I just went to the Rheumy this week for a regular visit and was complaining about stiffness in my hands aand pain in several of my fingers, particularly in my thumbs. My fingers are hard to straghten, painfull to lay flat on a surface. When my hands are relaxed and least painfull they are curled nearly closed. When I wake up I have fingernail marks on my palms where my ring and pinky press into my hand. I have pain in the joint, but it is not particularly painful to the touch, so when the Rheumy squeezes the joint and asks me if that causes pain, I have to say no.
Except for my left thumb. When that one is touched it hurts, but she says that the pain is localized just below the joint, in the tendon. I don't remember injuring it at all, but that is what she asked about. I feel like the pain is in the joint. (the 2nd joint below the thumbnail)
Anyway, does the tendons stiffin up with progressing RA, causing the hands to curl in, or is this something totally diffrent to deal with?
Bipolar treatment-Lamictal, 200mg, Mood stabelizer, daily(main side effect: brain fog) Bipolar treatment-Cymbalta, 40mg, Antidepressant, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting, insominia) Anemia, Fatigue treatment- Iron supplement, 65mg, daily(main side effect: constipation) Insominia treatment- Ambien, 10mg, daily(main side effect: amnesia eppisodes between taking pill and falling asleep) Mania treatment- Alprazolam, .25mg, Very rarely(main side effect: fatigue, slowing of thoughts, depression of CNS, can't take ambien or vicodin when on it) RA treatment- Plaquenil, 400mg, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting) RA treatment- Methotrexate, 25mg, 1X weekly(main side effects: hair loss, stomach upset, mouth sores, sore muscles, fatigue, brain fog, compromised immune system, decreased Folic Acid absorption) GI upset treatment- Leucovorin Calcium, 10mg 1x weekly(main side effects: ?) Folic Acid defintioncy- Folic Acid, 1mg, daily(main side effects: ?) RA treatment- Prednisone, 8mg(and decreasing...)daily(main side effects: increased manic eppisodes, constipation, brain fog, bone density degeneration, compromised immune system) Multi-mineral Supplement (main side effects: constipation, GI upset) Constipation treatment- Docusate Sodium, 200mg, daily(main side effects:?) pain control- Motrin, 800mg, PRN Q6hours daily(main side effects: GI upset, decreased clotting) Pain Control- Vicodin, 5-500mg, PRN Q12hours regularly (main side effects: brain fog, fatigue)