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   Posted 1/29/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a terrible time with my hands. They ache, swell and I have a hard time getting them to do what I want them to do. Any suggestions? I have parrifin and that feels good but it is very short lived.

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   Posted 1/29/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ob 1pooky, Besides fibro, do you also have a dx of arthritis? Sometimes a NSAID such
as Mobic (meloxicam) is prescribed for inflamation. When my hands are achy I'll nuke my
bedbuddy and keep my hands on it while watching TV, the heat helps. Also watch your
salt intake, you don't want to add to your inflammatiom problem.

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   Posted 1/30/2010 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
my hands are the most consistent area of pain for me. there are days when other aches and pains come and go ... but my hands hurt every day. my doctor checks for red or swollen joints every time i'm there .. checking for RA, but so far, they just plain hurt.

i have found that heat helps, sometimes even just running really warm water over them works ... and there is almost always a sink wherever you go. :) i keep some of of those hand warmers that hunters use in my car ... so when i am really uncomfortable I have a little portable, disctreet heat. i also am careful to not sleep or rest with my hands 'balled up' ... that seems to make them much more sore later. i realized that i would curl my hands and draw my hands up toward my wrists when i sleep, and that aggrivated things.

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   Posted 1/30/2010 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are having swelling, you pobably should see your doctor.  Supposedly fibro is not an inflammatory illness and there usually isn't swelling.  It could possibly be arthritis or gout and those can be treated.

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   Posted 1/30/2010 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Between fibro and osteo arthritis my hands are the biggest source of pain for me most of the time. I had to write a couple of checks yesterday and the pain was so bad even going up my arm.
I don't have swelling or redness though and I agree that needs to be checked out by your doc.
I use lidoderm patches on my hands. They are rxd by your doc and are about 4x6 inches and you stick them on the skin and it absorbs the lidocaine and it does help. I cut them in two for my hands. You can only use them for 12 hrs and 12 hrs off but 12 hrs is a lot of relief. They don't work well for deep tissue pain but pain close to the skin like your hands and ribs they work well. Ask your doc about them.
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