... there any explanation for why some days I feel fine and others can barely walk or even hold a pen in my hand?
Your situation is actually quite normal. There can be many contributing factors. Your activity level and the weather are probably two of the biggest. If you've "overdone" things one day, you're likely to have to pay for it the next. Almost equally, if you've not kept up your normal activity level, you're likely to be stiffer the next day. The weather always plays havoc with my arthritis. Rain, humidity, intense cold, etc always sends my pain levels rocketing. The trick is to push through the pain and get moving no matter how much you want to curl up with the heating pad and do nothing! Moving around will help relieve some of the pain and stiffness, while not moving will just contribute to them. Like you, I have arthritis in my hands along with most major joints. While I'm sitting in the evening, watching tv, I'll work my hands with silly putty. Nothing special, just rolling it or pulling at it. It's a mindless activity I can do while concentrating on something else. But it increases the flexibility in my fingers and builds the muscles in my hands and wrists. It's become such a good thing for me that I can instantly tell the next morning if I've let it go a night or two. My hands will be so much more stiff and sore. You might also try a series of gentle stretches before you get out of bed in the morning. It'll get the blood flowing to your muscles and your joints moving before you put any weight on them. I hope this helps you out a little!
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