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Old 07-04-2019, 08:23 AM   #1
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What do you do/take for hand arthritis?

I have arthritis in my hands and would like to know what you use to get chores done and what you use to take away the pain.

I just started using custom splints. I use DMSO and a generic Bengay. I wrap one finger that has really bad arthritis. I take curcumin, MSM, vitamin C, etc.

Just want to know if there is something more/better out there. Would love to know if anyone had any non-steroid injections such as hyaluronic acid. I have had several prolotherapy sessions. They did help but get expensive and the doctor didn't seems to think anymore would help.

Thanks for any input!
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:33 AM   #2
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One of my friends has bad hand arthritis and she swears by CBD lotion .It has really helped her mobility .
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:03 AM   #3
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Could you find out what kind your friend uses and where I can buy it? Thanks!
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:15 AM   #4
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I would recommend trying a grain-free low carb diet like the "wheatbelly" diet (undoctored.com). This approach can produce improvements for many/most inflammatory conditions. It's not a quick fix (though you might well see improvements of symptoms in a matter of weeks/months) but comes with other health benefits too, so well worth a shot.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:37 AM   #5
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I use a CBD ointment with THC. I tried some without it but it didn’t work.
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Could you find out what kind your friend uses and where I can buy it? Thanks!
She buys it at our local store but I think you can order it .


https://cbdrx4u.com/
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:42 AM   #7
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Laugh if you want—snake venom balm (or scorpion venom) from Thailand. Search on Ebay. Sort of like Ben-Gay, but doesn't smell bad. Not a cure, but seems to work better for me than U.S. topicals.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:58 AM   #8
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I typed for school for 19 years and then 37 years at work and my hands really hurt before I retired. A friend with RA gave me her recipe and the main parts are fish oil and lots of alfalfa, about 15 tabs. I also use this lotion:

https://www.kclfarm.com/therapeutic/...is-lotion-8-oz
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Were you diagnosed with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis?
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:04 AM   #10
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I use diclofenac sodium topical gel. It's great stuff.
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:15 AM   #11
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keep my hands warm (love hand washing dishes!)
take naprosyn or motrin
Take Angel Hemp CBD drops orally and Dragons Blend THC balm topically
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:35 AM   #12
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Wonderful to have so many suggestions! I have osteoarthritis. I have one finger which is my 'demon' that I hurt initally when playing softball and volleyball. I didn't have any pain until I started remodeling and gardening work 30 years later. I kept going even though it hurt thinking it was like other aches and pains...stupid...stupid.

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NSAIDs (when necessary) and a squeezy rubber ball. It's what my Dad used, and my hands are exactly like his.
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My brother recently complained to me about the arthritis in his fingers and the difficulty it was giving him, so I did a little research. There's really not a lot that can be done. Arthritis is a chronic, progressive, debilitating, incurable disease. Methods already mentioned can bring some temporary relief. What surprised me in my research is that they can do finger joint replacement for severe cases. Whodathunk they replace finger joints? I had never heard of that before.
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Old 07-04-2019, 11:00 AM   #15
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My wife is the poster girl for arthritis. Her topical pain reliever is over the counter lidocaine lotion with Volteran gel applied on top of that. She also takes a very strong CBD oil by mouth which also helps.
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Am not a doctor, but suffer from hand pain that comes from peripheral neuropathy... Was misdiagnosed as arthritis, then carpal tunnel syndrome, which occasioned an operation... to no effect.

The pain is almost constant, but bearable. I take Gabapentin which helps, but doesn't eliminate.

Here's an interesting link that covers different causes.

https://www.webmd.com/pain-managemen...-pain-causes#1

... and a different link that details peripheral neuropathy.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20352061

While I definitely have peripheral neuropathy, it is not caused by arthritis... and despite the fact that in most people it starts in the feet, that has not happened to me.
The other part is that I do not suffer from diabetes.

the hands are enough!
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I second the recommendation for a low carb grain free diet.
Also make sure you include a handful or two of blueberries every day
that, plus an occasional naproxen sodium dose, at least until the diet/berries starts to help
should do the trick
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I use diclofenac sodium topical gel. It's great stuff.
If you can get your insurance to pay for it, Voltaren is pretty helpful, along with CBD oil.

I also use Baoding balls to keep my hands limber. I prefer mine that have chimes, but some people don't want all that noise.
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My wife has pretty bad osteoarthritis in her hands. One thing that she says has helped her is collagen peptides (basically a form of protein). It comes in powder form, and you can put a spoonful in your morning coffee, or in a smoothie or whatever. It is supposed to be relatively tasteless. The cost is not too bad, so it may be worth a try. I think she said it took a while to see positive results, so you have to be patient. It is supposed to improve your skin, hair, and nails also. I think this is the brand she buys:

https://www.iherb.com/pr/NuNaturals-...oz-397-g/81518

Here is a link to a study where they found that collagen peptides were effective at relieving joint pain from osteoarthritis (at least in some people).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24852756
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I have no affiliation with Mary's but I have used their products. I'm going to buy some more for the dog and me.

https://marysmedicinals.com/PRODUCTS/
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