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Skin Hardening Between Thumb And Forefinger ?


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#1 shari42

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:23 AM

Hi everyone,

I have a question...does anyone have skin hardening between their thumb and forefinger? This has been happening slowly, and now my palm side of my thumbs are tight, and the lines are deeper. I am dxed w/ UCTD, but have a positive ANA with the nucleolar pattern, which I have been told is significant for sclero. I have been trying to look this up on the internet, but nothing specific comes up. Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks a lot,

Shari

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:27 AM

Hi Shari,

Welcome to the forums! I am glad you found us, but sorry it is because you have UDCT. What you describe about the skin hardening between the thumb and forefinger is exactly where mine has become hard (I too have been diagnosed with UDCT..for 5 1/2 years) and now it is spreading a bit along the outside of my forefingers. My rheumatologist always told me that the skin hardening/tightening would start at the tips of my fingers and work it way down, but I really think that I do have skin hardening/tightening between my thumb and forefinger and on the outside of my forefingers. But, it is very gradual and isn't too bad. ......I hope that is true for you too.

Again, welcome to the forums! I hope you will come here and post often and let us all get to know you better. I am sure you will find everyone here very warm, encouraging and supportive....and full of lots of great information and advice.

Warm wishes,
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#3 shari42

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 10:10 AM

Hi Heidi,


Thanks for the warm welcome. The hardening/thickening is also traveling up my forefingers. How weird! Do you have raynaud's too? I have some thickening on my toes, which is the area most affected by the raynauds.

Do you take any meds? I take Plaquenil, and Prevacid.

Thanks again!!
Shari

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 11:09 AM

Hi again,

Yes, Shari, I too have Raynauds. It is the absolute worst in air conditioning and it is mostly in my hands, but my toes have turned purple a time or two also. I am taking Celebrex (for joint pain), Plaqenil, Aciphex (for GERD), and Neurontin (for neuropathy).

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 11:44 AM

Heidi,
Do you take anything for Raynauds? My Raynauds was unreal until I started taking a time release calcium channel blocker twice a day. Now, even living in Colorado, it rarely acts up. If I miss a pill though, I can always tell because it acts up.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 11:46 AM

Hi Jen,

My primary care physician just put me on Hytrin for my raynauds. I just had it filled, so I can't tell you if it works yet.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 12:07 PM

Hi Jen,

My raynaud's isn't too bad and my rheumatologist is hesitant to put me on anything for it, because my blood pressure is fairly low. I haven't had any ulcers associated with the Raynaud's either.....so, so far I am very fortunate! I am glad to hear that the calcium channel blocker has worked so well for you!

Sweet, I will be anxious to hear how the Hytrin works for you!

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 12:45 PM

Sweet,
I am unfamiliar with your medication but I'll look it up. I hope it works for you! I got lucky the first time around with my pill.

Heidi,
Hmmm. My blood pressure was low before I began the medication for Raynauds too. Now, it can get as low as 90/60. Do you think I should talk to my rheumatologist about this? I do not have symptoms of low blood pressure, like dizziness or anything.

Have a great weekend!
Jen

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 01:01 PM

Hi Jen,

I think as long as the low blood pressure isn't causing you problems and the Raynauds is better, I wouldn't worry about it. You might want to ask or mention it at your next visit, but given that you are asymptomatic (i.e., no lightheadedness or dizziness) I wouldn't worry about making a call right away or anything.

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 05:33 PM

Shari,
Welcome to our forum! As you have already discovered that this is a great place to get support and information and establish a family of friends who can relate to what you are going through. My skin thickening started at the base of my fingers. At the same time my cuticles and finger tips became extremely tender.

I also have Raynaud's and never took anything for it but the meds I'm taking for my lungs has also help the Raynaud's. A two in one package! The kind I like.

There is a ton of information on this site, so if you can't find an answer, someone here can usually find it for you. Again, Welcome!

Big Hugs,
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