Does anyone have tendon flares?

I have horrible, painful tendon flares if I overuse ANY muscle or tendon but I never see many RA sufferers talk about that nor is it listed in common symptoms. For me, it’s worse than any joint pain or swelling, anyone else have this?


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  • Larry Sawyer
    11 months ago

    Ann Lynn 73
    Have had RA a long time, never had the gnarly hands etc. Have always had connective tissues disease. along with a few other things. I use a Celebrex nock off to keep tendons in check, a time release anti inflammatory
    , Am on Xeljance to keep RA in check. Than for tendons that can be reached, I have a compounding pharmacy make up a cream which is (Diclfenic 10% Lipoderm} which I apply directly where it hurts. For those tendons i cannot reach there is always Jamie.
    Sore tendons suck and difficult to treat
    Larry

  • AmyLynn73 author
    11 months ago

    Omg!! Thank you! I have had this disease for 10months & have never reached out to anyone. My Dr. Is great but hasn’t gotten control of it yet, I’m just going through medications & started remicaide about 4months ago & even that’s not holding it. I wish I would have reached out sooner, it’s so nice to know there are others out there that have the tendon stuff too. I obviously know there are so many people that suffer with RA but I never hear or read much about the tendon issue. I actually find those flares to be so much more painful than the swollen joints. If I pick up something the wrong way or overuse my wrist, elbows, shoulders, within an hour the aching begins & within 2-3 hours I can’t use the affected area for at least 2 days & it’s spreading to other areas!!! I’m so thankful you shared your story & what has worked for you.

  • Larry Sawyer
    10 months ago

    AmyLynn73
    How goes it
    Larry

  • Larry Sawyer
    11 months ago

    If you look at my list of meds taking since 1979, it gets pretty long. I have always half assed journaled the meds I take and results from them, I also journal attacks, meds, foods or moods that kick off a flair. Rum raisin ice cream is a favorite. but the root cause is milk products with high fat levels. there is a a web site. http://www.chrohnology.com which tracks all the known cures for Crohns, as reported by folks like you and me. and their percent efficacy. the operating number is about 65 percent. they track thousands of us. Crohns, RA and connective tissues disease are all the same and different at the same time. be well, think well
    Larry
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  • Richard Faust moderator
    11 months ago

    Thanks for writing AmyLynn73. RA can absolutely affect the tendons and other connective tissues. This article from one of our contributors looks at what is called Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/arthritis-awareness-mixed-connective-tissue-disorder/. Also, this article from one of our other contributors looks at how RA attacks connective tissues: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/attack-on-connective-tissues/. Hopefully, some community members will also chime in with their experiences. As with any new symptom, make sure to bring it to the attention of your doctor. Best, Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • AmyLynn73 author
    11 months ago

    Thank you. I never find enough good information on the internet about the problems with tendon flares that I’m having. I never even knew it was part of RA until a few months ago.
    Thanks again

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