A 69-year-old woman with critical arthritis in her hands ended up with ‘telescoping fingers’ that scrunched back into her fingers. The bones of the woman were being reabsorbed by her body, which caused her fingers to collapse and lose their function. The woman’s unusual illness was a complication of rheumatoid arthritis she had been living with for 18 years. The doctors treated the women with several common rheumatoid arthritis vaccinations, as well as given her treatment to strengthen bone tissue. However, the medication was able to reduce her severe pain and swelling but failed to restore functionality in her hands.
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