Hello to All. Has anyone experienced or currently has mechanics hands? Recently it has started taking over my fingers and I was wondering if anything helps relieve the cracking and numbness. Prednisone is no longer keeping it in check.
Mechanics hands syndrome, know about it?
Added 11 Oct 2012:
Unable to use hand creams with petroleum products because of oxygen use. Best I can do is an antibiotic salve with a bandaid if area is bleeding. Otherwise my fingers tips and knuckles are getting harder and deader. I do know how it is caused, just looking for a relief. have been diagnosed with limited scleroderma on hands.
Dear Karen, I found an good article about this condition in wikipedia.org. It list that those with auto immune disorders tend to be diagnosed with it. There were other helpful info bits in this article, if you will take a look at that article, it may help explain ways to treat it and prognosis. Then you might look up all your meds here, to see if they would interact with the suggested meds to treat this. I will say a prayer for you. Patti
Hi Karen. I couldn't sleep tonight at all, so you gave me plenty of time to see if I could come up with anything that might help you. My problem is I don't have a list of all your meds at this time to see about interreactions. One I did come up with was Clobetasol Propionate. It's a prescrition of course, & is geneally used for psoriasis, but I think it could help you if it doesn't interreact with your other meds. I also looked at Elidel, but after reading all the side effects, I don't think it would be a good choice. One thing I did read about getting this in your hands with your polymyositis, is overuse like using the computer so much. Have you considered getting the program Dragon? This would elmininate all of your typing with your finders. I have thought about it myself with this darn arthritis I have. My right hand is getting so bad now, & I don't want surgery again. It just doesn't do any good. It might be something you could investigate. Another one I read about is tacrolimus. I know you are taking a break from it right now, but apparently it comes in a cream that you could use exclusively on just your hands. If I remember correctly, you were getting it by IV. I will keep looking for you. & let you know if I can come up with anything else. You are probably fast alseep by now, but hopefully one of these two will give you a good morning wake up! When I see you ask a question, I know the situation has to be pretty bad, and unfortunately most creams & such for scleraderma of the hands does have a petroleum base. I will keep up the search...
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