I am a steel stud framer doing construction of large

Patient : I am a steel stud framer doing construction of large commercial project. It was about 3 weeks ago, when i saw a group of my co-workers struggling to open a cocking gun which has dried up. The way you open these guns is by unscrewing the top the same as you would a jar per say. Out of my own stupidity i volunteered to have a crack at it myself. Excuse the pun. I was forcing with all my might when i felt a snap in my hand in the top section above my palm in between index and middle finger. At first i didnt think much of it but here i am 3 weeks later still experiencing a fairly high level of pain. It always seems to get better and then worst again. Of course it does not help the it is under constant strain from using my metal sheers to cut steel (similar o using sciscors) and a powder actuated shotgun (a fastening tool to drive pin in metal/concrete) it is becoming a nuiscance to me at work and very painful in my everyday tasks to say the least :( i guess what i am asking is, is this the type of injury that will heal itself over time? If so would i need to take time off work? I have no medical and am not in best financial situation or i would have gotten an x-ray already. Any insight as to what this injury is and perhaps some advice on how to releive pain/speed up healing process would be extremely helpful. Thank you for you're help. -Olivier
Symptoms:  Soreness. Sharp pains.
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