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#1 scampie5

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 07:44 AM

Hi does any one get spasms or a cramp in your fingers it happens to me all of a sudden and my fingers go a strange shape and lock very strange but worrying when holding hot pans it can be painful but also uncomfortable and when they unlock can go straight into another lock. Very strange.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 01:00 PM

Yep, sure do. Shelley described it as trigger finger in andyko's (Andrea) thread about fingers curling. With me it's mostly my thumbs and middle fingers, but once in a while the whole hand will go. I had them both do it at the same time in the middle of a class I was taking and had to get help to get them straightened. I used to like to hand quilt, but that always sets it off. Very annoying and as you say, not something you want to happen when you are juggling hot pans. I've mentioned it to the rheumatologist, but that's one of those "uh huh" things.

According to the Mayo clinic, it is also known as stenosing tenosynovitis (try saying that 3 times, rapidly! :rolleyes:)and can be caused by certain medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, amyloidosis and certain infections, such as tuberculosis. Repetitive stress injury can cause it and women (sigh) get it more often than men.

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#3 scampie5

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:21 PM

Thank you for your reply my husband has to help straighten them its so annoying. I also hand quilt but (hope this doesn't happen now) it has not set it off.

Many thanks,

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 01:50 AM

Hi Lynn,

I've given hand quilting a break for a couple of years and plan on trying it again when autumn arrives and the weather cools off. The Mayo Clinic site suggests rest [from the repetitive action] as a thing to do, so here's hoping! I have 4 quilts done that still need quilting and both daughters have asked for one. I think the secret might be not to settle in with a good movie to watch while you quilt, just do it while the adverts are on. :P I'll let you know how I get on.

The 2 things I've noticed that seem to predispose me to it happening are letting my hands get too tired and letting them get a bit cold. Do you notice anything similar?
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 02:19 AM

My hands cramp when cold, according to the specialist nurse mine is as a result of Raynaud's which would explain the cramping when cold. My feet do it too, last couple of nights I've woke up dreaming of having cramp in my feet to find that I do indeed have cramp...weird.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 03:01 AM

I had hand cramping while on dialysis. Toward the end of treatment my thumbs would fold inward and my index fingers would bend tightly. It was very painful. Sometime, during the course of the day the same thing would happen. The only thing I could do was straighten them out, not easy, and hope the pain would go away. One morning it happened in Occupational Therapy and I was able to show my therapist but he didn't have an answer for it, just figured it was from dialysis the night before. I thought it had to do with the potassium in my body.
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Posted 25 September 2010 - 12:52 AM

My sister also had cramping while in dialysis the other day. I called her from a store where I was picking up a bath chair for her. She was in dialysis, and she was near crying, said she had to get the nurse because her leg was cramping. Guess its just another addition to the many terrible things scleroderma does. :sick2:

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 01:09 AM

NORTHSTARHOPE, welcome to the Sclero Forums. Tell us about yourself and your sister's situation. Do you both have Scleroderma?
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Posted 26 September 2010 - 05:53 AM

Hello Northstarhope

Welcome to the forums, we look forward to getting to know you.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 10:28 AM

I get two different things. One is when my fingers (mostly the middle finger) and occasionally a toe will get locked in a bent manner. But the finger is not pulled into a bent position; it just won't straighten out normally. I can release the tendon where it has locked over the knuckle by pulling the tendon over to the side while pressing down on the knuckle from above.

The other thing is a cramp in my hand, usually at the base of the thumb, which is painful.

From reading the posts above, I can't tell whether either of these things are the same as other people mention.

I have found that the cramps happen more often when I am dehydrated or have an electrolyte imbalance going on. The tendon catching thing seems to come and go; I have a problem for awhile then I don't for awhile.???

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:43 AM

Hi there eyeryone

So, guess I am pretty new to these forums and posts, yet somehow I really have felt that a found a home amoung friends, sometimes its very hard to write about things without a tearful face. That's probably why I dont explain more.

Well I want to thank everyone for your support and I wish the best for everyone!! It is my dear sister who has scleroderma. Oh what a battle she has on her hands. Now she is back in the hosipital with so much water around her heart, she almost had a heart attack, but she is a fighter!! Somehow my sister had too much of a blood thinner in with her dialysis treatment and they think it caused this. I just talked to her yesterday and she says she is so tired. I just dont want her to give up and it scares me to think she might. But she is very strong and I will keep my chin up! :rolleyes:

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