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Arthritis.... need serious advice.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Nuno A., May 17, 2011.

  1. Nuno A.

    Nuno A. Velvet Strings Customer Service

    Jul 9, 2001
    I have pain in my finger joints for a while and went to the doctor, although not a specialist he said it looked like arthritis, also in the last days, 2 fingers also get the joints swollen...
    i will go again thursday to the doctor, i already have problems on my carpal tunnel, but this is something and is really scaring me. anyone out there had arthritis? cures? things to do?
    thanks in advance

  2. Nuno, I have a little bit of arthritis in a couple of fingers on my right hand which I've never done anything about. I also have arthritis in both of my feet which was just recently diagnosed. It was especially problematic in my right foot and that pain is what lead me to seek treatment. I've received 2 injections of a synthetic steroid in the joint with the arthritis and the pain is gone and I was running again the next day. I also have a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory gel that I apply to my feet. Oral NSAIDs also help with arthritis, but the shot and the gel are really something.
  3. RichardL


    Mar 18, 2011
    Fargo, ND
    The most important thing is to first determine if it is "wear-and-tear" arthritis (osteoarthritis), or if it is an inflammatory arthritis. Most of the time a GP or primary care doctor can do this for you.

    If there is sudden swelling and redness, then it is less likely to be plain arthritis. With osteoarthritis the bones of the joints will enlarge and look misshapen, but it is obvious that they are firm bone. There is usually not any redness. Movement or firm touch can cause some pain.

    With inflammation the enlargement is softer and usually red, and the joint is more tender to the touch. The joint will be warmer than the surrounding akin. There are many causes of joint inflammation, ranging from minor problems to more severe. A few blood tests and xrays should be able to tell your doctor more.

    The younger you are the more likely it is for an inflammatory arthritis to occur. After a certain age (40+) these diseases do not often begin and it is more likely to be regular arthritis. Gout is also common in either age group, but it rarely shows up first in the fingers.

    Give your doctor another chance to figure this out. Ask for screening blood tests and xrays looking for inflammation and gout, and be sure to remind him or her of how important your hands are. It's better to have a diagnosis before picking up medication to try...

    Good luck!
  4. baileyboy


    Aug 12, 2010
    Try boswellia for osteoarthritis. It is all natural, has no side effects and works as well as any pain-killer on the market. Read the reviews and judge for yourself. I hope you find relief for your pain.

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