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Cracking and snapping

  • By Kateshandshurt

    I am waiting to see a rheumatologist but I thought I would ask here as it might be months before I have an appointment.

    Can ra cause joints and ligaments to snap and crack? I’m cracking and snapping everywhere, but the worst right now is the joints in my fingers.

    It’s worse when my hands heat up and swell and go very red.

    Thanks so much!

    Kate

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  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    HI Kate and welcome! I certainly hope you don’t have to wait months for an appointment! I can tell you that the “snap, crackle, pop” phenomenon you are experiencing may potentially be an RA issue. Noisy joints are a common complaint among our members, so please know you are not alone in this! I thought you might appreciate this piece on the topic of noisy joints — https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/whats-noise-joint-sounds-ra/. I hope it gives you some measure of comfort to know that you are not the only one dealing with this. And again, I sincerely hope you are able to see a rheumatologist very, very soon! Best of luck and thank you! Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.

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