Your symptoms sound like they are interfering with your life. Your problems sound like they could be a type of arthritis
. For example, rheumatoid arthritis causes stiffness, pain, and sometimes swelling that is worse in the morning and works its way out throughout the day. Repetitive actions can also worsen the symptoms. Your symptoms do not sound much like osteoarthritis, another common type. Osteoarthritis typically happens in patients older than 34 and does not cause that much swelling. Glucosamine is sometimes taken by patients for osteoarthritis. Very recent studies have indicated that glucosamine may not help much with arthritis, but it probably won't hurt you either. Just make sure your doctor
knows that you are taking it. I do not think that your problem is carpal tunnel, as swelling is not a typical symptom. Fibromyalgia is possible, but this should only be considered after all other possibilities have been ruled out.
I suggest that you schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist
. He or she will be able to take a more in depth history or your symptoms and determine what additional testing is needed. Most likely, you will need imaging of your hands and blood tests to test for rheumatoid arthritis. I hope you feel better soon.