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Increased Joint Pain In Fingers & Wrist

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As much as I LOVED my massage last week, I think my massage therapist may have accidentally injured the joints in my fingers.


During the massage, she gently pulled on each of my fingers, which at the time, felt okay except for sharp pains in the middle knuckles of both my middle fingers.


Now I am feeling pain in pretty much all of my fingers as well as my left wrist. I am afraid there may be permanent damage and there's nothing I can do about it.


I have been really lucky with my hands so far. Now I am dreading decreased function due to increased pain.


What to do.........?



Take care,



Serena Justis

ISN Blogger

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Ow, my dear, I so feel your pain! I am so sorry that happened to you. As my hands are killing me right now myself, I know what you mean. Have you tried soaking your hands in warm, and I mean WARM, water? Then wrap them in almost hot towels. That will sometimes help me. It helps send the circulation back to the joints. I remember that from my PT days. Also ibuprofen, might help but at a high dose such as 600-800 mg. Check with your doctor or pharmacist. I can usually take 800mg because that is what my dr. prescribes anyway. He has said that for people like us, 200 is nothing.

Hope this helps, might do the same for myself actually. :D

I hope that your day goes well and you don't have any worries.

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Hi, Barefut. I am not a doctor, but I would wager that your hands will recover from this 'therapeutic trauma', though I am sure it is exremely painful. I think resting your hands is warranted until the swelling abates. As for painkillers, I would caution against increasing dosage of over the counter nsaids without specific instruction from your own doctor. There is always a danger of gastric bleeding.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

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Hi there barefut, I am so sorry that you are in pain right now!!!


I had the same thing happen with a massage, except not with my hands but with my shoulders. I felt like by massaging that area, she opened up a can of worms...so to speak! For the next two days my shoulders burned...but eventually the pain went away.


There are so many benefits from massage, but if one area bothers you I would always tell the therapist to avoid it all together.


I hope you find some relief soon!




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