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Overusing a joint causing arthritic pain

Odd question but- yesterday I was using scissors a lot of my hand hurt but I can imagine that most people's would have done even without RA because it was repeatative and hard work (cutting through plastic not paper). Overnight the pain got worse and now feels like very familiar arthritic pain in my hand. I'm just wondering whether overusing a particular joint can cause arthritic 'flare' in that joint. It may seem like an unimportant question, I just like to know if it's normal strain or the RA. Thanks

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I think so, cldnt drive car change gear after scribing in kids exams at work, after painting wall (yeah stupid I know, keep pretending I haven't got this and was good at diy 😞) After secateurs in gardening etc etc so i would say yes. I sit with microwave wheat bags on hands in evening, got fleece ones, bliss!

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Yup, I've learnt to change tasks every 45mins or so when gardening as otherwise it causes merry hell. Even then I do tend to get bright red puffy knuckles after time in the garden so have learnt to rub anti-inflammatory gel on them straight away. Pre-RA I could carry on for hours and hours......

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Yup. Too long spent knitting with extra chunky yarn and fat needles causes all sorts of grief with sore hands, elbows and shoulders. I think it's the repetitive nature of small movements that require some effort that does it. Soaking my hands in a very warm water with Epsom salts helps relieve things. Hugs

Jan

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Hi I find any repetitive job I do Wether writing or cutting cause symptoms to flare in that joint

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This time last year I had terrible joint pain after helping to break up an old sofa and move it outside. This wasn’t particularly repetitive work and I did ‘take care’ but the next day I was in agony in my hands and shoulders - pain that I hadn’t felt since the dmards kicked in a year before. Luckily didn’t last more than 48 hours but was a painful reminder that my usually well- controlled RD was very much still there.

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