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Posted 10 September 2007 - 05:29 PM
Posted 11 September 2007 - 03:15 AM
You may have already been to this page, but here is our link to digital ulcers which it sounds like what you have been dealing with. There is a picture of a couple of ulcers on the knuckles, so you'll probably relate to what you see. I'm glad to see that your's has healed. That definitely a big plus! So now, I would think that the route to take is to prevent another one from occurring. If your joint is turning purple that's probably a sign of Raynaud'swhich can cause the ulcers in the first place due to lack of blood flow in the fingers. Do all your fingers turn purple?
If you aren't seeing a rheumatologist, I would definitely start seeing one. Forgive me for not remembering, but what has been your diagnosis at this point?
There are some very effective treatments for preventing digital ulcers. You'll find them on the link I provided. Please talk to your dermatologist or rheumatologist about it. You don't want another one I'm sure. I've never had one, but I sympathize with those of you that have to deal with them. So don't wait around for another to occur. Either go back to your dermatologist or make an appointment with a rheumatologist.
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 09:13 AM
Posted 11 September 2007 - 02:14 PM
"Also after the swelling has gone down in the hand knuckle area, it looks like there is bone damage and it sinks in, in the middle and this knuckle looks flatter than it should. I can use it about 90% so I don't know how much damage there is."
- isn't bone damage but tissue damage. Your dermatologist doctor could probably make that final diagnosis. You mentioned seeing a doctor a week to get some kind of answers. Make sure the first one on that list is a rheumatologist.
Hope you get some answers soon!
Posted 11 September 2007 - 04:13 PM
It is possible that the infection in your finger has spread to the joint or bone, despite the antibiotics your were on. This type of infection is very serious. The fact that your joint is not red, warm, and very tender is a good sign. Because you have questions about the healing, however, I would strongly recommend that you get another medical opinion.
Posted 11 September 2007 - 05:44 PM
If your doctor does think that this is Raynaud's than there are several medications out there to prevent further deterioration or future attacks. This is very important to discuss with your doctor. I hope that you find some relief from Raynaud's and let us know how you are doing.
Keep your fingers warm...