Tendons in Hands
Posted 01 April 2008 - 05:39 AM
I haven't been on in awhile because I was concerned about how my husband was doing. If you remember from my post awhile ago, he has CLL and he seemed to be getting worse. Right now we are "watching and waiting" to see if he continues to lose weight and if so, he will start chemo. I started on anti-depressants, which has helped me. I just found myself getting more and more depressed and couldn't seem to pick myself up.
I have noticed in the past couple of weeks that it seems like my tendons on the palm side of my hand are pulling my fingers down. They are harder to straighten up although I can, it just feels like I'm pulling tendons or something, and the joints in my fingers are a lot more sore too. It is also harder to make a fist (espcially at night and first thing in the morning). My skin isn't hard on my hands although it pretty much stays puffy all day now. Could that mean my fingers are going to curl? Are there exercises I should be doing? I don't go back to the rheumatologist until May.
Thanks for your help.
Posted 01 April 2008 - 06:59 AM
Posted 01 April 2008 - 08:26 AM
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:41 AM
Posted 01 April 2008 - 05:11 PM
Take care -
Posted 01 April 2008 - 07:11 PM
I went to hand therapy for a short time awhile back and learned a lot of great stretches. I got a parafin wax bath (inexpensive at a premier discount store ) and I also ordered a mini vibrating hand massager from my hand therapist's catalog. It feels great and helps to keep things loose.
Do hand stretches every day, many times a day. It has gotten to be a habit with me now and I will find myself doing them without even thinking about it.
I am glad you have gotten help with your depression. You have a lot on your plate right now. Please don't hesitate to post here often. (And don't hesitate to call me anytime either!)