Hand pain

Hi all, just to keep you up to date with what's happening. I have seen the consultant Rheumy, but he is unsure what is causing the pain and swelling in my hands and fingers. He said it could be my fibromyalgia, diabetes, sarcoidosis or osteoarthritis.

Had blood tests last Friday, going for an ultra sound scan next Tuesday on both hands.

He told me to stop taking Atorvastatin for my cholesterol to see if this is causing the pain and swelling, as sometimes statins do. Been off it a week and no difference as of yet, he has also wrote to my GP asking them to prescribe naproxen to me, as they were reluctant due to my asthma,diabetes and acid reflux and hiatus hernia!!!! Waiting for their call at the moment.

He also said I may have to up the dose age of the prednisolone, I told him I wasn't happy to do this as I have put on approx 3 stone in as many years of being on steroids and that I was now down to 5mg per day and hoping to come off them altogether.

I am seeing Rheumy again on the 19th September so will let you know what happens.

Thanks and sorry for the long post.


5 Replies

  • Oh Jan poor you! You must be fed up, I wish they would get to the bottom of it for you. But I must admit the list made me giggle just a little I am afraid, how on earth are we going to work through that list and find out what's wrong LOL! But the main thing is that they do work through it for you and see exactly what is causing you problems.

    The scan will be very helpful as when I got my scan is it really showed the information and fluid in the joints which made it easy for them realise it was rheumatoid arthritis.

    So good luck with it all and keepers up-to-date what is happening I hope you're feeling better very soon lots of love Axx

  • Thanks Allanah, I know what you mean about the list and that's not all of um.!!!! Can't wait for the scan next week to find out what really is going on. I assume you meant inflammation and fluid showed up in your scan?

    Hope they find out what's causing mine anyway.

    Thanks for your reply I will let you know what the outcome is.


  • Ye mainly for signs of rheumatoid arthritis or inflammation. So I suppose you have other what they call co morbities ( your list! ) that might impact on your health so they will need to rule out these illnesses for you, I have lists of illnesses too and one adds to the other which sets of the other one! Lol, so vicious circle! But lets not jump the gun, they may think everything looks ok on the scan, but keep pushing till you get an answer is my advice !! Xx

  • Hi Jan, can I just say that fibromyalgia doesn't cause swelling in any part of the body, good luck with your app next week.


  • Thank you Philip for your reply and comments, will let you know what the outcome is next week.


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