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Severe burning in fingers and hands, very stiff in a.m.

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Severe burning in fingers and hands, very stiff in a.m. Using warm wax treatments. Started on Acro-plus for diabetes recently and Areds drops in eyes. Feel extremely tired.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  drknowsbest replied 8 years ago.
Hello Customer!
The stiffness in the am is more typical of arthritis. The burning is more typical of nerve pain. You may have one or the other or both. Arthritic changes can occur in any joints but typically in the fingers may present as swelling, more around the bony areas like your knuckles. There may even appear to be little nodules on the knuckles. Being unable to completely extend or flex the finger first thing and then loosening up with activity is another symptom. This responds to warmth, activity, and antiinflammatories. Be sure to speak with your dr about meds with the diabetes. This is more what it sounds like may be the cause of your pain. Your dr can rule out rheumatoid arthritis by exam and some blood work. The treatment for this is more intense.
Nerve pain can occur in diabetes as neuropathy effected by sugars. This is more typical in the feet first but not 100%. Burning, electrical pain is more common with periods of numbness and not as much swelling as the arthritis. Increasing pain with motion is also more typical. Heat may help but if your dr thinks this is the cause there are more specific meds for nerve pain, also good glucose control is key.
Good Luck Hope this helps!
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