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New Problem - Throbbing Fingers

Jun 03, 2015 6:41 AM

Has anyone had this happen to them: Out of nowhere, my fingers on both hands, from the last knuckles to the tips, will begin to throb with excruciating pain. They will feel extremely swollen and the skin will feel numbish. My hands curl automatically when this happens. Each episode lasts like 10 seconds, and I will get 3 or 4 at a time. I've had this happen 3 times in the last couple of months. Each time I am in bed, trying to sleep or just waking up. The pain is so bad that if it lasted any longer I would probly be screaming and crying and begging to go to the ER. I have no clue why this happening or what it could be. I do have a doc appt, but I wondered if someone else could maybe shed some light on this before I go. Thank you in advance 😳.

Jun 03, 2015 9:13 AM

Admire, that's the same description of my fingers since March. It happens out of nowhere, and sometimes they feel warm. My rheumy doc said it may be inflammation from the Sjogrens since I don't have rheumatoid arthritis. She also said it could be osteoarthritis starting in my hands, but leans towards the sjogrens. I hope you get a dx soon and a way to treat it. 🙏🌼

Jun 03, 2015 9:27 AM

Hmm...that is very interesting. I will let you know what my doctor says. My appt is on Thurs. altho he is just a PCP so he may not know and refer me out.

Jun 03, 2015 10:46 AM

Ladies, I was interested and concerned that it lasted for a short period and that it was in both sides at the same time indicating it could be a restriction in blood flow temporarily. So I thought I would do some research. Look at this web page. This looks like a possiblilty to look into. It also can be a benign problem or an indicator of a secondary problem. It is common with people with arthritis. Here is the site.


Jun 03, 2015 11:10 AM

CRPS causes circulation issues, what you're describing sounds like my first symptoms.

Jun 03, 2015 11:58 AM

Thanks Profiler. I've seen this article before when someone suggested I might have Raynaud's. Can't remember who. 🙏🌼

Jun 03, 2015 11:59 AM

Ferretbandit, I'll have to check that out. Thanks. 🙏🌼

Jun 03, 2015 8:47 PM

Thank u, everyone here that's posted. I really appreciate it. Having odd and new symptoms is scary, especially when it's out of the blue and doesn't immediately fall into any of my current medical issues.

I tried to talk to my mom about it, and she tried to understand, she really did, but her expression read that she thought I was making a big deal out of nothing and I immediately felt stupid. At least now I have some ideas - again, thank you!

Jun 04, 2015 6:47 PM

Hey Mrs. Amie, I remember Flappsy's description of her hand and finger pain, and. I want to tell you the same thing I told her. My Occupational therapist friend would definitely tell you to go to Occupational therapy.

Jun 05, 2015 12:07 PM

Hey Amie, How are you doing today? Lill

Jun 05, 2015 12:16 PM

It's very strange. In the last couple of weeks I have been dealing with horribly painful hands.. I worked all my life in offices and I always typed. I can still type close to 100 words a minute without looking at the keyboard and can carry on a conversation while I am typing something else. But I digress, My fingers are swollen and when I move them they make crunching noises and my wrists are hurting too. I had ganglion cysts in both my wrists many years ago and they came back so I had surgery on both wrists twice to erradicate them. But now, the pain in my hands is just there even when I am not doing anything... they ache and they just plain hurt. I've been using a stress ball that I used in Physical Therapy years ago so I guess I'll see what happens. Hope something helps you

Jun 05, 2015 3:28 PM

Mine too AlwayZ. I'm thinking mine is a combination of the fibro+osteoarthritis+sjogrens. 🙏🌼

Jun 05, 2015 6:21 PM

I'm thinking tendonitis. My mom had tendonitis a while back and, it hurt. She had a steroid shot and, it made her feel a whole lot better.

Jun 05, 2015 11:37 PM

Amie, I'm telling you. You should probably go get tested for tendonitis and, see what can help

Jun 06, 2015 9:30 AM

I have been having numbness, and throbbing pain in both of my hands I have had a EMG on both arms and they came back ok no nerve damage. My Nuro things mine is caused by the Syrinx pressing on the nerves, and causing the majority of my problems. I just don't know any more. I plan on asking him about put in a shunt in my cervical spine to drain off the fluid inside my spinal cord.

Jun 06, 2015 7:25 PM

Weezie, Do you have that pseudo tumor cerebri??? I know it has another name and it is caused by excess spinal fluid leaking and causing pain and pressure. I hope that when you go to the doctor there is some kind of solution... My prayers are with you

Jun 06, 2015 7:28 PM

Hi Amie, How are you doing today?

Jun 06, 2015 9:02 PM

Alwayz it is called Syringomyelia the fluid inside the spinal cord is called a Syrinx, which presses on the nerves and muscles causing dertriation. That's what my Neuro thinks is happening to me. Thank you for the prayers.

Jun 06, 2015 11:14 PM

I'm sorry I haven't answered you yet, Lill, I've just been processing and mulling over my appt. My PCP more or less said he doesn't know what the problem with my fingers is, but that the NeuroPsych doctor that my Pain Mngmt doc referred me to would probly know. Well, I finally looked up what Neuropsych is and it's basically a Psych doc that teaches ppl with chronic pain coping mechanisms. I don't understand what he thinks this doc will do. I need to see a real Neurologist. I am going to find one myself. I'm just really annoyed by the fact that two of my docs pooh-pooh'd my fears. Just because I have one major condition does not mean that I can't have another separate problem. And now I have another symptom: vertigo on stairs. I don't even have to be on the stairs yet to suddenly feel as though I've missed a step and am about to fall. It's crazy scary. I'm unsteady on my feet anyways, this is bad news for me. 😳

Jun 06, 2015 11:26 PM

I know what it is, I don't you're psychotic. Feel better soon Lill.

Jun 07, 2015 1:17 PM

Admire, I hope you get some answers soon. Vertigo is awful! I get it mostly when I'm rounding a corner from room to room or when I look upwards then back straight ahead. If my sinuses or ears get clogged feeling it happens to, but I get tinnitus with that. Hugs & prayers! 🙏🌼

Jun 07, 2015 3:20 PM

Oh man Flappsy, My grandma gets Vertigo. She says it's bad, she doesn't like the feeling, but. I think she's taking some kind of medicine.

Jun 07, 2015 4:19 PM

Lill, I have med for it to but try not to take it unless it's real bad. Anyone with vertigo has it rough trying to walk, flat or multileveled. I also have the right side imbalance that aggravates mine. 🙏🌼

Jun 08, 2015 3:24 PM

Thank you both for your support 🌷. I just need someone to take my concerns seriously. I'm not a child, I'm not an idiot, I'm not a hypochondriac. I just have these things that are real and they concern me.

I also had a bug bite with a red ring around it - classic Lyme. It was gone by the time I had the appt. But when I told him about it he said that if the bite was from a Lyme tick it would have looked more like an open wound and if I didn't have to remove the tick myself then it couldn't be Lyme. I know that the bite doesn't have to look open or infected to be Lyme. Also, I found the bite while waking up after sleeping for like 10 hours. Maybe the tick fell off on its own. At least he could have tested me. Even tho I know the test isn't perfect. But still.

I live my life between frustration an despair. Sometimes I feel other emotions, but they're fleeting. And mostly, I just feel nothing. I know I need a different anti-depressant. But it's more then that.

Jun 08, 2015 9:22 PM

Amie, I know what it's like to have doctors dismiss you and/or not believe you. I'm praying you & all of us will get the answers we ness and sooner rather than later. Hugs... 🙏🌼

Jun 08, 2015 9:55 PM

Thanks Flappyslady. I'm with you in that 😏

Jun 09, 2015 5:02 AM

I know how it feels for your Dr to just brush off what you are trying to explain to them. I had my PCP do me that way not too long ago he told me he doubted that my symptoms were fibro fog. It was very upseting.

Jun 09, 2015 7:21 AM

That's pretty much an explanation of how they're treating us all I think. It's sad.

Jun 14, 2015 8:55 PM

Amie, that's why your pcp recommended that you see a pain psych. This will help you deal with not only the pain you deal with but the roller coaster of emotions that come along with the problems we deal with on a daily basis. Of course, I was not there to see the doctor's expressions or hear his/her tone of voice but don't be offended, I don't think the doctor thinks you're deluded, they just want to get you the extra help you need than just the team of medical doctors you need. Best of luck to you and keep us posted as to how things go

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