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Arthritic Thumbs
Splints
11%
 11%  [ 1 ]
Shots
55%
 55%  [ 5 ]
Surgery
11%
 11%  [ 1 ]
Therapy
22%
 22%  [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 9

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Jim Sliff


From:
Lawndale California, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 9:57 pm     Reply with quote

I have had severe arthritis at the base of my left thumb fo over 8 months.

A banjo player buddy is a hand therapist and made me a otherwise very expensive) custom-fit brace.

My orthopedic surgeon/hand specialist (also a guitarist) has done several treatments including cortisone & trigger-point injections.

Still fouled to the point that I can't really play 6-string; b-bender is a non-started (and that's my main type) - and while I can hold a bar OK, I can only handle it for 30 minutes or so. And any strain causes pain that shoots up my forearm.

So I'm looking at "anchovy" surgery over the winter, with a projected 4-6 month complete recovery time..very possibly longer with my disabling chronic pain issues related to irritation of multiple nerve endings.

Yikes.

Whoa!
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Dale Rottacker


From:
Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 16 Nov 2017 2:00 pm     UPDATE---Arthritis in base of Thumbs Reply with quote

I’d like to thank all of you who’ve participated in both the poll as well as sharing your experiences with Arthritic Thumbs.

I went and saw my Dr. today... She ordered new X-rays to determine the progression from last June when I first had my thumbs X-ray’d

Someone also mentioned Diclofenac, which I in turn mentioned to my Dr. She said yes it’s pretty effective and I have to say that after having applied it about 3 hours ago, within an hour I was feeling more relief than I’d expected.

I also asked her about CBD oil, and she said, that the best results seem to come from a 1-1 ratio of THC-CBD, so I got some of that too, but now have to figure out how to make a lotion with the 5 little vials I got for 35 bucks. HELLO YOUTUBE!!!...

She is also trying to get me into an orthopedist, and will probably end up with shots and hopefully that will slow down the progression.

She also suggested neoprene splint type of thing, that still allows movement but helps support the joint and also add warmth to it to help with mobility.

Anyhow, thanks again, and lets keep coming back here to share what has worked for you and what didn’t, and maybe we can all play a little longer because of the insight we got right here.
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Dan Robinson


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Colorado, USA
Post Posted 18 Nov 2017 4:37 pm     Reply with quote

My right thumb basal joint is pretty far gone. Checked by my rheumatologist and hand surgeon. The surgeon told me that recovery time is as much as six months. Too long for me, at least right now. Tried several steroid injections, sometimes they help for a few weeks, but overall... meh.

Come to Colorado, get all the CBD oil you want, lol. I haven't tried it, don't know if it helps.

Diclofenac is OK for, what it's worth. It provides some relief, but when you have a joint with bone on bone there's only so much you can do. Holding a regular guitar pick aggravates it (that pinching motion), but fortunately playing the steel doesn't bother it.

For me it's all about learning what bothers it and how to avoid things that make it worse ("hey doc, it hurts when I ..." "Then don't do that.").

ICE IS NICE.
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Dan Robinson


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Colorado, USA
Post Posted 19 Nov 2017 4:06 pm     Reply with quote

Just remembered a driving suggestion from the hand surgeon. Grip the steering wheel with your thumbs next to your fingers, not wrapped around the wheel. It's less irritating to the base of the thumb. And safer in the event of a collision.

It took some time to get used to this, but it does help me.
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Dale Rottacker


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Post Posted 20 Nov 2017 4:51 pm     Reply with quote

Dan Robinson wrote:
Just remembered a driving suggestion from the hand surgeon. Grip the steering wheel with your thumbs next to your fingers, not wrapped around the wheel. It's less irritating to the base of the thumb. And safer in the event of a collision.

It took some time to get used to this, but it does help me.


I’ve noticed that too Dan... It doesn’t seem to bother me quite enough to do it all the time.

I missed a call from the Orthopedist today, but will call tomorrow to make an appointment and hope they can fix me up... The Declofenac seems to help, that or I’m just having some good days Smile
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Bobby D. Jones


From:
West Virginia, USA
Post Posted 20 Nov 2017 9:11 pm     Arthritis in base of thumbs. Reply with quote

I have heard no one talking about Osto-Bio-Flex or something similar. My body has been horse rolled, cow kicked, steer kicked and 18 years of a field Wild Life Officer. Both knees, Right Shoulder and Right Elbow was causing problems. At work one day I was having problems with my left knee. Our new secretary suggested Osto-Bio-Flex. In her younger days she was a down hill skier and had joint problems. It took 40 days to take effect and cut the pain. That was 15 years ago and I still take it every morning.
An old Army buddy who was a dozer operator for 40 years on rock cut high wall road jobs. He said he quit taking Osteo-Bi-Oflex and 40 days later he could hardly get out of bed. He went back to taking it.
With what my hands have been through, this may be helping my hands and keeps them working.
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John Billings


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Ohio, USA
Post Posted 21 Nov 2017 3:04 pm     Reply with quote

From the outside;
I go to a real Chinese Herb Doctor. No bottles of pills from China, but bags of mixed herbs from his wall of herb drawers. 25 years ago, I could not walk without a cane. My Shanghai-born lady friend took me to an acupuncturist who told me that I needed herbs. I saw the herb Doc three times, and I have no idea where my cane is. I'd bet a good one could help the thumbs too. But you have to find a good one! No bottles of pills, just real herbs that you make into tea. And one trained in China, not Taiwan. They treat the cause, not give you something to cover the symptoms.
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