Joint pain and FM?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Sheila1366, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    Hey everybody.I hope all is well.
    I have a question.Do many of you have joint pain in your hands,thumb and fingers?I am wondering if this could more arthrtis than FM.
  2. millennia

    millennia New Member

    From what I've read, you don't actually get joint pain from fibromyalgia, but that many people mistake the pain they have in areas with joints as joint pain and many people with fibro have arthritis on top of it. I get pain and stiffness in my hands in the morning, especially when its cold. Who knows, they are always saying one thing then another with this illness, it is hard to tell what is from the fibro and what is in addition to it.
  3. KJH_10

    KJH_10 New Member

    I have joint pain in my thumbs and wrist area, before I was dx'd with FM, this was one of my symtoms. When I visited my pcp, he sent me to a specialist who said that I have carpol tunnel syndrome. I don't know if I really do or not, but sometimes I wear a wrist splint at night if my wrists start to really hurt me. I think it is related more to my FM, but who really knows? :)
  4. katykat24

    katykat24 New Member

    i always wondered if i had something arthritic in addition to fm - worth looking into.
  5. shan1078

    shan1078 New Member

    If you think you may have RA, tell your dr. I know they tested me and found out I had it thru the Rheumatoid Factor blood count.
  6. sydneysider

    sydneysider Member

    I don't think that joint pain is part of fibro.

    I can't say what it might be, but I have many symptoms that I thought were FM, that have turned out to be something else. I don't have joint pain
  7. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    yOU CAN HAVE CONDITIONS THAT ARE CO MORBID. i HAVE BAD KNEES DUE TO BEING A RUNNER YEARS AGO, SO JOINT PAIN, BUT ALSO HAVE fM AND HX lUPUS AND HASHIMOTOS. my LEFT THUMB GETS AWFUL SHOOTING PAINS ALONG WITH THE FM STIFFNESS WHICH i PRESUME IS NERVE. aNKLES HURT AND OF COURSE A LOT OF US HAVE NECK PAIN WHICH IS JOINTS IN A WAY.
    hOPE THIS HELPS
    aNNE
  8. bunnyfluff

    bunnyfluff Member

    in my fingers and feet. Knees, too. The hands were what made me go to the rheumy to begin with, I was sure it was RA, since I have another autoimmune problem. He checked it out and said "no", one easy way to tell is if they are inflamed and hot. Also, if you bend your hand into a soft fist and you have indentions between the knuckles, instead of it being straight across, you do not have arthritis.

    So, you can have FM and just have the joint pain, as much of a pain as that can be!
  9. Smiffy

    Smiffy Member

    I have severe pain in all my joints from the fibro, not from arthritis.
  10. Mountainlover

    Mountainlover New Member

    I have pain in mt thumbs, fingers, wrists, between wrist and elbow, in the elbow etc.

    I don't know if it is FM or if it is my other arthritis' that I have. FM is part of the arthritis family of 100's. They are all autoimmune diseases. Once you get one form of arthritis, you can get many more. I have three different arthritis' (FM, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteo Arthritis) and I hope that 3 is all I will get.

    Mountainlover
  11. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    I get pain in my wrists, hands, elbows and feet. Classic RA areas. When I talked to my rheumatologist he said that FM hits the muscles and tendons which attach to bone. That's why the bones feel sore.

    Right now though, I can't get my wedding rings on. It feels like the middle knuckle is bigger? I have an appointment again in Feb so I'll go over it with him.

    I get these roving pains as part of my FM I guess. This morning, my necks cracking and my feet are sore to walk on. Tommorow it could be a whole new thing.

    The only thing that makes sense is that nothing does!

    Eileen
  12. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    I have been having alot of cracking inmy joints(wrists,ankles,shoulders).I am afraid that this could be the beginning of some form of arthrtis.The sound is so bad it is scarey.
  13. musikmaker

    musikmaker New Member

    I have had joint pain for many years. I ignored it as it was coming on as my mother has severe arthritis and has been in a wheel chair for about 40 years now. I assummed I was following her path. Then I started getting other symptoms and extreme leg pain that at times left me unable to walk. Then I had a major flare where all of the nerve endings in my bodying were firing at once for over 2 hours. I layed on the floor for these 2 hours as my life partner was away on a business trip. This caused me to start the trek of finding out what the heck was going on. Once I finally got diagnoised with Fibro, my Doc put me on Cymbalta. I have been very supprised that what I thought was Arthritis caused joint pain has almost disappeared for me unless I over due. So in my thinking, if traditional pain meds help it is more likely arthritis. If not it could be fibro related. Problem with this DD is nothing seem black and white. Can you say Twilght Zone? :)
  14. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I don't have that pain, but my husband does. We are currently taking fish oil capsules that are supposed to help joint pain from arthritis.

    They also have parrafin baths for your hands that are really soothing. I do think it is more a arthritis problem rather than fibro.

    Fibro is more a problem with muscles aching (like a toothache) in your muscles. Stiffness, aching, etc.
  15. roseylisa

    roseylisa New Member

    I read somewhere the reason it feels like the pain is in the joints is because with fibro the pain is also in the tendons and they are attached to the joints and that is why it feels like it is in the joints.
  16. Jen102

    Jen102 New Member

    and foot pain as well. It is considerably better now. The doc said he thought it was myofascial pain syndrome--muscles in constant contraction which pull on the joints. i am not sure if he is right. it is better although still present. i have treated my gut--changed diet to grain and dairy free and also avoid the nightshade family which includes tomatoes (the worst) and peppers, although i still eat potatoes--gotta eat something. there is such a connection between gut, fm, and other symptoms. are you taking probiotics, and do you refrain from white sugars? many people with ra do better without nightshade family, so maybe you will need to experiment. mine is much better and i am so thrilled. i hated to think of irreversible damage due to arthritis. you will note that i often type without capitalizing--is a strain to reach--things aren't perfect, but just much better.