Julie, welcome to the forum. Have you been refered to a rhuemetologist? Maybe try that route and they specialize in the meds that help with swelling and inflammation. For a temporary solution try what culey mentioned. Soak your hands and feet in hot water. While they are soaking move them around to loosen up the joints. Sometimes epsom salts in the water help to reduce the inflammation. Get your self in to see a rhuemy and see if this is caused by RA. If so then get treated for the RA. Sometimes if you can work on the cause the symptoms subside a little.
Do you have anyother symptoms like psoriasis or eczema? There is an arthritis called psoriatic arthritis that can cause joint inflammation that mimics tendonitis. Generally you see mirrored joints affected. (ie fingers in both hands, both feet etc) Let us know how you are making out. It is great to meet you. Wish it was under better circumstances.
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