Arthritis and life afterwards

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Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by Lockie » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:44 am

Arthritis

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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by Lockie » Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:10 am

I lost the use of my left thumb in 2005, it was impossible to pick up a saucer with the pain.

The specialist told me that various types of people can control the accumulative effect ie a musician or athletic individuals. His point was exercise and diet can help prevent joints from ceasing up. Sure one will get ugly swollen knuckles etc but when inflammation subsides it is possible to resume playing music.

Obviously various medication necessary and some side effects but that's life. I am back playing again with vengeance for as long as I can.

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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by Jim McCutcheon » Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:42 am

I've had good luck with glucosamine/chondroitin - taking it 25 years since I was 40.

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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by Alan Green » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:40 am

I'm on Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis, and will be for the rest of my naturals; two years of maximum dosage and now on a maintenance dosage. Because we got to it early, it hasn't affected my performing work, but I remember never having experienced such intense pain and hopefully I never will again

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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by chrispeppler » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:07 am

I take a produce that in South Africa is called Arthrochoice and it helps. Also, Turmeric capsules are helping. I couldn't play at all for years and am now back to playing 30 minutes every day and enjoying it.

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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by Dofpic » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:34 pm

I have a good friend in his 60's with this problems in his hands and acupuncture works great for him. Of course it all comes down to the skill of the practitioner. Well worth trying IMO
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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by muirtan » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:34 pm

Dofpic wrote:I have a good friend in his 60's with this problems in his hands and acupuncture works great for him. Of course it all comes down to the skill of the practitioner. Well worth trying IMO
Acupuncture's worked well for me as well along with glucosamine and chondrotin. I also follow a gluten free diet which has a huge positive effect on reducing joint pain. I can't take NSAIDs so that rules out a lot of the standard treatments. The other things which help are playing related, don't play for too long at a time, think about what happens between the notes and use that to relax the hand, remember there's no harm in missing out notes or refingering.

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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by bear » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:50 pm

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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by mmapag » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:34 pm

As Chris mentioned, Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) is helpful. The trick with Curcumin is not much is bio-available. There is one supplement maker, Solgar, who has come up with a way to make it water soluble and that helps. Theirs is probably the most effective supplement. Of course you can buy turmeric root and juice it if you have a masticating juicer. But most of us don't.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin helps too. Also, bone broth or gelatin. The amino acids help the inflamed tissue. Take Vitamin C with it as it helps with bio-availability. Some I know have had great success with acupuncture. Magnesium soaks can be helpful also.
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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:13 pm

Does icing help with arthritis? I often ice my hands if I do an intense session, or several over days. by analogy with basketball players who take ice baths.
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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by mmapag » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:10 pm

Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:Does icing help with arthritis? I often ice my hands if I do an intense session, or several over days. by analogy with basketball players who take ice baths.
It can. You have to try and see how one responds.
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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by Lawler » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:18 am

Look into paraffin bath treatment.

Google "paraffin bath arthritis".

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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by Big bird » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:25 am

I hope you can get it managed and able to continue on with your passions. Best wishes.
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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by Jim McCutcheon » Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:31 am

I've been taking glucosamine/chondroitin since I was 40 (25 years now) and it seems to be doing the job.

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Re: Arthritis and life afterwards

Post by portalesman » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:59 am

You might give myofacial release a try. It helped me with carpal tunnel and lower back issues. You need to find an educated practitioner. I have a person that is my shaman. Good luck to all.
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