Toward the end of the summer, I shook my head in disbelief and despair as I began waking up in the night with stiff, sore, and aching hands. I had never had an iota of arthritis or pain in my life, and I was totally mystified about what was going on with my hands. My hands got worse over a few weeks so I saw my primary care physician. My doctor prescribed blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation, both of which came out negative. He also prescribed some expensive ointment for arthritis pain which turned out to be only of limited value in reducing the pain and misery. Soon I found I could hardly bend two or three fingers on each hand and I could not hold a pencil or pen to write anything. Nights were the worst since I usually have to get up three or four times and each time I awoke, the hand stiffness and pain seemed worse.
So I began trying everything I could find or think of to try. Isn't it amazing that when you get a new and interesting ailment that it seems that everyone you mention it to also has it. Some of my acquaintances had experienced hand arthritis and arthritis in knees and joints since they were in their early 30s and 40s. I tried the emu ointment and the old goats (don't laugh, look it up on Amazon) ointment along with a couple of other ointments and essential oils; I kept trying my prescription ointment. I used ice packs and heat. My therapist gave me a bunch of hand exercises which I began doing religiously, so to speak. I began to wonder if I would ever be able to write again. When we went to one of my doctors, my wife had to fill out the paper work for me. With my usual sense of optimism (sarcasm), I thought I would lose the normal use of my hands.
Then one day I came upon Penetrex ointment on Amazon and ordered a jar of it for 20 bucks. I followed instructions and used it 3 or 4 times a day for several days. At first, I didn't see any relief. Soon, however, I experienced substantial relief. I now only apply Penetrex once a day, usually in the middle of the night. I have the total use of my hands and I can write easily and use my hands and fingers to do everything I could use them before, including typing quickly on my computer. I still have some residual stiffness and soreness, especially when I wake up. But I don't even think about the former problems I had all throughout the day.
I can't tell you for certain that Penetrex solved my problem. Penetrex is useful for reducing pain and difficulties due to inflammation, according to their instructions. If your issues are non-inflammatory, Penetrex probably won't help. My hand arthritis had shown some very modest improvement before I started using it but I could not use my right hand fingers to write even then. We all react to different treatments somewhat differently. Some things are effective for some people, but not others. All I can do is tell you about the success I have had with Penetrex and leave it up to you whether you want to try it. Read the extensive comments from users on Amazon. Then consult the Wizard of Google and ask to see reviews and critiques of Penetrex. Then decide if you want to try it.