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rhuematic nodules
« on: January 12, 2010, 04:17:32 PM »

anybody else got these ? a real annoying thing, lumps and bumps from RA in the knuckes , ankles and elbows. they don't really hurt but if you get them removed, they almost always come back.
maybe i can do finger stacks better now !
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2010, 07:46:05 PM »

bummer John... thank god I DON'T have them.  :P
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2010, 09:29:13 PM »

The LEAST of my problems- I could prolly fill this forum alone and for sure with my man Callaghan.
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2010, 09:58:15 PM »

Strandman in the intrest of full discolsure I need to mention I'm a nurse and I have arthritis. So... that said... I hope you have a rhumatoligist who is guiding you right now. If you have only a pirmary care doc...do youself a favor and get a doc who specializes in arthritis. Even if you keep the status quo (joint wise) it's better than joint distruction that leaves you really debilitated. I have learned this lesson and hope you can learn from me.
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2010, 07:26:15 AM »

Well when I lived in Boston, I had a really good RA guy Mike Weinblatt. He literally wrote the book. I for sure let the hip go to long and had it replaced several years ago. Knees and ankles are pretty shot but.......

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« Last Edit: January 14, 2010, 08:12:25 AM by strandman »
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2010, 08:55:49 AM »

do you think that the RA was in any way exacerbated by climbing so hard for many years? I'm always curious about that...not that I climb very hard you understand. [wry grin]
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2010, 07:26:34 AM »

Prolly not the RA- the Osteo for sure though. One in inherited and the other "aquired". "course years of track and soccer prolly didn't help to much either.
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2010, 11:44:58 AM »

... the Osteo for sure though.

I am of the same opinion as well even though I never climbed very hard.  Just too much crimping for the fingers I was borned with.


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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2010, 01:42:51 PM »

strandman,
  i had one removed from my elbow last winter.  it was causing pressure on the tendon and in turn caused some tendon damage.  they removed it, tweaked the tendon and I was pain free in 30 days.  30 more days of rehab and i have not noticed any issues since but doc said it may come back.  if it does, i am going to let him cut it out sooner rather than later.  that way we don't have to fix whatever it rubs raw.

   i also have them pop up in and around the finger joints during ice climbing season.  never get them during the summer for some reason.  must be the cold and such.  i do a couple of rounds of dexametasone in march and by april they are cleared up and i am ready for jammin!  i have found if i don't do the dex, they just get worse and i have to do it anyway but more of it.

  it is so regular that i already have a vial of dex and a handful of 20 gauge, 1.5", 3cc syringes ready to go. when it looks like the ice season is over i will pop myself with my usual dose then again in week.  man that is one burning vial of liquid fire to stab yourself with.  during this time i do a lot of massage of the affected joints.  a month later they are gone and don't come back till mid ice season.

  i have osteoarthritis, degenerative disk disease and impingement's in my spine really bad too.  c2/3 through c5/6.  i used to call it belayer's neck because after a day of climbing belaying i couldn't turn my head for a couple of das and would be in misery.  steroid injections and prescription enseds help some. at least keeping me in the game for the moment.  meloxicam/mobic is my best choice at the moment for daily treatment.  its going to eventually eat my organs out but its better than laying in bed crying and whimpering.

add all that to a pinched nerve at L5-S1, blown hip and bad knee.  doc says i am legally disabled three time over and could go on disability and get a handicap tag if i want.  i would rather crawl out of bed and go climbing though.  some day the reaper is going to finally cash me in though.  only thing keeping me going are some specialists that understand folks like us.  your choice of doctors is the key!!!!!!

  my internal medicine doc is a climber and at the top of his game.  my neurosurgeon is a back county skier, cyclist and rugby player.  my ortho guy is an avid mountain biker and skier.  they are all current or ex heads of departments at university hospitals.  they know their stuff and know that telling you to sit on the couch and suck your thumb is not an option.  in the past year i have had elbow surgery, rotator cuff surgery, bone spur trim and two procedures on my lower back.  have still managed to keep climbing between events.  oh yeah, my PT folks are stunning also.  had me leading 5.9 five weeks after the shoulder surgery.
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p.s.  this is not actual medical advice.  see a good doc folks and if he doesn't help then try another.
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2010, 04:34:18 PM »

....see a good doc folks and if he doesn't help then try another.

most assuredly so! don't take anything for granted.
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2010, 05:56:10 PM »

Good thing I stopped ice in '82, or I might be in bad shape. I kinda like PT and that kinda stuff . The key was a old shoulder pop-out issue, hit the rubber bands hard and it never happened again.
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2010, 10:28:54 PM »

I spent years with a nagging elbow issue. it stopped me from climbing. I had it cleaned out in '08 and I regained 10 degrees of movement and the pain was gone. I'll always remember waking up in recovery with my doc looking at me and asking..."is your pain gone ?"...I paused and focused...my too familiar pain was GONE ! I'll never get like that again. I have to say though that I do not have RA..even had biopsys to check. I have psoriatic arthritis...without the skin issues. Strandman if you need a good guy; down my way in Peabody MA there is Matt Heller. He's been around a while and he's a researcher as well as a practitioner. In Boston there are a couple at the Baptist but they end up shipping them to Heller when they get stuck. That said...consider some of the newer treatments if your having an issue. Remicade and the like have really chaged lives.
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2010, 09:48:52 AM »

Thanks- I got issues alright but...... Only 2 problems now , no decent insurance AND I live in CO. Fortunately the owner of the local brewpub also is a PT ! What luck ! My best friend in CO
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2010, 05:58:52 PM »

Actually John I read somewhere that rhuematic nodules are actually a form of VD typically acquired from too much exposure to Colorado girls who live deep in the woods.
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Re: rhuematic nodules
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2010, 06:33:15 PM »

Wondering when you were gonna chime in- you cattepillar lipped, balding dwarf. The real reason for nodules is exposure to short people.

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