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booboos
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   Posted 9/19/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Here i go again. Does anyone have painful fingers - sort of like arthritis? I mean, if I press the sides of my knuckles on several fingers, it hurst like heck. I know when I was going through the MS testing, I was checked for RA (at least I'm pretty sure - it was several years ago), so I was wondering if anyone else has this problem. I also have the same pain on the insides of my elbows and knees, but I just noticed the finger pain a few weeks ago. - feels bruised.
 
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Baybreeze
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   Posted 9/19/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi,

I get episodes of sometimes very severe pain in some of my fingers; I told my Rheum about it, he looked at my hands/fingers and said he didn't see any swelling. The knuckle areas throbbed & ached, though sometimes I got some really seeminly sharp, sudden pains in there. I was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibro, but I am not so sure that I have Fibro. I have heard prednisone makes Fibro worse....but when I take Pred, I feel like a new woman! And I am even taking Lyrica right now for nerve pains; Lyrica has recently been approved to treat Fibro as well....but it's not doing anything for any pains I have at or near any of my joints, nor doing anything for my spasms. So the Lyrica is only helping my nerve pains. The only thing is, I am beginning to wonder if the finger pains I get might also be nerve related and come to think of it, i've not had pains in my fingers since taking Lyrica. Those pains would be so bad sometimes, it would wake me up at night. I also have OA in my spine, hips, and ankles; and I have something else going on in my sacroiliac area and entire pelvic girdle, which aches deeply all the time. And the Lyrica is helping none of those pains, so I don't think it's Fibro related either.

My Rheum checked my fingers, saw no swelling, and also checked the range of motion in each finger. He did not think I had finger arthritis at all...but didn't say what else it might possibly be. Aside from that, maybe you'd want to request some x-rays to look into it?


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   Posted 9/19/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Baybreeze,
 
I too get pain in my fingers and the joints of my hands.  A lot of times when I try to open and close my hands it feels like there should be swelling there but I dont see swelling. And when I press on my hands they almost feel bruised.  I also have trouble with the joints of my feet hurting too and I do believe this is fibro related.  I am also on Lyrica and that helps some with the hand and foot pain,same for other all over stiffness and muscle ache.  I was tested for arthritis and it came back negative so my doc thinks this is all fibro related since fibro involves any and all connective tissues.  I was getting that horrible heel pain ppl were talking about and thought I had that planters thing going on but it wasnt so another thing to chalk up to fibro.  I have some days I can barely move from the joint pain and others were I feel fine so who knows?  crazy disease.
 
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   Posted 9/21/2008 3:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes,

The arthritis foundation offers gentle exercise classes world wide. their finger exercises on land and in water have helped me.

Donnaeil

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   Posted 9/21/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
It does sound like there is some arthritis going on in your hands. Try to keep them moving.

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Marlee2
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   Posted 9/21/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have painful hands. I do have osteoarthritis in some joints and I seem to be getting more all the time. Some of my joints are enlarged but not red and swollen. I don't know if fibro intensifies the pain of the OA or not since I didn't have the arthritis until after I got fibro.
 
I know the cold is so painful on my hands.
 
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Miss Magnolia
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   Posted 9/21/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to my Rheumy last week and he wants to test the nerves in my hands.  They go numb and are really painful.  I think he is testing me for Carpel Tunnel, but in my Fibro book, (which I must have left at work) I read that a large number of people who have Fibro and then are diagnosed with Carpel and end up having surgery, the surgery does nothing to help them. The problem was Fibro all along. 
 
You know how it's hard to explain to family, co-workers and people in general about this disease because they think you are crazy?  Well Fibro is enough to make you think you are crazy. And that's how I feel sometimes. I am also on Lyrica the "new wonder drug" that everyone is on these days that have been diagnosed with Fibro, and my fingers are so swolen. Lately, I really don't say too much to anyone, it's gotten to where I am tired of hearing it myself. Have I grown accustomed to Fibro? smilewinkgrin   
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 9/21/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have painful hands and fingers and do not have arthritis.  They freeze when I close my hand in a fist and pop when I open my hand.  I have several fingers that I will have to slowly, manually straighten out sometimes and that hurts like crazy.  Some days it's better than other days but there is no swelling.  I just get the swelling in my toes.  That goes away, too.  Crazy, huh?
 
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SeaFoamTears
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   Posted 9/21/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Do have tingling or loss of feeling in your fingertips? Do your fingers/toes change colours when it is cold? Are you extremely cold sensitive?

You may have Reynaud's Disease. I have fibro with Reynaud's (other stuff, too) My fingers and toes get open sores during the winter, they start as tiny bruises under the skin. The last two winters in a row, beginning in October didn't clear till March.
They keep me on antibiotics and prednisone when it starts.

Please keep a watch for these symptoms, in extreme cases you can lose your fingers and toes.

It's also very easy to burn yourself with loss of feeling in your tips.

Miss Magnolia
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   Posted 9/21/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a good friend with Reynaud's and it's not like that.

It's really scary to see her fingers turn white and she will put them under warm water. She doesn't get it as badly as you do. I am so sorry SeaFoam, I hope you have a better winter this year.
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KerriH
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   Posted 9/22/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yes - my hands and fingers hurt constantly (and, often, my toes and tops of my feet). They get creaky a lot of the time, and sometimes individual fingers will hurt more than others. Because of this, I wondered if I had RA too. But, I don't. My rheumatologist has confirmed it to be part of Fibro.

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mamakitty
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   Posted 9/22/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Pam

I also have osteoarthritis and my fingers hurt most all the time, the worst thing i can do is bump them from the side, if i squeeze the knuckle it is very painful and it is also hard to type so it takes me a while.

My knees and ankles and feet are also affected, oh yes and they do swell up in the morning i have to spend alittle time working to bend my fingers to get moving asthey are so swollen. The hardest is in the winter they feel so cold it feels like it is in the bones and i soak my hand in warm water and the heat does not even touch it, i hope you do not get it like that.

 

 


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moshannon
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   Posted 9/29/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I have these symptoms as well - my knuckles feel bruised. Shaking hands is out of the question, and I am constantly bumping my fingers and causing pain. The pain is on the sides of the knuckles. No apparent swelling, but they feel swollen. I have two nodes so far that have formed on the knuckles of 2 fingers. I'm negative for all RA markers, including CCP and CRP, and also negative for gout, lupus, etc. My rheumatologist has diagnosed "Inflammatory Osteoarthritis" aka "Erosive Osteoarthritis" - affects the hands most, but also feet and hips and knees, is much more common in women, and usually shows up around menopause age (!). My hands are the worst, affecting the finger joints near the fingernail, and the middle joints, but not the big knuckles at the base of the fingers. I've also had problems with probable cartilage pieces breaking off and interfering with my hip and knee joints.

Inflammatory Osteoarthritis usually turns into regular osteoarthritis a few years later. My mother had similar symptoms when she was a few yrs older than I am - and she says it was very painful, and my sister has a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis.

leemadd
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   Posted 9/29/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
To whom posted about the open sore from Reynauds. My friend and her sister both have it the one had an open sore. It ended up as an infection went to the bone and she had to have her finger removed please be very careful. The Dr told her she should see him for any open sore on her fingers. I to get pain in my fingers and toes the Dr told me that I probabaly have Reynauds as well It is very common in Fibro patients.

crankypoet
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   Posted 10/3/2008 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone --

was reading the boards and came across this thread. I noticed several of the posters listed Synthroid in their medication groups and I wondered if y'all had heard about the carpel tunnel/hypothyroid connection. I've been hypothyroid for 10 years and I've had atrocious flare-ups of pain in my fingers, palms and wrists as well as my toes, soles of my feet and ankles (this delightful phenomenon is known as tarsal tunnel syndrome). Last time i was hit with a severe bout of this, I had to crawl to the door to let the cat out! Anyway, word from my endocrinologist and a quick Google search informed me that hypothyroidism and carpel/tarsal tunnel go hand in hand (no pun intended). Seems the edema that can afflict those with hypothyroidism mashes the nerves, strains the muscles, etc. The condition is not just caused by repetitive motion. Seems the edema does not have to be dramatic to do its dirty work. Could this be the case with some of your particular symptoms? Just wanted to share some information. I hope everyone has a restful night and a happy day.

Southernlady
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   Posted 10/3/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have more pain in my hands and feet than anywhere else.  I do have osteoarthritis over most of my body, but my hands and top of my feet suffer the most. 
 
Moshannon, welcom and I'm glad to hear from you.  It looks like we share a name.
 
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Julie the Artist
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   Posted 9/22/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pam.....regarding your post below, I know it was a long time ago but you decribed MY SYMPTOMS that I have been suffering from for a while now and I was wondering if you ever found out what you were suffering from, and what treatment you had (and did it help)?

Kind regards, Julie

Posted 9/19/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -6)
Here i go again. Does anyone have painful fingers - sort of like arthritis? I mean, if I press the sides of my knuckles on several fingers, it hurst like heck. I know when I was going through the MS testing, I was checked for RA (at least I'm pretty sure - it was several years ago), so I was wondering if anyone else has this problem. I also have the same pain on the insides of my elbows and knees, but I just noticed the finger pain a few weeks ago. - feels bruised.

kathydownunder
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   Posted 9/22/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from the sore fingers, I have had the xrays you name it for me it is just the fibro.
It is not constant it hurts a lot more on cool days, this morning just straighten them hurts, then after I straighten them the pain is a 5or 6 for a short period of time. Mine is in the muscels around my fingers just touching them leads to a lot of pain
I hate to shake anyones hands, if the have a tight hand shake the pain is unbearable

Kathy

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   Posted 9/22/2010 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I always have pain in my fingers. I do have carpal tunnel and tennis elbow though. The best thing that I have ever noticed that helps TREMENDOUSLY is copper braclets. Not the ones that are the magnetic kind, but true through and through copper. There is a mineral that is in copper that helps. I notice that it even helps with my wrists and knees as well. I played soccer for 5 years, when I was younger of course, so my knees are really bad with arthritis. The copper braclets are hard to find now, but I do think that I have a couple extra ones laying around so if you can't find any let me know and I would be happy to mail them to you. I have been wearing mine since 1996 and I can even notice when I have to take them off for a surgery or what not. I never take mine off. They will turn your wrists a little green at first or sometimes if you are typing too much, but that is just the minerals working. Hope this helps a little, but like I said if you can't find any let me know.
 
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   Posted 9/22/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
about 8 months ago I developed pain in the top joints of both my middle fingers (the birds are injured :-) And I mentioned this to my rheumie b/c I've had pain for years in my wrists and hands but not the fingers - stiffness in the fingers and locking of the joints at times - but not pain until 8 months ago. My rheumie told me that it was the fibro (my tests are neg for RA) he says that pain can go to areas besides just the trigger points.
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MsBunky
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   Posted 9/23/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Pam,

yes, I have the same thing as you - pain in the joints of my fingers and difficulty bending them, especially in the morning or after a long nap. I also occasionally get this thing where it feels like the joint of my finger is "jammed" - it hurts like crazy, like maybe a nerve is pinched. I actually went to ER one day for it, because I thought I'd broken my finger. X-rays showed up normal, so I don't know what it was. It sure hurts though so you have my sympathy.

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nugentprod
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   Posted 7/9/2012 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
This is exactly what I am experienceing right now. Did you ever get a diagnosis for this?


moshannon said...
I have these symptoms as well - my knuckles feel bruised. Shaking hands is out of the question, and I am constantly bumping my fingers and causing pain. The pain is on the sides of the knuckles. No apparent swelling, but they feel swollen. I have two nodes so far that have formed on the knuckles of 2 fingers. I'm negative for all RA markers, including CCP and CRP, and also negative for gout, lupus, etc. My rheumatologist has diagnosed "Inflammatory Osteoarthritis" aka "Erosive Osteoarthritis" - affects the hands most, but also feet and hips and knees, is much more common in women, and usually shows up around menopause age (!). My hands are the worst, affecting the finger joints near the fingernail, and the middle joints, but not the big knuckles at the base of the fingers. I've also had problems with probable cartilage pieces breaking off and interfering with my hip and knee joints.

Inflammatory Osteoarthritis usually turns into regular osteoarthritis a few years later. My mother had similar symptoms when she was a few yrs older than I am - and she says it was very painful, and my sister has a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis.
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FibroMomof4
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   Posted 7/11/2012 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Painful fingers and toes and feet.. Yup I am right there... had all of the tests for RA and Osteoarthritis.. Came back negative. Have an appointment with the Rhumy today.. Hopefully there is something new I can try, I feel like my body is falling apart.

Good luck to you guys.

rachelism
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   Posted 7/18/2012 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello there..i am new here. I have bad pains on my left middle and ring fingers and did all scans came back negative. (But my doctor didnt put me to scan for hand)

The pain started 2months ago and never go away. I went to my neurologisr and diagnosed with fibro.
I can feel my right hand start to have tingling sensation but i hope it doesnt go as bad as left ones.

My doctor put me on Lyrica for 2 months. It somehow controls the pain but i still feel it. The pain can stay for 2-3days and goes away for another 1-2 days. Days without pain was great, i can move my fingers around.
Days with pain are horrible i have to hold my palm in awkward position to decrease pain.

Other than this i am all healthy, 26 female. Recovered from neuroralgia 2 years ago.

I hope someone with same sympthom as mine can contact me. I wish someone understanding the pain to talk to..what should i do for this pain

borboleta
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   Posted 2/26/2013 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm so sorry Rachelism... i thought it was bad and i'm 46, you at 26...i cannot start to phantom it. i just hope it goes away, i hope it for you, for all of us. I feel the same in my hands now, i didn't use to feel it on my hands. It was mostly my arms, my back and neck. Hands is new, it came about after trying to remove caulk off the sink. i keep saying if only i hadn't done it, but it would probably come about anyway. I just want to cry all the time now, feeling it in my hands seems to be worse than anything else, but i guess i'll get used to it. Muscle relaxers help with my back, etc, but not the hands. Lyrica gave me an awful allergy reaction. Its been 7 years of hell now, tried every single medication out there. Trying iodine supplements and magnesium now. I'll let you know if anything improves. I wish i could tell how to cope with it, i'm still trying to do that myself. be brave and lean on love.
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