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Splotchy hands

I’m just wondering if anyone experiences easy bruising on fingers and palms with visible grey veins and little grey bumps. It comes and goes but I see it mostly when my hands feels cold and when I use a hand held electric mixer (the mixer gives me bruises). My first RA symptoms appeared late August and I have been on Methotrexate for 6 weeks and naproxen with stomach coating for almost 3 months. These hand symptoms are a bit alarming but in hind-site, my hands have always bruised easily. It just seems to happen for no reason now and is more general rather than just a spot periodically. I’m wondering if I now have Raynaud‘s or if this is medication related? I see my rheumatologist early January and had blood work done last week. I’m supposed to assume no news is good news with my weekly blood tests. Thanks so much!

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Hi,

Yes, I get odd splotches and bumps on my hands. They also 'die' in cold weather - well, also in hot weather and everything in between! I would check with your doctor (GP ) though. I read that lots of people with RA/ PSA get Raynard symptoms.

I hope you get some answers soon x

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Thank you for your reply! It’s hard to sort out what’s normal, what’s RA related, what’s medication related, or what could be completely unrelated. I think the blue/grey bumps and veins emerge when my hands are cold or bumped/vibrated. It makes me feel better that someone else has similar symptoms so thanks for that!!

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Is it like swollen veins? I asked my rheumy about my bulging ones and she said it's what happens when hands/ fingers etc are swelling. I always forget what it's called! I'll try and remember... X

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It comes and goes but I have swollen veins at times on my palms and grey blotchy fingers with bumpy spots. Weird! I wake up with swollen hands every morning but they go back to normal once I get moving so maybe it’s an effect from swollen hands.

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Yes, me too. For me it's all part of this stupid disease. But check it out! Thinking of you.

PS Are you from Halifax UK?

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I’m from Halifax Canada but proud to share your lovely queen 😄

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Lol. I wondered if I lived quite near you... But obviously not;-)

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I think that maybe you should get the bruising checked. Its probably the RA but best to have a professional look at them. I have witchy hands. Well, one of my granddaughters said I have. Bumpy and gnarly with prominent veins on the backs. They haven't swollen recently, thank goodness but I do get red hot electric shocks and aching if I've been daft enough to do housework. Wishing you all the best

J

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Sorry for the late reply! I had my hands checked and learned that my hemoglobin has been declining - likely from the naproxen. My hemoglobin was normal prior to the Methotrexate and naproxen and has slowly declined each of the three months since. I see my GP tomorrow to sort out my Anemia. Thank you so much caring enough to write to me!!

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Not a problem, 5Halifax. I'm very glad to hear you've had them examined and a cause found because unexplained bruising tends to make me nervous. Flippin' heck. Anemia too, eh? RA, the disease that keeps on giving. I hope your GP has a treatment plan in mind for you that works really quickly. Big hugs

J

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Oh thank you so much! First symptoms in August and still facing the reality of it all... All in all, my joints have improved significantly with the mtx. I appreciate the positivity and encouragement 🙂

Barb

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