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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