Swollen hands

Hi every one i am the wife of some one with fibro and lupus,my husbands hands swell really badly and pain which stops him doing just every day things,he is on morphine patches 10 mg which last for a week ,the doctor said this should also stop the pain in his hands and help fibro,but its done nothing to help they are still the same any one else have bad hands,what do you do to ease them any thing to help him would be helpful,i feel so useless it breakes my heart to see him is pain all the time .Last week had shoulder injection done again and now waiting fot his hip to be done i am hoping this will help him .from Lou a lupus and fibro wife.

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  • Sometimes, certain drugs can cause swelling in hands. I have experiences this with osteoporosis drugs. Just a thought if your husband takes other drugs.

    Have you ever thought of complentary treatment such as Traditional style Acupuncture? I have what a presume is Arthritis in both my hands but I'm always helped by the Traditional Chinese Acupuncture treatment.

  • Thank you some thing to think about xx

  • I have very painful hands too. The one thing that helps ease the pain for me is a gentle hand massage with warm oil. If you don't have any nice smelly oils something as simple as olive oil can be used. Keep his hands warm. I sometimes use the fingerless gloves that you can buy as arthritis gloves, which lightly compress the hand and give the feeling of being supported 🐸

  • Thank you so much for your helpful advice ,keep cheerful Lou

  • I sympathise with your hubby, have arthritis in my hands and sometimes I can hardly move or bend my fingers they are so swollen. and stiff, I cannot wear any of my rings they won't go over my swollen knuckles. I take ibuprofin when it's really bad which does help as well as other painkillers! and I always wear gloves when. go out and supports at home, take care

  • I was given "gloves" which had metal inserts which although soothing limited movement and I could not pick anything up or bend my fingers.

    Now I wear compression gloves I bought quite cheaply off of A..z.n. They are comfortable and supportive.

    I also find keeping my hands in a bowl of hot water for ten minutes or so and then massaging gently with moisturiser is an effective though temporary help.

    I did try using cold water thinking it would help with the puffiness but I get Raynauds with the lupus and doing that aggravated it.

    Hoping this will settle down for your hubby soon.

  • Thank you so much for your kind message ,i will give do that any thing that can help is worth a go stay cheerful Lou

  • It's is such an individual thing I have had some splints made for my hands and it helps I have a pair of well fitting leather gloves that do a good jod I put these on in the house I find nothing get rid of the pain my hand are usless most of the time I have ra and fibromyalga I can get some relief putting hands in warm water too

  • Thank you xx

  • I was given Cymbalta for mine and it helped.

  • Hi ,

    My hubby has the 72hr morphine patches,takes tramadol,paracetamol x2 4times daily and amitryptilene low dose at night and that is the first combination in eight years that has helped with the pain and swelling.He has fibro,osteo plus mixed autoimmune.

    I am lucky enough to get targinact which helps the pain with oramorph for break through pain plus the regular 8 paracetamol daily which do nout for the pain but do help a little with the swelling.I also take azathioprene as apart from fibro i have both lupus and rheumatoid plus Eds.

    One simple thing to do ,we must both look funny,is when sat down put thick cushions on lap and rest hands and forearms to elevate as this can help with reducing swelling as you would with legs or feet.

    Hope he finds some relief soon at least he has you caring and understanding.

    Take care both.

  • Hiya thank you so much for your message,some nights i am up and down getting hot water bottles,rubbing hands and feet proping pillows and cuddling him while he cry s when it all gets to much,it makes me feel useless when nothing works,it s hards to always be cheerful and up beat to keep him going and be matter of fact when inside i am crying.but i always look on the bright side you have to don t you.I try to plan a couple of nice things a month to look forward to that keeps me going.keep smiling regards Lou

  • Hi stargazer0117

    Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance. I am so genuinely sorry to read of how your husband is suffering and struggling and I sincerely hope that you can both find some resolution to his issues.

    I have pasted you a link below to our mother site, FMA UK which hosts loads of useful Fibro information: fmauk.org/

    I want to genuinely and sincerely wish you both all the best of luck.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • I had wax bath treatments by the physio. this involves using low-melting-point wax into which you slowly dip your hands a few times. each hand is then individually wrapped in paper towel, then in a soft fluffy towel and sometimes a plastic bag. then rest on pillows for about 15 minutes -bliss!!!

    the sets can be bought, boots used to sell them, (but check with gp/physio etc... first) then the wax can be re-used after you peel it off.

    I have terrible trouble with my hands so I know some of how he feels.



  • You can. buy wax baths on Amazon too.

  • What a lucky chap he is to have such a wonderful and supportive partner, wish you both well x

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