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Marjo

626d

Does RA always start with deforming your fingers? How bad do they get and what other joint problems occur in your 70’s?

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    • Lollyr

      309d

      I started calling my fingers “ my knobs” my lil granson always laughs when I try to play finger games like itsy bitsy spider 🕷️ They also have nerve twitch’s so then I say I have “alien finger syndrome”!! Ugh 😑 they do hurt and it’s hard to pick up heavy items. I take Lyrica witch I guess helps somewhat. Non the less it’s painful, but my dr. Says it’s osteoporosis. Hope you find some relief🙏🏼

    • Lollyr

      309d

      I started calling my fingers “ my knobs” my lil granson always laughs when I try to play finger games like itsy bitsy spider 🕷️ They also have nerve twitch’s so then I say I have “alien finger syndrome”!! Ugh 😑 they do hurt and it’s hard to pick up heavy items. I take Lyrica witch I guess helps somewhat. Non the less it’s painful, but my dr. Says it’s osteoporosis. Hope you find some relief🙏🏼

    • Marjo

      399d

      It is an Autoimmune Disorder similar to Lupus. RA can effect internal organs and other systems in the body.

    • uno

      410d

      My fingers have curved so much over last 5 years. Toe joints swollen as well. Joints in fingers stay swollen and thumbs so swollen, bent and painful. Don't do pharma meds but have tried lidocaine patches which are amazing. Tried injections in neck, 10. Very painful and relief was only for few hours. Dr said oh that was just top layer...we can go deep. Hmmm...no thanks. Exercise, exercise. Use stress ball for hand exercises.

      • Aaronb03

        398d

        @uno glucosamine chondroitin is a vitamin that helps reduce joint inflammation, so do omega 3 fatty acids

      • Marjo

        399d

        @uno seeing a Rheumatologist is the correct course of action! You need to stop the joint damage being caused, lidocaine is a topical and is effective for pain.

      • Marjo

        402d

        @uno with not using Pharma there are a lot of other Holistic options that might give you some relief. A knowledgeable OD or Herbalist could be very helpful! Check with your local health store too! I like topicals for quick relief! Heat is my go to for my neck, hands, back! I am in love with the large Heating pads and attachable neck heating pads. Filling a long sock with rice and knotting it is a homemade item to heat up in the Microwave and wrap or place on hands! Fast moist heat! Good for use on your feet too! Plus it’s cheap and easy to make!!!!

    • Marjo

      422d

      Joints in fingers seem to be the hallmark of RA! Heat seems to help as a quick relief option. It is difficult to find a Rheumatologist who is excepting new patients. Methaltexate seems to be the first medication, sometimes combined with another medication. Unfortunately if Methaltexate does not work for you, other medication will be explored…

    • Marjo

      422d

      Unfortunately for us in the older age group, Biological Medication hasn’t intervened soon enough! ❤️

      • uno

        410d

        @Marjo never heard of it

    • Aaronb03

      435d

      My hands and my knees are what hurt me the most

    • TabbysMom

      441d

      My hands are bad enough that surgery is being talked about.

    • BJSTREEHOUSE

      441d

      My fingers are not that deformed. The only knuckles deformed are the upper ones from osteoarthritis. My Ra just causes redness and swelling in the thumbs wrists and first knockles. They caught mine early.

    • Relaygirl

      599d

      No; it usually starts with aches and pains.

    • LB

      619d

      Mine has started with my hands, feet & elbows. This might be a pipe dream but I’m hoping meds will stop my hands from completely deforming

    • BJSTREEHOUSE

      620d

      Mine are not much. I have a friend whose hands are ver gnarled but she says they don't hurt. My feet are worse than my hands.

    • Marjo

      626d

      👍

    • Aminor

      626d

      Knuckles and balls of feet for me

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