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Hand, Arm Pain

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  • Posted By: amandalovin
  • April 18, 2009
  • 03:18 AM

Hi. I am having pain in the top of my hand, kind of between my knuckles, in my wrist and below my elbow. It is in one hand more than the other. Sometimes my feet get crampy. I get cloudy vision a few times a day. All had for a while but the hands have gotten worse. I took some naproxen I had regularly for the last three days and it has not helped. The feet and vision are probably normal. My hands are not swollen at all. No swollen joints. The hand that hurts the most almost seems skinnier than normal. I am 28 and a female. Just silly of me, or should I see a doc?

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  • Hi Amanda,Your symptoms sound similar to mine. I was recently diagnosed with spinal osteoarthritis. They did an MRI only on my cervical spine because that's where it's the worst pain wise, but considering the similarity of pain throughout my spine, my ortho considers it safe to assume I have lumbar arthritis as well. I get pain, tingling, tremors in my hands, pain in wrist, elbow and shoulder, either side depending on which nerve root is being *****d off that day, and point pain in my spine. I don't get cloudy vision, but this seems to be a common symptom of upper cervical spine osteoarthritis involvement from what I've been reading. It seems like in my lumbar spine it's only the right nerve roots affected, and I also get similar symptoms in my legs and feet.At our age, it is usually difficult to get an arthritis diagnosis. I was in a bad car accident (rear-ended by a tractor trailer), which is probably the only reason I got my diagnosis easily. The jury is still out on whether or not the wreck is related to the progression. Do see an orthopedist and a rheumatologist. There is no such thing as "too young" for arthritis. I'm 22. And not all arthritis presents with crunching/crackling.Do stay active. Exercise regularly. It is important to maintain joint and muscular flexibility, this is the only thing that anyone has advised me that will help keep joint problems in check. If you are heavy, losing weight will take pressure off your joints and lower your risk for arthritis in other joints.I find I have to take 300-500 MG of Motrin or Naproxen to take the edge off. If you're taking any type of NSAID, make sure you eat before taking it due to gastrointestinal side effects. The only way I get any sleep is taking a NSAID about an hour before I go to bed.
    cazlee 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you very much for the reply. I think you are exactly right. Do you know what this leads to later in life? I am VERY healthy, from the food I eat and even grow myself, to exercise and weight. I dont do any stretching though, so I do think that will help with joint pain anyways. I'm sorry for your situation, and greatly appreciate your sharing and advice. I will make an appointment next week. I hope it is something manageable, because I am on the computer all day at work and then I garden almost every day.......
    amandalovin 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, once you're arthritic, you're always arthritic. The goal is to keep the arthritis from progressing and to reduce the joint/nerve/muscle inflammation. It depends on what kind of arthritis you have as to how it may progress and prognosis. I understand that there are about 100 different flavors of arthritis. There are also a variety of conditions that can mimic arthritis. Unfortunately I can't suggest what tests to demand since I received a diagnosis fairly quickly and with little hassle.If you find that your doctor isn't taking your symptoms seriously, don't be afraid to doctor hop til you find one that does. Pain is very subjective. This has been a big fear of mine ever since the accident. The doctor can't feel my pain, and even though it is well documented that the severity of pain has little bearing on what imaging studies reflect, if imaging studies don't immediately show a problem, the doctor might not take it seriously. It's such a catch 22, especially for someone like me that avoids prescriptions like a plague unless entirely necessary. I have days where I just want to cry from the pain and neurological symptoms in my neck and down my arms, in my lower back and down my right leg, and days where I'm almost pain free.I've had to hop around for my GP and gyno. I have a couple of other fairly minor and unrelated issues that weren't being taken seriously for the first couple of doctors I visited after I relocated from Arkansas to Florida, despite having my records available for the physicians. I do find myself questioning the intelligence of practitioners when they speak in absolutes, such as "too young" to be afflicted with a particular condition or symptom. Anything can affect anyone at any point in their life if the right mixture of genetics and environment are met, in my opinion.After you meet with a doctor, I would make your employer aware of any diagnosis and the recommendations of your doctor. My employer allows 2 15 minute breaks in addition to our lunch break for every 8 hours worked, and they have taken special consideration for my needs in that sometimes I just need to get up and take a walk to shake off the stiffness and pain. Hopefully your employer will be as understanding.I'm also otherwise very healthy in my daily life, and could actually stand to put on 10 pounds, but my metabolism is what it is. I've been cleared to resume and advised that yoga and similar low impact areobics are a great option for maintaining joint and muscle health.I'm personally giving glucosamine, chondroitin and methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) a try for 30 days to see if it gives me any relief. I also have been taking a womans multivitamin for quite some time. If you're not already taking one, I sugguest it, and make sure it has calcium and vitamin D in it. There's a reason women are more susceptable to osteoprosis.
    cazlee 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi again.I attempted to post a reply earlier but apparently it "must be approved by a moderator", no idea why. If it doesn't appear soon I'll try to post it again. I think a certain topic I brought up regarding supplements may have flagged some kind of filter on the forum, and the forum does not allow private messaging or I'd send it to you that way.Odd. This post appeared immediately.Let me try posting the reply via an edit.------------------Well, once you're arthritic, you're always arthritic. The goal is to keep the arthritis from progressing and to reduce the joint/nerve/muscle inflammation. It depends on what kind of arthritis you have as to how it may progress and prognosis. I understand that there are about 100 different flavors of arthritis. There are also a variety of conditions that can mimic arthritis. Unfortunately I can't suggest what tests to demand since I received a diagnosis fairly quickly and with little hassle.If you find that your doctor isn't taking your symptoms seriously, don't be afraid to doctor hop til you find one that does. Pain is very subjective. This has been a big fear of mine ever since the accident. The doctor can't feel my pain, and even though it is well documented that the severity of pain has little bearing on what imaging studies reflect, if imaging studies don't immediately show a problem, the doctor might not take it seriously. It's such a catch 22, especially for someone like me that avoids prescriptions like a plague unless entirely necessary. I have days where I just want to cry from the pain and neurological symptoms in my neck and down my arms, in my lower back and down my right leg, and days where I'm almost pain free.I've had to hop around for my GP and gyno. I have a couple of other fairly minor and unrelated issues that weren't being taken seriously for the first couple of doctors I visited after I relocated from Arkansas to Florida, despite having my records available for the physicians. I do find myself questioning the intelligence of practitioners when they speak in absolutes, such as "too young" to be afflicted with a particular condition or symptom. Anything can affect anyone at any point in their life if the right mixture of genetics and environment are met, in my opinion.After you meet with a doctor, I would make your employer aware of any diagnosis and the recommendations of your doctor. My employer allows 2 15 minute breaks in addition to our lunch break for every 8 hours worked, and they have taken special consideration for my needs in that sometimes I just need to get up and take a walk to shake off the stiffness and pain. Hopefully your employer will be as understanding.I'm also otherwise very healthy in my daily life, and could actually stand to put on 10 pounds, but my metabolism is what it is. I've been cleared to resume and advised that yoga and similar low impact aerobics are a great option for maintaining joint and muscle health.I'm personally giving glucosamine, chondroitin and methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) a try for 30 days to see if it gives me any relief. I also have been taking a womans multivitamin for quite some time. If you're not already taking one, I suggest it, and make sure it has calcium and vitamin D in it. There's a reason women are more susceptible to osteoporosis.---------------------Hooray for circumnavigating forum filters.There ya go. That was my original reply that for whatever reason didn't appear.
    cazlee 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • Btw - I find when I'm having a particularly bad day, seamless transition between downwards dog to cobra yoga poses are a GODSEND. Downwards dog is good for helping decompress the spine, and cobra just feels good. I'd be careful with anything that results in alot of spinal manipulation (such as locust or tortise) until you've been cleared by a doctor.Also lying flat on my back, on knee bent with my ankle from my other leg crossed over my bent knee, and lifting the bent knee to chest, lifting the hips, helps with sciatica. That helps decompress your lumbar spine and keeps the muscles in your hips flexible according to my physical therapist.
    cazlee 10 Replies Flag this Response
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