Really dry, rough fingers
Posted 11 November 2008 - 03:50 AM
At first I thought it was harsh dishwashing detergent so I switched. I almost always use gloves anyway, but as you know, it only takes one washing without gloves to dry the hands out.
I think I need to compare my hands to someone else's my age and see the difference.
Posted 11 November 2008 - 04:32 AM
I have the rough skin on the outside of my right index finger. It started up just around the same time as my sclero. There's a teeny bit on the oustide of my left index too but mostly on the right handed finger. Feels rough and callous like. Does not feel tight or waxy though. I do feel it's related somehow since it started when my knuckles started to get thick. Also feels like a eczema I would think so could be that.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:34 AM
I'll keep an eye on it. I'll feel more confident when I get back on Cellcept. It could just be me being paranoid since I have been off of it for months.
Aww Lizzie, thank you about saying it's not age. I am just 41 but I used to be a sun worshiper and lived at high altitude for 15 years. What was I thinking?
Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:12 PM
Yours sound just like mine in all aspects, cuticles too. Very dry and rough on the finger tips although not on every finger...thumbs, index fingers, and middle fingers more noticeable on me (right hand is rougher than the left)....it's just like it's chapped on the tips and the roughness goes up the sides of only some of my fingers and also up on some of my first joints from the cuticles upward as well...I've really noticed my finger tips hook/snag in fabrics too....lotion doesn't seem to soften mine any...been very slowly going on a couple of years now for me.
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 08:08 AM
You know the top bend in your fingers, like right below the bottom of your nail.. That area seems to be getting real shiney too. That skin, leading up to the bottom of each fingernail where the cuticle meets the nail is where it's reeeally smooth.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:13 AM
I was the one describing it as superglue feeling. Well it is interesting to see, that most of the descriptions match.
The insides clearly are much more leathery and dry feeling and some fingers are more affected than others (some slightly swollen, others sometimes really hard on the tips and if you put them in water, the hard part (I bet skin all the way to the bone rather than normal fatty stuff), strangely feels like rubber when pushed and wet).
Fingerprint almost gone and shiny on some fingertips and the normal lines nor really feelable but embedded deeper in the skin still shining through. If pushed with a needle, it squeezes in a whole area and not just a small part and it bounces back slowly, and if dry the dent, that is caused by the needle almost snaps back. Like the safety part of shoes of handymans that are reinforced in the tip to protect that toes...that's pretty much how it feels in the fingertips of the affected fingers....the other less affected, still feel very dry on the insides, outsides and even in between...strange dry and sticky, hard smooth feeling, very different from normal.
Still not diagnosed though....next week is another checkup to see what my recent treatment for the bug that supposedly caused this too...has had effect.....however all clinics have announced that they want to strike....hopefully not another 2 month for the next appointment if they do....we will see.
But from all I can read from most of you, mine is pretty comparable and that is, why I am pretty sure (among other things) that this is a collagen disease...simply too many skin changes that nothing else can cause in that extent.
No Raynaud's though, no ANA, slight CRP (supposedly caused by the bug they found).