My hands have been swollen and my fingers hurt pretty bad, especially both my index fingers at the first
joint just past the nail, also on that joint is a blister-like bump that is very noticeable and extremely
painful. What are these blister-like bumps and are they related to Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid??
I have been diagnosed with Osteo in my knee...is it possible to have both osteo and rheumatoid??
I'd appreciate any comments and thanks in advance...
If the bump looks like a blister which is on the skin rather than a bump or cyst that is under the skin, it is probably not a rheumatoid nodule. Still, with your fingers hurting and the bump near a joint, I think you should have your doctor take a look at it. It is possible to have more than 1 type of arthritis at once. I know because I do (leave it to me to pick a short straw!) Please let us know what you find out.
The bump isn't a real blister, it is under the skin and hard, it seems that once the bump appears, the joint doesn't hurt as bad as it had been!! I had a feeling that you would tell me I could have 2 kinds of arthritis at the same time...I am also dealing with thyroid problems right now, so I'm really leaning toward autoimmune, plus I have a lot of the symptoms for Sjogren's...wooohooo, I think I may have hit the trifecta of autoimmune
diseases/syndromes!!! I have to laugh so I don't cry...if you have time, please read my
journal and give me your take on the situation...I'm sorry that you got the short straw...thanks for getting back to me so quickly...oh, so is this nodule indicative of rheumatoid arthritis??
Yes, can I relate! Have a few autoimmune things going on myself. What you are describing could be a cyst or it could be a rheumatoid nodule. It is definitely worthy of investigation by your doctor. With all you have going on, I truly hope you will learn that it is a cyst or a calcium deposit or some such thing. Please talk to your doc and let us know what you find out.
Wow, just read your journal entries. I am stunned. You are really going through it! Have you seen your rheumy since all of this started going on? A lot of this sounds autoimmune. I would recommend you get all your docs talking to eachother. BTW, your hubby sounds great! Glad you have him on your side.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my journal...ENT suggests and Endo, but, I am at the point of not wanting to waste anymore time with someone who can't or won't help me...have not seen Endo or Rheumy yet...even though I've had dry eyes and dry mouth for many years, could never get anyone to listen to me and take me seriously...but, due to all the stuff that's happened recently, I am done messin around!!
I am on antibiotic right now and my tongue is on FIRE!!! I can hardly eat anything because everything tastes funny and burns my tongue like acid...and as a diabetic, I have to eat!!! If I wasn't so mad I'd sit down and cry, but, I know crying doesn't get you anywhere so I'll stay a little mad and hopefully get something done about this once and for all!!! My hubby is a good guy, thanks for saying that, I am going to show him your note cuz, he thinks I only complain about him!! LOL I will be making an appt Monday with either an Endo or Rheumy or both...and I totally agree with you that this is autoimmune...Am I right that I need an antibody test and possibly a lip biopsy?? For thyroid and Sjogren's, respectively?? Thanks again...let you know what happens...
Your blister-like bumps possibly might be erythema nodosum, a panniculitis (inflammation of fatty tissue) and, surprise surprise, yet another autoimmune connective tissue inflammatory disorder. Last year my gp thought I might have this in light of years of autoimmune probs and I was directed to dermatology for ?biopsy, but the sore bumps on my fingers actually cleared up before the appointment date and happily have not returned.
Good idea to see rheumatologist asap. Main thing is that any specialists you see need to be first class diagnosticians and are able to muddle through the murky waters of autoimmune disorders!
Excellent points from catzz. Yes, I think you need a lot of tests including the antibody. Maybe not the lip biopsy unless the doc won't diagnose sjogrens without it. I really think the rhuemy is the place to start. While we read a lot of posts about bad experiences, there are some really great ones out there. I consider them to be the best and brightest of all docs because of the vastness of their specialty. Please do keep us posted and give that hubby a hug! I love reading about supportive, caring spouses. Makes all the difference in the world when you go through this.
Sorry that it's taken me a while to get back to this forum and my question about my finger bumps! I have an appt with an endo on 6/24 and am looking into a rheumy as well...do rheumy's deal with thyroid and other glandular problems or is that strictly endo?? My hands hurt so bad that just vacuuming is torture (holding onto the handle) and they are so swollen and tight feeling that at times it's hard to get a drop of blood out of them to test my blood sugar...and God help me if I accidentally bump one of those bumps on my index fingers...it's like an instant toothache in my finger!! speaking of toothaches, due to dry mouth my teeth are disintegrating and so more pain and seeing dentist for a partial...I feel like one big ball of pain!!! Oh, one more symptom, don't know if it's related to???? anything...I have a red petechia-looking rash on both of my legs, doesn't itch or burn or hurt and is not raised...any ideas on what that might be?? Everyone here on MH has been so nice and helpful and I really appreciate it so much...I always have said that we know our bodies better than any doctor ever could, that's why it's great to hear from real people with the same stuff going on...thanks
The petechia-looking rash on your legs may be purpura which is similar but with larger eruptions and both rashes can indicate some sort of autoimmune process. Specialists tend to stick to their own speciality unless it's clearly overlapping into their territory and something they in part deal with. Main thing is - you're going through a ****load of awful symptoms right now and hopefully your endo can fast-track you to a rheumy or whatever the best direction is. However - if it were me, I would be doing whatever possible to get this all checked out yesterday, if not sooner! Often, the best way to get some action happening is to go through Emerg (bring a book...) - and in light of the new rash might not be a bad idea. (I'm in Canada, if the Emerg route is incorrect advice depending on your location, I apologize.) Nonetheless, you really need to be properly examined and diagnosed asap. Good luck!
More good input! Yes, this could be a rash associated with something autoimmune, but it may be something else all together. I would throw all of the symptoms together and get in to see a rheumy asap. Yes, rheummys do treat thyroid issues, too. See if one of your docs can contact a rheummy and get you in quicker, but go ahead and make an appt directly as soon as you can so that you already have something on the books. There can be a 2-3 month wait to see some docs! I hope all your dental work goes well. I understand what you are going through. My teeth are suffering for my conditions too.
Thanks so much for your quick responses and I will see what I can do in regards to seeing someone sooner...so far the doctors I've dealt with laugh and look at you like you're making this **** up!! It is so frustrating!! And, last nite when I showered I found a pea-sized lump in my rt breast, it hurts like he!! so I'm thinking it may be a cyst...I have a long history of cysts everywhere on my body...till now I have been calm and taken everything in stride, but, finding this lump may be the last straw, I can feel the hysteria building up inside of me and don't know how long I can keep it together (for my family) or when it's just gonna blow big time!! Thanks for listening and I will keep you guys posted... :(
When it comes at you all at once it is very overwhelming. Before I got diagnosed and while I was fighting to function and work at my very demanding job, I became so overwhelmed I ended up depressed which does not help the diagnosis process at all! Many docs write it off as depression. In some ways this turned out to be a blessing, though. I needed more skills than I possessed to deal with all that was happening - not just my health but my family members and my beloved and recently departed pet. (He was diabetic the last 3 years of his life and I got sick just before he did.) The biggest thing I learned was to break things into small pieces. Everything has to be dealt with, but you have to deal with one thing at a time, even if it is 5 minutes at a time.
I don't think any one is prepared to deal with the diagnosis process. It is so hard to advocate for yourself when you feel so terrible and have no energy! Finding out you are chronically ill is a relief, because you finally have a dx, but it is also an incredible challenge. Resetting my own expectations of myself was the absolute worst. I think one thing that worked in my favor is that I finally set my expectations so low it was a joy when I finally exceeded them. Now I live with them. I still push the boundaries periodically but I say that is just so I can see where they are :)
Hang in there. You are not alone in all of this.
4:55 am, fell asleep earlier than usual...just woke up screamin and yellin from a 4 star nightmare!! No way was I going back to sleep right away cuz lately my nightmares tend to hover and wait for me to go back to sleep and then they continue!! I think that even tho in my waking hours I am not letting the stress explode, it does in my sleep...these nightmares are frightening...
So, I came into the computer room where I had left MH open...I'm very sorry to hear about your pet...we lost our first dog almost 3 yrs ago, we had had her for 16 1/2 yrs and she and my son had grown up together...it's like losing a child!! I believe what you are saying about finally getting a DX...it's a blessing cuz you finally have a reason for all these symptoms and know that you're not losing your mind. I think you expressed yourself really well and I can relate to everything you said and I will heed your advice about expectations and taking things one at a time...the DX process is sooooo slow...I think that is the worst part...waiting!! How did you deal with other's (family & friends) maybe not understanding about what you were going thru?? It's really nice to know that I'm not alone, thanks tx!!
I would not be surprised if the nightmares are from stress. Everytime my stress would manifest in a new way and I would learn to recognize it as such and find ways to cope, my stress would find a new fun thing to do to me. All of that has to go somewhere it seems. I started a support group and that helped me a lot. I also had a counselor so I could go somewhere once a week and let everything out.
The waiting for a dx is the worst. Even though the rest takes time, nothing is worse than not knowing. Friends and family were a challenge. There were those that understood and were/are supportive beyond words. There were the doubters, I don't see much of them any more. There was one family member who had a really hard time adjusting to my new reality. This person took time to come around, but in the end did. Once the new reality was accepted, things were fine. People fall into roles in relationships. Unwritten agreements on who we are and what we do and how we will respond. Once something compromises our ability or willingness to fulfill our role, the dance changes and leaves the others confused and some times resentful. It takes time to get into the new rhythm. Some will easily find the new beat while others will have trouble or give up all together. It's hard to go through but with effort understanding and time, those closest to you will make the journey.
You might google spoon theory. It is a story told by a woman with Lupus, but it is applicable to any chronic illness. I share it with my loved ones and it did seem to help.
I used to see a counselor, for about 7 yrs, she was wonderful, but, then moved her practice way up north from me...she helped me so much with so many things...I don't know if anyone else could ever measure up to her, but, I talked to her recently and she said that she had someone for me near my home and that she was really good and very kind, so maybe I'll rethink that!! I had a friend of 41 yrs that I talked to daily, but, we parted ways a couple of years ago...my daughter is 35, has 2 kids of her own, works and is recently widowed, so we don't get to talk as much as I'd like to and I think it is very important for we women to be able to talk things out with another woman. I understand what you are saying about some friends falling by the wayside and others stepping up and being there for you and yes, the dance...I have heard it said that if you want to know who your true friends are screw up or get sick and see who is still by your side once the dust settles...and it's very shocking to see who is there, usually not who you thought would be...I will definitely check out the spoon theory and I must tell you, I love the way you express yourself...do you do any writing professionally or as a hobby??
If not, maybe you should consider it....thank you for sharing your wisdom... ;) joyce
I think you just made my day :) I could not agree with you more about a womans need to talk to ther women. To be able to unburden ourselves to someone and get another point of view can really help us explore what is happening, how we feel about it and what steps we want to take to address it.
I am so glad you found us here and look forward to getting to know you better.
There is definitely power in the Sisterhood...nobody understands us like another woman...even tho some men give it a darn good try...I am glad to be here and looking forward to knowing you better as well!! Namaste...first time I ever said that to anyone, but, it seemed appropriate... ;)
I too have such "blisters" and also now get them on my wrists and thumb. My doctor told me that mine are ganglion cysts, and dorsal cysts and said there were options if things got bad. Well they have, but I can no longer afford to get proper attention for my problem, long story, no need to bore you or others with this. But go here to get more information on these and see if this helps.
i have blisters like scabby clear bumps on my hand they dont hurt at all but i havent done anything to have blisters on my hand, they are on the tops of all my nuckles nut noy on my hands? does anybody know what this could possible be and if its serious?
How are your nails? Anything under them that looks like a splinter? I had blisters on the thumb pads and knees. Also splinter hemorrhages. Went to UBA teaching school, Birmingham, AL. "It's quizical." is what I heard. Suspected endocarditis. 8 months of tests and watching resulted in removal of lower left lung. Histoplasmosis.
I am new here but you both touched my heart talking about how important our sisterhood girlfriends are to us. Just moved and left mine behind. I am so lost without a friend to share with. So lifesaving for us women. Going thru slot physically and need the advise that only girlfriends can give. Just diagnosed with gastritis and Barrett esophagus, have arthritis of hands, knees, hips and back and degeneration in back, have that blister lump on index finger that Dr. Says is my joint blowing out and he wants to do surgery, feel like I hit 60 and started falling apart! I love life and want to live a long life. Any advice ?
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