Can this be arthritis?

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RA+CDhouse
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   Posted 3/27/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I just hopped over from the Crohn's board (hubby has fistulizing crohn's and has just begun remicade).
 
I am wondering about some symptoms I am having however:  weird pain/ache/throbbing/sometimes prickly feelings in my finger joints; can't really close my fist very well, this is in both hands; sometimes they feel "hot" too; rings so tight they hurt.
 
Knees bothering me too; when I go to get up, they are stiff.  Feet have the same feeling in them as the fingers, but not as much.
 
This is going on all day; usually worse at night, after using my hands all day.
 
I would say this has been  going on for about 3 weeks; motrin doesn't help at all.
 
Any insights?
 
TIA,
 
--newcrohn'swife 
Learning can only happen when a child is interested.  If he's not interested, it's like throwing marshmallows at his head and calling it eating.  Make him interested!


lavendar
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   Posted 3/27/2008 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
newcrohn'wife:

I will certainly try to keep track of this post. I just sat down a few minutes ago and realized my hands felt as if they were tingling . I feel as if I have just peeled a sack of roasted , hot chili peppers , they are burning so bad. Washed dishes in cold water to relieve the burning. My hands just feel as if they are on fire. I do have arthritis, degenerative , and osteoperosis , as well as another type. Don't know if this is a symptom .
I just went to the podiotrist on monday, my heel on my right foot was hurting so bad. He gave me a cortisone shot and I have to return later today Friday to discuss what my options are . Since he says both of my feet are totally messed up. I may require surgery.
Started from the feet up ,sort of. My knees have been in loss of cartaliage for a long time now and my lower back also just hurts all the time now. about three months ago I found out about the osteoperosis and was sent for a re-clast infusion. Don't know if it has worked yet. Think I have to waite a year before another bone density test. Hope we find out about the burning symptoms. june

teddybearweiser
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   Posted 3/28/2008 2:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I think you need to see a Rheumy doctor. I also have Crohn's I am on Remicade and I was also diagnosed with Osteo-Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007
 


sjkly
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   Posted 3/28/2008 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Those symptoms could be arthritis I agree you need to see a rhuemotologist. The sooner you address this the better if it is any type of arthritis but esspeccially if it is RA.
Sj

curley
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   Posted 3/28/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,You could very well have a form of arthritis and I would surgest that you talk with your PCP and tell him/her what is going on and get a refferral to a Rheumy.I hope that you get to feeling better.
Curley
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lavendar
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   Posted 3/29/2008 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I suppose newchroneswife may need to be checked for RA. I've been checked for that twice already and don't have that one yet. june

Ducky
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   Posted 3/29/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tia.. welcome to the arthritis forum! You said you've been experiencing this for the past 3 weeks? Like everyone else has said, you should go see a rheummy or talk to your primary care doc about the symptoms that you're having.. Have you tried Advil? Its a little stronger than motrin and may help in the interim.. also try heat and/or ice.. anything that makes your joints feel better.. Please keep us posted on how you are doing!
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RA+CDhouse
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   Posted 3/30/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the replies everyone!  It is as I suspected, everyone agrees I should be checked out, LOL.  I wonder if the rheummy my hubby is going to go se on the 15th will give us a 2-for-1 special?
 
And, super duper DUH--I work for a rheumatologist, he doesn't see patients anymore, and I usually don't like to ask for too much free advice, but sometimes...
 
I asked him what to do and if it would hurt to try some of my hubby's unused celebrex script that he wrote for him.  He said to see someone; he looked at and he felt my hands, asked me a few questions.
 
So, I will be seeing my primary to get things rollling; are there some tests I should have the primary to order?  I am thinking that I'll get my primary to order the tests, and pending the results, get to a rheumatologist and have some of the work already done.
 
Thanks again for all the replies.
 
--newcrohnswife
Learning can only happen when a child is interested.  If he's not interested, it's like throwing marshmallows at his head and calling it eating.  Make him interested!


lavendar
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   Posted 3/30/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I think your making a good choice, by getting labs first . Thats all the RA did to try and diagnose me. They just look at the labs and can tell by looking. The only thing they had me do was answer questions, walk on my toes, walk on my heels, look at my knuckles. That was basically it. If I'm not mistaken they do ANA 1 and ANA 2 to diagnose autoimune diseases. june

sjkly
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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
ANA is only positive in a percentage of people. Your rhuemy will want CRP, SED, RF, and maybe protein electropherese (sp). Your Rhuemy is also going to repeat anything your primary does which is okay becasue repeat labs can show trends.
Sj
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