Anyone else have these blasted flexor tendon nodules? I have them on my fingers and arches of my feet. They are painfull and seem to be getting bigger. I am 55 and have been sick since age 15 but only this summer got a Dx. Several things going on but CtD is my worst for symptoms. Both rotator cuffs have massive tears. Is this CTD related? My rheumatologist said no point in fixing them. My left ankle has come apart and that doc wanted to relocate tendons as the ones that keep the foot from rolling in at the ankle are trashed. I worry that any surgery would be in vain. The doc started me this summer on plaquniel. But as I titrate up on it, I can not get past 75percent of where it needs to be without wanting to rip my skin off from the intense itching. Then she put me on imuran (sp?) and it caused kidney issues (I already have kidney failure). So now she has me on prednisone. Only 4th day on it, but already causing horrid leg cramps. Is that common with that med? I am ready to tell her I am done with that med. But the inflamation is horrible. I can not take NSAIDS due to the kidney issues. Both knees were to have been replaced 6 years ago, but then the blood clotting disorders were discovered and no one will do the knees now. I am about to the end of my rope. Has anyone tried any herbal remidies of pain and/or inflammation? Has anyone tried Butter bur? Thanks.