My knuckles are constantly changing color from normal, to reddish to blue. Like some of the other posters have said, it does not necessarily coincide with pain. My Orthopaedic doctor did give me steroid shots in my hands, and I can certainly say they did help! Probably cut my pain in my hands by 50%.
I’d recommend that you talk to your rheumatologist about what’s going on. Hopefully they’ll be able to give you some reassurance about this. You may also want to bring up the possibility of a steroid shot in your hands, especially if you have a lot of pain. Steroid shots tend to last a couple of months, so it is a temporary solution.
While you’re talking to your rheumatologist, you may want to talk about treatment options. The fact that you’re having bruising makes it sound as if your RA is not controlled. Adjusting your current medication or switching to another medication may help suppress your RA, which should ultimately help the bruised appearance of your joints.
Yes, I have the same thing. Along with the bruising, they are very sensitive, hot as if they have a fever. So very sore that it almost hurts to look at them. What meds are you on?
Over half of my knuckles were inflamed, bruised and not able to bend and straighten all the way for about a year. It made everything even more difficult than my "normal" RA did. I was trying to do everything with my palms and that just wasn't working. I went to the dr and at that time I was terrified of meds so she suggested doing some steroid shots. Although I'd heard some scary things about those also I felt a little better doing those. I got them in about 7 of my knuckles and within 24 hours the bruising, swelling and pain was GONE! It has been a little over a year and I've only had trouble with the bruising and swelling returning once. I know it isn't "solving" the problem or addressing the cause but for me I just needed relief immediately and enough that maybe the other things (supplements etc) I was trying could have a chance of working. Well worth it for me. Something to think about. Good luck!
yes i do my fingers and toes look like that all the time and im 43
Yes, me too. I notice the discoloration seems to come and go, and mine is not necessarily related to pain. I think my hands look awful, even though the xrays look fine.
Maybe I didn't know the back of my hands like the back of my hand?? :)
Why my knuckels black and blue?
Yes me too
question... i have a red rash on my knuckels- not raised, looks like wind burn- not sensative- and my knuckels look slightly bruised-ish/ to white going up my hand-
I am meeting with an RA doctor next week- do you have RA and what were your symptons... just trying to figure out.. my wrist joints and achey-/sore- but not horrible... any info would help- thanks!
Good that you are going to an RA Dr.. Don't know about the rash but the sore and bruised joints are usually part of RA. When I first get up in the morning my feet & ankles are very stiff & very painful for about 2 hours. I also have Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is another form of RA, that is really doing damage to my ankles, lower back, & knees. It's good to start a journal to report how you felt when you woke up & as the day progressed & to report any changes you notice so that you can remember everything to tell the Dr. when you see him/her.
Welcome to the group. There are so many wonderful people on here that can help you deal with RA issues that you have.
i'm 52 years old and have had hard lumps form on the top and side of my fingers one of my thumbs are much larger than the other but today i noticed while in a lot of pain to move my fingers wrist or walk because of the pain in my hips i found brown looking bruses on my knuckles just show up