Herbedean nodes (bony lumps like peas) are growing at rate of knots just now in all my DIP joints. Husband was startled by the speed of growth of them when holding my hand just now. They ache. They seem much more tender and have grown even bigger (or so it feels) since I came off MTX 3 weeks ago. They certainly arrived after RA started and my parents didn't have them. Is this just coincidence? My hands ache and I find their presence very depressing. Any one else got these and thoughts about why they hurt more off MTX?