Hi all. I'm sorry I'm so terrible about keeping up with everyone here. I do check in every once in a while, and I'm familiar with many of your stories. I must admit that I"m much more of a lurker these days. In any case, I believe my raynaud's has been getting much worse this year. The pain in my fingertips has increased 10-fold, and when I'm cold (especially outside, but inside too), my fingertips swell something fierce. I have the pitting edema, where the flesh at the tip of all of my fingers including thumbs will stay indented for quite a while after depressing it. I was reading about special raynaud gloves and I was wondering if anyone here had heard of these or ever used them.
I've gotten to the point that even having my fingers exposed while I work on the computer (at work with a temperature of 74 degrees) will cause pain and stiffness, although not a full-scale raynaud's attack. But I figure if I can keep them warm, then perhaps I can prevent future damage.
Anyone have any experience to share?
Thanks so much!
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex,Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan, zyrtec, zegerid, aciphex