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#1 annkd

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 05:17 AM

I have recently noticed that I am experiencing a "sprain" type pain in my hands and fingers. It comes and goes throughout the day. It makes me stop in my tracks - It even occurs at night. Any thoughts? Has anyone experienced this? Thanks in advance. - Ann

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 06:24 AM

Hi Ann,

I'm not sure what I have experienced is the same as you, but what mine felt like was a heavy aching in my wrist and fingers. It made me want to spread my fingers out as far as I could and stretch them. Does that make sense? Anyway, I never did get any solid advice as to what it was though.

Hope it gets better.
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Posted 16 May 2007 - 08:33 AM

Thanks for the reply Pam. The feeling that I am getting is more like a 'zing" of pain - then it continues on like a spain. Then after a while, it subsides. I'm on neurontin and plaquenil and obviously this is not addressing this problem. I hope someone out there can relate. -Ann

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 04:17 AM

Hey Ann,
My hands ache "deep down" if that makes sense. My fingers are super stiff and my hands are weak. If I'm not careful I drop even real light things. I have had carpal tunnel release on both of them (18 & 19 years ago), but this pain is different. I know my joints are stiff and my hands are swollen because of the sclero, so I put the pain, etc off to that.
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Posted 17 May 2007 - 04:40 AM

Ann,
For a few months my hands suffered a very dull ache and a zinger of pain once a day. It was like it cramped up or froze for a few minutes. My toes get a zinger too. But I think my toes are losing their padding and are sensitive to hard floor surfaces.

I don’t know if this is similar to what you’re experiencing. It’s so strange that we all have scleroderma and yet each person experiences symptoms differently.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 06:52 AM

Peanut and Barbara - I can relate to both of you. My hands seem to be getting weaker and my toes also feel the "zing" of pain off and on throughout the day. I hope this will go away at some point. Scleroderma (if that is what causing it) likes to play games with me! Thanks for the imput. -Ann

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 07:00 AM

My hands are also definitely weaker. I am learning to be aware of my hands, notice when they are tired and rest them. My super plush carebear slippers help keeps the toe zings away.

Have you tried paraffin?

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 11:21 AM

Pamela, you described that to a tee. My hands feel the same way. I was taking Norvasc, but it did'nt seem to do much, so I stopped taking it. My rheumatologist said all of my hand, elbow and arm pain was due to the Raynauds, so who knows. My feet ache as well, I guess all of these aches and pains are related to these Autoimmune Deseases in some way. My Warm Me Ups, are what save me. I couldn't live without those things, love them!!!

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 07:37 PM

Hi, Ann and all of you.

My hands give me a lot of bother as well. It's hard to find the right words to translate pain to another person. All of the words are so subjective. What might be a zing to one of us may be a twinge or stab to another. I find that if I compensate for one sort of pain by, say, not moving a sore joint, or resting it in a certain way, it may have a knock-on effect to another part of my body. For example, if I sit a certain way to avoid the pain in my hip, my neck will be stiff. I have found that gentle and regular stretching movement does a lot to help.

I did a search in the medical part of the site and found a super set of hand exercises that may help: Wrist Exercises
Warm wishes,
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 05:59 AM

Hi Jefa - I will give the exercises a try - My hands feel so stiff and puffy today but maybe going through the motions will be a good start. You are right in mentioning how difficult it is to describe "pain". Sometimes my doctors look at me like I'm nuts. Maybe I am, however; I do my best in trying to get help and answers to this most difficult disease. Thanks! -Ann

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 06:26 AM

I woke up this morning with excruciating hand pain. I've taken lots of ibuprofen and still it aches. Tonight I'll bathe it in heat and paraffin.

I’m finding that some symptoms flare up for a while then calm down. Hopefully I slept on it wrong and it’s not something reoccurring.

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 11:58 AM

Hey Peanut,

I'm sorry to hear you woke up with hand pain today. I sure hope its starting to subside by now.
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