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11/25/11 5:05 P

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Welcome to the team! You've already gotten good advice. The only thing I can add is exercise your hands. Use a squeeze ball and squeeze it to strengthen your hands. It helps with the carpal tunnel.

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11/23/11 12:35 A

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Hi and Welcome - I too agree about the water. Also would like to add that excessive salt intake makes my hands worse. So, if you don't already do so, might want to limit salt. Processed foods are full of multiple kinds of additives, as well as salt, which also cause my hands and joints to pain up. Hence, I also limit all processed foods as well. Like many of the others I don't like pain meds or meds of any kind unless absolutely necessary. Watching what goes into my mouth seems to be the biggest help for me. Best of luck and may God bless you in your walk.

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11/22/11 6:37 P

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My daughter tells me the same thing about water. Who knew?

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11/22/11 10:20 A

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Thank you, each and every one of you, for making me feel so welcome. I already drink 10 glasses of H2O a day and I will definitely keep it up, now that I know it helps. I will ask my doctor about Celadrin.
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11/21/11 6:12 P

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You've come to the right place for help.

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11/21/11 4:22 P

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Hi there, CoolMerlin, and emoticon to the site.

Well done for overcoming your nerves, and managing to post.

My normal/initial response to any question about helping joints is - drink your water.
I used to get my Mum to do this as though it was medication.
I try to make sure I have at least my 8 glasses of water. If I don't - I not only get the dry mouth etc of being thirsty, my various joints begin to seize up.
It is only slightly, to start with, but if I ignore the problem, it gets much worse, fairly quickly.
So - if you're like me (and my Mum) and not too keen on your water......
Water is a medication for the body. Drink a glass (8 fl oz or 250-ish ml) on the hour every hour, for at least 8 hours during the course of your day.

It sounds a huge amount, I know.
But, most of us are up and on the go for more than 8 hours a day.
I have a particular tumbler that I use for my water intake. But I also add in any glasses of fizzy water, my herbal tea, and occasionally my glass of fruit juice at breakfast time.
Water from food can then be a bonus - like soup, in particular, but also gravy etc.

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11/21/11 2:33 P

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Glad you've come on board. Asking questions is the only way to get answers, and on Spark you will get lots of answers. I, too, have never heard of Celadrin, but I will look into it. I am able to take pain medi's but don't like the way most of them make me feel.
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11/21/11 2:07 P

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Hi.
Please don't be anxious about posting on this site. You'll find a caring, supportive group of people who have much in common with each other...and they will be as helpful as they can.

I, too, have very painful hands......and I DO take powerful pain meds. I'd also appreciate any ideas to deal with the pain, I never heard of Celadrin, but I'll ask my pharmacist.

Welcome to our team.....we're all fighting the 'good' fight.

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11/21/11 12:27 P

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I use Celadrin Pain Relief Cream for any parts of my body that have joint pain. It gets rid of the pain in just minutes and keeps it away. I can't take anything but aspirin or Tylenol Arthritis Pain formula and I only take one caplet at a time every four hours. But once is usually enough for me. I hope some of these ideas might help you too! Have a great Monday! emoticon

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11/21/11 11:39 A

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Hi, I am also new here. This is my first time posting and quite anxious about doing this. Well, here goes! I am 62 years old and have had osteoarthritis since I was 35. I also have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both wrists, plus a Trigger Thumb. I had successful surgery to correct the CTS and TT. Recently, my hands have become extremely painful and stiff 24/7. Since I have a number of allergies, I don't take pain medication, except for a small amount of Extra Strength Acetaminophen. Any suggestions for reducing the pain and stiffness would be very helpful. Thank you.

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