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So this is the big one for me: my left hand knuckles are increasingly painful. I mean it friends, it is getting worse. Right hand too, but less problematic. I am 67 and have been playing since about 17 with some breaks. I am now using a golf glove with the fingers gooshed full of Voltaren or A535. I take a few Advil or Asprin on alternating days (I read that one should not take them both on the same day). I like soaking in hot soapy water, but I soon run out of dishes. 馃榿
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Does anyone know any better way to reduce pain in left hand knuckles? The therapy should not inhibit dexterity, for obvious reasons!
 

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I take Celebrex and have both Physiotherapy and massage therapists. Years ago I was sent to see an arthritis specialist in London (Ontario) for hip issues and their therapy and cortisone shots helped immensely.

Best of luck.
 

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I've been tempted to try Lakotah for various aches and pains but have never ponied up for any.
 

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I've tried various things including heat but about the only things that sort of works day to day is Ibuprophen or Tylenol. Part of the problem is trying to figure out why my hands cramp. I wouldn't mind if it was only in my hands but it seems to be in places where I've broken bones and damaged joints....which is a lot of them. Naproxen and Cyclobenzaprine work but I use them on occasion for my lower back and knee or when things get too bad all over. I tried physio and massage therapy on my hands the last time I was getting it on my back but I found it was short lived tho it didn't hurt that both girls were rather nice to look at. I do find that just flexing my hands works on occasion. My go to for lotions etc. is absorbine jr. tho some have a problem with the smell.
I take Celebrex and have both Physiotherapy and massage therapists. Years ago I was sent to see an arthritis specialist in London (Ontario) for hip issues and their therapy and cortisone shots helped immensely.

Best of luck.
I have had cortisone shots in my right shoulder over the years but you're limited as too how many you can have and it is rather painful. Not too sure what it would be like in the hands.
 

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I guess glucosamine is not going to help?
Years ago a Dr. said to try this but that it might or might not help. In my case it didn't do anything for the pain after 3 months. Possibly if you took it for years it might do something but then again possibly not.
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BTW if you take this, 1500+ mg a day, have some Pepto handy.
 

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I've been doing these exercises for a couple of years now and take no meds at all. Maybe my arthritis isn't as serious but on a bad morning a few minutes of doing these and I'm good for the day. I've been told by several people that taking "devils claw root" in medication form helps a lot but I found it to be very expensive, doesn't start showing results for a few months and has to be continually taken.
 

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I have tried all off the above with limited results. I do find playing guitar helps them from stiffen up. No mention yet of the miracles of CBD oil, anyone getting results from this?
 

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I take a small amount of turmeric together with black pepper daily. I've mentioned this to my physiotherapist and my doctor and they both agree that it is good for arthritis. And based on my experience, it has. A few years ago I started to see lumps or bumps or whatever you call them, on my finger joints. My fingers also have started to stiffen up. I started taking it after someone recommended me trying it. And to my surprise, it stopped these bumps from growing any bigger. My fingers still stiffen up but after a bit of warming up, it loosens up. The only pain I get nowadays is when I play too many bar chords. LOL So I make adjustments, playing open chords or what have you. I also take CBD if I'm planning on playing for a long period of time. Does it work? Not sure but I still take it. LOL There is also a CBD ointment for pain. Not just for arthritis but for other things too.
 

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I agree. Exercise is the best remedy for Arthritis. When I'm on the treadmill I have 2 (black) grip strength squeezers. I'm 67 so I do 4 or 5 sets of 67 reps. Each year the reps increase (hopefully). This has kept it at bay. It really strengthens the hands and forearms. I haven't taken arthrotec for 20 years (a prescription anti-inflammatory). The treadmill and cycling keeps my body from cramping up. Good luck and may everyone enjoy their life passion pain free.
 

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CBD all the way! If that doesn't work, what I would do is focus on something like lab steel slide guitar and get really good at that (something cool like David Gilmour, lol). I have a Peavey Power Slide that goes for $150 used or so, and it works and sounds great. In doing so, you can spend a bit of time on the slide, then a bit of time with regular finger work (when the arthritis doesn't flare so bad). Or perhaps another instrument like piano (you can do synth stuff with a light touch).
 

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Yup CBD is a good option
Also- for the long term:- there are certain kinds of food that promote inflammatory response in the body. Tomatoes being one as well as other nightshade fruits/ vegetables.
You can google Ayurvedic websites about food groups you may want to avoid
 

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Yes. This shit works!! I have arthritis in my knees. I took it for a few years, and I was getting by. Stopped in June 2019. Two months later I needed a cane to help me get out of bed or out of a chair if I had been sitting for more than 45 minutes. Once I had taken the Acetaminophen and was moving I could leave, but I was also adding occasional Naproxen, a 20% Voltaren cream and occasional muscle relaxants (both prescription). It came back so slowly it took me a while to remember I had stopped taking the Glucosamine-Chondritin.

I started taking it again and I was back to where I was before in 6 to 8 weeks. No miracle cure ( I am a skeptic by nature) but it put me back in position where I only needed Acetaminophen for Arthritis, if my knee was feeling off, or leaving the house (5x/week). If I'm only going out for a couple of hours, Acetaminophen Quick Release. Sometimes a dab of 20% Voltaren on the one bad spot. I've used Naproxen once at bedtime in the last two months. I have only used the muscle relaxant when I pulled a back muscle in my sleep.

I take 3x900mg or 2x1350mg with food. I know this is just anecdotal, I couldn't do a double blind study on myself, but hey....

Years ago a Dr. said to try this but that it might or might not help. In my case it didn't do anything for the pain after 3 months. Possibly if you took it for years it might do something but then again possibly not.
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One of the issues is that it is hard to get through a day without using one's fingers, so any irritation or inflammation NEVER gets a chance to subside. I will occasionally get an arthritic-like reaction in my right hand - the hand I tend to do much of my typing, and 100% of my mousing around with. I find the solution lies not in stuff I apply or swallow, but in simply giving the relevant fingers a "sabbatical". I wrap masking tape around it/them to restrict their mobility and make use of the other fingers. The restricted mobility is important, simply because I know I'm going to automatically use them and prolong the irritation UNLESS I simply can't use them.

One man's experience that started playing in 1963 and hasn't stopped since.
 

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