One of the things that always stumps my rheumatologist, and one of the reasons she says it’s probably lupus, but isn’t really sure, is because my joints don’t actually swell. They hurt like hell. But rarely do they puff up, or if they do, it’s extremely minimal. Lupus arthritis doesn’t seem to be overly evident, despite the pain.

handDon’t break my hand, my achy, breaky hand…

The few weeks or so I’ve noticed that my hands in particular hurt a lot. A dull, achy pain mostly. The upper half toward my finger tips also tend to be cold and stay cold unless I’m actually out in the heat. But, direct sunlight is known to make lupus symptoms in general worse, and since summer is my favourite season, that could perhaps be affecting the achiness of my hands. Apparently I cannot win.

summerSummertime! Yes, I wore lots of sunscreen, and yes I actually wore a big brim hat all day.

That being said, I noticed on Saturday that one of my knuckles visibly swelled up (left pinky). It’s still swollen, and though there was a sharper pain going through it intermittently on Saturday, it has since left to just return to the normal aches. I should probably also mention that most of this recent hand pain is actually in my fingers as opposed to my hands. I have previously seen a neurophysiologist to make sure I don’t have carpel tunnel.

knuckleHard to get a good pic of it, but yes, the knuckle is swollen.

How do I cope when I spend a lot of time on the computer, writing (this blog, other personal writing, and of course, the current majority of my time on school work)? I think my passion for writing and the necessity to use the computer have a lot to do with it. My natural optimistic mindset, and I’m guessing, high pain tolerance, also probably help. Though I have to wonder how much more productive I would be if I didn’t feel these aches and pains.