First one must determine the cause of this. Hand pain usually involves the joints and some type of arthritis. The larger joints of hand can be affected by Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and the smaller joints near tips of fingers, osteoarthritis. If you haven't seen your /Dr about this, please do. Xrays of the hands as well as blood tests can help dtermine what is causing the pain, and appropriate treatment can be started. In the meantime, something like naproxen can help if you are able to take medicines like that. Over the counter. But please see your Dr. to get a diagnosis.
I do see a doctor and I'm taking medication which seems to do nothing. Meanwhile, still working and the pain is barely tolerable. I was hoping someone would come up with any kind of suggestion. My diagnosis: fibro aggrevated by RA.
If the medicine you are taking isn't helping, you can ask to take another. If it is a NSAID, some work better than others for each individual. Your Dr may have some samples you can try before you invest in a prescription. There are very good medicines for RA available. If you already know you have that, I would be sure you are seeing a rheumatologist. If you haven't been diagnosed with it, I would ask for the tests to confirm it, so you can get appropriate treatment and not be miserable in pain and develop the deformities and complications that it can cause. RA is a more serious illness than fibro and requires a specialists care to be in good hands.
People thanks for all your replies. I'm taking relofen(?) and it doesn't seem to be helping. I was going to get an injection treatment, but my insurance rejected it. It's really kinda hard to get some of the treatments I'd like to, because of my high deductible. Otherwise, I'm kinda on my own. But I'm gonna keep trying until I find something that works.
Hi Foxy, I have the fibro too but not the RA. I was having severe hand JOINT pain last year, it was unbearable it would wake me up in the middle of the night. Someone told me to stay away from artificial sweetners (which I was using a lot of) and after 2 weeks it went away! The art. sweetners was causing almost a neuropathy affect on me. I just saw your thread and thought I would mention this just in case you use them. It worked really quick and I hope your eases up soon! ((HUGS)) cj
I was also on Relafen, it became fairly in-effective within a year or so. I quit taking it, figured it wasn't helping why bother. The good side to stopping it was I got to cut back on the bloodwork, that stuff isn't to good for the liver.
use the voltaren in the morning too. wait 10 minutes and touch nothing after applying. i use it for my hands and a few other places. the best instant relief i found is, are you ready for this? sitting down? doing dishes by hand in hot water. dang if it doesn't work. i have cts. had surgery but blew my hands out again. also arthritis, hello old age. giggle.
do you wait 10 minutes after applying to put on the gloves? oh, and after an hour you can wash your hands and the med will still be in your system.
just massaging your hands under hot water helps too if all the dishes are clean, giggle.
i find braces at night help too.
Last edited by bluelakelady; 06-29-2012 at 08:17 AM.
You're right! I have actually washed dishes and spent more time soaking my hands in the water. Also have soaked in epsom salt (feet too). I haven't waited the 10 minutes before applying the white cotton gloves on my hands as I usually do this right before I go to bed. I'll try that. Will also try using the Voltaren gel in the morning. Thanks everyone for all your help!