I haven't got a chance to check back to the board since I posted my thread.
today, I finished a month long pain management program. this last week has been the hardest week of all because the exercises made the cramps worst and brought the nerve pain up in scale.
anyhow, for the questions from above, I do science research and I use my hands a lot to deal with the instruments. I can tell you that originally I had tendonitis injury back in feb this year on my right hand from using a pair of scissors, and it was kind of a heavy pair of scissors and it was only one time usage but I got to cut something for about half an hour or so. While my right hand wasn't healing, I used my left hand and I ended up pulling index finger from thumb by lifting up something. This was end of april, and a week after that second injury, I had pain on palm side of the thumb flexor muscle, my hand and forearm got so cold all of the sudden and hand got numb and felt like muscles just froze up. I ended up going e.r. ,initial pain was relieved by muscle relaxant, but soon I felt the same nerve pains(burning and pins&neelde and aching) on my right hand and also the feet which I didn't even injure. Later my hand surgeon thought that I had CRPS( complex regional pain syndrome) or RSD(reflex sympathetic dystrophy ) and refer me to a pain clinic. While I was waiting for the pain program to start, my average pain level dropped from being 8 (on 10 scale) to about 3 own its own. So when I was evaluated at the clinic with lower level pain and also with somewhat different pain(I began to have bodyaches and joint pains addtion to the original pains), pain clinic doctor said I don't have CRPS. First they said they don't know what I have, but later they said I have Fibromyalgia variant.
Well, I started the pain program beginning of this month with pain level of 3, and I just finished the program (it was a month long monday through friday 8am to 4:30pm), and right now I am at pain level of 5. I think that I'm going through my first flare-up and still trying to manage the pain with the tools( biofeed back and exercises) I've learned. I find that it's hard to manage and pace, but at the same time I also realized that it doesn't happen in short amount of time. So I mean to keep exercise with the pain to strengthen my muscle and reduce my tension level to prevent the cycles of pain.
you can easily find some information when you do web search on CRPS( complex regional pain syndrome) or RSD(reflex sympathetic dystrophy ) , and one thing is that CRPS can be really progressively de-habilitating disease while fibromylagia isn't. So I can exercise with the pain (of course to a tolerable level) with the belief that I'm not damaging any joints or tissues.
I'm still learning about this pain symdrome and trying to adjust my life.
I hope all of you who are in similar situation to find a strength within themselves and carry on with a hopeful outlook and actually to get and feel better.
thanks for reading
have a wonderful day