Joint Swelling Caused by MS?
(San Jose, CA, USA)
Can joint swelling be caused by MS?
I have had MS for 18 years, and about 8 months ago I fell and injured my shoulder joint. Now my finger (pinky) on my right hand is bent and the joint very swollen. The entire hand/wrist was swollen.
I thought it was arthritis, but the reumatologist ruled it out after various tests. She put me on prednisone (30 mg) and that took care of the swelling in my hand and wrist but not on the joint of the bent finger.
They thought it might be related to the shoulder injury (on therapy for that), and they ran a nerve test which was negative. The doctor who ran the nerve test thinks it might be MS.
Could it be? Can MS cause joints to be swollen to the point of causing bent fingers?