finger.  

 

thanks. 

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Have you been writing a lot recently or doing something else with a tool that applies a lot of pressure to that spot?  

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Is the surface of the skin changed at all in appearance?

If not, maybe a bone spur?

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I have occasionally gotten little bumps like that, almost like very small, hard whiteheads. Mine have always eventually gone away.

If you have any osteoarthritis then it could possibly be a Bouchard's or Heberdon's node. RA also causes nodules, but it's not likely you'd have an RA nodule w/o already knowing you had RA, since they tend to show up with either aggressive disease or later in the disease process.

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the surface isn't changed at all...and there are no small white heads...

but I have been trying to come up with am adjective to describe the pain...and the best one is a burning sensation...not like a burn where it hurts all of the time...no matter what you do...but it comes and goes really fast...so fast that I can't figure out if the pain is on the outside or the inside of my finger...it's really just weird.

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6 hours ago, Pawz4me said:

...it could possibly be a Bouchard's or Heberdon's node...


That's what I was thinking. I also was recently reading that cysts at the finger joints, esp. the joint near the finger tip, can occur with arthritis in the hands.

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Ganglion cyst, maybe? https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ganglion-cyst/symptoms-causes/syc-20351156 My daughter had one on her wrist, and the doctor just had her massage it daily to help it try to go away, which it did in the end.

I actually have a strangely similar bump right now, same hand/finger/location, but I'm not right-handed, so I know with me it's not due to that pressure.

Erica in OR

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Sounds like a cyst. I would mention it at your next doctors appt, but I wouldn't make a special trip for it, unless it gets really painful and needs to be removed.  I have had a few friends who had something similar. They required a surgery to remove the cyst, but it wasn't  big deal to recover from. More of an annoyance that a critical issue.

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Sounds like a digital mucous cyst to me.  I have several.  I had one surgically removed and one removed in the doctor's office.  They are painful and annoying.  

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