Weakness in my hands? Fibro symptom or not?

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Jadensmommy
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   Posted 11/16/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have really started to notice in the past month that I've had trouble opening 2 liter bottles, jars, my son's sippy cups. It feels as if I am having weakness in my hands, and it causes a little pain if I am struggling to open something.

Is this something that you have experienced? have you spoken to your doctor about it? Has that person said it's a symptom of Fibro? I've not gotten a diagnosis for my pain yet, so I don't know if I even have Fibro. I just have suspicions at this point.

Thank you!
No diagnosis yet!

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

Still in the process of being diagnosed! Wish me luck!


Tammy


Sherrine
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   Posted 11/16/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Tammy, I have that problem.  I use to have carpal tunnel so that played into it.  They do seem better now.  But, get yourself a flat, rubber jar opener.  I've seen them in the groceries and, actually, if you go to a senior center, you might get one free.  It really does help in opening jars and bottles.  Also, I have a jar key.  Mine looks a little different than the one in the link below, but it sure makes opening new jars a breeze!  Tell Santa that this would make a great stocking stuffer!  Hope this helps.

http://theculturedkitchen.com/jarkey.html

Sherrine



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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 11/17/2009 9:31:22 AM (GMT-7)


crazykitty
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   Posted 11/16/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy, I noticed that you have degenerative joint disease in your knees, that sounds like
osteoarthritis. You might have some osteoarthritis in your hands causing the pain and
difficulty opening things. Like Sherrine, I also have a jar opener, it really helps.

A few weeks back I was traveling alone and I would stop strangers in the airport to open
water bottles for me. Arthritis hurts my joints and Fibro hurts my muscles, that is hoe I tell
the two apart.

Hoping you get a diagnosis soon so that a treatment can be started.

Hugs

Robin
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Sherrine
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   Posted 11/16/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Robin, I don't have arthritis in my hands.  I just can't open the stupid bottles and I always have to ask people to do it for me.  Thank goodness there are a lot of kind people out there.

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Marlee2
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   Posted 11/16/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Between the arthritis and fibro my hands are a mess and I don't think my brain and hands are on speaking terms most of the time. I drop things and knock things over all the time. I have a thing that I have had for years, made kinda like tongs, that will fit about any size of lid I use to open jars and bottles.
 
Your site did not come up Sherrine when I tried it.
 
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Jhemi
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   Posted 11/16/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Not only can I not open jars, it also hurts just to touch things. It seems like they are getting worse to me also. Doc says it's the fibro.

Sherrine
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   Posted 11/17/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, Marlee, for letting me know the link didn't work.  I changed it to this one.  Hope this helps some.

http://theculturedkitchen.com/jarkey.html

Sherrine


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kathydownunder
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   Posted 11/17/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
My hands drive me crazy there is nothing wrong except the fms, it is just a side effect from that the doctros tell me. I f I am shopping and no one is with me I ask where I buy my water from if they will open bottles for me most are happy to do that some look at me strange but then I explain what is wrong. So I can use that as a way of getting the fibro message out there. idea
 
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pattipanda
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   Posted 11/18/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup.. I have major problems opening anything.  Unfortunately hubby has a hand injury that partially paralyzed his right hand (and he's right handed).  So we have all of those things that Sherrine mentioned.  They help a lot!!!  I too have had problems with carpal tunnel... but since I'm no longer a hairdresser its much better.  Can't do anything repetitive though.  My hands have gotten very weak over the years and I don't have arthritis either.
 
Good thing to bring up when you go for your dx!  I did notice that you are in the process.. and I pray you don't have this horrible syndrome.  It doesn't get better or go away.  So, hopefully you WON'T get a fibro dx, that would be the LUCK you need.
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Chutz
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   Posted 11/18/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I'm sure glad you asked this question, Tammy!! I too have miserable hand issues and it's hard to tell what's winning the race to total destruction of my hands...the fibro or the osteoarthritis. lol....

I'm like others above...can't open things, drop things several times a day, had 2 carpel tunnel surgeries which helped that problem but then the arthritis set in plus the fibro. The knuckle joint on my pointy finger (right, dominant hand) is getting more knotted and painful by the day. Plus my hands in general are painful and can't open jars, etc.

I've never seen those jar openers. I have one that is similar to a style my uncle cobbled up about 35 years ago. Mom had the original. Sort of like this one..

www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-Craftsmen-opener-Under-counter/dp/B0000VLPSA/ref=sr_1_27?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1258612156&sr=1-27

But he made his from some plywood and 2 hack saw blades. Worked wonderfully.

One day several years ago I was trying to open a jar and was home alone. Didn't have the one under the cupboard or one of those rubber mat kinds so...had to get creative. Thought for about a minute or so and voila'...retrieved my computer mouse pad and used it just like those little rubber mat things to open the jar. Worked just fine. Was a little thick but it worked. idea

Anyway, we likely have a large club here who have the same problem. Only wish I had some amazing, miraculous cure for it but until then...

Keep those joints warm and let someone else open the jars. smilewinkgrin
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Littleneck
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   Posted 11/19/2009 1:23 AM (GMT -7)   
No arthritis, but I have terrible hand problems, especially lately when it's hurt too much to even type. I have no strength in my hands and I could open any stuck jar ever made. This week I am in board meetings all day (on my feet, whine whine whine) and one of my tasks is to hand the microphone around for people to speak, because it's a large conference room. Today was a very animated meeting and my coworkers and I were really running around with the mics, and a man grabbed it out of my hand to speak. It hurt so much I almost got sick to my stomach right then and there because it felt like my fingers would snap. My hands are where I first noticed the fibro. (Later on someone gave me a huge bearhug and I almost cried. I had a tough day.)

Robin, I was so embarrassed a couple of months ago: an older lady stopped me and asked me to open her water bottle for her and I tried and couldn't.

mamanan
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   Posted 11/19/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it is part of fibro. My hands ache, but I don't have arthritis, and they do feel weak at times. Some days I'm ok, others I can't open cans or bottles either. I ask my oldest ds now (he just turned 11). I was embarrassed at first, but now I just stroke his ego and tell him what a strong young man he is, and so chivalrous to help out his poor frail mother! He usually blushes to his ears, lol ;)

I developed carpal tunnel during my first pregnancy. It got so bad after my second that I had the release done in both hands. That part is much better, but I still get some numbness in my ring fingers and my pinkys. I understand that another nerve than the ones in the carpal tunnel affect those fingers.
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Jadensmommy
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   Posted 11/19/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
It's good to know that someone else has had these problems, not just me! Well, it's not good that you guys have pain and weakness in your hands, but it helps me to know that I'm not alone! LOL I drop things all the time! It's like my brain is telling my hands to hold something, but my hands are protesting! I am really having more and more problems with my hands just in the last few months, and it's getting annoying!

I have alot to talk about with my doctor tomorrow, I hope she's willing to listen...
No diagnosis yet!

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

Still in the process of being diagnosed! Wish me luck!


Tammy

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