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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 7/19/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I am 49 years old and was dx with unspecified connective tissue disease about 4 years ago. I also have Hashimoto's, Raynauds and high blood pressure. I had carpal tunnel surgery on both of my wrists within the past 4 months. I have noticed since having the surgery, and I think is is completely unrelated, that my hands and fingers have begun to swell and are very painful, especially my thumbs. My right wrist is very stiff and painful as well as my right shoulder. My neck has been consistently stiff as well. It's miserable to sleep at night I am so sore...sort of like I was beat up. My doctor recently put me on Planaquill (?sp.) which I have only taken the last 3 days. I know it will take some time to see if this will help. What information can others share with me???? Has diet helped at all? All information and help anyone can share would be greatfully appreciated.

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   Posted 7/21/2011 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
It takes plaquenil about 3 months to reach it's full effect. I also had swelling hands, neck, shoulder and hip pain. I've not had carpal tunnel though. Talk to your doctor and see if you can take another med to help with pain until the plaquenil kicks in. Good luck to you. They are thinking I might have UCTD as well but aren't totally sure of my diagnosis!
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