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08/27/2008 12:21 PM

Why are our fingers like fat sausages???

ldsucs
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"My fingers were swelling like sausages." By lymemd

My fingers are fat little sausages too! Why do we swell up? My weight varies between ten pounds due to swelling/water retention.

Who else has this? What can we take to stop it? I can't even wear my wedding ring because my finger goes from a size 6 1/2 in the morning down to a 4 at night. I'm not a MD but this isn't normal!!!

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08/28/2008 06:06 AM
buckron

My hands and fingers swell up also,and they get cold from my elbows down.If i lift things or just use my hands a lot, they start to swell,I think this is a good post,Thats why i posted "does my pain sound familiar" I am looking for more feedback, to see if other members have the hand forearm neuropathy.

08/28/2008 07:57 AM
doublewhammy
 
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My fingers/hands swell & hurt too. very frustrating.I have the same prob w my rings. I had a bone scan done & I have basilar athritis in my wrist(they glowed on the xray) & finger joints. I just assumed that is what was causing all the swelling, not sure.I just did google search because it got me curious, wasn't real clear on what basilar meant...Basilar Joint Arthritis affecting the basilar joint of the thumb, or the first carpometacarpal joint located near the wrist bone, is called Basilar joint arthritis.

A form of osteoarthritis, Basilar joint arthritis affects women more commonly than men. It generally occurs after the age of 40, as a result of many of the same joint conditions prompting osteoarthritis of other joints - joint instability, cartilage deterioration, wear and tear.

doesn't sound to good...it did say with early detection & treatment could be helped. ask your doc.


08/28/2008 07:58 AM
Sunnisideup
 
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My elbows started swelling years ago. (I can remember my children's Pediatrician, whom I was friends with, grabbing my arm in alarm at the size of my swollen elbow) I was told Tennis elbow=surgery. No way. Then problems with fingers tingling, numb, swelling. I have found tremendous relief with treatment/antibiotics. I am also on some form of anti-inflammatory and pain meds as needed through Pain management specialist. I can't imagine staying on this regiment forever so I hope to add Samento in soon and hopefully, when "recovered" enough, wean off abx. and watch my condition as I stay on natural. If conditions come back even slightly, I will RUN back for a course in antibiotics. I hate them, but I hate the sickness more. (Haven't tried my elbow out yet with tennis but really, no swelling in it or knee, fingers). Nvrgiveup Smile Smile

08/28/2008 09:08 PM
VetNurse
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I don't know about swelling in the joints, but I know J has had really bad radiculopathy in in forearms and hands. He actually had spinal surgery to open up the space that that nerves for your hands come out of in between the spinal processes of his neck (C5 & C6 joint space) before he knew he had LD. It helped for a while, then came back. The IV abx have made the biggest improvement for him. Unfortunately, the LD has done enough damage he'll probably have artificial disks put in after he's done with the treatment. Prior to figuring out about LD, the only things that helped was some serious PT/massage, and reiki.

08/28/2008 09:38 PM
ldsucs
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Vetnurse

How long did he do IV abx? Like five days a week for how many months?

Did he have to go to Dr office to get IV abx or did he do them at home?


08/28/2008 09:55 PM
lymemd
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I got sausage fingers too. They improved with antibiotics. Personally, Amoxicillin and Biaxin did the job. A little Celebrex helped as well. For my patients I also recommend Plaquenil. Don't forget probiotics.

Migratory arthritis is a classic feature of stage 2 Lyme, but also occurs in stage 3. A lot of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis and others may be related to Lyme and other chronic infections. Mycoplasma species have been shown to persist in joint tissues. Different antibiotic combinations may work depending on which specific infections are causing the problem.


08/29/2008 10:41 AM
VetNurse
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ldsucs-

He's been on the IV abx for almost 28 days now. He takes 2g Rocephin IV every day, and he'll probably have to be on it for another 3 months or so.

He actually got a PassPort put into his arm, so he gets an infusion set put in once a week by a nurse (home health care nurses- they do a lot of chemo stuff with cancer patients, etc.) The pharmacy makes administration sets that have the proper abx dose in them, so he just has to flush the catheter, hook himself up to the little elastomeric ball, and flush again after, so he can do it at home. The actual infusion part is pretty easy, but the biggest thing is all the maintenance. He's religious about doing the dose every day at the same time, he's fanatic about keeping everything clean, etc.

He was put on the IV abx because the orals weren't crossing the blood/brain barrier well enough to fight his neurologic symptoms. He is also a special case because there's a lot of drugs that he can't take- he's been a Type I diabetic since he was 9 or so.

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