I've been dealing with chronic pain in my hands and fingers for over a year now, and it has really begun to affect my every day life and job. I've been to a few doctors now with no real diagnosis and I hope someone here can give me some ideas or advice.
I am a fairly healthy 28 year old woman, but a little over a year ago I suddenly developed pain in my fingers/joints in both hands. It was particularly bad in the morning and my hands were stiff and painful. My hands would be tight and painful around the knuckles and finger joints- with difficulty pulling hand into a fist. I work in manufacturing so I thought my hands were just strained from work yet the pain persisted (and has not gone away to this day). It was bad enough that I went to my doctor soon after my symptoms arose and had some bloodwork done. She tested for lymes, RA, thyroid, and a few others, but it all came back normal. So I tried dealing with the pain on my own. But the pain would get worse at times, so I continued to try and get a proper diagnosis and treatment. I went and got some x-rays which came back normal, and then was referred to a rheumatologist. I thought perhaps it was RA since I had symmetrical morning stiffness in my joints. But he found no obvious signs of arthritis, and told me he didn't know where to go from here. Within the last few months I feel like my pain had gotten worse and symptoms persist much longer than they used to. Also my wrist and more tendons in my hands seem to be affected lately. Iwent back to tht edoc once again and she did similar bloodwork that came back normal.
It has interfered with my ability to perform my job and partake in my hobbies so I am just getting more and more frustrated. I don't have any other notable symptoms or health concerns, no swelling or redness ever. I have tried taking advil/alieve etc which dulls the pain a bit but does not help with the tightness. Cold definitely seems to help and heat seems to make it worse. The wrist/hand braces also do not seem to help.
I feel like I've tried to figure this out for a long time now without much luck. I would so appreciate it if anyone has any ideas as to what this could be or what treaments I could seek.
Thanks so much for any advice or feedback.