Spasms in hands and feet

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/22/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to the support group.  I was diagnosed with RA in December 07. I am on 12.5 mg of methotrexate once a week since then.  I have not gotten any better so now my rhemy has suggested a clinical trial as I do not have health insurance.  I lost my job and my buried father in the same week.  So far 2008 has not been the best for me. Also my shoulders hurt so bad that I can barely pull a shirt over my head.  Everyone of my joints hurt several times a week and sleep is at a mininum.  Just started in Ultram as well.  I have had prednisone in the past as well as cortisone shots. Lately, I have been having spasms in my hands and feet causing them to freeze, also muscle twitching in my thumbs.  Has this occurred with anyone else? 

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 499
   Posted 4/23/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

Just wanted to welcome you to the forum...I'm sorry that you are suffering so!  I have RA as well, diagnosed right about a year ago now.  I know how frustrating the whole process can be, waiting until the docs can find the best treatment for you.  But, it does seem to take a while.  I can't say that I have ever had the spasms that you are talking about...have you mentioned them to your doc?  I'm sure some others will come along with their input...but as for me, I think it would be good to mention this to your doctor.  When do you go in for your next appt?

I am so sorry about your job and the loss of your've had a really tough time!

Take care, Jody


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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 4/23/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry you have been having such a tough time. I know nobody other than me likes prednisone but it sure sounds like you could use some. My rhuemy just started me on mtx and she said it takes months to make a difference and she wants me on 15mgs eventually. (Many people actually take more so maybe it isn't time to give up on it yet).
As for clinical trials only you can decide that. Sometimes they are a wonderful way to get great treatment for free. Sometimes you are in the control group and usually that means you get an established treatment for free. Sometimes it means you are the experiment and there is not a lot known about possible side effects.

Oh by the way-I have not had spasms in my hands but when my left elbow became inflamed it would spasm and freeze up everytime I moved it. My GP gave me prednisone and a referal to a rhuemy and the pred cleared it up in two days. I would definetly tell my doc about the symptoms-they can't treat what they don't know about.

New Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 4/23/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both so much for your kind words. I am working through this tough time with the grace of God.

My rheumy says it is Carpopedal spasms. She states it can happen sometimes when you have RA. I have to take a muscle relaxer to ease it. They happen at the worst times, like when I am driving or sleeping. I was just curious to see if anyone else has experienced it and if they had any suggestions on what can be done other than taking the muscle relaxer.

I did decide to do the trial because of the possible free treatment. Since I do not have a job, I figured this would save me some money until I become employed again.

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