Hi all - had second from last physio session on the short wave device today and the physio will review my case after the last one next week. The physio technician looked at my hands after they had come out and asked me if I felt any improvement. I replied that it was just the same really - some days good and others rubbish and there seems no obvious reason for the good or bad days to be honest.
She looked at my fingers and asked me to clench them and I couldn't - never can anymore. She pointed at two that are very swollen and bruised looking permanently on the middle joints - the same ones that have been like this since September/ October - one on each hand and commented that they are quite pronounced to look at and wanted to know if they hurt me. They do a bit but only when I try and bend them or on bad days when one or other will get even more swollen and painful than usual. The other fingers are all tight and stiff and won't bend unless pushed but not a patch on the main two culprits.
So what I am wondering is at what stage the physio will give up and then what do I do? I am wondering if these middle finger joints can be replaced and what is the success rate with such operations does anyone know. Is this the next step or do I keep hoping the MTX will do the trick and have them back to normal again one day (by normal I mean how they were a year ago maybe?)? Or is it the knuckle joints that need replacing and then do the fingers work better again?
Sorry for all these questions but I've no one else to ask and the physio doesn't seem to know much really? TTx