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Rheumatoid nodules on wrists...
kyoung1961 posted:
I have had RA for over 18 years. It had been well controlled with Humira and Methotrexate. Six months ago I began the process of having both knees replaced and had to go off both meds. Surgery went well but my RA has flared severely. I have been back on meds for two months but have developed nodules on both wrists. I had carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists eight years ago. My right hand and wrist just hurt and it is difficult to move or grip anything. However, my whole left arm from shoulder to thumb and index finger are numb and tingly. It is like an electric current of some sort and aches. It is almost like hitting your "funny" bone in your elbow. That crazy tingly pain but more constant. Has anyone dealt with this before? Did you have to have carpal surgery again?
Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hello Kyoung1961!

I'm sorry to hear about your severe flare. Here's an article on Rheumatoid Nodules , and another on Hand Pain and RA that may be helpful. Hopefully some of the other friendly members here will jump in and share their experiences with you, too.

I would suggest talking to your rheumatologist about the pain, numbness and aches. He or she can talk to you about treatment options so you can start feeling better.

Best wishes,

pamwellness responded:
I just joined this network looking for anyone else who has RA and carpal tunnel. I hope you have gotten some relief by now. I understand the pain you have been suffering and am sorry you have gone through this. I have carpal tunnel now and am wondering if the surgery is a permanant fix. My Dr. told me it was probably caused by break through flare ups. Therefore it might be necessary to either increase remicade and or find another med that will keep me in check. I've had RA for 16 years and have done pretty well until now.
I understand the benefits of the meds but am so leery of the side effects. I always wonder if there is a wholistic way to treat the RA without damaging more joints. I've tried to cut out sugar which is the biggest culprit, but I always end up satisfying my sweet tooth with something! Any suggestions?

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