I haven't been to the doctor because I have no insurance, but my finger in my one hand is getting bad.....
It has been kind of crooked my whole life, almost like deformed, but straight.
Well I have been having pain in the finger once in a while and when the pain would come it would be so bad it would hurt for a week and then go away.... This has been on and off for about 10 years or so.
Now it is constant. I have so much pain the in the finger that it is like a burning stabbing pain. I can't pick anything up like a coffee mug or anything with a handle or it hurts so bad.
It generally hurts between where the hand starts and the first knuckle on my middle finger. My finger doesn't swell, that I know of....
I have put ice on it, I have put heat on it for 15 minutes at a time each off and on, I have taken every otc medication for the pain.
I have gotten to the point where I try to make a fist, I can't get a good fist, before my hand feels tired and fatigued.
Is there any thing I can do, or can someone suggest to me what could be wrong, is there a brace that I can wear?
I have been working my hands lately more than I ever have and it is hard not to complain to my Mother in law, which I am doing most of the stuff for, she has really bad arthritis in her hands and she has the basal joint arthritis in both hands. I am now doing things for her that she can't do, as in opening jars, alot of different planting, digging, weeding.....making her beds because she doesn't have the strength to do it.....Now I just found out today that I have to go back into homes and help pack up which was my job before but the new girl that they have had got a full time job so now I have to do this again, which I really don't mind it, but I will be working more again with my hands.
I just want to cry because I am in a situation where I can't not do it. I work for the family business and you do or you do.....I haven't had a sick day in 15 years.
I just want one day where I don't have to do anything, and I can't get that, because as soon as I get that day, I have to come home and do it here all over again....Thank God I live in an apartment, because I could not do yard work twice......I think I would rather shoot myself.
Sorry that most of this is just B*tching but I can't take too much more......
Thanks for letting me vent