Well, whatever this possibly-rheumatological condition is, it has me in full-on whimper mode.
I wake up unable to close my hands all the way, between the swelling and the pain. I have very limited use of my hands all day. Typing is particularly painful; holding books is also bad. Perversely, knitting using lightweight yarn seems to not be problematic. I am very glad about that, because I have gotten so accustomed to knitting (or spinning or crochetting) while I watch television that I feel not adequately entertained if I cannot do something with my hands.
I have incredibly delicate, slender, long-boned hands, wrists, feet, and ankles, but I’m swollen enough that my fingers look like normal-people fingers (about 1 1/2 ring sizes bigger) and my wrists are about 20% bigger than they were before. My ankles are almost as swollen; more like 15% bigger. My feet look huge to me and are so tender that I can’t wear shoes for any extended length of time. Standing is painful. Whatever it is is moving inward, now attacking both knees, my bad hip, and my shoulders.
I see a rheumatologist next week, and hopefully will be able to begin treatment shortly after that. In the present, though, I HURT. I hurt all the time, though the pain is at its worst early in the morning and late at night. I’m sleeping more than usual because at least asleep, I don’t hurt as much. The pain is bad enough that it is invading my dreams, which doesn’t tend to happen to me unless the pain is severe.