joints swell with pressure

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 12/17/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I saw a rheumatologist a few weeks ago for some joint pain and swelling that I have been having. I don't have a diagnosis yet, but the dr said it was probably either RA or arthritis associated with my Crohn's disease.

about the same time that I saw the dr, I started on humira for my Crohn's and almost all of the swelling and pain has gone away.

However, I have noticed that if I place a lot of pressure on a joint it swells. For example, I had a project a few weeks ago where I had to cut with scissors a lot and my thumb joint swelled and got tender where the scissors hit it. And then this past weekend I typed a paper and the bottom inside of my palm got swollen where I rested it on the table. This swelling only lasts for a few days and then goes away.
So my question is does anyone else experience this? Is it common in all arthritis or RA or something else?
Dx Crohn's 12/02 at age 14
Blood clot in right leg 12/06, another on brain 10/07
currently on humira, coumadin

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/19/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I also have Crohn's and Crohn's-related arthritis and am on Humira.  I have joints that swell in the winter but I noticed after using my hands a lot last weekend to peel off old caulk and put new down, that my hand that was squeezing the caulk tube swelled up in two different places.  I just think it's related to the arthritis, but with all of my problems, who knows?  

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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