Can hand OA flare like RA?
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Posted 6/4/2019 9:06 PM (GMT -6)
In Sept. last (2018), I had what I can only describe as a “flare” of the OA in my hands. My fingers got stiff, my hands ached like crazy, and I felt as if I could do nothing for myself- not cook, not feed myself, not go up and down the stairs, not take the trash bins out. This lasted for maybe 4 days, then resolved. I saw a rheumatologist who ran a whole series of tests, none of which were sufficient to dx RA. I started wearing spica thumb splints I had from years before when I was doing lots of computer mouse work. Since I’ve been wearing the splints (often at night with a rt arm brace), I haven’t had any problems with my hands.
What did I experience? Does hand and wrist OA flare like RA?
Posted 6/5/2019 11:41 AM (GMT -6)
Hi Pleyel & welcome to Healing Well. Absolutely OA will have flare ups, this is very common. Many things can play a role in causing these, over use & temperature changes to name just a couple. These can just happen out of the blue. Some people can manage with an OTC NSAID. If that doesn't work there is always prescription medications depending on the severity of the symptoms. When mine gets out of hand, my dr prescribes Voltaren gel for me.
It's a matter of trying various things to find which helps the most. Take care.
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Posted 6/5/2019 11:46 AM (GMT -6)
Thx for your response. No one, not even my PCP, told me that a severe OA flare was possible. I’m pretty sure now that that was the problem.