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Posted by: Moo | 2012-05-22

Terminal joint arthritis

I''m 51, went through menopause at 42 with no ill effects and have never taken HRT meds. Over the last 2 years my end finger joints have become very swollen and painful. I''ve been to my GP and Physician who both prescribed anti-inflammatory meds, even though I have a very sensitive stomach - the last lot even made me vomit blood so I immediately stopped taking them. Winter is especally painful. Can you recommend any course of treatment or suggest which type of doctor I should see about this, I''m afraid of losing the use of my hands! Otherwise, I''m very healthy. Thank you!

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Expert ImageHealthy Bones

Dear Moo
It could also be something called Reynauds syndrome which affects the blood flow to the extremities and is especially bad in winter. I think a rheumatologist is probably the best specialist to see.

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Posted by: Moo | 2012-05-23

Thank you so much - I''ll locate one and make an appointment.

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Posted by: Healthy Bones | 2012-05-23

Dear Moo
It could also be something called Reynauds syndrome which affects the blood flow to the extremities and is especially bad in winter. I think a rheumatologist is probably the best specialist to see.

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