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What are the symptoms of arthritis in your hands?

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Pain isolated to the affected joint is the main symptom of arthritis of the hand, reports Cleveland Clinic. During the initial stages of arthritis, pain wavers, and rest alleviates it, and there can also be several days or weeks without painful attacks. As arthritis progresses, the frequency of the pain increases and occurs while the patient is at rest. A previously dull ache becomes a sharp pain that can extend further than the affected joint.

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A general weakness due to joint pain and joint deformity is another symptom of arthritis, according to Cleveland Clinic. Some other symptoms, such as a loss of motion in the affected joint and a grinding, cracking or clicking sound when moving the joint, occur as the disorder progresses. When joints become red and tender to the touch, it is often a sign of tissue damage and can lead to deformity as the soft tissues deteriorate.

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis in their hands and fingers can experience fatigue, hand pain and swelling, hand joints that feel warm, misshapen finger joints, and pain that lasts for more than an hour after waking up, according to WebMD. Other symptoms include stiffness, a tingling and numbness of hands, and experiencing the same symptoms on both hands or wrists.

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