I had good luck with Nettles 1500mg/day (recommended by Stephen Harod Buhner in his book, "Healing Lyme")...started working within a couple days. I took it for a week and then couldn't swallow after that so couldn't take it any more...the pain relief from that week of taking the Nettles lasted a month after I stopped taking it.
The other thing that helps my hand joint pain is a homeopathic remedy called Causticum.
My husband also likes MSM for his joints (he has joint pain from long-term prednisone use) and says he notices a big difference when he forgets to take the MSM. He takes 6000mg/day.
I know some people use a combination of Glucosamine, Condroitin and MSM for joint pain.
I hope this helps - take care,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Lymphopenia, intermittant Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-J Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds: Zofran, Pulmicort, Vitamin B12 Shots, Heparin (to flush PICC line).