Posted 18 February 2008 - 11:59 AM
Anywho, I was wondering, in the beginning, is the skin tightening gradual in a way that you have days where it's tighter than others? I have had swollen hands & fingers for over a year, they're much worse in the morning when I wake & if I don't have my wedding ring on before I go to bed (sometimes my hands are too swollen to wear it) then I definetly will not be able to get it on in the morning.
For example, I notice sometimes when typing that the skin on my hands gets tighter after a while, so much so that I can't flatten my right hand out as much as the left AND my skin is shiney & tight, looks polished, & it's my entire hand, over part of my wrist.
I also notices lately that sometimes my face feels tight up around my temples, like too tight of a pony tail. Sometimes my upper lip feels tight and the other day, I went to take a bite of a donut & it just crashed into my lips...as in, it wasn't going to fit!
But, this tightness seems to come and go, it's not that tight all the time.
Posted 18 February 2008 - 04:21 PM
Posted 18 February 2008 - 04:49 PM
Please bring these new symptoms up with your rheumatologist. If you can, take pictures because we all know that symptoms are like the clanking in the engine. When you get to the doctor's, the symptom is gone. It's the "shiny and tight" that preceded the hardening on me. Also I did have small mouth for a while (about 6 months) where I couldn't open my mouth wide enough for many foods.
If you feel your hands getting stiff you might start doing some hand exercises -
open/close you fingers (make a fist then stretch the fingers as open as possible)
Press your hand flat on the table. You might have push on the knuckles to get contact with the table
Then just massage each finger, one at a time, pulling and stretching straight.
Please keep us informed on what you find out and how your doctor visits go.
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 08:15 PM
same here...I also feel that it's differnt varieties of "tight"....but: I do think, that this is not yet skin tightening or thicker skin...it's so far "ONLY" swelling and that is known to be worse in the morning (yes, the wedding ring phenomena I also know...don't wear it anymore as it wouldn't go off in the morning...at night I can put it on - although not as easily as before.
And yes, also with typing sometimes the swelling gets worse and the fingers feel a bit more stiff. On the other hand, if I stay in the cold and the fingers are cold (I have no Raynaud yet, but definitely the fingers stay cold longer), the swelling seems to "shrink" and actually the finger tips look like there is wrinkling skin (like after sitting in the bath tub) with too little material below the skin....
I have no ANAs (yet?), have had my "start" 10 month ago, have no Raynaud (yet?) but do have Sicca (dry mouth) and do have tendon problems especially in the spine area (crackling noises)
Posted 19 February 2008 - 03:24 AM
Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:20 AM
Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:24 AM
If you hands stiffen try taking a break and gently stretching them once an hour or taking some Tylenol. That's what I did when I was working and using the computer a lot. Paraffin wax baths also help increase mobility.
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 07:52 AM
I've had to quit wearing most of my rings. At night I've actually been awakened by the pain in my fingers where my rings were cutting into me. I keep my wedding ring on, but same problem. I can wear it all day except morning it is very tight. I'm wearing a rather large ring on my right hand because it isn't too tight in the morning.
Posted 19 February 2008 - 08:16 AM
Posted 19 February 2008 - 11:21 AM
Well, I see a dermatologist Dr on Friday for my toe nails, but I'm hoping that maybe she'll be able to figure out some of this other stuff, if my skin gets tight again like that I will get a picture to show her. I've had it for a year now where it would get tight just over my knuckles on my right hand, now the left hand does that & the right hand is the one that gets completely tight, sunken in in the center of my palm.
OH, the cold temps, that too can decrease swelling & also make my finger tips look just like I got out of the tub. One morning, I stuck my fingers out my bedroom window & flicked snow off the window sill to see if it'd bring some of the swelling & aching down.... sure did!