My mom had rheumatoid arthritus in her hands. After an event where some ground bees attacked her (and almost killed her) she realized that for several months she had no arthritus pain or swelling in the joints. After that, my dad would catch a honey bee and she would make it sting her (grabbing with tweezers and placing against the skin usually worked) to give her temporary relief. I believe the Mayo Clinic did some research on this, and also found some ant poisons have an even longer lasting effect. I don't think it was fire ants, though, so do some research before trying them.My brother in law has arthritis so bad he used to crawl from his car to the Mack truck he drove. He heard about bee stings for RA and tried it. He now takes bee stings once a week and sometimes more. He is able to walk and function normally as long as he gets his bee sting every week.
Hank. dont laff, pickle juice helps, trust me.Dont throw the juice out after you have no more picklesnot to derail Mike's post, but I get cramps in my hands, specifically my fingers when sharpening a blade or a repetitive motion that requires finger strength. I am not thinking it is arthritis, but... Has anyone else experienced that? solutions?
Hmmmmmmm Mike I have a bee keeper friend that I just run in to occasionally that in the past mentioned bee stings when I was having neck and shoulder issues.My brother in law has arthritis so bad he used to crawl from his car to the Mack truck he drove. He heard about bee stings for RA and tried it. He now takes bee stings once a week and sometimes more. He is able to walk and function normally as long as he gets his bee sting every week.
Mike, I understand your pain. I do have arthritis just about everywhere that seems to move. A few years ago the difficulty became so bad that I had trouble holding on to things. I saw a specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The left hand was in real bad shape. The fix for me because of my wood working hobby was to remove a bone in the thumb linkage in the hand. There thumb was tied to the next finger on the back of the hand. It works well. After several years it is starting to ack. The arthritis does not not stop progressing. The right hand need to be worked on about two years later. With that thumb there was a cone put in one of the joints. It works and after several years is starting to ack. Again arthritis just does not rest. But I can grab things with out the pain that would in the past cause me to drop what I was trying to hold. The recovery time for both surgeries was about 3 months before I could really use the hand and probably 6 months to get back to near normal.I haven't been officially diagnosed with arthritis in my hands but my ortho dr feels pretty sure it is. I have overused my hands like a lot of us have for many yrs and I am feeling it.Im 63 and still work full time plus overtime....I just need to hang in there a little bit more.But the hands are really bothering me.It is my right hand at the thumb/grip area.Dr. says a lot of people have the same thing.I cant do no where near what I used to in the shop but am still trucking on along. All I use is Voltaren Gel on the painful area. Dont want to use celebrex,advil etc. because of liver and kidneys. Voltaren helps some but still not good. I wonder about the future use being affected.What do some of you do that may have similar symptoms?