Pinkies stiff and curled under, can't straighten

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cured4real?
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   Posted 5/10/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi--
Does anyone know what kind of disease, rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma or what that makes your pinkies/fingers remain slightly curved to where you can't straighten them all the way. The tissue under the skin is hard.  I didn't even notice it, thought it was from typing so much! Maybe this will help them find out what is wrong.
Love, Marji
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Ginny
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   Posted 5/11/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marji,
 
It could be either or both of those.  Has your rheumy seen this?  How long have you had this?  I'm pretty sure if it's RA, you'll have a lot of pain with it.  I don't think Scleroderma has pain associated with it.  Either way, you should definitely get it looked at. 
 
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   Posted 5/11/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Marji,
   I agree with Ginny. You should get it checked out. RA will cause pain from curling fingers. Take care and let us know what you find out.
                                                        Babs
 
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okie
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   Posted 5/11/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   

OUCHHHHHHHHHHHHH! that sounds terrible. I get arthritis that makes my thumb knucles swell and turn sideways but it goes away. Scleroderma can cause the tightening of the skin which can cause the curving of the finngers. Don't know if it's painful though. I'm am with the rest it needs to be looked at. The sooner the better. Also take a picture in case it changes before you can get it.

let us know

hugs carol


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cured4real?
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   Posted 5/11/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Okie Ginny and Babs--

I can't tell if its the top level of the skin. I had gained a lot of weight fast and thought it was water and the fingers just swollen, but when the Mayo rheumie looked at it, and he spent some time, he made me realize that it is like the tissue just beneath the top of the skin is hard and fused to the bone almost. There's been no pain, but I do have pain and heat in my thumbs, big toes and knees and now my left shoulder. I think the knees may be lupus like joint pain because the xrays werent that bad. My hands were done two years ago by my local rheumie and maybe I should call him, but was kind of wondering what the Mayo one was going to say. He didn't order an xray, my local one would've done one there in the office.  I have one finger that is crooked but was injured. I assumed the arthritis there was from the injury. I'm afraid this is a tissue problem like scleroderma or maybe a muscle atropy type thing. I thought RA made your joints really swell. Mine arent, though my knees do, my fingers and toes just hurt bad. The pinkies haven't hurt at all, didn't notice them. My other fingers feel a like they are getting it too a little. Hopefully it is not scleroderma, because I have tightening elsewhere. Thanks for the info. I wondered. Does stuff like polymyositis and nerve problems/myositis cause this in the hands? I wonder about that too. Oh well, they'll figure it out, I hope. I guess I need to exercise and try to straighten these fingers if I can and work them.

I hope you are are doing well. I'm really nauseaus on this mother's day. Happy mom's day to you all.


Love, Marji
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn

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