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artpainter
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   Posted 6/3/2006 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
sad  my arthritis is really progressing rapidy:esp. in my left hand(now in my right);can't each chords anymore on guitar & fingers aren't strong enough anyway to play;this has happened quite gradually i thought;in my poor old tennis-knees;but this finger, hand thing i have just noticed for about 2 months;alarming...very. nothing conventional is helping so far...glucosamine chondrite, etc; what KIND of (sorry, Peter;i am not shouting,it's for emphasis..or should i underline?...yes, you are right; i shall underline next time, ok? please, i can't type fast enough to type all his over right now)...but _~~~what kind of arthritis is this? i would appreciate it if anyone has any ideas. thanks!! also, & this is funny...guess which finger it is? Rt. hand...& no i did not wear it out!  love & hugs, painter

curley
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   Posted 6/4/2006 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Painter Hi,I'am sorry that you are having problems with your Arthritis.I'm trying to understand better,do you mean that your finger want bend are you having pin's and needles and is you finger swollen?Sorry for all the question's but trying to help you out.I would like to ask as well does you hand's hurt really bad and nothing is helping to ease the pain?I have RA,OA and AS but I'm by means a Doctor but I would guess that you have either Ra or OA.Have you been to see a Rheumatolagist?If not you need to see one and that you get tested and fiquer out what typ of arthritis you have and put on the right med's.I do hope you get some relief soon.
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Annuk
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   Posted 6/4/2006 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Artpainter,

I usually post on Migraine but I noticed your post on my travels. My sister has what you are describing - I am not sure that it is related to arthritis, but it maybe. It is called 'trigger finger' and is more common than you think.

The good news is that it can be dealt with, you must talk to your doctor about it and you may get referred on. My sister had a very small operation on it (this is used as a last resort) and although it is not perfect for her she very rarely gets the pain with it now.

Let me know how you get on, take care Ann.

bucci
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   Posted 6/4/2006 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Artpainterr.
I'm going to tell you this but not recommending it.

i have that tringer finger thing too. I think it is a result of the inteferon treatment
I did for Hep C.

My rhumatoidal factor went up to 108. I was in agony.

one doctor found through some testing that i was not producing enough cortisol.

he put me on hydrocortisone which is not the greatest thing for anyone, especially if
you have hep C. It will drive the viral load up even more.

But just to share that info. The cortosone got rid of the triger finger.
Also because my adrenal were so low I would go to the chicropactor and could not
hold and adjustment. When i was on the steroids it would be a great experience
with the chipractor. i had what appeared to be orn rotator cuff. Without the cortisone
I had minimal range of motion and couldn't get adjusted.
On the steroids they fixed it 90%.

I'm not recommending steroids but that's my story.


good luck to you

bucci

artpainter
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   Posted 6/6/2006 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
eyes   eyes :-) hi, curly;thanks for reading my post on arthiritis; sad i can't believe how fast it is progressing;alarming...& thanks hopeforme, for telling me what it is;trigger finger? geeze;just what i(we all) need now huh...when i see my pp she will probably send me to a specialist..i HATE that, but it's usually whatshe does;i was on steroids for crohns yrs ago...doc forgot & left me on for over20 months, so now i have to take phosomax for osteoporosis,,,anyway, thanks guys for the valuable input;buci,ann, curly & hopeforme...you allare thepeople i want for friends;i just love this place...stillbut i will get a shot for it;unfortunate about the finger it is;the 1 on the left hand..you know bird flipping...& all of you...tc, thanks...humm, trigger finger;nasty thing...many hugs,,,love ya, painter tc

RandomDave
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   Posted 6/9/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Howdy artpainter, I copied a post I made the other day in someone else's thread, might help you out...

Hi...I have trigger finger of the middle finger of my right hand, so it makes flipping people off kind of inconvenient. My rheumatologist said it's caused by arthritic nodules against the tendon, usually higher up on the palm side of the hand. The nodule sort of pins the tendon down so when you try to bend the finger, or I guess thumb in your case it just doesn't work. My short term fix was to kinda squeeze the joint that doesn't seem to bend on both sides with the fingers of my other hand. For me, it made moving the finger a little less painful. The other thing my rheumy wanted me to do before I got a cortisone shot was to get a sort of semi-soft ball and just kind of squeeze it while I was watching tv or whatever. That did the trick and I didn't need the cortisone shot. I guess the "excercise" breaks down the nodule. it does come back now and then, but I just get out the ball and it goes back to right pretty quick, and more importantly, I'm back to flipping people off like a pro! Good luck!
-SLE, Psoriatic Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

-Current meds: Plaquenil (200mg, twice per day), Sulfasalazine (500mg 3 times daily) NSAID du jour (twice daily)


artpainter
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   Posted 6/9/2006 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  dear,dear random dave;i think i love u!!thanks so much for advicere;soft ball...iit's already helping me! mine IS my middle finger, left hand)i'm ambidexterous, can devil flip of with either hand hahaheehee). such talent, huh! eyes eyes eyes i thank u so much & am very glad u r back to professional flipping off! thanks again!!!!hugs from painter;hope we can talk sometime ...i think we'd laugh a LOT!! :-) later, i hope

RandomDave
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   Posted 6/9/2006 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Heylo, glad it did something for you, hopefully it keeps working. I'll take a simple solution over a pill or a shot and nine thousand blood tests anyday! My rheumatologist first told me that if it didn't go away by next appointment she would give me a shot, but it was super irritating and i didn't think i could wait two months, so i asked her to refer me to someone who could just cut it off (the finger) because it's not like I could use it or anything. Then she started talking about the ball and showing me how to do the excercise. It's kind of sad that sometimes you have to request an amputation before you're taken seriously, but c'est la vie. She (my rheumy) doesn't really get my sense of humour, so she probably thinks I'm at least partially insane, but I'm okay with that. I usually think she's nuts too. talk to ya soon!
-SLE, Psoriatic Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

-Current meds: Plaquenil (200mg, twice per day), Sulfasalazine (500mg 3 times daily) NSAID du jour (twice daily)

Post Edited (RandomDave) : 6/9/2006 5:03:30 PM (GMT-6)


Hey Hubby
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   Posted 6/9/2006 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hopefully, not to repeat what RandomDave said, but here is some info that overlaps what has been said:

A trigger finger is a common problem that causes pain and catching. Tendons that help bend the fingers and thumb slide through a snug tunnel. Irritation as the tendons slip into the tunnel can cause the opening of the tunnel to become smaller, or the tendon to thicken so that it can't easily pass through the tunnel. As you try to straighten the finger, the tendon becomes momentarily stuck at the mouth of the tunnel then pops as the tendon slips past the tight area. This can cause pain and catching as you try to move the finger. Your doctor can diagnose the problem by talking with you and examining your hand. No X-rays or other testing are usually needed.

Just my two cents. Good luck.
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artpainter
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   Posted 6/9/2006 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
hey, dave & hubby
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
hey you guys, dave & hubby;i really appreciate your information& have started squeezing a sot, odd, filled with little ouund things ball;my finger has stuck only twict tonight..it had been doing it every tim i nade a fist or just bent it...thanks!!!! :-) :-) devil devil i'll be back to flippin w/both hands in no time! (if u read or hear about a woman killed for flipping someone off w/2 hands, don't send flowers, please;just say a simple prayer for all of us flippers out there!) i really do know my sense of humor is dark & not typical;don't care ...i laugh at what i think is funny & i love to make others laugh;sometimes, though, they dont get my humor at first(some never do...everything almost os fair game to me;politics, religion,...i'm irreverent, mostly;but i can be dam... funny, too;did some stand-up in college;course those kide were too drunk usually to kno & would laugh when i said "Hello"..ah, well,...thanks again guys;it really works, let's talk & joke sometime, ok?  tc  hugs, painter eyes eyes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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