Fibromyalgia flare up in my hands

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I have had many flare ups with my fibromyalgia, mostly in my back and feet. I have not taken any medications but I have had treatments from the chiropractor for my back and got amazing results. I also wore boots to bed for my feet...again great results. Now I have been having a lot of pain lately in my hands. I have asked my doctor about it and he says my fibromyalgia should not affect my hands. I guess I am curious if anyone else has had this problem and if so what you are doing to help with the pain. I don't know how much more I can take at this point. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Hi there, one of my first areas of pain was in my hands. My GP didn't know what it was and signed me off work for two weeks to rest them, along with tubing rip and bandages to support them. I was diagnosed with arthritis of my thumb joint and had surgery to relieve it, by which time I had just been diagnosed with fibro. Since then, I have had intermittent pain in my hands which I'm now sure is fibro related. Oddly enough, they're quite painful again at the moment. I'm using Fenbid gel, prescribed by GP for my arthritic knee. It seems to help a bit. I can't take ibuprofen orally. Hope this helps. x

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    Hi I also get pain in my hands my go said it's arthritis I rub movalac gel into them,I also have fibro he pain is every we're else  but my legs are my worse place.hope this helps regards Karen x

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    Hi, in my experience GP's know sod all! Yes you can get Fibro pains in your hands!! I have it alot, and there is no arthritis...just the Fibro. I'm not on any meds yet, to see doc about that soon, so maybe they would help. 

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    Hi, I have terrible problems with my hand , I do take a lot of medication not just for fibromyalgia but I have asthma and another lung condition as well as on oxygen 24/7, 

    i use heat a lot for my hand sometimes i sit with them in water that hot that my hands go pure red, or to be safer I use heat bags as you can mild your hands into them, as when you are in so much pain you tend not to realise how hot the water is , I blistered my back terribly with hot water bottles and had to go to the nurse every day to have the dressing change so be careful, 

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    Hi bio freeze gel is also really good I use it for my knees you get it on amazon, you probably get it in most chemists I just do most of my s

    hopp online you get, gel, strays and roll on but I prefer the gel although if you are on your own and it your back thats bad the spray helps then,lol 

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    Hi my first pains started in my fingers. I thought I must have broken bones in them. Have been diagnosed with fibro and get hand / finger pain regularly.

    The only drug I have found to work is prednisone. I know docs say it shouldn't work for it but it's working. I'm on a 12 month course. Side effects are atrocious but at least I can get out of bed.

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    Hi Hun

    This is where I get most of pain it affects my joints there stiff and feel swollen and I have shooting pains threw them

    I currently take pregabalin amatriptalin zapain naxpron and oramorph oh the joys hey !

    Hugs x

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    In my flare up, my hands fingers wrists get the spasms making you wary of writing or communicating with anyway, sometimes I can just get these tics, so embarrassing.
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    Becca and other followers, I get fibro in my hands and everywhere else as well. It's no fun at all. It's been just 12 months that I've started getting it.

    ...I had to learn about what things have been triggering it. Cold a ND windy weather do it for me. Stress, worry, fear are few more triggers. If you can learn a few of your triggers you may be able to reduce the length and intensity of the glare ups. I find heat, finger less gloves and keeping warm helps. Hot weather Aldo affects other people....hope this helps.

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    HI,  I was diagnosed just over a year ago with fibro but prior to that i was diagnosed with arthritis in my thumb joints and possibly my wrists too amongst other areas of my body.  I get an awful lot of pain in my hands incl wrists, fingers and hand itself.  Sometimes this is quite painful so I know what you are going through.  I rub ibruprofen gel into the painful areas which i do find helps a bit.
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    Your doctor is obviously a bit like mine, who told me for months that I couldn't possibly have fibromalgia because it doesn't exist!! I had fibrimalgia for twenty years before it was diagnosed and one of the earliest problems I had was in my hands. I could not open car doors, it was so painful I felt as though my wrists were broken. I often wake up with my hands twisted and frozen in position. I can't get out of bed, light my bedside lamp get dressed nor even go to the tiolet until it passes, and that can take up to ten minutes. My hands are always frozen in the same position, like someone with cerebral palsy. It is very frightening and nothing seems to help it. I just have to wait until it passes. Of course I have lots of other problems that are fibro-related,and have help for the pain, but nothing seems to help this problem with my hands. I also have a lot of pain in my feet, and walking can be excruciating sometimes, it really does feel as though I have broken bones in my feet and ankles. When I am in bed my feet feel as though they are encased in heavy boots, it is a really strange sensation, but I find a hot water bottle helps to ease that a bit. I don't know about the rest of you, but I seem to get a new symptom almost every couple of weeks, and I am really anxious about the future. It helps a lot to read the comments in this forum, because no-one I know understands this illness and I feel very alone sometimes. I think a hot water bottle should help with your pain in your hands, but get one with a thick cover to prevent getting burnt, because sometimes I find that my hands feel a bit numb, and it would be easy to be burned without realising it. 

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    Ok. I wasn't one to believe in fibro either. I'm not exactly sure what it is. But since about 8-9 yrs ago I have been experiencing severe hand pain. It started with just pain, then one or two swollen nuckles, then numb fingers and hands then rlbow pain. I typed throughout highschool followed by two positions where I type constantly all day. Years prior I was great. I was one of the best typists arounds. Fast and accurate. Then I started with the above mentioned symptoms. I started seeing a doctor 6.5 years ago who said it was traumatic arthritis. Well, it got worse and worse to the point it was affecting my job performance. Then came the numbness, tingling and so fourth. So i sought out a second opinion. Said I had some arthritis in my hands butnot too bad. More in my thumbs but still not too bad. But since i also started to have severe numbness and tingling as well they said the hand pain definately could be caused by carpal and cubital tunnel. So i was scheduled for four surgies. Both hands and both wrists. At first things werent too bad. Its only now been just a year but symptoms coming back. Some numbness remains in one of my palms but i get muscle spasms in fingers and parts of hand, up my forearms. The spasms make me wince with pain. Sometimes even keeping me awake. I find it hard to do my job and most of the time if i use my tablet, i voice type instead. Its just too painful. Sometimes some fingers wkll lock. I have a hard time opening things or at times holding a pot of water or jug of milk or full coffee pot. My "hand specialist" said i couldnt possibly have anymore tingling njmness shmptoms because he cut the carpal nerve and also moved the elbow tendon. He said the pain is coming from my arthritis although its minimal. I di not believe in anyway whatsoever that he knows what hes talking about. I can feel the random spasms even now. I find it ver difficult most days to do my job, fold clothes, cook, vacuum or anything else. Ive tried otc anti inflammatories, pain creams and compression gloves epsom salts, heat. Not too much ice or anything because if im working i just use the gloves which to be honest dont really help much. I have tried EVERYTHING and I am even in tears at times because my retirement age isnt for another 10-11 yrs and i just dont know what to do. I am going to see another hand specialist and see what he says. But some of the symptoms im reading in this blog are EXACTLY like mine!!! All the reading Ive done and this is the first time seeing similar symptoms! I hope this third dr can do something. The last one was a complete jerk!!

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      Im 35 Having all of these symptoms for the las 3 years justs being pushed out the door be numerous doctors not taking me seriously until recently! All the want to do is medicate me with Narcotics but im a mommy of 4 with 2 under 3. The last post is litirally my daily struggle! from opening a bittle of water, to foing my daughters hair making dinner or getting dressesd. my husband, looks at me like he thinks im making it ip at times! 😓 um under chronic pain management for fibro,ostio-arthritus and spinal stemosis, i just want to enjoy my kids!

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