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Thursday - How do you minimize the onset arthritis of the hands?


Thursday, May 09, 2013

Lately I've been thinking of my mother and grandmother. As they aged they suffered greatly with arthritis of the hands. Their fingers would curve into a claw-like form and any detail work requiring the use of their hands would be difficult.

I noticed that my thumb joints have starting having a calcified build-up. This tells me I will eventually suffer the same as my mother and grandmother. In my recent physical I asked my doctor about it and she said just keep using my hands to delay. Makes me wonder is there anything more I can do.

I already take glucosomine for my hips which is supposed to help the cartelidge of your body. She indicated that although that is good for the bigger joints - not so much for the finer joints.

Maybe its because I recently noticed the calcified build-up on my thumbs which makes me more sensitive to any twinge in my fingers. As I tend to do a lot of crafts I would hate to put the breaks on my creative side.

Suggestions?
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WALKINGGRANDMA 5/18/2013 10:21PM

    I have arthritis in my hands. I also have it in my knee and the other knee is starting to misbehave. It is hard at times to make my hands behave.

I am allergic to NSAIDs and am pretty limited in what I can take. Most of the time, the joint swelling, stiffness, etc is not unbearable. I can do most things without difficulty.

When having a flare, the fine motor things like hand stitching or even writing can be difficult. Using a rotary cutter is done only when not having a flare.

I guess it is more a matter of listening to my body and finding times when some activities are easier than others. I am glad I have a variety of interests and activities. There are days when sewing just isn't going to happen, but most of the time, I can find ways to do the things I enjoy.

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CARLANNIE 5/12/2013 8:04PM

    Oh, I am experiencing the same thing. I have Hebdon's nodules on some of the joints in my hands, and I also get these cysts that form when the fluid seeps out of the joints. Now I have one finger that has spasms and locks in a hurtful position - doc doesn't know if it's from the arthritis or from Trigger Finger when the muscles cease up.) Yesterday we weeded the flower gardens and my hands/fingers are just totally swollen and painful. No grip strength. All in all a royal pain in the hands! Kinda scary. So when you figure out what works, be sure to let me know!

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FANCYQTR 5/10/2013 2:27PM

    There are several foods, herbs and spices that are supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties that I've seen recommended so you might search for some of those. I cannot take glucosamine, so my doctor recommended turmeric. Other than just in food, they have capsules you can take. Also capsacin is supposed to help. I don't remember what all the other things are. I think that high antioxidant things are part of what is supposed to be helpful, and maybe Omega 3s, but I don't remember on them.

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TOWHEE 5/9/2013 10:20PM

    I'm having a problem with the right index finger. It gets sore and the joint is enlarged. I've found that if I just try to ignore it and maybe take an OTC anti-inflammatory then it's "livable". Some days are worst than others though.

Good luck finding a solution.

Margaret


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MURRAYGOLD 5/9/2013 7:55PM

    I just did a quick google search "arthritis in the hands" and got an abundance of results. Give it a try and see if there is any helpful info.

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TATTER3 5/9/2013 1:06PM

    I don't know. I hear so many folk remedies...but it is what it is. con't use/exercise seems to be the only sure thing. Keep researching...something may show up.

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