I do have a shooting pain in my right hand from my MCP joints almost up to my wrist several times a week. Ortho I saw last week, says it is a tendon issue. My RA affects my joints and my muscles and tendons, etc. Dr M calls this "extraarticular manifestations" of my RA. Do you have alot of tendonitis/bursitis? The better my RA is controlled, the fewer sharp, shooting pains I have. When I flare, the sharp pains increase. So sorry you are having this problem. Sounds to me as though your RA is active, but I am not a doc. Best to mention it to your RD.
Leslie, you are definitely not alone. The sharper pains are a lot of fun, aren't they? (Not!)
I have them, as well, and have learned to be careful with how I grasp objects, or carry things (dishes, glasses, pitchurs, buckets of water, etc...). If I am not, it is a struggle to keep from dropping something due to the extreme, sharp pain. Constant pain is easy, sudden sharp pain is such a shock to the system that it can't be prepared for and controlled as easily.
For the nausea try ginger root supplements (or ginger ale). I use them for nausea and the occasional dizziness, and they have helped me a lot. Check with your Rheumatologist. It also helps to take chemo (Methotrexate), with a bite of food or with milk, just as you lay down to sleep, that way it cuts down on the chance for feeling sick or for your mind to convince you that you are sick.
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