I just realized that I never posted an update regarding my hands. I finally got in to the see the rheumatologist and was delighted to discover I do NOT have rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus or MS or any of the really bad stuff. I do have osteoarthritis and Raynaud's Disease. Not really surprised about either as they both run in my family. With Raynaud's, the capillaries in my hands close up when I get cold or stressed, causing my fingers to turn white ( and cold). There is no cure, but the doctor tried reducing the symptoms by giving me high blood pressure medicine. The theory behind this is that high blood pressure medicine opens up your veins, etc, to allow blood to flow through better. Well, after a multitude of side effects, I said enough of that nonsense, especially since my blood pressure tends to be low anyway. I went online and found some gloves that are supposed to help. They are by Prolotex and I purchased mine from Therapy Gloves. Maybe it's all psychological, but the gloves really are helping keep my hands warmer and minimizing my pain. And, bonus, I'm not on any medicine. I need to call my doctor and see what kind of follow up program he wants me to follow.
So that's that. One of the better results I could have hoped for.
Hope all of you are well.