Just wanted to see if anyone else has experienced anything similar to what happened to me yesterday.
For a few months now I have been experiencing pain in many of my joints. Feet, right knee, both hips lower back, right wrist and my fingers have all been effected. I have a diagnosis of severe (level 4) Asthma and had been taking a lot of steroids to control this three months ago when my steroids were swapped for alternative Asthma medication is when I started noticing the Pain. I was looking up an asthma treatment and came across an article which described PA. This began to ring warning bells as the symptoms seemed to fit with mine. I went to the Asthma nurse and mentioned the fact that I had been experiencing this pain and she advised I see a Dr straight away as this could suggest some arthritic problem that had been masked by the anti-inflammatory treatments I had been on for my Asthma.
I followed up with my GP and mentioned my concerns where the pain was and the fact that I have had Psoriasis for many years now. He agreed to take blood tests. However the results of these have come back clear with no inflammatory markers. The GP said despite this there was still a chance of the pain being some sort of arthritic problem and said he would put in a referral to Rheumatology. He also prescribed some pain killers for during the day and Amitriptyline to help me sleep at night.
This was all fine until yesterday when I woke up to find my fingers clamped shut into a fist and I was unable to release them. At first I wasn't to worried this had happened before and my fingers relaxed and uncurled with a little help after about ten minutes. Yesterday however my pointer finger and middle finger stayed resolutely curled in towards my palm.
I waited a few hours to see what would happen and when there was no change by lunchtime I went to my local minor injuries unit. I saw a nurse who said she had never seen anything like it and she would have to make me an appointment with a doctor and to come back later.
At tea time my fingers were still stuck and I headed off to the hospital once again this time to see a doctor. I was first seen by a nurse who attempted to pull my fingers open with no success she then went and fetched a Dr. The Dr said that he had never seen anything like it and he to failed to prise open my fingers. After some discussion I had explained to him about waiting to see Rheumatology and my concerns that I might have Psoriatic Arthritis. He said he had never heard of any type of Arthritis causing fingers to do that. He said he didn't know what to do but prescribed Diazepam to try and relax my hand enough to open my fingers.
I went home and took the diazepam and my fingers did eventually uncurl.
My fingers were very swollen and sore after this.
Today when I woke up my fingers had done the same thing again although to a lesser extent while I couldn't move my fingers another person could move them an get them to straighten out which had been impossible the first time. I took a lower dose of Diazepam and again after a while my finger uncurled and stayed uncurled. again the joints are swollen and painful.
So has anyone else heard of this or had a similar experience themselves? If so what did you do to either prevent it from happening again or to treat it when it does happen?