Is Your Fibromyalgia Hand Pain As Bad As Hers?

fibromyalgia hand pain

Hand Pain and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that is typified by frustratingly persistent pain throughout the human body. Over at arthritis.org, one of their rheumatologists writes about the connection between fibromyalgia and hand pain. He writes that while fibromyalgia pain is generally concentrated in the soft tissues and muscles, the incidence of pain in the hands suggests that it could be caused by arthritis or osteoarthritis.

fibromyalgia hand pain

Over at living-smarter-with-fibromyalgia.com, they write that pain in the extremities, including hands and feet obviously, is often overlooked because of the more common areas of pain that occur in a fibromyalgia sufferers’ body.

They write that sometimes it can be difficult to untangle the exact origins of a particular pain symptom- whether it is caused by nerve issues, fibromyalgia or as we have already seen, arthritis.

Fibromyalgia and arthritis, of course, do commonly co-occur.

How to treat fibromyalgia hand pain?

Try:

  • avoiding activities that trigger pain,
  • applying heat wraps to your hands,
  • carpal tunnel gloves,
  • applying frozen peas,
  • soaking your hands in a bowl of Epsom salts
  • adding Tumeric and ginger root powder into the epsom bath and soak for ~20 minutes.
  • hand exercises.

If you’re able to increase blood circulation it is a healthy and natural way of attempting to manage the pain in your hands.

Hand pain exercises

What does fibromyalgia hand pain feel like?

This pain symptom can happen when you are using and when you are not using your hands. It can strike when you are reaching for something or trying to pick something up.

What makes it even more confusing, is that the pain can feel like it is in the bones, which suggests that it is arthritis, even though it is actually occurring inside the muscles and tendons.

Sometimes this type of hand pain is more of a sensation than an acute pang of pain.

It can be radiating, traveling along the tendons, ligaments, nerves and infecting the nearby joints.

The pain may be radiating from areas in your body like the forearm and shoulder and traveling down to the wrist into the hands- it all depends on the trigger points that have been activated.

Fibromyalgia hand pain symptoms

You may have trouble:

  • Opening your car door,
  • uncorking some wine,
  • gripping objects,
  • writing,
  • making up the bed,
  • vacuuming around your house,
  • even tying your own shoelaces.

Fibromyalgia hand pain- what do the forums say?

Over at fibromyalgiaforums.org one forum poster writes of the excruciating pain he experiences, describing it as feeling like a terrible cramp or muscle spasm.

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Whenever he tries to grab something, it hurts so much that he immediately drops it.

One forum poster commented that moisturizing his hands every hour provided some help along with a self-massage.

Yet another forum poster had an interesting idea- they suggested wearing gloves to increase grip strength and to keep your hands warm.

One more member advised a more structured intervention that included ultrasound, physical therapy exercises, steroids and professional massages. While this has granted him a great deal of relief, he writes that he is still not able to play video games for more than 20 minutes at a time because of the pain video game controllers causes him.

Yet another site commentator wrote that they have had some significant success combining a variety of different hand pain treatments that included: ice packs, heat, over-the-counter topical creams, Lidoderm patches and Flector patches.

This poster wrote that for the ice packs, they recommended frozen peas. Heating pads or icy hot patches were recommended to get some heat onto their sore hands.

Products like Bengay and Icy Hot were used as topical analgesics.

Carpal tunnel braces were also suggested as a potential pain-relieving measure.

Final thoughts

There are no quick fixes for fibromyalgia. The best thing you can do is to stay in regular contact with your rheumatologist and general physician to ensure that you are effectively managing this chronic illness.

If you are looking to try natural treatment interventions in conjunction with the medications your physician has prescribed to you, it may make sense to investigate acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, aromatherapy as well as some natural pain relievers.

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