{Fata Organa} Painful Things

So, I've been having serious pain in my hands since maybe a year or less after the car wreck. Right after the car wreck, my hands felt pretty great despite the minor fractures and bruising in my hands and arms. I was able to do a lot of drawing that I hadn't been able to do prior to the wreck because of fibromyalgia. It didn't last as long as I would have liked it to, unfortunately.

It was about the same time that the pain in my lower back, hips, and legs started that the pain and numbness in my hands started. I noticed that, in my hands at least, that it only happened when my arms were bent to draw, drive, sleep, type, etc. The doctors assumed it was nerve damage, the same as what was causing the pain in my lower half and my face. I managed it by taking more breaks from drawing and typing by letting my arms straighten out and shaking out my hands.

While that works well enough, it's difficult to stop right in the middle of working on art when you're in that flow. On top of that, the pain has been getting worse. So, I decided to try some compression gloves and sleeves.

Right now, I'm trying Dr. Frederick's Original Arthritis Gloves for Warmth and Compression. At first, they made my fingers feel worse because of the compression. Continued use has made a noticeable difference for me. The nerve pain was getting so bad that my right arm and hand were just weak and I wasn't able to use it. Which isn't a great thing since I'm right handed. This is getting better. I'm not having as much difficulty feeding the birds in the morning as I had been.

I would still like to find some compression sleeves to try out also, but not having a Day Job anymore puts a serious hold on any nonessential purchases. Hopefully, the gloves continue to help out enough for now.