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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Swollen Hands

06/26/2007

Question:

I have RA and it is pretty much under control. But my hands swell up. Not just the joints but the whole hand. Could that be my RA or could it have something to do with my high blood pressure?

Answer:

A lot of people say swollen when they mean painful. Which is it in this case? If painful, then the RA is not "pretty much under control". If just painless swelling, then there are all kinds of possibilities that would need to be looked into.

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Response by:

Irving  Kushner, MD Irving Kushner, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University