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New Symptom?

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Hello all,

Yesterday, I pruned my rose bush. In the past this was an annoying task, but not a big chore. This year, however, I had some trouble making the cuts and had to use my limb pruners more often, but I did get the job done :emoticons-yes: . However, about three hours later one of my knuckles became painful, red and swollen. Just one. Both hands feel stiff, but about the same as they have been lately. Today it seems as if the redness is spreading a bit. I'm wondering if others have had this experience?

 

Gale

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Hi Gale,

 

I may be wrong, I often am, but have you looked closely to see if you have a thorn, splinter or bug bite in the knuckle? Keep an eye on it and make sure the redness doesn't start streaking upwards, because that is, of course, dangerous. The soreness and stiffness is pretty typical for scleroderma, but not the sudden swelling and redness -- that sounds more like an infection brewing.

 

But of course, I don't have any medical training at all. However I did own a very comfortable pair of nurse's shoes one time, and due to that, a few people really respect my advice. :blink:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Gale,

 

I had a stethoscope once, but I didn't know which end was which, so of course my thoughts on your knuckle are solely from a gardening standpoint (I did 6.5 hours yesterday, do NOT ask how I feel today!). Is it possible you strained the knuckle fighting with the rose? I find the implements of garden warfare pretty can do more of a number on me than on the garden.

 

I'd suggest trying cold compresses, just to see if they help. I'm getting mine naturally; after shirt-sleeve weather yesterday, it's **** snowing **** today.

 

Hope your knuckle is better soon and your roses in bloom.


Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager

(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide

(Retired) ISN Artist

International Scleroderma Network

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Hi Gale,

 

Yes, it could be an infection. If it's still bothering you now, even if you don't see red streaks, please get off the computer right this minute and call your doctor's office (now, not tomorrow). If you can't reach somebody there, call the hospital emergency department. Better safe than sorry.

 

Please keep us posted!

 

Hugs,

 

warmheart

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Thank you so much for the advice. I am watching it for any spreading. It does seem to be staying put and may even be receding some. I did wear thick garden gloves, but I may have gotten poked - those roses can be devious at times. I do not see any puncture wound, but did put some antibiotic cream on it. I will also try a cold compress. I have had a bout or two of celulitus, so I know that it can be dangerous. I'll keep a close eye on it.

 

At least I can rest a little easier that it is not likely related to my autoimmune disease. Thanks again, Gale

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The swelling is way down today. I guess I caught before it got too bad. Those roses are sneaky, I did not even know that I was pricked. My beautiful big rose bush will be even more appreciated this year.

Thanks again for your timely and caring advice! Gale

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