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Thread: New tool for arthritic hands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fayzer View Post
    They look like jewelry making tools that I have. There are nice sets at Michael's or AE Moore for 40% off.
    That's exactly what I was going to say.....I gave a set of several small pliers such as this that I got from Michaels back from my jewelry making days. Hadn't thought about using them this way. Will have to pull them out and repurpose them.

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    Just an FYI - not all needle-nosed pliers are spring-loaded like the ones in this original post. I think that's why she liked them so much!

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    I too have severe arthritis in the bottom joint of my thumb! It is even twice the size of the other hand. I have had drs suggest surgery...no way! Yet I have found that a good DH or Chiropractor will pull on your fingers and pull the knuckles to pop....helps sooooo much. And no, popping your knuckles won't make them bigger! It helps them from freezing up in the joint. Take care

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    Thank you for the info about the needle nose pliers. I also have arthritic hands and especially bad thumbs so am always looking for useful tools. Another that I found was a screwdriver that I use to remove the 1/4 screws from the bed of my machine when I need to clean it. AThe company is MorKo Products or www.morkoproducts.com. Take a look you might see something that will help.
    Also, I am going to look up weighted silverware as my brother's hands shake terribly. Again, thank you.
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    I found great tools in my husband's tool box too. He's a machinist, so he has every gadget imaginable. When we go to Home Depot or Sears I usually head for the tools section - so far I have bought compass, L-ruler, T-ruler, even the clamps to hold down the quilt when I'm putting the layers together on the table. I also use the beading tools since I have those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaC View Post
    Just an FYI - not all needle-nosed pliers are spring-loaded like the ones in this original post. I think that's why she liked them so much!
    Correct. I have several pairs of needle-nose pliers, even small ones, but these have an incredibly precise nose as well as the spring hinge. I have picked threads up off the granite bar with them. My fingers won't do that! The brand name on the handle is Crescent. Thanks for all the other cool ideas. I have a wand magnet. I never thought to bring it inside. I will now!
    Fay

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    I have to watch as anything that takes pessure, such as having to squeeze tog. handles, is to difficult for me and I don't want flying scissors, know what I mean? If I loose my grip as I am trying to get control.
    Jesus knows all my imperfections yet he still loves me. Amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MargeD View Post
    Thanks for letting us know about those useful tools. After years of being a secretary I suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, so I appreciate finding out about the tools that are out there. Thanks for sharing the information.
    Marge, I, too, am a secretary and had CTS in both hands. I had the surgery in 2004 and have not had any problems since then. If your insurance will pay for it, I recommend you have it. I was off 4-weeks with each surgery, which were done back-to-back, but the CTS pain was gone in a couple days.

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    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by piecNpat View Post
    Is the cream from your doctor diclofenac sodium...brand name Voltaren Gel? That certainly helps my joint at the base of my thumb. Good stuff!
    I have used Voltaren but the stuff I have now comes froma compounding pharmacy and really has no name. Called CDBCL. Has lidocaine, diclofenac sodium and a couple of other things,

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    I have a surgical tweezers that helps me pull threads out of he sewing machine or a cloth. I do not have arthritis but have carperal tunnel. I think it is te same idea as the pliers

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    Saw this post, and thought AHA! Don't know why I didn't think of it, but I have an applique block I'm working on, and this is "the cat's pajamas". The needle-nose pliers have already saved my poor fingers from damage

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