well hon, the clibbing of the fingers i would bet my bippie is from smoking & asthma! clubbing manifests as a result of oxygenation problems (Flopsie....better be checkin'on me! )
RA can effect EVERY joint, plus the small veins around the joints, ligaments and all the tissues too.
are you on a treatment that helps the RA like Enbrel, Humira or Remicade or something?
when i overuse my hands...they're pretty impossible to use the next day.
i would request a letter of disability from your doc stating that you have an arthritic disorder. i did it for school....just so THEY KNOW, and to cover my butt. it's good to have ya know? it's proof.
i developed heart & lung complications as a long term result from having RA untreated for so long. but keeping all appts & xrays and all should keep a close watch on everything.
vent back soon!
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures. MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions; Intra-articular knee injections; Imuran; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Meclizine; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid; Avinza and too many others.