There are only 3 main causes of finger joint pain.
#1. Tight Muscles and Connective Tissue#2. Auto-immune response from Gluten Intolerance (or other food allergy)#3. Nutritional deficiency#4. Inflammation
Notice that I didn't say osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, or even impact injuries. Those aren't CAUSES. Those are labels, names, descriptions.
If you want to get rid of the pain in your finger joints, you need to know WHY they hurt.
Tight Muscles and Connective Tissue
Muscles get tighter and tighter over time. The muscles that control the fingers turn into tendons. Those tendons cross the finger joints (and even the wrist joints) and attach to the fingers.
Guess what happens when those muscles get tight and stay tight? They compress the finger joints.
Connective tissue is a web that integrates seamlessly with EVERYTHING in the body. As muscles get tight, connective tissue shrinkwraps.
Guess what happens when connective gets tight, pulls in all directions, and stays tight? Finger joints get compressed.
So you're sleeping at night and your finger joints are getting compressed, irritated, inflammed, etc.
This is part of the Tendonitis dynamic.
It's also a core component of the Pain Causing Dynamic.
Basically, over time, your joints get more and more irritated, then the body responds with inflammation and pain enhancing chemical, and it goes downhill from there.
Osteoarthritis is the result of this mechanism. As the joint grinds on itself overtime, there is build up of tissue and pain.
* If you've injured your hand or forearm, this tightening is happening.
* If you are active with your hands, this tightening is happening.
* If you have pain in the joints of the fingers, this tightening is happening.
* If you had an impact injury, strain or sprain of the fingers and/or wrist, this tightening is happening.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune response. Basically, the immune system is attacking it's body.
Why does this happen?
Gluten intolerance. This includes other food intolerances like to corn and what passes as 'dairy' these days.
Gluten (wheat, basically) is an inflammatory agent. Some people are more sensitive than others (something like 75% of Irish genetics is gluten sensitive).
Celiac disease is the far end of the specturm. Even if -you- don't have symptoms from being gluten intolerant, gluten is still an inflammatory agent.
It creates inflammation in the body. It also can give you Leaky Gut, which A. keeps you from getting all the nutrition from your food and B. leaks that nutrition through the wall of your guts.
The immune system attacks these foreign proteins, and thus you get an auto-immune response.
This can cause a lot of problems, including joint pain.
If your finger joint pain is from a systemic issue like gluten intolerance, reducing or removing gluten from you diet can make the pain go away.
Keep in mind, though, that you also have muscle and connective tissue tightness happening progressively, and probably the factors below too.
The Standard American Diet is lacking in quality nutrition. That's why as a nation we're fat and unhealthy.
But that's a different conversation.
Specifically for the pain in your fingers, lacking a variety of different nutritional factors can and does result in finger joint pain.
One of the Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency is joint pain.
One of the symptoms of Magnesium deficiency is joint pain in the fingers. It also greatly adds to muscle tightness.
Did you know that Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency?
Maybe you're protein deficient (your brain just said 'No I'm not, I eat plenty'), maybe you're short on joint specific nutrition....
If you have Leaky Gut, if you're Gluten Sensitive, if your muscles are too tight (they are), then you're both lacking necessary nutrients and using up more than is ideal.
This can easily result in pain in the joints of the finger.
Inflammation makes muscles tighter, traps fluid in the area, and releases Pain Enhancing Chemical.
If your finger joint pain has been around a while, chronic inflammation causes to do some things that aren't so good for you.
It makes you hurt more and more, it makes things tighter and tighter, it uses up various nutritional components, etc.
It's a Downward Spiral of increasing pain and increasing tightness.
Inflammation in and of itself isn't bad, but it causes problems in the short and long run.
Depending on your situation, it's very possible that there's nothing actually wrong with your finger joints, and that all you have to do is get the pain enhancing chemical out to be pain free.
Even if you had an impact injury, strain or sprain, that 'injury' may be fully healed but the inflammation can still be in place years and decades later.
You still want to find out WHY inflammation is happening in the first place, but first thing's first....get rid of the pain.
Finger Joint Pain