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What are some good pain relieving tools for knitters?

One of my housemates is an active knitter and sometimes complains of aching hands. She's past retirement age and has a little onset of arthritis. I've found some fingerless lycra support gloves that claim to help with that sort of thing. Do any of our knitters have experience with these things, and if they do help, is there a good brand I should look at?
posted by Karmakaze on Nov 16, 2016 - 9 answers

Gelatin for arthritis: is there SCIENCE behind it?

I'm as anti-woo as person can get, and my sister is the same. On a recent visit, she said she mixes a packet on unflavored gelatin powder (not Jello) into her smoothies, and it helps with arthritis pain in her knees, which I also suffer from. The theory is, it's made of collagen (protein) and will help with the ailing collagen in the joints. [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Oct 31, 2016 - 11 answers

How do I work around rheumatoid arthritis?

I am a developer and self-employed, and I just found out my pain issues may be Lyme or Rheumatoid Arthritis (or, you know, both). How do I stop ignoring my pain and learn to cope with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2016 - 15 answers

Best USB keyboard for my arthritic fingers?

I'm looking for a light touch USB keyboard. The Smart Keyboard for my iPad feels perfect, but I need to plug in to a desktop computer, and for added difficulty it also needs to have a ten-key. [more inside]
posted by malocchio on Aug 12, 2016 - 5 answers

Why do beer, white wine, champagne & cheese cause me joint pain?

Been battling joint pain, stiffness and inflammation for over 10 years. I flare up badly 1) before it rains or gets damp, 2) in the mornings when I'm stressed/overexerted, or 3) when I eat a few select foods. Doctors are stumped. What do these foods have in common? [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Jul 14, 2016 - 24 answers

what to do about my crunchy neck

I've always had a very tight upper-back/shoulder/neck region, and over the past couple years (I am in my late twenties) I have noticed a crunchy crepitus noise in my neck/cervical spine region that is pretty much constant throughout the day, as in, when I take a deep breath or sit up straighter, I hear little popping and crunching noises. It's gotten to the point where I want to DO something about it, but I'm not sure what kind of doctor to go to, or how useful it will be in the near future, as I am currently pregnant and probably can't do too much in the way of x-rays and MRIs. Main question is - how normal/abnormal is this for my age, and what kind of doctor should I try to see? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Jun 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Dog Socks? (And other dog questions.)

So I've been asking about dog ownership, and got advice here (among other places) which led me to sign up to foster a dog. This is Huggy, my 5 year old foster mutt (though she's clearly got quite a bit of Rottie in her). She has a host of problems and she will be with me for a while. As a result, I have a host of questions. Can you answer some of them? (You are not my vet-- I have a good vet. ) [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Apr 25, 2016 - 19 answers

How to deal with arthritis when you work with your hands?

I started having pain in my right index finger awhile back and there was also swelling at the top joint so I thought that perhaps I had dislocated my finger. I went to a hand specialist in Manhattan and after a brief look at the x-ray informed my that I had arthritis in that finger. I work with my hands every day. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by catrae on Dec 4, 2015 - 18 answers

I hurt my knees while swimming...is that even possible?

I have arthritis in my knees and swimming has been recommended to me. First couple of days it was great but now my knees hurt a lot. I've been trying not to frog kick and to keep my legs straight but I may have gotten too excited and frog-kicked a few times. Is there a trick to this? How should I be swimming?
posted by shibori on Oct 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Need care-package ideas for loved one with severe joint pain

A loved one who lives across the USA is undergoing medical testing to find out what is causing her joint pain. It may be arthritis, but signs also point to an underlying autoimmune disorder or possibly Lyme Disease. In the meantime, she's has to quit a physically demanding job which is causing her financial stress and brought her spirits down. Needless to say, she's stressed out over her health and finds herself in pain much of the day. What can I send her to help her feel better physically and/or emotionally? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Aug 23, 2015 - 12 answers

Best practices for living with a spine that hates you a lot

My spine thinks I am a jerk. The feeling is mutual. I'd like to hear how others are handling similar medical conditions. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Aug 21, 2015 - 22 answers

Alternatives to beagle-carrying

My dog Milo (obligatory pics 1 2 3) is starting to have trouble with stairs. My apartment is a second-floor walk-up. My roommate, who is usually home with him during the work day, currently has health issues that mean toting around a 20+ lb dog is a no-go, especially while navigating stairs. Are there other options for her to get him outside and back when I'm not home? [more inside]
posted by alyxstarr on Feb 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Medical Marijuana in Michigan-Doctor's Approval?

I am just beginning to research the various steps required to get a card for Medical Marijuana in Michigan, at my husband's request, and I'm all confused and a little bit nervous... Hub was dx'd with Ankylosing Spondilitis in 1997. He's been taking NSAIDS since that time, and then around 2003-ish Oxycontin was added to his list of Rxs. In the past two years, though, it's not been his back that pains him but his hands. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2015 - 4 answers

need ergonomic right handed mouse for arthritis/tendinitis in rt thumb

I love my wired stationary trackball mouse but I can't use it anymore. Too much thumb action. Since May 2014, I have had tendinitis in my left ring finger, arthritis in my right thumb and now arthritis/tendinitis in my right thumb, OT didn't help and I wear thumb splints on both hands. I will strongly consider acupuncture starting in January 2015. Yikes! I keyboard all day at work. I will go to any lengths to avoid surgery. Orthopedic hand specialist can't guarantee that problem won't come back after surgery if I go back to the same job. [more inside]
posted by htm on Dec 30, 2014 - 17 answers

In arthritis, how is "morning stiffness" experienced?

I have some sort of arthritis that seems to be systemic and inflammatory. I read that if it's "rheumatoid arthritis" then I should probably have "morning stiffness". But no one seems interested in saying what that is. [more inside]
posted by Koray on Oct 13, 2014 - 26 answers


I need to find a dry sauna that is awesome and fits a small number of reasonable criteria. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Sep 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Auto immune testing for person with extensive family history

YANMD. I've had all kinds of weird undiagnosable stuff going on. I'm 29 female. There is a history of auto immune disorders (asthma, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, gall bladder removals, rheumatoid arthritis, other miscellaneous stuff) on the maternal side of my family(mother and grandmother). [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Sep 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Anti-inflammatory diet: do's and don'ts?

I'd like to make adjustments to my diet in an effort to overcome my chronic joint inflammation and poor circulation. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 9, 2014 - 19 answers

Now what?

Rheumatologist threw up her hands. Now where do I go? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Jul 5, 2014 - 12 answers

HEY! Build your rainbow bridge somewhere else, mister.

My little lady is 16 this month. She's been my best pal since I was 21. But we're hitting a rough patch, and I'm not sure what my course of action should be. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 14, 2014 - 23 answers

YANMD - Is my crazy foot pain arthritis, or running related?

I recently took up running. Three days after my last run I was struck with crazy pain in my foot which has never really gone away. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Jun 14, 2014 - 15 answers

X-ray treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Can you point me to any research or even provide anecdotal evidence in the effective use of radiation, specifically x-ray treatment, in reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the hand? [more inside]
posted by tamitang on Jun 5, 2014 - 4 answers

The Aging, Arthritic Dog: What's next?

Our 16 year old shepherd-husky mix, Gertrude (obligatory pic 1, 2) has bad arthritic hips and has trouble lying down, getting up and does not like to go down the short flight of stairs to go outside. She's on Rimadyl and Proin. We do have pain medication (Tramadol), which she does not like at all/will not take without a fight. She's in good spirits and is still eating (which is very good as she can be a finicky eater) and is at a good weight. She has a vet appointment this weekend to discuss if there's a next step to make Gert more comfortable. We are prepared if this is the end of the road (should she let us know so), but we're not quite there yet. Aged Dog Owners of Mefi: Prepare me for the vet - is there a step between where we are and the end, aside from asking for a more palatable pain medication?
posted by sarajane on May 15, 2014 - 19 answers

Arthritis and spray bottles

I have pretty severe arthritis in my hands and fingers. Most things I can manage well enough with. But not spray bottles - spray wax for my hair, for instance - some things I can put into a smaller bottle. Any tips or gadgets? With spray paint, the have those trigger things that help immensely. (I'm not looking for recommendations about different hairspray or whatever.) some of the products cannot be removed from the original container.
posted by crankyrogalsky on May 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Old guy has lots of pains..can you suggest help?

a series of issues giving me lots of annoying pains making me feel awful...Help me feel better [more inside]
posted by Postroad on May 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Can you have arthritis in the knee without swelling?

Both my knees hurt alot and have for years I cant walk for more then a football field without them hurting to much that I have to stop I also cant stand for more then like 10 minutes or they hurt to much. I am 23 years old.I have been to the doctor and he dosent know whats wrong. My question is can I have arthritis without having smelling in my knees? Becasue I dont have swelling just pain.
posted by john123357 on Feb 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Drug questions - should I ask GP or pharmacist?

I just started seeing a rheumatologist for my ankylosing spondylitis. She suggested a long term NSAID rather than just taking ibuprofen as I had been doing. She prescribed two options: diclofenac, which I tried, and Indomethacin, which I have not yet tried. I have questions about the new drug before I start it but my rheumatologist won't be able to respond for about a month. Should I see my family doctor or a pharmacist with questions about the new meds? Are either likely to be really familiar with a random medication?
posted by Naib on Dec 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Serious joint pain, no diagnosis

Does anyone have any experience with persistent, unexplained joint pain in multiple joints? [more inside]
posted by ducky l'orange on Nov 27, 2013 - 23 answers

What is the best bed for an arthritic dog?

About three months ago I adopted a rottweiler mix, about 7-8 years of age. He's delightful and charming and basically the best dog ever, but he has arthritis. He's under treatment for this (meloxicam) and is still pretty mobile, but he does love to sleep. And sleep. And then sleep some more. So I'd like to buy him the best bed possible to ensure he gets to enjoy his favourite pastime. What would you recommend? I've heard about magnetic beds, memory foam, and so forth, but am not sure what I should get. My price limit is $500.
posted by lesbiassparrow on Oct 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Looking for an awesome heated mattress pad

Winter is coming and so is my arthritis. I think it's time for me to invest in an excellent heated mattress pad. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Sep 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Legs: How do they work!?

I'm a 42yo overweight female. I've been on an ongoing and very successful weight loss program, and have no issues with my diet at this time. My issue is, I seem to have forgotten how to walk... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2013 - 24 answers

I am the parasite who travels two by two.

I've been experiencing fairly serious joint pain since returning from a Central & South American trip, and so has my travel buddy. Doctor found "many Blastocystis Hominis" in my stool sample. Normally doctors don't treat Blastocystosis, and it is usually more linked with GI issues than joint pain. Doctor has given me the option to a) Get medical treatment (that he will prescribe) or b) Wait for an appointment with a tropical medicine specialist (not until late August). YANMD, but what should I do here? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Jul 30, 2013 - 8 answers

What kind of doctor do I need to see for my knee/hip pain?

I am 28 and female. Overweight, but no other health problems. I've had deep, aching knee and hip pain since around 2003. Most of the time since then, I have been un- or under-insured. I'd like to finally get this figured out and treated, but not sure what kind of specialist I should go to. My latest trip to a primary-care doctor was useless. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jul 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Why do my thumbs hurt?

Over the past four or five months I've had pain and stiffness in my thumbs. It started in my right thumb (I'm right handed) and then I noticed it in my left as well. It now seems to be worse in my left - my left thumb hurts a bit more than my right and I can't bend it quite as far. What is likely to be causing this? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Jul 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Does Omega 3 fish oil, even temporarily, relieve arthritic knee pain?

A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my left knee (no surprise there: ultramarathons, century bike rides, fiendishly long hikes). I've been taking glucosamine chondroitin for a couple of years. The pain flares ever so rarely and when it does, its tenure is brief; and so, it's totally manageable. Now, lucky me, the right knee, the one I had cartilage taken out of 15 years ago, has decided to antagonize me. This while I was taking the glucosamine chondroitin. I've read of the benefits of Omega 3 oil (capsules, serum) for joint pain. I'm writing to inquire if anyone out there has any actual experience, good or bad, with such oil. Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Mar 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Advice re: my father's swift decrease in mobility - arthritis & Synvisc

My father (age 79) has gone from keeping a cane in the car for occasional use to steady himself (through 2012) to being in terrible pain and needing a walker around the house (the latter after a Synvisc injection to the knee 2 weeks ago, knee swelling, and falling - again - at home alone). So far he hasn't broken anything in his falls, but I live 90 minutes away from him and he lives alone. He's accustomed to being quite active and has often been mistaken for a man 10-15 years his junior. [more inside]
posted by pammeke on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Is there a healing power in the sun?

I live in northern New York where we have short hot summers of about 2 to 3 months and long cold winters. I have a variety of health problems, including joint problems, and hormone problems including low testosterone and higher than normal estrogen (I am a male) . I have noticed that in the summertime If I sit outside for one to two hours every day to absorb the sun I feel healthier, my joints hurt less, my hormones seem better, and I have more energy. Also if I have a cut or a twisted ankle It seems to heal faster then in the winter. Assuming that it was the vitamin D from the sun that was causing this , I took vitamin D pills every day in the winter. However, I did not experience any of the benefits that I experienced with regular sunshine exposure. This leads me to believe there is something else, some sort of other healing power in the sun that either science is not aware of yet or that I am simply not aware of. Is this possible?
posted by john123357 on Feb 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Lyme disease: just how screwed am I?

LymeDiseaseFilter: Have you or someone you're close to had Lyme, had it treated, and more-or-less lived to tell the tale? I'm seeking anecdata to help me calibrate exactly how freaked out I should be about this diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2012 - 28 answers

Sigh, It hurts.

Rheumatoid arthritis onset after seve infection? Possible? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Sep 30, 2012 - 9 answers

arthritis at 30?

Is it normal to be developing arthritis in my fingers at 30, or should I be looking for a new doctor? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Sep 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Reclusive mum and family issues

What to do about reclusive mum and family situation [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Sudden onset arthritis in a 37-year old?

Thirty-something woman with no history experiencing sudden-onset arthritis due to change in geography/altitude/climate? Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by petitemom on Jun 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Is it my arthritis or doctor insanity?

YANAD - On tonight's episode - Back Pain, specialist claims it's osteoarthritis, but I am 37 and have absolutely zero history in my family (even extended) is he wrong? What else could it be? Minor snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on May 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Psoriatic Arthritis. Now what?

Psoriatic arthritis. Now what? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Apr 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Does Limping Hurt?

Our 10 year old Australian Cattle dog, Zoe, has arthritis. She limps if she plays too hard or goes on too long of a walk. She is taking high quality supplements. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Apr 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Finding the right knife

I'd like to get a chef's knife for my wife, as she has recently developed an interest in cooking. The thing is, she has pretty bad arthritis and needs a knife that would be easy to hold, something with a largish handle. Any suggestions as to brand would be great. Also I should mention we are looking for a decent quality carbon steel type knife.
posted by WASP-12b on Mar 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Ow, ow, ow

Am I too young to have arthritis? [more inside]
posted by Arethusa on Mar 19, 2012 - 25 answers

Mother, do you think it's good enough for you?

Balancing function and price: What's the best (and least expensive) Mom Computer, especially if we're trying to go Mac? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Better tasting food for a dog with arthritis

Our 10-year old australian cattle dog, Zoe, has arthritis. Right now she eats Hills Prescription Diet for mobility, which her vet recommended. It helps a lot, but we'd like to switch her to another food. Is there a food you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jan 8, 2012 - 22 answers

How to be disabled?

I know this sounds shit, but I need some advice on how to continue a satisfying life with a disability. Really long story as short as I can think to write it inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 12 answers

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