Arthritis Achy Fingers

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  1. J4ME5

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  2. JJ119

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    I do like vegetables and grains so I don't think it would be too hard to try that.
    Processed sugars like in Colas, some breads, and salts in snacks is going to be a bit harder. I know in The Long Run
    it's going to have to be done. Should have done it 15 yrs ago when GI Dr advised it.
     
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    And thus the importance of seeing a doctor, specifically a rheumatologist. In my experience, pain killers do little for joint pain. In my case (psoriatic arthritis), reducing the body's inflammatory response makes symptoms disappear because the inflammation is what causes the pain. The inflammation is also what causes irreversible damage. Eating a low carb or ketogenic diet has done wonders for me too. But not all arthritis is the same. In my case, it's my over-active immune system that thinks everything is an injury and causes inflammation. Golimumab is a human monoclonal antibody which is used as an immunosuppressive agent. It's hella expensive, but it works amazing (for me.)
     
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    I was diagnosed with the worst case of early onset osteoarthritis the doctor had ever seen. He said there is no way to stop the progression of OA but that keeping the joint moving will keep it as limber as is possible. I am serious when I ask you what I can do to stop the progression when the progression is caused by the wearing away of cartilage.

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    Which type of arthritis do you have? I cannot see how OA can be influenced by diet as opposed to RA which diet can supposedly really help with.

    NC
     
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    That I don't know - I have swollen joints, and in the days when I regularly ate potatoes I had pain in the joints. I still have some swelling, which I guess is irreversible, but no pain, and definitely more flexibility.
     
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    See an rheumatologist
    well, I’m not a doctor, but I do have osteo. Yes, see a rheumatologist. I don’t know that anything can stop it, which is beyond frustrating, but there are some things suggested to treat symptoms. You can try Voltaren, anti inflammatory pills, glucosamine, turmeric, among other inflammatory herbs, cortisone injections which have to be spread out, and possibly PRP injections though they are expensive and not covered insurance, and there is more literature on PRP for knees, but it’s the same idea. Cortisone first.
     
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    @Twin
    That's what was rolling around my head like a box of rocks ~
    Glucosamine
    but could not think of it.
     
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    Glucosamine and Chondroitin, comes as a supplement available as is or shellfish free if you have that issue. Good luck with it. See a rheumatologist.
     
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    I am not sure I would change string weight. I haven't. I play privately for about 2-3 hours a day and publically quite a bit. I thought my arthritis pain was coming from the upper center knuckle on the index fingers of both hands. In both cases it was actually coming from the "punching" knuckle. I went to a hand specialist and got, (now don' freak out), a mild steroid injection in both punching knuckles. Ok, it hurts. 2 days later your hands feel like a 16 years old's hands and they stay that way for 6-7 months. To me, it's worth it once or twice a year. I literally forget I have arthritis and can play and practice until my heart is content. If you are a player, playing is what you do and you will do what is necessary to keep it going.
     
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    It won’t matter how light you go, the arthritis is from repetitive motion. I have been dealing with this for almost 20 years now. I’ve tried pretty much everything too.

    The first thing is change the length of your strap to put your hands in a slightly different playing position. This can help. If you have it short lengthen it a few inches and if it is too long shorten is a few inches and see if it helps after a couple of weeks.

    But the next two things are dramatic: start drinking lots of water. Coffee and tea are both diuretics which remove moisture from the collagen in your joints which you desperately need. If you are a coffee, beer, or tea drinker you need to switch to water, or at least add lots of water to your diet.

    Next, get a pair of arthritis compression gloves and start wearing them when you sleep. These are available on EBay for about $15. Once you get used to them you won’t feel comfortable without them while sleeping. The fingers are cut out so you can still use your phone,etc. these gloves will make your hands feel 500% better and give you your motion back.
     
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    FWIW, Eric Berg is a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) ...

    The IrishNews.com link is not working for me.

    I like to make my own CHICKEN SOUP, which I think is helpful for my arthritis (don't have much in my hands, TG) and very tasty. This is my recipe.

    1. Buy a roast chicken from supermarket, or wherever, or just cook it.
    2. Pick chicken meat, put aside.
    3. Boil chicken carcass for 15-20 minutes, save resulting broth
    4. (Use a fish-fry basket or something similar to keep bones out of soup)
    5. Discard carcass/bones
    6. In large pot, saute chopped onion and garlic in oil.
    7. Add broth already made
    8. Add picked chicken
    9. Add vegetables - I use a pack of frozen mixed veggies
    10. Add water if more volume is desired.
    11. Add thickener like cornstarch if desired - don't overdo.
    12. Cook on medium about 30 min., stirring occasionally
    13. If soup is tending to stick or burn, turn down heat
    14. Add noodles of choice; I like the flat ones. Remove from heat once noodles done.

    Obviously, there are many ways to customize this to your taste. Sometimes I add dumplings (probably not good for arthritis). The roast chicken is about 20x better than just boiling chicken breasts, like a lot of cooks do. And the homemade broth is amazing. It freezes quite well.

    NOTE: I have zero computational, medical, rheumatological or other evidence that this soup helps any kind of arthritis. At any rate, your worst-case outcome is a delicious meal that doesn't help your arthritis one whit.
     
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    The elephant in the room. None of us want to face. I have OA. I am trying to ward it off by keeping my hands active. Actually one of the reasons I started playing again after 30 years on not doing so.
     
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    I've been having an issue with my right thumb particularly at the heal of the thumb. Started last week. I've been icing it and trying not to use it wherever possible

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the home button on my iphone. That seems to hurt the most when its flaring up. But holding a pick is no fun either when its bad.
     
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    My doctor told me it was the best thing I could possibly do for the osteoarthritis in my hands. 42 years later, I have to say that he was probably right, because I'm still playing. The arthritis in my other joints isn't helped by it though.

    And it doesn't ache a bit, it hurts like hell, nothing gets rid of the pain.
     
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    From the mayoclinic.
    • Obesity. People — especially women age 55 and younger — who are overweight or obese appear to be at a somewhat higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
     
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    Agreed but that is RA not OA.

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    99% of peoples maladies are diet related, at least that's how I feel now. The top 2 killers in the USA are obesity and heart disease, both of which are diet related in almost every case.

    From "arthritis.org" OA is the most common type of arthritis. It tends to occur in middle age or due to an injury or obesity.

    A diet that makes you fat means joints carry more weight, they wear out quicker.

    You are what you eat.
    https://www.four-h.purdue.edu/foods/Diet-Related Diseases.htm
     
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    I've crossed the threshold. The mild symptoms have morphed into something draconian. Fingers bent, needles of pain sort of thing....

    not the needles of a limb "going to sleep" but more like sewing needles being hammered into one's joint through the tip of their finger.

    It sucks.
     
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    I can't like that post, it would feel cruel. I know exactly the pain you speak of, swearing loudly doesn't really help, but I usually do it anyway.
     
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