Jennymanley Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:11 in Living with arthritis

Hello lovely people I am newly under rheumatology for what my GP thinks is Rheumatoid arthritis , I have been suffering from severe neck , hand and wrist pain with stiffness and swelling since being unwell in May of this year . My Rheumatoid factor is high in my blood tests but my real problem is with the pain and stiffness in my hands and wonder if anyone has any suggestions as especially in the morning I have trouble grasping anything including a pen or cup of tea it’s like my hand and fingers cannot work it’s so painful so any good would be great it almost feels like my hand on top is full of fluid is this normal with arthritis?


  • noddingtonpete
    noddingtonpete Moderator Posts: 831

    Hello @Jennymanley and welcome to the Community. We area friendly and supportive group and I hope that will be your experience as well.

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  • Daphne
    Daphne Member Posts: 27

    Hi and welcome to our wonderful community, I am going through a similar problem at the moment and I have found everyone on here very helpful. I hope you get sorted soon xxx

  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,023

    Hi @Jennymanley

    have you seen a hand therapist or occupational therapist? Maybe you could ask for some 'working splints'

    they can enable you to pick things up (a bit) when you are flaring as you sound to be ATM.

    I hope you get on some meds soon to help you ((()))

    Toni x