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#1 barefut

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 05:26 AM

My rheumatologist warned me about these and I'm pretty sure that's what's going on with my right wrist.

Anybody else experience these? Haven't found much helpful info about it.

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 09:53 AM

Hi barefut,

 

Yes, I also have a friction rub on my left hand. It runs down the side where my pinky is and you can feel it into my wrist. It's a crunching feeling when I open and close my fist. I was scared when I first felt it (about 4 months ago). I didn't know what in the world it was until I went to the doctor and that's what he said it was. I don't guess they do anything for them.

 

Take care,

 

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 10:38 AM

Hi barefut! I also have friction rubs in both of my ankles and in a few of my fingers. They can be very painful everyday. You can feel it as well as hear the tendons rub (its excess collagen building up on the tendons). There isn't any treatment that I am receiving for it right now. When I first was diagnosed the doctor called several residents in to feel my ankle, I guess it isn't always so easy to feel it or maybe they just hadn't seen very many sclero people.

 

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 12:22 PM

memeto2,

Mine sounds the same as yours only in my right wrist/pinky - and I'm right handed. Of course it couldn't happen to my left hand.

So do you know if there ARE any treatments? I won't be surprised if there aren't. Such is life.

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 12:41 PM

Hi Pam!

I noticed this is your first post and I wanted to welcome you to the sclero forums! This is a great place for information, support and friendship. Post when you feel like it and we'll be here for you!
Warm and gentle hugs,

Pamela
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Posted 20 December 2006 - 02:02 PM

Hi Barefut,

Do your tendon rubs hurt? I've had them pretty much all over since childhood, one in my lower back sounded like a bowstring being thunked, but since the two spinal fusions I can't move the same way and the sound is gone. It never hurt in spite of the sound, though. There are others that sound like a balloon being stretched (someone else said that--I'll borrow your description), some click, but it's hard to tell if the rubs hurt or if it's something in the joint. The bursitis seems to be far worse for me, so maybe the rubs are just a sign of something else going on in your joints.

Best wishes,
Elehos

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 05:58 AM

Hi Elehos,

Yea, mine hurt. I never know when it's going to happen either. The other day I pulled the 1/2 full gallon container of milk out of the fridge and hit the floor with it. :(

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:42 AM

I was just going to post something on this topic, when I saw your post. I just started getting the tendon friction rubs about a month ago and was hoping someone had some advice on how to treat/deal with them. I now have one on my left ankle/shin, and behind both knees. They seem to have come on suddenly and have me VERY worried. They hurt and are affecting my range of motion dramatically. Do they go away or am I stuck with them from here on out?

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 10:30 AM

Hi Heather,

I have been looking and I haven't had much luck finding anything online about tendon friction rubs. I'm guessing we will just have to live with them from here on out.

I just wish I knew if there was something I could do about them. I have an appt. with my rheumatologist on the 30th next month. I'll let you know what she says.

Welcome to forums.

Take Care,
Barefut

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 04:47 PM

Hi, I keep trying to pop in once in a while, I can't be here as much as I'd like because I try to keep my mind off as much of it as I can but it was me elohos using the balloon description. I was skimming through posts and saw the tendon one and had to read through.

I hate them. Mine don't always hurt, they're just very uncomfortable. I feel it in my fingers, both shoulders, and I think it may be what I feel near my sternum but I don't know. My rheumatologist says it's fibromyalgia and that I'm oversensitive and that it really isn't a friction rub, even though my husband can feel it if he puts his hand where it's at (knees too).



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Posted 03 January 2007 - 06:01 AM

Hi guys! I also have tendon friction rubs. My doctor prescribed ibuprofen for the pain and it helped a lot. After a while the pain subsided to the point where it doesn't hurt anymore.

 

Healing wishes your way,

 

Claudia



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Posted 03 January 2007 - 07:36 AM

I have the tendon rubs too in both wrists and spine. I have not found any information about it either and the doctor said take OTC pain relievers! yippee!

You gotta love this disease!

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 12:09 PM

Hello,

I am a new member/new diagnosis. I also have "friction" rubs. My rheumatologist called them tendon strains but... yes, they hurt and yes, I can HEAR the collagen squishing around as well as feel it. The first was in my knee, the second in my left wrist, just today in my left finger/knuckle next to my pinky. Ofcourse I am LEFT handed so that's the hand I use the most. My doctor told me to be sure to stretch/warm up my leg muscles but the knee kept hurting. He took xrays and said it was "runner's knee". It was painful to roll over in bed, my knee would lock up and I couldn't go down stairs (upstairs wasn't a problem - go figure) Arm was tougher because I couldn't do hand exercises, write, lift anything... doctor prescribed Relafin (NSAID) twice a day. I found exercises for "runner's knee" on the web. I don't know if from exercises or meds or both but pain in the knee and wrist/arm is better. It took about 2-3 weeks after I started the Relafin.

Have a Happy! cool.gif Laurie


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Posted 16 January 2007 - 02:33 AM

Hello there!

I too have had tendon friction rubs on and off for many years.In fact at the beginning of my disease I actually had a couple of the tendons snap in both my left and right wrists,and that left my fingers dangling which was very odd!They were expertly sewn up and a special gel coated on them to help with the friction.

This was very unusual so don't worry,but in the meantime my advice is not to force any movements so that you have pain,but very gentle massage and very very gentle movement until the active inflammation is passing.Generally I think our bodies will always try and heal if we give them lots of love and nurturing.Lots of rest!

I send you lots of healing warm thoughts!

Love from Alex



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Posted 16 January 2007 - 10:40 AM

Hi Laurie and Alex,

I'm glad that someone else mentioned the "squishing" in certain areas--that has been going on for about 20 years now, and always made me wonder what it was! The areas where the squishing was at its worst aren't very mobile anymore, and it feels more like part of my muscles/tendons were replaced with cartilage or hard plastic. It's not just with movement, it feels like that to the touch.

My neighbor had a tendon snap in her knee due to calcification, but I don't know if yours was due to calcification or collagen since both are damaging. My tendons and ligaments are calcifying more every week lately, and ouch! I refer to it as "growing pains" since it spreads a little here, a little there, and comes around full circle again.

Thanks for bringing these things up again, but I'm so sorry that you have to deal with all of it. At least we're in it together here!

Best wishes to both of you,
Elehos

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 08:43 AM

HI I HAD TENDONITIS. I HAD TO HAVE THIS OPERATED ON IT WAS SO PAINFUL BUT THEY DID IT WHILE I WAS A AWAKE THE SURGEON EVEN GOT ANOTHER ASSISTANT TO LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF WHAT HE CALLED MUCK WAS ON THE TENDON AND HAD TO SCRAPE IT OFF HE ASKED HOW I HAD MANAGED TO WORK AT ALL WITH IT. I WAS MEANT TO HAVE THE OTHER HAND DONE BUT NEVER GOT AROUND TO IT.

 

I DO NOT GET MUCH PROBLEM FROM MY WRISTS BUT AFTER GOT TENNIS ELBOW I HAD A COUPLE OF INJECTIONS AND IT SEEMS A LOT BETTER IM SORRY TO HEAR THAT SOME OF YOU ARE SUFFERING THIS ALSO IT IS NOT NICE AND VERY HARD TO EXPALIN TO SOME ONE THAT HAS NOT EXPIERENCED THIS.

 

THINKING OF YOU ALL,

 

LYNN



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Posted 20 January 2007 - 01:59 PM

Hi Lyndylou,

I wonder if the "muck" was collagen?

Where was your tendonitis?

Barefut