In doing some research on AS, I found out that for a large portion of the population, the AS symptoms of back, hip and neck pain don't show up until the disease has been around for up to 20 years! I was astonished by that. For me, it kind of makes sense. I started having the neck issues in my teens. The lower back sacroiliitis was diagnosed quickly. I had the pain for about 3 months and a bone scan diagnosed it. That was 3 years ago. The hip, ankle, foot, knee, wrist, hand pain are new ones, this year. So "whatever" this is, it's progressive. I'm 34 now. Prime age for AS to rear it's ugly head.
Is your hand stiffness worse in the mornings, or is it an all day thing? Mine are stiff this morning. I was using my camera a lot yesterday and I think that is the problem.
I don't know what the heck this disease is all about. I have enough trouble figuring out my lupus and fibromyalgia! Now I might have another AI disease to add to my cocktail.
I hope your hands give you a break today. When you talk to your rheumy about it, I'd love to know what they say. Keep us posted!