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#1 Chopper

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:36 AM

I recall a post I made awhile back where I mentioned painful finger tips and I didn't know what was going on. It had been a couple months since I had one and I had two this week. The first was my thumb. It hurt to type, to bump, it throbbed, and I truly didn't know why. Lasted about 4 days. Then next to it, my index had a little hangnail, which I snipped. It didn't think I went low, I just simply, snipped it off. Well now my index fingertip is all red and swollen and tender. My lightbulb moment is that these painful fingertips I'm getting are when, somehow, a cuticle gets damaged. Before this year, I never experienced this type of thing, but it was this past winter that I developed Raynaud's, so this must connected. Is this true? Does Raynaud's cause this sensitivity to happen to your nails? Do any of you experience this too?

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 01:38 PM

Hi Chopper,

My painful finger tips happen when I've had a bad attack of Raynaud's. Hangnails and ugly cuticles don't seem to be related to the fingertip issue in my case, probably a good thing because in the summer they are always in a mess.
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 02:31 PM

Hi Chopper,

I also suffer with Raynaud's and have had very painful fingers, but I have to admit that since having it, my cuticles and finger tips do not seem to have been any worse than they were before. I'm sure a lot of the discomfort was caused through my hands being constantly in water and treated roughly when I had my horse, especially in the winter. I've included a link to fingernails and cuticles which I'm hoping will be helpful to you.

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#4 Chopper

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 07:25 AM

Since there was not much response, I feel as though my lightbulb moment wasn't really one. I'm just grasping for a reason and hoping someone else would know. I'll just mention the pain in my fingertips to the rheumatologist on my next visit and see if they have any clue.

It's a similar situation to how I couldn't sleep on my left side for the last couple years because I would wake with pain behind my left breast. No one seemed to care at the doctors office. So I just deal with it and try not to sleep on my left side. Well, since I've been diagnosed with gastroparesis, and the worsening of it causes so much upper GI gas, I am suspicious that the pain behind my left breast when I sleep on my left side is due to a build up of gas. No one has confirmed that, but it would be nice to know. :emoticon-dont-know:

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:54 PM

Hi Chopper

I have to say I got a paper cut on my right fore finger the other week and boy it was sore it weeped and swelled and totally over reacted to a very minor injury!.

I too have Raynaud's and the warmer then colder temperatures in the space of a few hours here in the UK are playing havoc with it. I'm pink and comfortable one minute and am having a white-out the next they go every colour under the sun.

I have learnt from experience not to cut or trim anything with my fingers/toes or anything near the cuticles, and if a snip is necessary I dress the finger with a sterile dressing and simple antiseptic cream and keep it clean. I find that keeping my hands well moisturised all through the day with good hand cream that contain natural butters prevents hang nails and dry skin full stop, its a case of prevention is better than cure!

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 02:37 PM

Hi Chopper,

I'm sorry I didn't respond to your initial post, because I also claim the same issues as you are having with fingertips being painful, cuticles and hangnails problems.

This tends to be an off and on "happening" for me as well.

Presently, I am dealing with (more) swollen fingers and my fingertips are affected as a result, which makes it more difficult to type, (by the way :( ).
I thoroughly love summertime, yet it seems there is no season that gives a reprieve to all symptoms, for me, anyway.

:sorry: you suffer this way as well, but feel the warmer temperatures may well be some of the cause, at least that is MY thought.
Wishing you relief very soon.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 04:30 PM

Oh, I've had one of those too!

I also had a sore finger. Mine took 3 months, yes 3 months to stop throbbing. I had a little cut on it and I put antibiotics on it daily and through the night when I awoke with it throbbing all the time for the first 3 weeks. After that, I spent about another 3 weeks soaking it in salt water. Hindsight, I'm sure it was infected because the end of my finger had lots of purple spots although at the time, I didn't think that because it wasn't oozing anything, silly me!! Again, after that it actually took about another 2 months just to feel 'normal' again...the skin sensation just felt thin until then and it stayed a slightly red looking if that makes any sense. I definitely attribute that slowness of healing to the Raynauds as well as the autoimmune. Lesson learned, run to the doctor if that happens again for me (not wise to let it fester). Before, that would have probably healed in a couple of days...I can't believe how long it takes now when I cut myself to heal just the tiniest of cuts.
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 10:07 PM

Chopper,

I have Raynaud's and have had some pretty bad attacks. Anything that happens to my fingers, even in the middle of a D.C. summer, leaves me with at least painful, sore spots. In November 2009 I got a papercut that actually JUST healed this June. My rheumatologist, dermatologist, and the doctors and Johns Hopkins all said that difficulty healing can definitely result from reduced circulation due to Raynaud's. My advice is warm water! We moved to a new place with a bathtub this winter (had only a standing shower in last apartment), and I just soaked when my hands got sore. Also, a heavy-duty moisturizing cream seems to help a lot in relaxing the irritated, tight skin. Good luck and warm hugs!

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:16 AM

Thank you for your replies! Knowing that others have had similar issues is so helpful! I will definitely be bringing this up at my next visit. This morning I noticed my big toe has pain. It makes sense that it could be a circulation issue associated with Raynauds.
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Posted 04 August 2011 - 03:41 PM

WOW Sara....and I thought 3-5 months was ridiculous for my little sliver of a cut. I feel for you, 2 whole years. How long have you had Raynauds? I'm in about year 4 or so and I bet if we all compared notes, the healing process just might tell a bit of the tale for Chopper.

Yes, Chopper, I think Raynauds is a big factor in all this. My doctor gave me a prescription antibiotic (so it was stronger than over the counter one which I asked him for). I wanted to at least give it a whirl next time I got a scratch although I have to admit that he didn't think it would work for me. Haven't needed it just yet and hope I don't but no doubt I will eventually.
Sending good wishes your way!