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   Posted 11/6/2011 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
One of my worst symptoms right now is pain in my hands. It's gotten to where I can barely write anymore. Fortunately, typing is ok. Just writing out a check is very painful. I didn't realize that fibro could effect my hands this much. Do any of you have this trouble? And what helps you?
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   Posted 11/6/2011 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes! Having it bad this week, actually. I imagine it feels like what arthritis feels like - a throbbing pain in my hands, worsened with use of them - and I'm only 34. I have actually been wondering if it IS arthritis and is a condition separate and apart from fibro or secondary to it. I'm guessing the latter because of my age. I haven't had any doctor address this problem but I did have a EMG that was basically normal. My arms in general ache a lot and the hands do, too. I had to take a bath on Friday night just to submerge them in warm water. Helped a little. Maybe we should try some OTC remedies that people use for arthritis like some kind of lotions or something??

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   Posted 11/6/2011 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I had that really bad a few years ago.  It has gotten better...mostly on it's own.  You know how fibro is.  But, I was getting blood work done and they had those "stiff" foam balls for you to squeeze.  They had advertisements on them so I knew the doctor's office didn't pay for them so I asked if they had any extra that I could have.  She gave me one and I would use that...squeezing it....while watching television and that seemed to help keep the fingers flexible.
I hope your hands get better in a hurry.  You don't realize all the things you do with  your hands until pain reminds you.
BTW, I just noticed that at the top of the page there is a video about how to ease hand pain.  You might want to check that out, too.
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   Posted 11/6/2011 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh mine ache all the time and twitch too when I type (that's why you'll see 3 Os in a row-lol) I think mine is half fibro and half arthritis. Sometimes in morning, they are balled up and I have to stick a finger in the fist to open my hand, hubby gets it too. But youare young for all that.

Hope they stop hurting soon...I know the weather affects mine...cold damp or front coming thru

Take care
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   Posted 11/6/2011 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
What seems to work for me is magnesium orotate. I don't take it everyday but when my fingers act up I wait for the pain to subside and when that doesn't work I take magnesium orotate and that takes the pain away. Thank goodness, I wouldn't want to live with that pain everyday. I've also found that not straining my fingers too much helps.

Good luck.
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   Posted 11/7/2011 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
My fibro started in my hands. I thought I had arthritis. My hands were so painful that I bought felt tip pens because writing with ball points hurt too much. I went to the doctor about that issue and had blood tests and x-rays but nothing showed. After a nerve conduction test came back normal we were flummoxed. He sent me to a physical therapist thinking it was tendinitis. It wasn't until the pain started to spread over my entire body that my doctor realized it was Fibro.

I took advil and then diclofenac (usually an Rx for arthritis) to help my hands before the diagnosis.m I put rice filled socks warmed in the microwave on them.

It took some time before they felt better. It didn't happen until after I was diagnosed with fibro and started taking Savella and Malic Acid that my hands really felt better.

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   Posted 11/7/2011 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I should mention too, that now that my pain has lessened I'm trying to build up the strength that I lost while the pain was so bad. Playing with playdough helps. My 11 year old daughter has named herself my playdough therapist. :)
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   Posted 11/7/2011 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
My hands have become weaker with an increase in muscle spasms. It seems like the magnesium helps the cramps, but the weakness is scary. I thought about getting some test done, but it's probably fibro.

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   Posted 11/7/2011 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
The throbbing sensation sounds accurate. I hate it >:( Luckily I can get Marcaine in my hands when it's VERY bad, knees too:D
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   Posted 11/7/2011 4:29 AM (GMT -6)   
When my hands hurt it feels almost like its the bones in the top of my hands and the only thing that works is a heating pad for me. I'll lay a heating pad on top of my hands and take some ibprophen. Hope some of these ideas help with your pain.

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   Posted 11/7/2011 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I have fibro, osteoarthritis, and neuropathy including carpal tunnel, so I am never sure which ailment is effecting me at any given time.
Have you had your B12 level tested?  Sometimes B12 will help a lot with this type of problem.

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   Posted 11/7/2011 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all for your ideas and thoughts. I think I'll try the play dough. It's worth a try.

My fibro started in my hands back 6 years ago. I have heard others mention that they noticed the hands first too.
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   Posted 11/8/2011 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
My hands really bothered me too at the onset of fibro, they still do. I imagine this must be what arthritis feels like. I noticed that my tight suede gloves helped, so I even wear those inside now, lol. I also use my Red Feather pain spray, and it helps a lot. I will try those stress balls, it makes sense that we need to exercise the muscles in our hands the same as we need to exercise our bodies.

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   Posted 10/24/2015 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello there! I suffer from severe hands, feet, knees pain. My Doc has X-ray all of them and everything is normal. Pain started after an automobile accident about 2 years ago. My hands usually get numb at night while I'm sleeping and the pain is after. Doctors don't believe the accident can cause fibro, but is obvious something happened in my body that now I need to live with this. I also have a constant fatigue.

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   Posted 10/24/2015 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hands was first when I was diagnosed and very painful that doing dishes seemed huge task.

I thought I had arthritis but it's Fibro all along .

When I am going to flare up it gets worse.

Stretching helps .
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