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#1 Terri

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 07:25 AM

HELLO EVERYONE!

WANTEDED TO KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE HAS HAD THIS PROBLEM. MY rheumatologist'S ASSISTANT SAYS IT DOES NOT SOUND LIKE IT IS ASSOCIATED WITH Raynaud's. SUGGESTED I SEE MY FAMILY DOCTOR.

THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED.IT STARTS WITH THE FINGER NAIL GETTING VERY SORE. THEN IT TRAVELS TO BACK SIDE OF FINGER BEHIND NAIL. FINGER TIP SWELLS, WARM TO THE TOUCH. STARTS THROBBING PAIN CONSTANTLY. THERE IS NO BROKEN SKIN OR ANY SKIN OPENING FOR INFECTION TO GET IN. THE FIRST TIME IT HAPPENED THEY TOLD ME SOMETHING MUST HAVE GOTTEN UNDER THE NAIL TO CAUSE THE INFLAMMATION. THEY REMOVED THE NAIL. THERE WAS NO VISIBLE SIGNS OF INFECTION ON THE OUTSIDE OF FINGER, SEEMS TO BE ALL INSIDE FINGER TIP.
MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF CIPRO AND MY NAIL DID GROW BACK.

NOW IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN WITH ANOTHER FINGER. I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE IT'S NOT RELATED TO Raynaud's OR SCLERO. IT IS ESPECIALLY WORRISOME TO HAVE IT HAPPEN IN THE WINTER. LAST TIME IT WAS SUMMER AND THE INFECTION TRIGGERED BAD REYNAUD ATTACKS WITH IT 95 DEGREES OUTSIDE.

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 07:40 AM

Ouch! :( I'm so sorry your going through that. I haven't had that happen to me. I have just had the typical ulcer on my finger tips and that was VERY painful. I feel for you and the pain that you must be going through. I hope your dr can nip that in the bud without having to have the nail removed.

Your in my thoughts. Please keep us posted!
Take care and stay warm,

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 11:44 AM

it sounds like vasculitis which I have but I also have raynauds and I have lost half of my left thumb because it got so infected... I went through this pain for 8 months and eventually it got infected with MRSA so off it went... vasculitis is where Small or Medium-Sized Vessels get inflamed causing infarcts or icshemic or better known as tiny strokes... I have tons of progression pctures of my scleroderma/vascultis.. but there gross :o)

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:37 PM

I've had that happen repeatedly with my third finger/left hand. I found that soaking in warm water with Betadyne (?) constantly for days, cured the problem. It happened to my son as well (and he does not have any disease of our nature or in general) and the soaking with Bedadyne worked for him.
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:45 PM

Amy:

You mention MRSA. Why didn't your doctor have you on zyvox. It is one of the antibiotics that kill MRSA.
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 07:57 PM

That is what has been happening to my finger tips too. Discoloration, a darkening, along with splinter hemorages, tenderness and stinging. The nail wants to separate from the finger tip but luckily so far with me has not happened. Been through it with 2 fingers now and starting on the third.

Upped my felodipine to max and still using nitro paste. Seems to be helping a BIT.

Take care of yourself,
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 05:56 AM

Hi Terri,

I went through horrific pain ... with my fingers/hands when I was first diagnosed.
Because I also have Psoriatic arthritis, I'm not clear on whether it's relative to that or the raynauds phenomenon. Although not as often, but on occasion, I still have pain in my fingers & hands, but not quite the degree it was at onset.
My fingers have clubbed and my nails have nearly disappeared. (Janey or Shelley... if you read this, please correct me if I'm using the wrong word)... I've experienced bone resorption with my fingers, causing them to shorten.

Whatever is going on with yours, I hope that the pain subsides soon.

Looks like I'm not the only one who can empathize with the pain you're having.

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#8 AmyTx

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 11:44 AM

once I was hospitalized with a confirmed mrsa they put me on vancomycin for 10 days

#9 Terri

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 03:27 AM

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR FEED BACK. MY PRIMARY LOOKED BACK IN MY RECORDS AND LAST TIME IT WAS DIAGNOSED AS A NAIL INFECTION. SHE PUT ME ON THE SAME ANTIBIOTIC CIPRO. OVER THE WEEKEND I DEVELOPED A BLACK SPOT UNDER THE NAIL. IT IS FEELING BETTER. STILL DON'T KNOW IF I WILL LOOSE THE NAIL. I WISH I JUST KNEW WHAT TRIGGERS THE INFECTION.

AGAIN THANKS. IT SURE HELPS TO KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE WITH THIS DISEASE THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD OF.

I WAS DIAGNOSED 20 YEARS AGO WITH SCLERO AND Raynaud's.I LIVED IN MICHIGAN AT THE TIME. AFTER A COUPLE YEARS I RELOCATED TO WARM FLORIDA. CHOSE TO IGNORE MY SCLERODERMA. NEVER EVEN MENTIONED IT TO DOCTORS. THEN LAST YEAR A DERMATOLOGIST DIAGNOSED IT AND REFERRED ME TO rheumatologist. I ACTUALLY HAVE LIMITED SYSTEMIC SCLERO OR CREST. I WAS TOLD THAT MOVING TO A WARM CLIMATE WAS THE BEST THING I COULD HAVE DONE FOR MYSELF. I NOW LIVE IN NORTHERN FLORIDA, WHERE IT DOES GET COLD SOMETIMES.

WELL ENOUGH VENTING. HAVE A WONDERFUL WARM DAY!!