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  • SuperCSuperC Cook at Wahlburgers The Frozen Tundra in the Northern MidwestPosts: 371 ✭✭✭

    For me to have everyday relief there are No refined sugars nor any sweeteners, no refined flours. No grains nor cereals. No nightshades. No high sugar fruits: cherries, bananas, grapes. No glucose, fructose nor corn syrup.

    I have to read the ingredients lists on every item, I buy organic. And, joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) at a nearby organic farm. Support your local farmers :)

    No fried foods and no processed foods. No cakes, no pies and no soda pop. No chicken, no corn, no eggs and very little dairy.

    To relieve arthritis I do hand exercises with hand balls, hand squeezers and moving finger exercises. Also, alternate hot water and cold water soaking on hands. @stephanie447

  • maimovermaimover Posts: 345 ✭✭✭

    @stephanie447 lots of great tips here. Short of allergy testing and bunches of dr appointments the whole 30 “diet” is a great elimination experiment; remove the culprits and then add foods back in one at a time. Cannabis infused coconut oil is fabulous either externally or internally; strains that are cbd shouldn’t affect your mental state. When I take the time to do what I should I juice and include ginger; carrot, apple, celery, and ginger this morning. Taking a mineral supplement seems to be helpful as well. Our food is so incredibly robbed of all these nutrients that the body needs for its cellular processes so clean supplementation can make a world of difference. One of the occupational therapists I saw a few years back said she was so bad she couldn’t get out of bed. She followed the whole 30 diet and at the end was able to get out of bed; she continued to follow it and successfully keeps her health and pain in check...

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for the suggestions! The neurologist has ordered a nerve conduction study to check for carpal tunnel syndrome. All the doctors have told me this is not an inflammatory condition based on my labs, so we'll see what the nerve study says. I've gone ahead and ordered a "hemp cream" that gets good reviews in the meantime.

  • dipat2005dipat2005 Posts: 378 ✭✭✭

    @stephanie447 I have been diagnosed with Pseudo -gout and yes I have had the gout test for Uric Acid. I don't have uric acid. I was told to stop eating legumes and nuts and it might help. Yes, it did help and at Christmas when someone gave me Nutella Fudge and I ate it and the Peanut Butter Chex Mix I had what seemed like a flare with no swelling. As soon as I stopped eating those things I stopped having pain.

    If you stop eating orange cheese it helps. I don't eat cheese most of the time. I switched to Nutritional Yeast which tastes like cheese.

    I do wear the compression gloves at night.

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,898 admin

    I have carpal tunnel. The best thing that I could have had done for that was acupressure-deep muscle massage. I had a slightly altered form done. I am not an expert, so I am not sure how much it varied from the traditional form.

    Sadly, my worker developed carpal tunnel herself and can no longer practice...and my TCM acupressure/acupuncture guy moved to the west coast. :( I could certainly use that treatment again years later.

    I highly recommend it.

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    Thanks. I have no idea what "pseudo-gout" was and just looked it up - it's a real thing, they need a new name for it!

    I have no redness or swelling so it's unlikely I have gout but you never know...we'll see what the nerve test days.

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    I just got some "hemp cream" from Amazon today. It's basically what pops up first when you search for it. I have only tried it once so we'll see how it goes. It's oddly green...as one of the reviewers said, it's fluffy and green like a shamrock shake. :-)

  • dipat2005dipat2005 Posts: 378 ✭✭✭

    @stephanie447 that sounds very interesting. Do share how you are doing!

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,969 admin
    edited March 18

    I had carpal Tunnel s bad in my right wrist I would drop car keys and could not turn the key in the ignition.

    I started taking anything that helped with inflammation and found two hand exercises you are supposed to do as much as possible. It worked. Once in a while my wrist will feel tight but if I do the exercises it goes away.

    It got so bad before I started working with inflammation and the exercises that I would have shooting pain up my arm all the way to the shoulder

    Good luck @stephanie447 I hope they can help you

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    Well, did they did the nerve conduction test for carpal tunnel - it was negative. No-one knows what is going on!

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭
  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,969 admin
    edited March 21


    Hold your hands out in front of you are stretch your finger out sideways like a fan. You can do this numerous times fast and sometimes I stretch them out hold, then release

    The other is you take one hand put on the underneath top of your fingers and gentley pull down towards the top of your wrist, hold and release. I used to do this many times during a day and it really helped. I was sure I was going to have an operation to fix the issue.

    Once in a while they will feel stiff again and I just do these a few times and every thing is fine.

    But it did take a bit to get the wrist and arm better.

    I took a lot of anti inflammitories too to help with inflammation.

    I have heard professional piano players do this to help with flexibility

  • SuperCSuperC Cook at Wahlburgers The Frozen Tundra in the Northern MidwestPosts: 371 ✭✭✭

    @stephanie447 keep exercising the hands even if it hurts. I had a similar episode happen to my right leg, the whole leg was in massive pain, it even made me cry. Now it’s somewhat better. Keep stretching, and flexing, and doing physical therapy exercises. Doctors could not figure it out. I even had hydrotherapy.

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭
  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭
    edited April 18

    So the neurologist who checked me for carpal tunnel thought some of the pain might be hormonal. It got really bad this week and I wondered what was going on...and then boom, got my period again after not having it for 3 months (starting to hit menopause). Very odd. I had been taking cordyceps on alternating days before (for something completely different) and I just finally got around to ordering some more since it helps with osteoarthritis (if this is indeed part of what may be going on, even though I didn't have it show up on an x-ray).

    So far not much else helps too much, the hemp cream a little bit, I guess, but only very temporarily and not when I am sleeping.

  • toreytorey Posts: 2,896 admin

    @stephanie447 Have you considered homeopathy? It is very good for resolving constitutional issues that are manifesting as symptomology that is not easily diagnosed by conventional medicine.

  • Kirsten MortensenKirsten Mortensen Posts: 3 ✭✭✭

    FWIW, I’ve had pretty bad hand and finger pain and stiffness in the past, but lately (knock on wood) it seems to have completely resolved. What I did: yay to tumeric and avoiding wheat, both helped to reduce inflammation. But another biggie for me was tracing the issue to “grip work,” I.e. repetitive work that involves gripping, which was activating trigger points in my forearms. Massaging those points, along with rest, was key to my healing process. I am also a believer in the benefit of building muscle and tendon strength. I’m pretty sure that as my hands and forearms have gotten stronger, that’s been protective against hand/finger pain.

  • frogvalleyfrogvalley Posts: 581 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 19

    @stephanie447 When did it start? Have you ever had it before? What makes it better? What makes it worse? What time of day does it occur? Only after sleeping? Do your hands change color?

    Do you have too many things to do right now? Juggling too much? Things you don't have enough hands for?

    Hands are for giving and sharing. Did you give to much? Share too much? Do you need a hand? A hug?

    Are you pushing yourself too hard and need to give yourself a pat on the back?

    Feel free to PM me or ignore me.

  • SharieSharie Posts: 195 ✭✭✭

    I eliminated carpal tunnel syndrome with 100mg of B6 3 times daily for about two weeks. Used to be common knowledge but no one seems to know this anymore and it's not always easy to buy depending on your location.

    I saw you're sensitive to dairy. Even one drop can cause a problem so please avoid it entirely. I had a friend who was super healthy except for arthritis with lumpy fingers. In two weeks of eliminating dairy the lumps vanished. She was a TCM doc so it was pretty embarrassing and she didn't work in her field because of not being able to cure herself.

    Maybe you need to get your Vit D levels checked. Even people who spend a lot of time in the sun can be deficient. I hope you're much better by now!

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    I do tend to get trigger points. I type too much on the computer so that I'm sure is a factor. Will try massaging the forearms and see if that helps!

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    I'm pretty wary of B6 supplementation as it can cause neuropathy (which I have)...50 mg per day for an extended period of time can do it, so be careful with it. My vitamin D levels were checked and are good...I supplement daily.

  • stephanie447stephanie447 Ayurvedic Practitioner Annapolis, MDPosts: 320 ✭✭✭

    PS I think the cordyceps are helping a little bit. Will report more later...still doing half the recommended daily dose. (I always work my way up.)

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