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Can you remember when I posted about my rag rug here,I mentioned how sore I was in my shoulder and thumbs? As it wasn't getting any better, finally went to see my doctor, who confirmed what I was beginning to suspect. Yep, a bit more of me has succumbed to oesteoarthritis, this time, at the base of my thumbs!
I have had flare ups in the past in some finger joints closest to my nails, one of which has got the early development of nodes. I have read quite a few articles on this condition over the years so know I need to keep mobile. The doctor examined me, got me to do various movements, pressed gently then let me know that I still have a full range of movement, even if it is a little uncomfortable at the moment.
He gave me some topical ibuprofen cream to apply when it is at its worse and to stop using it as soon as able. Then I asked what all the crunching noise is when I flex my shoulders - crepitus - and to not do it unless I really felt the urge to. Whilst there is no pain associated with flexing, crepitus is quite noisy, apparently quite common but not necessarily associated with arthritis unless accompanied by pain. Again he tested movement range, pressed and prodded and said not to use the cream at the moment unless I really need to. Well I don't so I shan't!
The only good news, is that oesteoathritis, in general, has a tendency to flare up then die down, which I know, as my finger joints are currently 'quiet' and painfree.
I did want to start another rug but will have to leave it at present I think. Using a wooden spoon, writing for any length of time, knitting etc are all uncomfortable at the moment. DB luckily can weild a wooden spoon with the best of them, but when I wanted to make shortbread, he had to do most of the work.
I know some people take various things to help. I did try them for a while but most of the tablets are huge and I can't swallow them. Might think about going back onto cod liver oil, see how that goes. My sister says that Marjoram oil, blended with oil or lotion and rubbed in might also help.
I wonder if oesteoarthritis is what causes the discomfort at the base of my big toe joint whilst on our walking day?