Just back from a week down in London for a funeral. It was a truly mad trip but won't begin to describe it until my hands are feeling a bit better.
Came off Prednisolone last Monday and mostly flare has stayed away with some help from lashings of ibuprofen - except for elbows, wrists, knuckles and fingers which are just hellish. Couldn't get boots on couldnt get seatbelt on plane on couldn't hold a book couldn't zip up my handbag or wallet - or put charger in my mobile phone (consequently my wallet dropped out and I left it on the plane had to beg a mechanic to go up and find it for me?!)
What I wanted to ask is do others find that when middle finger joints swell they go dark green, blue, purple like bruises with red on top? Mine look like they are dirty or bruised just now as well as swollen and pink around the outer skin and hot? Also my veins on my hands have come up and one on the right palm-side under thumb joint and at top of wrist is raised up like a large dark lentil is stuck under the skin?
I shouldn't moan about the pain as it's part of the course - but it's making me feel nauseous - especially wrists which have swollen on the outside wrist bones. I felt like this all over before I went on the pred - why am i finding this so hard?
I've got one of those infected cuticles on side of little finger on right hand and because of being in transit in dirty city it's blown up all red and nasty looking but I was completely unaware of it until just now. It's a drop in ocean compared to the swollen bruised and stiff little finger on my left hand or the finger next to it. But OH looked at it when I got home and said "ouch you need to get some TCP and a plaster on that or it'll be antibiotics for you?"
Fingers so crazy stiff I couldn't even use sign language or finger spelling to my deaf sisters properly when I stayed with them this week! TT