Is this arthritis?

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 10/1/2007 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all. I have problems with my hands. When I was 20 I worked a shovel for 4 years, I would palm the tip of the spade where the tip was in the center of my hand and I would chip away at whatever I was digging in that fasion. After working there for just a few months, I quickly had problems. My forearms would hurt and my hands would cramp up and become very stiff, especially during sleep. Ever since then I have to shake my hands out after typing or writting or even steering for a while. Now, at 30 I have a job where I pull heavy cages into a trailer with my hands in a hooked position. The pain in my hands came back big time. Now, I have to flex them when I wake up and it takes a full 10 seconds to open and close them. After a while it gets back to normal, but Im still worried. Any thoughts?
My name is Jerry. I was diagnosed with U.C. in early 2007. I am 30, single and no kids.
I am currently taking 4 Lialda pills a day and 30 mg of Prednisone temporarily.
Also I take:Propecia(hair loss), Trentenoin(acne), Paxil(depression), Allegra(allergies), Advair&albuterol(asthma), multi-vitamins, b-complex, flax oil.
I eat a vegan diet.

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 10/1/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
hi jerry, sounds like something is going on in your hands , like my doc says pain is not normal....... i think it is worth asking your doc to run some blood work and maybe xrays if possible. i noticed you are on 30 mg ofprednisone. has that ever taken the edge off your pain????? keep us postedand welcome to HW! yally

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   Posted 10/13/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jerry,I agree you do need to see a doctor and if he/she think you need a Rheumy they will reffer you to one and then the Rheumy will exam you and do blood work and also do what they call a 16 point check to rule out RA and other's.I think you get the picture.I hope that you find some relief from your hands.I would like to say this though when my hands start hurting and throbing and get that burning pain I have found that if I put my hands under the hottest water I can stand it eases them up,so you might want to try this and see if it will give you some relief.

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   Posted 10/13/2007 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jerry.. how are you doing? Have you seen/talked to a doc about this hand pain? Hang in there and let us know how you are doing.. take good care.. Duck
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

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