So the last few days my main issue of pain has been from finger tip to shoulder and everywhere in between. So I wanted to write about it to try to help others understand what it’s like for me. Now that don’t mean that the next girl with similar issues and pain is or will be like mine. :::)()(
-What fibromyalgia pain feels like from the fingertips down to the shoulder. It feels like an ache in the fingers, like they need to be cracked. A cramp, or dull throb. An ach, throbbing pain in the knuckles that yell, crack me,,, crack me… No strength or energy. Like I’ve held my arm high painting a wall for hours. But I haven’t. A throbbing pain from finger tip to shoulder. Like a metal rod from the hands end is being shoved into my Wrist all the way up past the elbow. This isn’t always a thin rod or a pin point rod. Sometimes this rod is at least an inch wide. Yes a flat and wide rod. The biggest amount of rod pain happens when I try to use my muscles. Like when I squeeze out the dish rag. Other times of pain I may feel glass being ground into my skin. knife stabbing me over and over or feel as if my bones are being squeesed to the point of breaking and Of course most of this is happening to my right hand, my dominant hand. It always seems to be the worst hand/arm. So as time goes I’ll use my left hand to compensate and then eventually the left gets the same way. Then I’m handless. My arms hurt so bad.
Other issue are difficulty gripping and opening. Squeezing and writing. Pain is increased by repetition. Fibro related hand pain can occur when using or not using the hands. Pain can occur when simply reaching for and picking up an object. Even a light object. Because the muscles in our hands are different from the muscles in our legs. The pain may feel like it is more in the bones of the fingers rather than the muscles and tendons of the joints. Weakness in the hand. Repetitiveness can increase fibromyalgia pain in the hand. Daily activities such as writing and or typing on a computer. A cell phone can easily exaggerated the pain. Lifting objects and overcompensation by using the hands or fingers more than the arms or upper body strength can also increase the pain.
Recent research has shown a connection between fibromyalgia and extremity pain. The blood flow in the hands for instance can be shunted away from the hands when movement occurs in another part of the body. Light exercise can help.
Pain can increase when we are exposed to toxins in the environment or a simple weather change. You can try wearing gloves when the hands are cold, during workouts and at bedtime. Yes keep a light pair of gloves by your bed at night. Cold hands can be another agitating factor to prevent you from being able to fall asleep. Try maintaining your upper body strength on whatever level is possible. It is so essential. Just like a lack of strength in legs can affect the joints in the knees and ankles. A lack of strength in the upper body can increase pain in hands. As a reminder always carry objects close to the body. Avoid extending the arms and hands too far from your chest for a fibro safe range of motion.
Many difficulties are with the following: Opening jars, car doors or drawers. Pain when merely leaning on your hands or forearms. Gripping objects. Pulling clothes out of the washer or cutting and preparing food. Using utensils, tying shoelaces, fixing your hair, carrying grocery bags, making the bed, gripping a broom, vacuum or pulling a plug out of an outlet. That’s just a few. There are so many. More than anyone could ever say. Big and small. We depend so much on the use of our hands just like the other parts of our body and we know that there is no quick fix or cure. Fibromyalgia hand pain is just part of living with fibromyalgia.
That being said you can try the following tools to help or at least mediate and even minimize the pain from getting worse. Note that even if you do all of the following you still could just be in the worst amount of pain imaginable because as we know fibromyalgia does what it wants, when it wants and how it wants but you could still try using copper gloves. Using a copper compression has been shown to reduce pain and it’s worth a shot. Try to do upper-body exercises or some natural pain relief therapy such as a few tablespoons of Epsom salt. Soak your hands in a large bowl of Epsom salts. You could also try adding a teaspoon of ginger root powder. The warming sensation of the ginger root powder really does feel good. It will generally last about 15 to 20 minutes after soaking, which is good for every part of our bodies. My personal biggest thing that I do to try to reduce and pass this pain is the simplest of all. Just simply try not to use my hand/hands as much as possible. I hope this has helped and or educated at least one person out there because the pain while typing is like a 10. xoxo