This might seem like a dumb question, but how do you know if you have hand arthritis, save an xray?
When I went to the rheum, he briefly looked at my hands, but made no mention of them.
I do have Raynauds, so am used to my fingers hurting with cold, but my hand joints are less painful in general than my toes, knees, elbows and hips. lol. I assumed there was no arthritis in my fingers.
The other day, I used a paintbrush and a roller. Within a few minutes, my hand was killing me. I thought maybe they were just cramping up, but it seemed to be focused on the base of my thumb joint. Fingers, too, but not as much. Even hours after, it hurt to bend my fingers or stretch my hand out too much.
Does this sound like arthritis? I mean, I haven't painted in awhile, maybe this is just what 51 year old hands feel like after using a paintbrush?
The only other time my hands hurt is when I use the computer mouse for too long.