Stiffness, Swelling, & Pain Gone In Hands

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Mikie, Dec 28, 2002.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I am very happy about this turn of events, but I have no explanation for it.

    For some time, I have suffered from stiff, swollen, and sore hands in the morning. My rheumy diagnosed me with osteoarthritis in my hands after taking x-rays. I readily accepted this diagnosis because Dr. St. Amand has said that osteoarthritis is inevitable if one has FMS long enough. Seems when the body runs out of soft tissue in which to store phosphate debris crystals, it stores them in the joints and osteoarthritis ensues. Dr. St. A says that reversal of symptoms by removing the offending crystals does not extend to the joints and that the osteoarthritis is permanent.

    Now, two days ago, I replaced all the handles on my kitchen and vanity cabinets. There were 27 of them. The old screws were a strange square type which required a hand ratchet driver instead of my power drill/driver. This meant a lot of force and torque was necessary to remove these screws. I also installed a new faucet in my master bath. I had to use a wrench to remove the old faucet and connections, fix a leak in the cold water shutoff valve, and connect the new set. Again, a lot of torque and twisting.

    It just occured to me that my hands aren't in the least swollen, stiff, or sore from my ordeal. This is amazing. I have no explanation for it. Osteoarthritis does not go away. I don't know how to explain it.

    Only one possibility comes to mind. I believe that a good deal of our problems could be resolved if we could get a good night's sleep. Perhaps the fact that between the Klonopin, the ZMA before I had to stop taking it, and the HGH, I am now finally able to get good quality sleep.

    My advice across the board with these illnesses is to find a way to get the best sleep possible. It is during sleep that our bodies repair themselves.

    This may be a fluke I'm experiencing, but I hope not. I am a firm believer in prayer and the power of thinking positively. Without hope, we will not pursue treatments which help.

    Love, Mikie
  2. joannie1

    joannie1 New Member

    WOW!!! I can not believe you did not wake up to not moving your hands and arms for that matter at all. That is wonderful. I have been almost begging my Doctor for the klonopin but she is hesitant and wants the Rheumo to prescribe it. I hope that things stay well for you. It must be very exciting. I cant hang a small coat rack with three screws without feeling like my hands and arms died for days.
    Good for you.
    Love,
    Joannie
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    My PCP won't prescribe the Klonopin because of his malpractice insurance. Seems he pays less by agreeing not to prescribe controlled substances and medications which affect the functioning in the brain. He said he would consider it if my psychologist would write him a letter stating why I need it. My pain specialist had no problem prescribing it, so I never bothered.

    When I quit seeing the pain specialist, my rheumy agreed to write it. He prefers Neurontin as many of them do; why, I do not know. Both are anti-seizure meds and one does not build a tolerance to the Klonopin as one does to the Neurontin. Neurontin is trickier to get the dose just right. There is a false belief among some docs that Klonopin is addictive, but that's false. You just have to be careful to slowly wean off of it and even at that, you can become physically dependent on it. If someone cannot go without the Klonopin without a seizure, I would say that person needs it in any case.

    Good luck to you with your doc.

    Love, Mikie
  4. joannie1

    joannie1 New Member

    They tried to get the dose of Neurontin right with me twice!! The first time they started me out at 300mg three times a day and I went into a terrible reaction from it. So they stopped it completely. Then a year later they began me on it again and i could not build up on it enough to get the benefits from it. So, I had to stop it again. Oh well. I see the Rheumo in January for the second time. I would never do anything to upset my Primary because she is so good to me. We try to do the best we can with what she is comfy with and that is okay.
    OH, Mikie I did take your advice about asking her about my thyroid too.(About my hair falling out.) She was very glad i brought it up and she drew my blood right then and there. We are doing that test and she is having me begin birth control for a few months to see if that won't help to straighten out my hormones too. THANK YOU so much for all your wonderful advice. Your such a great person to have here. I am so glad your with us.
    Love,
    Joannie
  5. rbtheidmanhabs

    rbtheidmanhabs New Member

    Hi Mickie!
    I too have had the hand sweling off and on.Especially in my right hand and arm.For a while it was happening every day.Then for two weeks or more it stopped but now it's slowly coming back.It swells but not as bad.When it first started happening my hand was like a boxing glove.Now it only swells a little.

    Bob
  6. LisaMay

    LisaMay New Member

    Hooray! Even if it is a fluke, take advantage of it. I wonder if the torking and twisting had a hand in it - LOL. Either which way, I agree that getting the best possible sleep plays a huge part in self-repair.

    Great news for the New Year! Lisa
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