symptoms of ra

Problems w/ my hands

happymomma Community Member November 30, 2008
  • Hello Everyone!

    I was just wondering if anyone gets cramps in their hand &/or fingers when they are writing.  I had surgery for trigger fingers on my right hand, surgery was in October of this year, & about 4 weeks after surgery I started getting cramps in my hand & fingers when I would write.  I went to my Rheumatologist & he explained that the cramps were partly because of my recent surgery but most of it was because of RA.  He took new x-rays of my right hand & they did show that the RA is progressing rapidly in my right hand.  Has anyone else experienced cramping of the hand &/or fingers?

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  • Anonymous
    Brian
    Dec. 16, 2010

    I was diagnosed with RA about 8 or 9 months ago. It is mostly in my fingers and hands. In the past 5 weeks or so my hands and fingers have been cramping up something horrible. I have had to stop the car more than once just to "fix" my fingers so I could continue on. The cramps seem to be coming more and more often. I see my Rhuematologist on Monday so I hope...

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    I was diagnosed with RA about 8 or 9 months ago. It is mostly in my fingers and hands. In the past 5 weeks or so my hands and fingers have been cramping up something horrible. I have had to stop the car more than once just to "fix" my fingers so I could continue on. The cramps seem to be coming more and more often. I see my Rhuematologist on Monday so I hope she can give my some advice or meds to help control the cramps.

  • Anonymous
    GAIL
    Jun. 28, 2009

    yES, i HAVE TRIGGER FINGER ON MY RIGHT HAND AND INTEND TO HOPEFULLY HAVE SHOT...dID U EVER TRY SHOTS BEFORE SURGERY? DO U GET PAIN IN YOUR HANDS WHEN U CLOSE THEM? WHAT TREATMENTS ARE U ON  OR MEDICATIONS

    • happymomma
      Jun. 28, 2009

      I did try the shot in my hand twice & ended up w/ a infection somehow so I decided to deal w/ the trigger finger for 2yrs. The breaking point was when my fingers would lock-up & I had to unlock them w/ my other hand & it hurt so bad after unlocking that I would just sob & when I unlocked them it sounded like my bones were breaking; family members...

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      I did try the shot in my hand twice & ended up w/ a infection somehow so I decided to deal w/ the trigger finger for 2yrs. The breaking point was when my fingers would lock-up & I had to unlock them w/ my other hand & it hurt so bad after unlocking that I would just sob & when I unlocked them it sounded like my bones were breaking; family members could here the breaking sound when I unlocked my fingers.  I am on about 5 med.'s right now but I'm thinking about trying humira.

  • cheryl
    Dec. 05, 2008

    It is true, you will always have pain and cramps in fingers and hands. Especially when

    weather is cold and damp. I have given up writing by hand, too painful. I use the computer most of the time.I have RA for 18 years, it gets worse every year. I have tried alot of drugs,most didn't work or I had bad side effects and withdrawel systems.

    Which added more complications....

    RHMLucky777

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    It is true, you will always have pain and cramps in fingers and hands. Especially when

    weather is cold and damp. I have given up writing by hand, too painful. I use the computer most of the time.I have RA for 18 years, it gets worse every year. I have tried alot of drugs,most didn't work or I had bad side effects and withdrawel systems.

    Which added more complications.

  • Twinkisses4me
    Dec. 01, 2008

    Yes, I had surgery in my hands to place pins and fix the trigger finger and I still get cramps in my hand when I write.  I use a large pen and stop frequently when writing.  I get the same problem when I am transcribing. best of luck

    • happymomma
      Dec. 01, 2008

      Wanted to let everyone know that I was just give some info. about a pin that actually records things for you & then you can plug it directly into your computer. After you plug it in you push a couple of buttons & will print the recorded info. on your computer screen so that you can make corrections & print it off when you are done.  My friend...

      RHMLucky777

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      Wanted to let everyone know that I was just give some info. about a pin that actually records things for you & then you can plug it directly into your computer. After you plug it in you push a couple of buttons & will print the recorded info. on your computer screen so that you can make corrections & print it off when you are done.  My friend told me about the pen & she's going to get a pamphlet for me so that I can give the ordering info. on this website. Also, I just want to say "Thanks" for your support & info. As for those who have trigger finger(s), surgery is not that bad~~not that great but not that bad.  I was able to to change my dressing & clean the stitch line 2 days after surgery; after 6 weeks I was able to do dishes again.  I do exercises w/ my hand to the scar tissue & the tendons worked out.  My fingers don't lock any more but of course they will still never lay flat or be straight because of RA; my 4th finger on my right hand would lock so bad that I had to pull it out w/ my left fingers & when I pulled it out it sounded & felt like something breaking~~OUCH.  Anyway, everyone take care & I'll talk to you again soon.

      Kellie

  • SprkPixie
    Dec. 01, 2008

    Yes I do!! In my right hand when I have to write. When i write a letter or to many Xmas cards! I dont have any recommendations besides try to type more ( but after while my left hand starts cramping.)...  I am still trying to figure out the holiday cards... It would be nice to have a stamp...

     

     

  • Galen Gilchrist
    Dec. 01, 2008

    Hello Happy Mama:

       I get horrible cramps in my left hand (I am right handed). The hand cramps so bad sometimes that I have to soak it in hot water and undo the cramp with my other hand. I know this can be a very annoying part of having Rheumatoid Arthritis. I also get cramps in my ankle and my husband has to work it out for me. The cramps in my...

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    Hello Happy Mama:

       I get horrible cramps in my left hand (I am right handed). The hand cramps so bad sometimes that I have to soak it in hot water and undo the cramp with my other hand. I know this can be a very annoying part of having Rheumatoid Arthritis. I also get cramps in my ankle and my husband has to work it out for me. The cramps in my ankle are very painful. The cramps in my hand are not as painful. If your arthritis is progressing rapidly you may cramp more often than someone like me who has had it for a very long time. I remember my fingers cramping into some of the weirdest contortions. I sympathize with you and wish you well with your disease. It is not an easy disease to live with.

       Galen

     

     

     

     

    • happymomma
      Dec. 01, 2008

      Hi Galen!,

      Thanks for your reply.  Wow, you even get cramps in your ankle~~OUCH! The only problem I have w/ my left ankle/leg is that it will "give out" on me & I will fall; because of this I have torn holes in the knee of 4 pants & on one occasion I ended up w/ a severe sprained left ankle & a lot of cuts & tears on my right knee. ...

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      Hi Galen!,

      Thanks for your reply.  Wow, you even get cramps in your ankle~~OUCH! The only problem I have w/ my left ankle/leg is that it will "give out" on me & I will fall; because of this I have torn holes in the knee of 4 pants & on one occasion I ended up w/ a severe sprained left ankle & a lot of cuts & tears on my right knee.  I'm now using a cane to prevent me from falling because I never know when my leg is going to give out.  How long do you soak your hand in hot water?  Do you know of any all natural soaking items that can help w/ muscle relaxation?; I've been trying to find some & have had no luck.  Thanks again for your support & I hope that you have more good days than bad w/ the holiday season that is upon us.  Take care & God Bless.

      Kellie

    • Galen Gilchrist
      Dec. 01, 2008

      Hi Happymomma:

         Thank you for your reply. I should be using a cane or a crutch, but I find them cumbersome, but I used to fall a lot. I think it was from one of my medications.

          I just soak my hands in hot water for about 5 or 10 minutes. Sometimes I add epsom salts.You can mix some lavendar drops and mix it in with the salts and...

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      Hi Happymomma:

         Thank you for your reply. I should be using a cane or a crutch, but I find them cumbersome, but I used to fall a lot. I think it was from one of my medications.

          I just soak my hands in hot water for about 5 or 10 minutes. Sometimes I add epsom salts.You can mix some lavendar drops and mix it in with the salts and it gives them a nice relaxing smell. I get them in the health food store or catalogs that seel aroma therapy products. I have a nice one now called amber rose. I have been meaning to try a pair of those mittens that you put in the microwave and have aroma therapy scents like lavendar. I used to wrap my hands in a hot wash cloth and then put a plastic bag around that to keep it warm longer. To me nothing feels better than a nice hot soak for any joint or especially a bath.

         I never had to have surgery on my trigger fingers. I just make a splint out of a tongue depressor and some tape. I can't imagine what surgery on your hands must be like. I have had both of my knees replaced and one of my ankles fused, which makes for some unsteadiness. And yes my knees or ankles will occasionally give out on me, but I have been lucky I usually catch myself. My biggest problem is area rugs. I am not able to lift my feet high enough and sometimes my foot gets caught under one of them and I will fall. There is not much you can do about other people's houses.

         Try the soaking and also massaging helps. I will often massage my hand and that seems to keep it from cramping as much. There are times when we just have to get creative with this disease.  I wish you luck with your fingers. To me there is nothing worse than hands and wrists with RA. I never really thought about how much I used them. I took so much for granted.

         It was good to hear from you.

         Galen

    • Anonymous
      XanderPatrickNana
      Oct. 17, 2013
      I use Icy Hot. I keep in on my desk at school. I am a teacher, and need my hands! It helps a great deal.