swelling in finger joints & wrist, carpal tunnel surgeries, constant chronic pain
(lebanon, va. usa)
i have swelling in my finger joints & wrist, both hands. for 7 yrs now.
have had 2 carpal tunel surgery on rt hand 1 on left. still the same, sometimes worse. many doctors, no relief.
1 yr ago i went to a university which first said i had lupus then said rheumatoid arthritis, but now are saying lupus again, am waiting for an eye exam before i can start on medication they want me to start, plaquenil, even tho an mri said i had tenosynovitis in both hands.
i do have inflammation in my blood work results.
before this happened to my hands i injured my hands on a job, toting a very heavy load down hill, by holding back on it, in which my hands started swelling & feeling like fire. (no compensation was ever claimed, was new on job & knew i would be gone if i mentioned it at the time, i had no insurance either, so i had no choice.)
i go thru my day in chronic pain.
i can't manuver my fingers in a normal way, i drop things & haven't a good grip, at this time i can't even make a fist.
i am trying out some anti herbs because i don't want to take the next medication.
i am out of options, seems i have tryed all i know.
could it be that this has gone on so long, that i might need collagen in my joints? would that stop the inflammation?
thank you, barbara
Ouch. That's a lot you have going on. No fun.
Ok, so, where to start....
1. Learn How To Reduce Inflammation
Start Ice Dipping like crazy. That will start to help your hands specifically.
2. Carpal Tunnel Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency
Well, actually, Inflammation does. And you absolutely have inflammation with the Tenosynovitis, the Carpal Tunnel, the Carpal Tunnel Surgeries, etc.
Get on a good dose of B6. Might as well do B12 and Magnesium
3. You also have some underlying health issues going on, obviously. You can definitely have Tendonitis
issues like Carpal Tunnel and Tenosynovitis on top of that, and they can develop in part because of underlying issues.
Have your Doctors checked your Vitamin D levels? Make them.
I highly suggest that you go on a Gluten Free (totally free) diet for two months. You very well may be amazed how much better you feel. And a Gluten Free diet is not a deprivation diet. There's lots of good food available, just not wheat bread and other products,
no fast food, etc.
Gluten insensitivity can set you up for all sorts of problems, immune deficiency, autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis, lupus symptoms, etc.
It's very possible that you don't have 'disease', but that you just have disease symptoms due to the long term effects of being gluten intolerant, and Vitamin D deficient.
Gluten Intolerance also gives you systemic inflammation, and thus systemic pain (that your body is always responding to in a way that ultimately creates more pain). And remember, inflammation causes Vit B6 deficiency, which causes pain, and Carpal Tunnel symptoms.
Won't your doctors feel silly if they operated on you for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but you really just had Vitamn B6 deficiency symptoms?
Not that they'd ever admit it.
Find out more on the 'Gluten Sensitivity' pages on www.Easy-Immune-Health.com
If you don't counter the -source- of your inflammation, no amount of collagen in your joints will help, because the -source- of the problem will still continue to create the problem.
I very much appreciate where you are at. The medical system fails huge numbers of people. Cases like yours are why I am against Healthcare Reform.
We don't need to give more people access to a system that is horribly flawed and not designed to provide HEALTH.
We need a total HEALTHCARE system overhaul. But that's probably not going to happen in our lifetime, so.....
So, start Ice Dipping. A lot, and daily. We can do more stuff specific for your wrists later.
Drop all gluten from your diet for 2 months straight.
Get your Vit D levels checked, and supplement with appropriate levels of Vitamin D3 (not D2).
Also, add in Omega 3's to your diet.
That is a strong base to start getting better from. It will take some effort. And as you alluded to, you don't really have any other options.
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