I can't even remember how long this has been going on, possibly a year or more. I think it started when my now 4 yr old son got too strong for me to allow him to play roughly with my hands; he would hold my fingers and pull and sometimes twist. A couple days after that, they would be weak, painful, stiff, tingling and numb. I couldn't even sign my name. Turn a manual can opener? No way! It's gotten worse lately, and only in my right hand; my son has not been rough with my hands for a long time (since sometime last summer, I think) but they still get the same symptoms every day, and it has started to affect my wrist and about an inch or so up my arm. When I wake up in the morning, I can't bring my thumb and forefinger together, and my hand won't curl closed. Aspirin and Ibuprofen worked for a while (alternating medications when it was time for another dose) and Tylenol hasn't helped in months (if it ever did help at all). I have started taking Naproxen Sodium, and that helps for a while, but not the full 8 hours as recommended on the label.
I have noticed that when my blood pressure is high (I can hear it in my ears) the symptoms are more pronounced. Also, a new symptom is nonexistent heat. I took a nap with my son today, and when my hand woke me up, it was hurting and felt hot inside, and the feeling of heat intensified when I curled my fingers. I took some Naproxen Sodium and tried soaking my hand in cold tap water, but that didn't help, so I got a bag of frozen veggies and held it to my wrist and hand. I couldn't feel the coldness of it. After about a half hour, things were back to normal. Except for the enlarged middle joints on most of the fingers on my right hand. They're hard and don't hurt, unless I do something stupid like forget to take my next dose of pain reliever.
I don't dare stop taking the Naproxen Sodium; I was desperate after today's nap, near tears, and couldn't think of anything except relieving the pain.
Oddly enough, walking helps, and laying down doesn't.
I know, I should see a Dr, and would if I could. (No insurance, no money, low-income family) Lower salt and carb/sugar intake; yep, already doing that. Take a walk; absolutely, as often as I can. I tried the symptom checker, and maybe I'm too mentally out of it at the moment, because I can't seem to find results that fit.
I may have to make clarifications when I come back; not too sure if I've been clear or remembered to mention everything that's relevant. I am hoping that someone here can give some insight. Thank you in advance!
EDIT: Remembered something; the symptoms wake me up several times a night.