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April 1, 2010
Donnie C
17 posts
Arthritis
I am looking for information on what people are using for arthritis problems. I have it in both thumbs, knees, shoulders. The thumbs are the big problem as I cannot bend one of them. A cortizone shot did not work as they could not get the needle into the joint. I know others besides myself have this problem. Any help is appreciated. Donny C
April 1, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Have had it bad for literally decades. Taken about all they had and the shots as well. I do know of a couple people hat thad hand joint replacements that worked, but like knees, I stay away from that, and just bear it.
as for cortizone, that is the old stuff. There are a few others now that might work. I had the cort in both knees over the years at least twice for each back when. The newer medications are better. Look them up and ask your orthopedic Dr about them.
Not all work the same.
Those shots in the hands hurt like heck, so find a good Dr.
April 1, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Donnie, my Bro in law is almost pain free after starting a regiment of, believe it or not, a shot glass of vinegar and a shot of water mixed. Chinese med in its simplest form.
Hope it helps you!
April 1, 2010
pushin60
Men's 60
63 posts
I've had it in my thumbs, and it's getting worse. I'm worried that I won't even be able to hold a glass in the future. I hope the vinegar/water shots work. Thanks.
April 2, 2010
Robo2
215 posts
Look up prolo.org and then for a Dr. near you that deals with it. It is amazing what can be done now a days instead of surgery.
April 5, 2010
Donnie C
17 posts
I thank you all. Taits, I did not like the shots in the hands at all, they indeed hurt like hell. E4/E6 I heard about the vinegar and water but never tried it, but will, what kind of vinegar, white or apple? Pushin60, I have it bad in the thumbs also, you may as well try the vinegar. Robo2, I see a doc next week and will ask what can be done instead of surgery. I am also going to see a Native Healer and see what can be done. Ball season is nearly here in Northern MI, and I expect to play. I will report on everything I find out. Thank you again, Donny.
April 8, 2010
ROCKO55
Men's 55
8 posts
Take a close look at this concoction..take yourself 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of honey 3 times a day and you will be amazed after several weeks..it works like a champ
April 9, 2010
Donnie C
17 posts
ROCKO55 I am using the apple vinger, and I will add the honey you mentioned, perhaps that will get rid of the hearburn the vinger causes me. Robo2, I am surprised that prolo has been around since 1937, I will ask my doctor about it. I still cannot move my left thumb, but am hoping to real soon with all the suggestions I have received. It is heck swinging a bat with ones thumb sticking straight out, also hard to get a glove on. dony.
April 9, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Sorry Donnie, Rocko has it right, Apple Cider Vinegar it is! Maybe the Honey will help with the heartburn.
April 13, 2010
Donnie C
17 posts
Hey pushing60: I went to a hand specialist yesterday for my arthritis problems. I found out it was not arthritis but "trigger finger" in layman terms. My tendons were stretched out and I could not straigten out one thumb at all the other would not bend at all, plus a lot of pain. I thought I may have to quit playing ball. Anyway, she gave me a shot (combination of cortizone and another drug)in both thumb joints near the palm. Today I can move both thumbs for the first time in over three months. The doc said it would get even better in the next couple of days. I could not hold a glass yesterday and today I can. If it comes back the doc says anotehr shot but should last 4 months. There is also surgery where the tendons are cut. Donny, C.
April 13, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Donnie C,
That's what I had, Trigger finger, in ring fingers, both hands... Those are the shots I spoke about... did one haven't had a problem with either since...hope the heck it stays that way.
I hope you avoid more as well.
April 14, 2010
Donnie C
17 posts
taits: My Doc said straight cortizone shots are seldom used anymore as they can cause other problems, with the new meds added they are much better. Those shots did hurt like hell but worth it, it amazes me how in one day the pain goes away and I can move my thumbs. Technology can and is a wonder. Like those bats that are a big discussion topic. Technology has allowed smaller folks become homerun hitters and I like that. Have a great one, and thanks for the advice it is allowing me to play more ball. Donny.
April 14, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Cortisone= a generic name for about 5 different ones.
But yes it works, what ever it was they used.
Kinda like Novocaine, many of those types as well.
Take care, It's hard to use the hands without the thumbs.
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