If you have any advice or knowledge about this matter, please reply. Thanks in advance!
We are having waves of "cold" fronts come thru - Houston, so just goes from 90 to 85 to 80 and on down this weekend! They are making my hands just so swollen and so burning and so hurting!!! :<
I am on 2 prednisones in am, 2 relafens in pm, Skelaxin (muscle relaxer) and Tramadol (light pain med), and a new one for me, Sulfasalazine 2 ea.x 2 day. And I still hurt in my hands, wrists and arms.
Do you think that if I call my Rheumy dr. that she would give me a prednisone shot? Just to get me over the hump and make it not hurt so much. I must keep going, to watch after my dad tomorrow, otherwise, I would be in bed with ice or heat. Is there anything else, that yall know of that has an immediate effect???
Sorry I dont know any answers to ur other question but i have arthritis in my hands and i find that in cold wheather when they are sore I soak them in warm water and this seems to help. Or use something called radion B in the water which also helps. Another thing that can help is having a hot water bottle and rest ur hands on it.
Hope this helps, sorry i cudnt answer ur other questions!
Thanks for replying and giving me info on what you do. I do not have a hot water bottle, but do have a rice sock that I heat in the microwave. I might try that tomorrow. I also have a heating pad, but do not know if it will work for my hands. I guess I wont know til I try!
I have not gone to my dr. yet, or called her (rheumy dr.). I will call on Mon., to see about getting a shot. That helps for a few weeks. I upped my Prednisone from 2 to 3 per day, but so far with all these cold fronts coming thru, that did not help.
I have the same problem with my hands and I am going to ask the Dr. tomorrow to give me a shot into my knuckles where it is swelled. I will let you know if it helps as I have never done it before. Hang in there. I iknow it is painful.
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I did get a shot and it helped for a few days. Now another front, tonight and they (my hands) are puffed up again. My Rheumy Dr. upped my Sulfasalazine, from 2 ea, 2 x day, to 3 ea, 2 x day. She said this last medicine, takes about 1 month to work. So, hopefully I will feel better in a few weeks! I will believe it when I see it.
I guess that I really should get out my ice bag or my frozen bags of peas!!! That does help the swelling go down.
Babyboomer, I never have gotten shots in my knuckles. Always in my behind!