I've said this before, but every time I think I have experienced every possible symptom that ME/CFS can throw at me, a new one arises that I would have never expected.
Starting on Monday of this week, I descended into a crash. Most of the symptoms of this crash have been typical for me. It is clearly a body-wide inflammation event of some kind. First, my energy takes a dive -- that's a given. Then, I experience upper respiratory inflammation. This comes in the form of three symptoms which, for me, almost always go together: shortness of breath, post-nasal drip, and an itchiness in my nose which sometimes results in sneezing. (This whole triad seems suspiciously allergic in nature, but allergy tests have never shown anything significant.) Some crashes stop there for me. It's not the worst kind of crash if it "only" involves a dip in energy and the upper respiratory symptoms.
But when a crash gets worse, I usually also get dizziness upon standing and peripheral neuropathy (my hands become uncoordinated and slightly numb.) Usually when the crash hits this stage, I also experience tachycardia and a feeling of pressure in the skull (like brain swelling). I have that now as well.
But this time, in addition to the numbness in the hands, it has actually progressed to pain in the hands, especially in the finger tips. It hurts to type this post. It hurts to do almost anything that I typically do with my hands: Open a bottle, button a shirt, wash my hands.
Starting about a year ago, I noticed that whenever I washed my hands, the act of rubbing my hands together produced an uncomfortable sensation; almost pain, but not quite. It was a minor discomfort but one of those things that registers with a "hmm, that's odd," before forgetting about it.
Now, with this current crash, my finger tips have become painful to the touch, and the palms have become extremely sensitive. Now when I rub the palms together while washing, it actually hurts. It's much more than discomfort now.
I searched the Internet and found very little about finger pain in ME/CFS. There were a few other people noting the symptom on various message board threads (e.g. 1, 2), but nothing about what causes it or what can be done to treat it. This is frustrating.
Please, if anyone knows what can be done about this, or where I can learn more about the cause or management of this symptom, please leave a comment below. If/when I learn more about it, I'll write an updated post.