& stroke as one gets older. I am 65, have had very painful hands/fingers for about 2 yrs. now,and it has been getting more intense, especially in the a.m. It hurts to even wring out a washcloth, open a can, etc. The pain seems to subside as the day goes on. My doctor prescribed this drug a few weeks ago & I took it for 30 days. It DID work tremendously, but now that I've looked into the drug (just this a.m.), I have real concerns about it. (I do not like to take ANY drug because of this very reason... they all have some pretty horrific side effects). So now I wonder if I'd rather have the pain, or take my chances??