Julie, Tenosynovitis is part of most AI diseases. Mine comes from Ankylosing Spondylitis and it is worst around my shoulders, knees and spine. In the past, I have had minor problems with it in my hands and it got bad across the top of my feet. I could barely walk then.
Now I am treating the AS with Enbrel and it has brought some relief. I also had the tendon in my R shoulder injected with a combo of Crtisone & Lidocaine. Some days I couldn't lift my arm to use my mouse! The Rheumy that I have been seeing is out of his mind and I won't be going back to him. We had agreed at first that I should try Humira or Remicade, but then he got a little nutty and changed his mind. I'm hoping that the next one I see will script
Humira. I need better relief from the pain.
You really should get to see a Pain Mgmt Doc. I have had several types of treatments that have really helped. Most recently was Radio Frequency "nerve blocks" to help the pain in my neck and shoulders. It has made an unbelievable difference.
I hope you find some relief soon.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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