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Old 11-25-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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Unhappy My friend Arthur.

I need to get some sage advice from folks who have been dealing with arthritis. I have just in the past couple of months been given it in my right thumb(RT handed). Dr has me where a thumb spike brace to help ease the pain. I have even tried wearing a glove to bed to keep it warm. I also use Vicodin for pain but there are days I can't even touch my mouse without screaming pain. Really SUCKS trying to do just about anything. Wandering if anyone has ideas besides what I have been doing?
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He is one unwanted house guest. I'll be curious on how others keep him away.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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I have found that omega-3 supplements help. GNC has lots of them. I freeze the pills...no fishy taste or burps.
Also, soak your hand in warm water with baking soda several times a day. It really helps with the inflammation.
Good luck healing and I hope you get relief soon.
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In my case the doctor told me that when I got fed up with the pain my only option was surgery. He told me that I have used up both of my wrists and fusion is the only way to halt the pain. I use two Alive tablets on the bad days. Not looking forward to walking around like Frankenstein.
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A cortisone shot may help, but they are typically temporary.

If the pain is that severe, I would go for the surgery. Trust me, no one wants surgery, but it does help.

Two ACL reconstrucions, then 1 knee replacement, both rotator cuffs repaired. I also have Mr. Arthur and it sucks, but I live with it. On the bright side, I have had the pain so long that I have become somewhat tolerable of it and when I have to have a tooth filled, I do not take anything. No gas, no Novocain, nothing, just drill doctor. Nice thing about it is when I walk out I can go eat a steak without having to worry about biting my tongue or cheek (No comments please).

Do you know if you just have heavy bone on bone, or just some spurs - both very painful.

Surgery may not be the only option, but it is a long lasting one.

There is another substance that can be used, but I'm not sure in what case. I believe it is called Synvisc, a substance that is injected and will simulate a cartilage between bone joints. It is more specifically used for the kneee, and I don't know if it can be used for a thumb. Ask you Dr. about it.
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There is another substance that can be used, but I'm not sure in what case. I believe it is called Synvisc, a substance that is injected and will simulate a cartilage between bone joints. It is more specifically used for the kneee, and I don't know if it can be used for a thumb. Ask you Dr. about it.
Synvisc-One and SYNVISC have not been tested to show pain relief in joints other than the knee. From their site thanks for the tip. This what I'm looking for to get ideas rolling. I will still ask my DR. if he has heard of this or any others that could work.
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Prior to my bi- lateral total knee replacements , my Orthopedic Doctor prescribed Lyrica for me. It had been originally developed for Diabetic Neuropathy. It relived the arthritic pain but the side effects ( weight gain and constipation to name a few ) were a difficult trade off. You may not think so if it helps you.

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Lyrica helps both my diabetic peripheral neuropathy and my polymyalgia rheumatica.

I have no side effects from the Lyrica.
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Thankfully I haven't had to deal with it but a friend's mother had arthritis. She would spray her joints with WD-40 for relief. They say the main ingredient is fish oil.

Wish you luck.

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Thankfully I haven't had to deal with it but a friend's mother had arthritis. She would spray her joints with WD-40 for relief. They say the main ingredient is fish oil.

Wish you luck.

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In the movie , My Big Fat Greek Wedding , they used windex for everything including Arthritis. Might as well pick some up while your going for WD -40. It can't hurt ( I think ).

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Information on WD-40

WD-40, Myths, legends and fun facts

From the WD-40 web site:

"“WD-40 Cures Arthritis!” No Way.

Myth: WD-40 cures arthritis.
Fact:
This popular headline, appearing at least once a year in the tabloids, is completely FALSE. WD-40 Company does not recommend the use of WD-40 for medical purposes, and knows no reason why WD-40 would be effective for arthritis pain relief. WD-40 contains petroleum distillates and should be handled with the same precautions for any product containing this type of material. "


Years ago there was a "horse lineament" called DMSO that was "supposed" to relieve arthritic pain. Unfortunately it was a very dangerous product to use on humans as it absorbed any surface bacteria into the blood stream. Mainly the cheap version was 99% pure and that other 1% is what caused the problem.


Be very, very careful using "home remedies, or hear-say remedies. Some may work, but they may also be very dangerous to use.


Good luck.

Edited: DW just brought up a point. Several years ago she had excruciating pain in her right thumb. it was thought by the doctor to be this or that and including arthritis but he sent her to a specialist. I was identified by the specialist to be "Trigger Thumb." He used arthroscopic surgery and she has never had recurring pain.

Just a thought.
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Edited: DW just brought up a point. Several years ago she had excruciating pain in her right thumb. it was thought by the doctor to be this or that and including arthritis but he sent her to a specialist. I was identified by the specialist to be "Trigger Thumb." He used arthroscopic surgery and she has never had recurring pain.

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Went to mayo clinic site and read up on this seems like a good place to start. In my younger days I worked with air impact wrench so that might be some of it. I will leave my brace on 24/7 for a few days and see it that helps as well. I have been taking it off at night to let the skin breathe. Your DW gets extra points for her input. This is exactly why I posted here get REAL life answers.
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Just finished Efflexxia in my knee. It is a newer version of Synvisc. Very pleased with the results.
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