The past month or so I have developed a progressive swelling in my hands and fingers. They have become monstrous looking and painful. I can't open them all the way, neither can I form a fist. It is so bad that my knuckles don't show anymore. I went to my GP who gave me a 5 day steroid pack. This is my 4th day on it with no improvement in my hands. Although, I have a general feeling of well being with the steroid. He is also sending me to a rheumatologist for a work-up. I have a appointment next month. Anyone have any idea what this could be? Any advice with what could help in the meantime?