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   Posted 6/5/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys.  I was attempting to re-cover some outside yard furniture today by using some heavy fabric and a staple gun.  Needless to say this is not a complicated or strenous process....but...I did use the fabric stapler several times.  Now my right hand (I'm right handed) is REALLY swolen and painful.  I realize that soreness from using a set of muscles is to be expeced.  What I didn't expect was the extreme swelling in the area between my thumb and finger.  It's basically like I have two hard boiled eggs in there (slightly stretched out).
What I'm asking is if this is fibro reaction ( I do have fibro) or if anyone thinks there is something else going on to swell so badly from a "nothing" event.  I'm thinking (but have not been formally diagnosed) that I have some type of arthritis (perhaps even more than one type) that may cause such a reaction.  It's almost like a normal reaction gone wrong.  I've put the Voltaren Gel on my hand to help with the pain, but the swelling hasn't budged even a little bit and I'm just wondering what you guys think.
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   Posted 6/6/2010 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a regular Fibro reaction to me. Sometimes, the simplest things cause me the most pain. I tried to open a jar the other day, and every part of my lower arm (between elbow and wrist) was in complete agony the next day. I could feel how stiff the muscle was...so just a reaction to straining to open the jar.

I've hurt from using a manual stapler to staple groups of 10 pages together...I did 25 groups, and the next day, I could barely open my hand. It WASN'T A DIFFICULT TASK!

Grrrrrrr....now you've got me all fired up...I HATE how the simple stuff makes us hurt so much after....FIBROMYALGIA....YOU BITE!!!

thanks....I'm okay now. I sure hope you feel better soon!!
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   Posted 6/6/2010 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mom...

I sure hope your hand gets better soon! Did you put ice on it to try and bring the swelling down? Might be an idea...no more than 20 minutes at a time then take a break. Don't want to blow up those skin cells by freezing them to death...lol

I agree that it's possibly a fibro deal. But it could be something else like arthritis. I've had something similar happen although I didn't have as dramatic swelling as you do. Doc looked it over well and told me it was arthritis that caused the problem. I had over used my hand. He was right on that one but then I had to pay the price in pain, unfortunately.

I would suggest if it isn't getting better by the first of the week you might want to have you doc take a look at in just to be on the safe side.

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   Posted 6/6/2010 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys!
That was kind of what I though you might say.  It makes me NUTS that I can't even do one simple task without suffering for it.  I NEED to finish my project and I am through with the staples, but I'm almost afraid to touch the mouse sander to do the table top and all I need to do is go over it to smooth it out.  I'd get my child to finish, but she won't be home until Friday from her trip.
I know I shouldn't think I can move mountains, but a simple project like this what I love to do.  It's becoming so bad with these hands that I can't even hold a pencil. 
BTW, the swelling and tightness are bad, bad, bad today (as is the pain).....this too shall pass.  I only have one more month and a half until I get in to see the Reumy.  Sounds insane to wait that long doesn't it?  Welcome to the South.
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   Posted 6/6/2010 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have arthritis in my hands as well as tendonitis, trigger finger and carpal tunnel. If I do simple things too, my fingers swell up like sausages. I know how horrible it is to NOT be able to do the things you enjoy. I am a needle pointer and I haven't been able to do that for the past several years because my fingers swell and lock up. I miss doing many of the things I enjoy. I can't use ice on my fingers because I have Raynaud's but also too, ice can make arthritis HURT! When my fingers act up, I run then under warm water or use a wax parrafin hand dip machine. But if you have no issue with ice then I second the idea, maybe even take a Nsaid if you can tolerate them.
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   Posted 6/6/2010 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm right there w/ you... I have fibro, too... and don't you also have CTS? My hands swell like crazy from the carpal tunnel... as Sherry above just said - my hands look like sausages after doing minimal tasks. It IS very painful, definitely... and it limits what I can do.

I hope your hands feel better... and hope you get some answers from the rheumy.

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   Posted 6/6/2010 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mom , Sorry to hear about your hands , I'm 54 yrs old now and it seems that I can wake up on any given day with a new ache or pain or swelling too .Its frustrating for sure , but according to your post its just one day so I'm hoping that it will get better for you soon , did you try putting ice on it ? I've got osteo-arthritis but I haven't heard of this type of reaction . Please try to stay positive , I hope the situation resolves itself in the most positive way for you . Mikel

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   Posted 6/6/2010 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Since fibro is not an inflammatory syndrome I really doubt that the swelling is a fibro thing. Maybe arthritis or tendinitis. I hope it resolves for you very soon but if it doesn't a trip to the doctor may be in order to get a stronger anti-inflammatory med than OTC motrin or aspirin. Lisa
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   Posted 6/7/2010 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mom, I hope you are feeling a bit better regarding your hands and that you gets some answers soon. Rest up for now.

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