Sera, you have described my hands to a "T". When fibro first hit me, it was all over and the worst was from my elbows down. You know when you hit your elbow really hard...they call it the funny bone? Well, that's what happened to me and it felt like electricity shooting down my arms into my hands. My hands ached, tingled, and lost nearly all their strength. That's when I was told to start ibuprofen. It didn't help at first but, after a couple of weeks I did get some relief. (I was in tears nearly all the time because I couldn't sleep a wink because of the pain.)
They did get better after several months. I remember dropping my crock pot, filled with food, because my hands were so bad.
My hands started getting better and better and, then I had no pain or numbness in them! But, several times since then, it has come back. It's hard to ever write because your fingers are so numb. I would have to let my hands hang to my side and shake them to get some feeling back so I could continue to write out checks. I'm sure you know the feeling.
My last attack was last year. I was on a trip and a cold front came through. It was below freezing and I just can't tolerate the cold. I was in so much pain and my hands started acting up again. Keeping them warm does help, Sera. Anyway, I had to pull two suitcases through a small airport. They didn't have skycaps! (Gulfport, Mississippi). I thought I was going to pass out. My hands were completely numb and my arms ached sooo badly. But, I made it. It took about a week for that to subside after I got home to my wonderful warm weather and I haven't had a problem since.
Sooo, I do know what you are going through but, hang tough. It most likely will go away and it may come back again. I'm really not bothered much with it when I look over the 20 years of fibro. I know they say that fibro is not an inflammatory problem, but you couldn't prove that by me!
I hope this eases your mind.
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