Arthritic fingers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bead, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. Bead


    Mar 12, 2002
    Notts UK
    How many of you 'old-timers' get joint problems in your left hand?
    (I'm wondering how much worse my little finger is going to get - proves I use it I suppose)
  2. I do.

    Not much pain at all and it goes away if I warm up properly - I have more pain just doing day to day stuff then I do playing. I guess it's time to break out the glucosamine and see if that works. I'm also thinking about getting one of those springy hand-exercise thingies to use during the day.

    The hell of it is I'm not that old. I turned 45 yesterday.

  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I get some occasional stiffness and minor pain the Doc feels is the early stages of arthritis. I get around it by playing short scale on the days my hands are bad.

    My Ric is easy on a stiff left hand, and I have a 30" scale DeArmond Starfire Bass for those really creaky days!
  4. Here. I'm open to suggestions. How does glucosamine help, I'm not familiar with it?
  5. I'm not sure it does. They advertise it on TV, though :)

    A web search should bring up some information.

  6. Bead


    Mar 12, 2002
    Notts UK
    I tried taking it last year for about 3 months - didn't notice any difference (maybe you need to take it longer...?)
  7. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    Glucosamine is used to increase or enhance the synovial fluids around your joints which in turn helps to increase the cushioning of the joints. Glucosimine is often times used along wtih chondrition and collegan which also help with joint pain. It is also used as a supplement for larger dog breeds that tend to develop hip or joint problems. I give it to my dogs in their food to help prevent any hip or joint injuries.
  8. Jennifer


    Jul 31, 2000
    Erie, Illinois
    Sorry, a bit off-topic here. Here is something I found on a goat chat thing I belong to. Anyone know how valid it is?

    A huge new initiative to remove animal supplements for sale is
    coming. Any supplement labeled specifically for animals
    ingredients targeted by FDA/AAFCO - whether it is on livestock,
    pet or health food stores, will have to be pulled.

    This affects everything from herbs and nutraceuticals to some
    health and prescription diets. While you will still be able to
    supplements designed for humans, they will be designed without
    attention to the unique needs (size, biochemistry) of animals.
    A final decision will be made by AAFCO in April and after that,
    the supplements will start disappearing. AAFCO appears to be
    leaning towards targeting glucosamine first. Do you know how
    many animal supplements that will effect?

    See for yourself on the AAFCO website ( - go to the
    bottom of the home page and click the link entitled "DRAFT AAFCO
    Recommended Enforcement Strategy."

    It is time to start a letter writing campaign, the likes of
    which we have never had before. We believe that preventing this
    will take
    an act of congress, just like DSHEA did in 1994 (The FDA received
    more letters regarding freedom to buy supplements than on any
    other subject since the Vietnam war, and the Dietary Supplement
    Health Education Act (DSHEA) was passed as a result). We will
    need tens of thousands of letters for our animals, this time.
    I'm supplying a template letter below, for your own use, and for
    distributing to your friends. This can also be used as a petition
    for you to place in your favorite pet store, feed store, groomer
    and veterinarian's office. This will be a political fight, and we
    need legislators on our side. Please write, and have your
    write to all of the people below.

    Dr. Sharon Benz, Leader
    Nutrition & Labeling Team FDA - CVM Center for Veterinary
    7500 Standish Place, HFV-228 Rockville, Maryland 20855

    The president of AAFCO:
    Dr. John Breitsman
    Feed Program Specialist
    Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
    Bureau of Plant Industry
    2301 N. Cameron Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408

    Your AAFCO state representatives (you can search by state on
    their website):

    Your federal legislators (you can search by state and area code
    on this website):

    We need to be able to treat our patients with supplements
    designed for animals - in appropriate doses, with appropriately
    ingredients, from ethical companies.

    Support from EVERYONE will be necessary soon!

    Susan Wynn
    American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
    Executive Director, Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association
  9. It's not the off-topic ness that scares me - it's the bit about the "goat chat thing":D :D
  10. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I can't even make a fist on my fretting hand (I play lefty) when I wake up. My index finger is pretty stiff all day and sore arounf the joint. Any advice you people might have would be apprcieated. I guess I will probably have to break down and see the Doc soon.:(
  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I get stiffness in the fingers, but cracking my knuckles alleviates that(for a while, anyway). My brother has arthritis bad in his left hand. Some days, he can't play the guitar at all!:(