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FINGER JOINTS LOCK UP

I was taking up some tile from the floor and i think i overdid it with my hands. I noticed that at times a couple of fingers would kind of lock up when i tried to open them and would than pop loose and i could straighten them. Now i have the same thing happening once in awhile when i close my hands. Anyone run into anything like this,or did i just get lucky?  lol

                     DON

 Hi Donn,

Not sure I am having the same thing happening but when I use my hands more than normally, they tighten up, swell up somewhat and then I can't move my fingers...for about 2 to 3 days...and they feel like they are red hot...Is this what is happening to you?

Today I was talking to someone about his trigger finger.  It's when the finger folds completely down to the palm of the hand and can not be brought back up..It takes cortisone shots and splinting for awhile to get it to come back to normal... or could this be what you are talking about?

I'll tell you, RA is a funny bird.  Never know what to expect from it...

Hope you get an answer, so far, I have not been able to get anything near one. 

Let us hear back from you...

 

Toni

Thanks for the reply Toni.

When i try to make a fist, one or more fingers will lock up for a moment when the other fingers fold into the palm of my hand. They do fold completely into my palm accept for this momentary locking up about half way into my palm. I have the usual stiffness and aches and pain in the morning, but the joints are not swollen or feel hot.

Like you say, RA is a funny bird and we're all differant in how it affects us. I'll be seeing the doc in early november and i'll run this past him and see if he has any pearls of wisdom that might shed some light on it.

                             DON

I had both middle fingers to do this and it was excrutiating to try to unlock them. Twice I thought I ws going to have to go to the doctor to set them " free".  

 

I had cort in both and it was the most painful cortisone shots that I had ever had due to having to go beneath the sheaths. The shots did not last two months.

Now mysterioulsy I don't have any problems with them triggering.  They just kinda resolved on their own.

 

I have a similar problem- the trigger finger emntioned above. My fingers aren't locked down all the way, yet, but they're getting there. I'm thinking about the cortisone shots, but I hear those are only temporary...does anyone know anything about trigger finger release surgery? I've been contemplating it....

 

Hi Donn,

 

Sorry I haven't posted back to you sooner.  My hands are not doing to well right now. I will be glad to see the RA doctor this Friday.  Maybe there is something we can do for it.

I was talking with the man at the center ( with the trigger fingers) that I belong to and he said this was the 3rd time he had suffered from trigger fingers... He is going to have surgery on them soon.  Said he is not expecting it to help very much but wants to try again anyway.  From what he said.  Trigger finger can be different in each one of us and just as different as to how to deal with it..  SO I guess it sorta is a "I'll be damn if I do and I'll be damn if I don't situation?  Is there anything crazier than RA?

I hope you get some good answers to your problem this coming November...

Good Luck to YA...

 

Waddles

(Toni)

Donn-

At one of my appointments with my rheumatologist I had two fingers doing  exactly what you're describing. When I showed her, she told me that if I EVER have any of my fingers doing that, I should see her as soon as possible.  The reason being, there are nodules growing in or around tendons that bend your fingers.  If these tendons continue rubbing against the nodules they could break, which would then be a major surgery having to find the fractured ends and reconnect them.  The word of warning is that the cortisone shots hurt like HECK.  Brought tears to my eyes and then to have to go through it twice in the same setting.  (They also make you realize how the enbrel shots really DON'T hurt  )The shots are administered directly into the nodule to break it down.  She also told me that if the shots didn't help then she recommends surgery to remove the nodule.

The shots did help me...within hours,  and its been over 9 months and I still haven't had any problems with them.

Hope this helps!

Best Wishes-

Julie

I MENTIONED THIS PROBLEM ABOUT FINGERS LOCKING UP  SOMETIMES TO MY RD,AND HE ALSO SAID IT WAS PROBABLY A NODULE ON A TENDON. HE SAID TO JUST KEEP AN EYE ON IT BUT DIDN'T SEEM TOO CONCERNED. COURSE IT AIN'T HIS FINGER!!!   LOL

HE DID DOUBLE MY MTX AND I'M SORTA FEELING BETTER, BUT I'LL HAVE TO WAIT A MONTH OR SO FOR THAT DOSE TO KICK IN.

HEY!!! HOW BOUT THOSE "WHITE SOX"????

                                   DON

 

I just add one extra tablet last week....went from 9 to 10 a week and I cold tell a difference this week.

My first symptom everyweek as my meds wear off is always chest pains...or inflamation in those breast bones; but I haven't had that problem this week.

I don't think it will take a whole month for the extra does to make a difference. It doesn't for me anyway....and this has not been my first experience with it either.

Hope it helps you as quickly Donn

 

Hi Donn

I personally am not a fan of the White Socks but for being the first time, ever, in the world series and beating the Houston Astros, is a very very GOOD thing.....Everyone who is, was and remained their fans, has every right to PARTY HARDY....

Congratulations to the WHITE SOCKS

I think if it was his finger, he sure would be looking for a fast remedy...and not sitting back listening to his doctor poof it off...

Maybe the larger of dose of MTX will help with the pain...I hope it does for your sake...

Toni

I have had a few trigger fingers and have had cortisone shots.    The shots worked within a couple of days and the trigger finger symtoms have not returned after many years. 

The doctor injected novacaine first and then the cortisone. I found that the pain only lasts a second or two. The novacaine shot hurts about as much as the cortisone and doubles the shots needed so I skipped the novacaine the last shot.   The doctor had more pain on his face giving me the shot than I felt.

Definitely recommend that anyone with a trigger finger try the cortisone. Worth the second of pain to have so much relief.

 

 

 

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