I'm meant to be going back to work and I'm really worried about how I'm going to cope. Alternate fingers keep swelling up and when they do, it's incredibly painful. They go down again after a few days. Then a different finger swells up. This isn't linked to being cold, it's all the time. If I accidentally knock my finger on something, it's incredibly painful, disproportionately to the injury (i.e. bumping my hand gently on the doorframe can be agony)
My employers hoped that in the warmer weather, my symptoms would resolve, but this doesn't seem to be the case. In fact, my symptoms are changing all the time and the pain doesn't seem to be directly linked to the cold. It's really hard for me to explain how much this has affected me, and it's hard for other people to understand because I was so active and outdoorsy before this winter.
(I have Raynaud's and suspected Limited Scleroderma. I'm not due to be reviewed by the Rheumatologist again until August, but I do see my GP regularly. I've just started on Losartan.)