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Posted by Janie on January 09, 2000 at 23:35:41:

In Reply to: finger joint pain posted by kperk on January 09, 2000 at 13:48:23:

: I'm a 43 yr old female, post-menopausal, who has gradually, over the past two months or so, had severe
: pain in
: my finger joints, especially of my right hand(I'm right handed). Three months ago, I began doing some
: work at home using my hands (sandblasting). Using splints at night has helped me sleep without
: being awakened with tingling or pain, but it now has affected me even during the day. Upon
: awakening I am stiff all over and my hands barely function. Looking at my finger joints now, it
: is obvious that the knuckle joints on my right hand are quite a bit larger that those on my left.
: Does Fibromyalgia cause the physical changes such as this or would it more likely be arthritis?
: Or could carpal tunnel do this? I experience some pain and stiffness in other joints as well. This
: is baffling me, because I've been healthy and active 'til now and this seems to have happened
: fairly quickly and seems to be progressing quickly as well. Any suggestions? I can barely open
: jars anymore, and typing this even causes a lot of aching. Thanks for any help. I'm clueless!

Hi.I don't want to scare you,but that is exactly how it happened to me.I was healthy,active,working as a nurses aide in home health care as I had done for the past 15 years.(I am 49 now)Two years ago I started having problems with my finger joints,then wrists,then every joint I have.Within 4 months I couldn't work and haven't since.That was 2 years ago.I went to the doctor and at the time,I didn't have a rheumatoid factor,so ,over the next year I went to about 12 different doctors trying to find out what was wrong with me.Finally,I was sent to a rheumatologist and by that time I had a factor of 863!I hope it is something else with you,but I advise you to see a rheumatologist.I do also have carpal tunnel syndrome,but they say it's caused by the arthritis.Good Luck to you,Janie

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