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Old 11-06-2007, 04:48 AM   #1
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Difficulty closing/opening hands in the morning

During fms flares in the fall and winter, in the morning and when i wake up during the night, I have stiffness all over, especially in my hands and I have to gently work them to be able to close and be able to grasp. I haven't read anyone here mention this and am wondering if it is common. Thanks.

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Re: Difficulty closing/opening hands in the morning

hi starr,
i have the same thing sometimes. altho i do have r.a. and have had cts surgery so i cannot say if the stiffness is fibro or arthritis or echos from the surgery. i did just go thru a myofacial flare in my right hand that left me left handed for 4 days. it is better now.
i found filling the sink with hot water and soaking my hands really helps. have been doing that for about 13 years. still the best therapy to gently wake my hands up. fall and winter are the times my hands talk the loudest and want to curl up.
hope that helps you.
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Hey Starr, I agree with Blue about warming with hot water in the sink. But there's another solution that works absolute wonders. Check out the medical supply stores or one of the better department type stores and discount stores for a hot wax machine. They come in various price ranges from very inexpensive to top of the line. The thing about them is that the wax clings to your hands and DEEP heats your whole hand at once. You leave it to cool into a wax "glove", then just peel it off back into the wax supply. It's close to heaven for those stiff sore fingers (and toes too) Try to buy good quality parafin wax, not candle wax. Hope you get to try it.. it's been very helpful to me.

 
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Re: Difficulty closing/opening hands in the morning

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During fms flares in the fall and winter, in the morning and when i wake up during the night, I have stiffness all over, especially in my hands and I have to gently work them to be able to close and be able to grasp. I haven't read anyone here mention this and am wondering if it is common. Thanks. Starr
Hi Starr, I get the same hand/finger stiffening symptom as you, and I don't have any other disorder other than FM that could cause it. In fact that was the first symptom, along with elbow pain, that sent me to the doctor thinking it might be the start of arthritis. That is when I was diagnosed with FM. I had back pain and other symptoms for years that I just lived with thinking I was just getting older or moved wrong, vulnerable to back injury etc. It was the debilitating odd area pain that made me think, ok something *else* is going here. But, it took years of being run around between specialists.... urology, gastro, gyn, rheumy, etc before I ever connected the constellation of symptoms to the same disorder.

Yes it is much worse in fall and winter, along with all the rest of the body stiffening. Something I found last year that helped during winter with body stiffening pain, but does NOT eliminate it, is using a warming blanket to sleep on. This year we are getting an actual warming mattress pad to help with that. In addition to the waking up stiffness, the soles of my feet are killing me where I can barely walk...more of a hobble. The study of reflexogy presents one reason for this is that pressure points on the sole of feet reflect what is happening elsewhere throughout the body. Nice huh? lol

 
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Hi Starr, I get the same hand/finger stiffening symptom as you, and I don't have any other disorder other than FM that could cause it. In fact that was the first symptom, along with elbow pain, that sent me to the doctor thinking it might be the start of arthritis. That is when I was diagnosed with FM. I had back pain and other symptoms for years that I just lived with thinking I was just getting older or moved wrong, vulnerable to back injury etc. It was the debilitating odd area pain that made me think, ok something *else* is going here. But, it took years of being run around between specialists.... urology, gastro, gyn, rheumy, etc before I ever connected the constellation of symptoms to the same disorder.

Yes it is much worse in fall and winter, along with all the rest of the body stiffening. Something I found last year that helped during winter with body stiffening pain, but does NOT eliminate it, is using a warming blanket to sleep on. This year we are getting an actual warming mattress pad to help with that. In addition to the waking up stiffness, the soles of my feet are killing me where I can barely walk...more of a hobble. The study of reflexogy presents one reason for this is that pressure points on the sole of feet reflect what is happening elsewhere throughout the body. Nice huh? lol
Hi Jam, Your last sentence sure caught my attention. The study of reflexology, pressure points on the sole of feet, can you explain a bit more on this? I have horrible stabbing pain in both feet. I can barely walk not only in the mornings but thru out the day. I'd appreciate any info you may have on this. Thanks
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Hi Jam, Your last sentence sure caught my attention. The study of reflexology, pressure points on the sole of feet, can you explain a bit more on this? I have horrible stabbing pain in both feet. I can barely walk not only in the mornings but thru out the day. I'd appreciate any info you may have on this. Thanks BeHappy2
Hi BeHappy2, I can share with you what I know, which is what I have learned from my bodywork specialist who does Reflexology as my part of weekly treatment with her. It is an ancient medicine philosophy (I believe eastern medicine but not sure about that). It is based on the reflex/meridian systems of the foot, hand, ear and other selected energy points within the body's zones/meridians. Acupuncture and acupressure are based on energy meridians as well. The philosophy is that the meridians connect all the organs and glands in the body and culminate in the feet, hands, and ears, with each having their own meridians to particular body parts/organs. Therefore when you have pain in areas of the body, there will be a correllary area of pain on the soles of the feet, hands, and ears, and treatment can be applied to those areas through the feet, hands, and ears. In acupuncture, micro thin (hairsize) needles are used to stimulate the meridians, and for acupressure and reflexology massage and pressure are used to stimulate the meridians. Treatment consists of applying specific pressure to affected areas using the fingers or a blunt object (such as a wooden spoon). The pressure, approximately 10-15 lbs. of force, sends a surge of energy to the corresponding area. So, basically it is a form of trigger point release thereapy combined with massage. There are several graphic pictoral illustrations on any reflexology websites that identify which specific areas correlate to what body parts/organs. And, the great part is that it means it is possible for you to massage/work those areas of the body that one can not otherwise reach for yourself.

On days when my FM pain is high, it really hurts for her to work the feet and hands, so I personally have no doubt there is an association. But, it always feels better after she has done it. And, I think that is what is happening to us with our feet and hands in the mornings as they are reflecting the areas of our all over body stiffness! Hope that helps

 
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