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Swelling or tightness in hands and legs

Does anyone else get this swollen tightness in their hands and legs when pain is at its worst. I feel totally run down and flu like atm but not flu just the feeling off and got freezing cold waiting for the train to work which makes my pain double. Is the swelling or tightness possibly part of fibromyalgia does anyone know? Thanks all. Feel like I could sleep for 24 hours today after just an hr max a night for days.

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Hi I believe the pain and swelling in your hands and fingers is both Fybro and arthritis / osteoarthritis so basically wear and tear plus Fibro.

I soak my hands every morninf in warm water - lashings of good hand cream and be gentle with them.



Hi Hun I have swelling and tightness in hands, just got back from hospital having nerve testing on hands and the good news is I haven't got carpol tunnel so I'm going back to the Drs on Thursday to see if it's part of having fibro they done blood test for arthritis and that came back negative so I will keep you in form

Take care and get back to the Drs xxx


Hi there, yes, is the answer from me, no swelling but I get a lot of pain in my lower arms and hands. I'm having a cortisone injection into the joint below my thumb next week in the hope that it may help a bit. Some days it is so painful that I can't do very much at all and the only thing which seems to deal with the pain is oramorph for some reason. Like gins, I often just soak my hands and lower arms in warm water and then liberally apply cream.

Sorry not to be of more help, but I'm sending positive healing vibes your way 😀😀

Foggy x


Hi, I don't know if it is a recognised symptom but I get it too. My hands swell and feel so tight I can't make a fist and so far I haven't found anything that helps.


Thank u all so much for your replies. Glad but sad it's common for us. I too have osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and reynaulds so never know which causes what. I am always running my hands under warm water to help ease it but doesn't help the spasms, my handwriting is awful these days! I don't wear any rings or jewellery these days as can't stand the tight feeling of rings.

Am really struggling mood wise too lately due to pain and lack of sleep. Back at GP next week to discuss things but feel v pathetic that I can't cope.


You are not pathetic at all it is normal to feel overwhelmed by all these various symptoms you sometimes wonder where it all will end. I was just reading an article on fibro last night and it is one of the recognised symptoms unfortunately and of course if you have Reynauld's where your hands will react to changes in temperature that is going to make the problem worse.If you have osteo in the finger joints that will also make them painful and sensitive.

I too used to have wonderful handwriting but it looks rather like a demented spider has dipped its feet in ink and run across the page some days. OH is always asking me to decipher my messages.

I too soak my hands in warm water and find massaging something like Pernaton gel or Ibuprofen gently and slowing massaging the finger does help a little. I too haven't had my favourite rings on for ages as my hands can start the day off not too bad and then suddenly they have swollen.

I think the lack of sleep gets to us worse than anything as you are having no respite from this pain. Hopefully your GP will be able to help you. Please let us know how you get


I suffer with my hands they swell up like thick sausage s and burn and throb all night but they can also go like ice in the day had both hands done together for carpol tunnel before they told me it was fibro so went through all that for nothing .Alison


I am so sorry to read that you are experiencing this issue and I genuinely hope that you can find some resolution and relief to this. I also have this due to my arthritis and my Fibro. It may be best to discuss this with your GP to check for arthritis.

All my hopes and dreams for you



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