Hand Pain And Fibromyalgia
Do you have pain in your hand and fibromyalgia? Pain in the extremities is common in fibromyalgia and is sometimes overlooked due to the other common areas of fibro body pain. It can be difficult to distinguish the difference between pain that is caused by fibromyalgia, nerve pain or pain that is derived from another condition such as any of the various types of arthritis.
How does the hand pain and fibromyalgia feel?
Of course you can have both fibro and arthritis kind of pain. The pain of the hand may come from another condition, but in the interest of hand pain and fibromyalgia and the many questions that arise, we will focus on the pain of the hand caused by fibromyalgia.
With the pain of fibromyalgia, it will be more related to nerves, tendons and trigger points. However, there may also be other related causes.
Pain related to the hands can occur when using the hands or not. Pain can occur when reaching and picking up an object. Even a light object. Because the muscles in our hands are different from those in our legs or arms, the pain may feel as if it is more in the bones of the fingers than in the muscles and tendons of the joints. This slight tactile sensation can also come from allodynia. The change in blood flow to the hands or nerve pain can also be exacerbating factors.
Quite often, what you feel initially is more a “feeling” than an immediate pain. You can then have a type of pain irradiation, and again this can travel along the nerves, tendons, ligaments and the surrounding joints. This can cause weakness in the hands, travel to the wrist, forearm and shoulder, depending on the trigger points involved.
Many times, the pain really starts in the upper arm or shoulder, and then radiates down to the hands. The lower part of your forearm may feel pain and even “swollen.” This can exacerbate any co-condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Activation points can be latent or active. When they are active and radiant is when you feel those strange sensations and radiating the type of pain along the entire arm, the biceps area and then the forearm and hands. Again, we have to avoid too much repetitive movement when these areas are sore and bruised. Light massage or myofascial release throughout the upper part of the body can be useful.
You may also be suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome, which can extend from the forearms down into the wrist and hands.
Difficulty with the activities of daily life?
As indicated, repetitive use can increase the pain of the hand of fibromyalgia. Daily activities such as writing and / or typing on a computer or cell phone can exacerbate the pain. Lifting objects and overcompensating using the hands or fingers more than the arms or the strength of the upper body can also increase the pain.
Recent research has also shown a connection between fibromyalgia and limb pain. The blood flow in the hands, for example, can be removed from the hands when the movement occurs in another part of the body. I have seen this during exercise or the daily activities of life.
This can also happen when we are exposed to toxins in the environment or climate change. For our exercise and movement protocols, I always suggest wearing gloves when hands are cold during workouts and at bedtime. Yes, keep a light pair of gloves for your bed at night, cold hands can be another aggravating factor to prevent you from falling asleep.
Maintaining the strength of the upper body at any level is possible for each of us is so essential. Just as the lack of strength in the legs can affect the joints in the knees and ankles, the lack of strength in the upper body can increase the pain in the hands. And, as a reminder, always carry objects close to the body. Avoid extending your arms and hands too far from a safe range of motion.
Do you have difficulties with the following ?:
Opening of jars, car doors or drawers.
Pain when it simply rests on your hands or forearms?
Removing clothes from the washing machine
Cutting and preparing food
arranging the hair
carrying grocery bags
making the bed
grabbing a broom or vacuum
pulling a plug from an outlet
There are many great ways but also many smaller ways in which we depend on the use of our hands ….
Therefore, like other parts of the fibro body, we know that there is no quick solution, however, because we use and depend on our hands in so many daily activities of life, I think it is prudent to protect this area as much as possible . I remember a time years ago when my hands were particularly painful to the point that I went to one of my chiropractors feeling very worried.
And what about a handshake? Have you ever noticed that some people like to exercise their power by shaking hands too hard? And with fibro, you may feel as if you were crushing your hands and fingers. I made this happen recently, and the “feeling” of that handshake seemed to take too long.
As a practitioner and coach, I use my hands often and although I have used several repetitive movements in my work, it really does not make sense to me that this pain would be so debilitating to the point of not being able to fully use my hands without undue pain. It took me some time to realize that it was part of fibromyalgia, not arthritis. In addition, through the decrease of repetitive movements, it helped that more immediate pain.
Again, it is important to remember that although we must maintain as much strength as possible in our upper body, this type of pain can occur not because of a lack of strength, but simply as part of the symptoms within fibromyalgia and in particular hand pain and fibromyalgia
Is there help for my pain from the hand of fibromyalgia?
Although we know that pain in the extremities is only part of life with fibromyalgia, we can use several tools to mediate and even minimize pain and / or prevent it from getting worse. As stated earlier, when the pain in your hand becomes debilitating, try to refrain from repetitive movements such as writing / writing. Give your hands a break for a few days if possible.
Try to wear copper compression gloves. It has been shown that copper used in wear and compression clothing reduces pain; It’s worth a try!! I wear copper clothes, clothes and gloves. I think it’s a good investment for long-term use.
See the upper body exercises on my facebook page, FibroFitPeople1. These can help conditioning the upper body which in turn will help your hand pain and fibromyalgia. Remember that the trigger points that radiate often start at the top of the back, neck and shoulders.
Try some natural pain relief therapies, such as a few tablespoons. of epsom salts. Soak your hands in a large bowl of Epsom salts (try adding a teaspoon of ginger root powder as shown for the footbath on the adrenal stressarticle page here on the website)
The heating sensation of ginger root powder really feels good. Generally, it will last about 15-20 minutes after soaking. Just be sure to keep the ginger root powder away from the eyes.
Incorporate some hand exercises. The increase in blood flow and oxygen is good for every part of our body. Grab a small foam ball or stretch your fingers back gently with the opposite hand.