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Posted by Stacey on January 11, 2000 at 10:37:42:

In Reply to: Re: finger joint pain posted by Janie on January 09, 2000 at 23:35:41:

: : 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

Janie and kperk, I have similar problems with the hands and fingers. An Occupational therapist told me to take a mixing bowl and fill it with lots of ice and some water. Then take another mixing bowl and fill it with warm/hot water (the temp. of a hot bath). Put your hand(s) in the ice water bowl and count to ten. Then right away put you hand in the warm to hot bowl for 1 minute(watch the clock) and then go back to the cold water for 10 seconds and then again the hot for 1 minute. So you go back and forth several times. BUT USE COMMON SENSE as I'm sure it could be easy to burn or freeze your skin. I find it difficult to leave my hands in the cold water for the 10 sec. But this does provide relief from that cramping in the pad of my hand. Of course it would be wise to see or call your doctor about this or any home remedy. Hope this helps! Stacey

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