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    How do you cope with----

    The arthritis in my hands is getting worse. I'm having difficulty pulling the needle through the fabric to do my hand quilting. I'm using a needle holder - it's a medical clamp that surgeons use to hold the needle and suture when they sew. Does anyone have any other ideas? I hate to give up my hand quilting.
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    do creams-like Myoflex help? it really helps the gentleman i care for- it is a cream in a tube- non-greasy- does not stink- it dries fairly quickly making it easy to grip your needle again.
    beyond something like that you should talk to your dr. for some advice-help.
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    I prefer the little round rubber tips of rubber gloves...buy some inexpensive ones, cut most of the finger off and then roll up so it looks like a little condom....put one on thumb and one on forefinger, roll down about an inch...i can grip the needles well with these... the easiest way to roll them is to put on a finger and then begin at bottom edge...

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    Is your Dr. an arthritis specialist? That would be the one to ask about new meds or treatments to lessen the pain.
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    I think I will try this. Thank you for the tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deemail View Post
    I prefer the little round rubber tips of rubber gloves...buy some inexpensive ones, cut most of the finger off and then roll up so it looks like a little condom....put one on thumb and one on forefinger, roll down about an inch...i can grip the needles well with these... the easiest way to roll them is to put on a finger and then begin at bottom edge...
    Life is what happens when we're making plans.

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    Would finger cots work? Here's a link, but I've seen them at other pharmacies. http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wal...490318-product
    Quote Originally Posted by deemail View Post
    I prefer the little round rubber tips of rubber gloves...buy some inexpensive ones, cut most of the finger off and then roll up so it looks like a little condom....put one on thumb and one on forefinger, roll down about an inch...i can grip the needles well with these... the easiest way to roll them is to put on a finger and then begin at bottom edge...

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    I had to start machine quilting. I can do very little hand work anymore, so far anyone that has received my quilts love them even if they are all machine made.

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    I don't know if you are on meds or not but when my knee was to the point where I could barely walk and the knee surgeon said I was too young for a replacement and wouldn't do cortisone because of my sugar I was to the point of giving up. I was desperate and started taking Osteo Bi-Flex. After about a week, it was like night and day and I haven't had a flair up in about a year. The stuff is a miracle. My fingers even started straitening out after starting to cross each other. I won't be without it now!

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    I'm a firm believer in Glucosamine, an occasional Advil, the therapeutic compression gloves you can buy at Joann's and rubbing your hands down before you go to bed with some sort of medicated balm like Tiger Balm. Have heard a lot of people get relief from the paraffin hand dips. Hope you are able to get back to what you love.

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    I use a lotion called "Two Old Goats" ... I know it's a funny name, but it works! They have a website ... www.twooldgoats.com. Has a pleasant smell and relieves pain almost instantly!

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    I have a bad joint in my thumb, and now my index finger tip is starting to act up. I find that at times I can't pick up anything that has any weight to it. I can't do hand writing for any length of time anymore (and I love to write). and doing hand sewing gets painful too. I do all machine quilting but even doing the binding by hand hurts.
    I'll have to try one or more of these suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUZAG View Post
    I don't know if you are on meds or not but when my knee was to the point where I could barely walk and the knee surgeon said I was too young for a replacement and wouldn't do cortisone because of my sugar I was to the point of giving up. I was desperate and started taking Osteo Bi-Flex. After about a week, it was like night and day and I haven't had a flair up in about a year. The stuff is a miracle. My fingers even started straitening out after starting to cross each other. I won't be without it now!
    Thanks for the testamonial.

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    I have had to start machine quilting since my neck and shoulder injury from 17 years ago is now full of arthritis and I have trigger fingers on both hands. I still love to hand quilt and if its something small I still do it although it takes me a longer time. I quilt and rest, quilt and rest or go to something else then come back to it.

    I use the finger cots and also the rubber fingertips you get at the office supply store, used for sorting mail or going through stacks of paper one at the time, this has really helped me a lot.

    Wishing you well and hope you find something to help.

    delma

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    I read in the paper about soaking golden raisins in gin until the gin is absorbed. Then eat 9 raisins a day. My husband and I had both been experiencing some arthritis pain particularly with the colder weather. We have been eating our 9 raisins a day for about a month and it works. The newspaper article said they didn't know why it works and they didn't know the reason for the number, but there is a lot of evidence from sufferers that it is effective. I think you can goggle it and read more info. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfletcher View Post
    I read in the paper about soaking golden raisins in gin until the gin is absorbed. Then eat 9 raisins a day. My husband and I had both been experiencing some arthritis pain particularly with the colder weather. We have been eating our 9 raisins a day for about a month and it works. The newspaper article said they didn't know why it works and they didn't know the reason for the number, but there is a lot of evidence from sufferers that it is effective. I think you can goggle it and read more info. Good luck.
    Now...I love this idea. I drink one mixed drink a night...gin mixed with ginger ale. I have used tonic water but prefer the ginger ale. Anyway...I have osteoarthritis in my wrists...have had it since I was in my 40's from years of typing at work so I'll give this a try. I'll have to check and see if we have any raisins.

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    There's also a product called "Sore no more", seems to work pretty good. You can Goggle the name and go to their site, and they'll send you a couple free samples, that way you could see if it helps you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaDeeter View Post
    I use a lotion called "Two Old Goats" ... I know it's a funny name, but it works! They have a website ... www.twooldgoats.com. Has a pleasant smell and relieves pain almost instantly!
    Just read this post and I'm going to order some----several small ones so that I can give them to DB's and DS's. If nothing else it will make for a good laugh. I did the Monkey Butt Powder several years ago.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUZAG View Post
    I don't know if you are on meds or not but when my knee was to the point where I could barely walk and the knee surgeon said I was too young for a replacement and wouldn't do cortisone because of my sugar I was to the point of giving up. I was desperate and started taking Osteo Bi-Flex. After about a week, it was like night and day and I haven't had a flair up in about a year. The stuff is a miracle. My fingers even started straitening out after starting to cross each other. I won't be without it now!
    I, too, love my Osteo Bi-Flex. It saved me from a life of back pain. I take it daily.

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    Sounds like I need some Osteo Bi Flex! Just when you finally know how to do stuff, your body refuses to do stuff.

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    Buy a pair of those gloves without fingers that you can use. I use them when I crochet and they really help. Somehow they help keep the heat in your hands which helps a lot.

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    Did your Dr. suggest
    Osteo Bi-Flex
    or give you a reason why you shouldn't? I would get a new Dr. It is one of the first things my Dr. suggested I try for my hand pain before going the prescription route. It works wonders for me.
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    Suzag, Can you get that Osteo BiFlex at Walmart or Walgreens? I am having trouble with my left knee.

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    My exercise intructor is always telling us to make claws, like scratching a cat, with our hands to keep the joints warm bc it helps with arthitis (sp)
    We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.

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    I was diagnosed with RA at 40 and by the time I was 45, doctors wanted to start giving me injections for the pain! No way was I starting these injections and having to live forever getting shots, and what happens when the shots don't work anymore...I did a little research and found an accupunturist in my area. OH HEAVEN!!!! I now only take aa Aleve once a day, if I wake up in pain...and make an appt with Dr Payne (yes, that is her name!). I visit her 4 or 5 times a year....and it is wonderful. I got her name from my chiropracter,,,and my DR said "give it a try"

    I know, I know,,,all those needles....I usually have about 15 (she is also treating sinus problems), but I usually fall asleep while she is still inserting...very relaxing...the needles are smaller than a strand of hair! Please, at least look into it...I know people look at me weird when I tell them I use an acup, but at 50 something....I take NO meds on a regular basis...and LOTS of insurance companies cover it like chiro...including Blue Cross!!

    Gotta go finish my latest...ALL HAND QUILTED Grandmas Flower Gardern....35 flowers with 20 hexagons!!!

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    I love to applique, too, so I gave up hand quilting and am learning to machine quilt. That leaves me "free" to applique in short bits of time.

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