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#1 Cheri

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 05:39 AM

Hi Everybody,

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.

Take care,

Cheri

#2 lizzie

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 06:59 AM

Hi Cheri, glad the antidepressants have helped - you have had such a lot to contend with recently. I started getting the tightening sensation in my palms about six months ago - like you, although I could straighten the fingers it required an effort that it hadn't before. When I was in hospital having treatment I mentioned it and they got the physio to see me re some hand exercises. These are very simple - just two exercises using therabands (like big elastic bands) but do seem to be effective as long as I do them. I have discovered that if I miss a few days that the hands very quickly tighten up again. He also recommended buying a paraffin wax bath for my hands - but have to admit I haven't yet got around to getting it - but I know others on this site have used one. I don't know if it would be possible for you to see a physical therapist?
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#3 Sheryl

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 08:26 AM

Cheri, my rheumatologist had me consciously thinking about my hand positions even when I woke out of a sound sleep. How were my hands? Were they curled under my chin? Straighten them. Keep thinking about keeping them straight, all the time. When they are in pain straighten them. Lean on a countertop. Open and stretch fingers. Pull together open and close. I have pain in my fingers and hands but I do exercise them daily. Someone told me at a meeting the other day to take a piece of newspaper by the corner and lay your hand on it and curl your fingers and bring some of the paper towards you and keep pulling your fingers in and stretching them out and pulling in the paper. Like you are making an accordion type ripple. That helps strengthen them. When you look down at your hands in your lap, if they are curled then open them and leave them to lie flat on your lap. Hope you understand what I am trying to get across. Keep them open when possible. Your hands have a natural tendency to curl. We have to go to the extreme and keep them open and flat. We have to fight the gravity that is trying to curl them. So, far mine are not curling one bit. Sheryl
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:41 AM

Sheryl I agree with you re being conscious of your hand position. although neither hand is too bad my fingers on the right hand are more curled than my left and I 'm sure a big factor in this is that I spend so much time with my right hand curled around the mouse. The physio did show me an exercise which involved putting the hand flat on a table and then walking forward so that the wrist is vertical to the hand. he did however say that whatever exericse you do you have to be careful not to overstrain as can be a problem in SSC.
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#5 Cheri

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 05:11 PM

Thank you, Sheryl and Lizzie for your replies. I started the exercises and will try to pay attention to when I just have my hand in my lap. When I go to the rheumatologist I will ask her about the parafin wax.

Take care -

Cheri

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 07:11 PM

Hi Cheri,

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!)


Love ya,