I wanted to see if I could get advice from anyone who suffers with arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. I am having some serious issues in my hands. I am sure I have arthritis but not 100% about rheumatoid. My hand have been bothering me for about 6-7 years but this past year has been terrible. I wake up every morning and both hands are swollen and painful. (regardless if I worked them the day before or not) My left hand seems to be the worse right now. I get sharp shooting pains in my top knuckles that run up and down my fingers. AND I am pretty sure I now have knots on the sides of my pointer and middle finger top knuckles. I can not tear anything but rather I have to use sissors; it hurts when I grab the door knob; I can't hold anything heavy; I have no strength in my hand; my son can not pull on my hands; i can not touch them together or interlock my fingers with out pain. You can imagine how hard it is to craft! :(
I have tried many different types of over the counter pain meds with not a lot of help. I started taking the herbal joint health "Glucosamine and Chondroitin" about a week ago. Nothing yet but it is still early in the game to see help from that. I am trying to get them looked at by a doctor ask we speak. I am very nervous though I must say. I am too young to have issues like this. I think that is what scares me to most.
I guess what I asking if any one could give me any advice at all to help with pain or knowledge.