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How do you cope, with carpal tunnel and/or arthritis?
Posted by 195X on Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:12 PM

Somehow, it always sneaks up on me! I'm going along fine, holding small parts, sanding them, gluing them, forcing them into place and holding until the glue sets. The norm right?

Outta nowhere, BAMMO! I go to pick up my morning mug and nearly threw it across the room.

What held me back? Well, my girlfriend was over there and I kinda like her.

The question is this: How do you guys cope, beyond the old "Power through it"?

I've tried aspercreme, icy hot, excersizes, nothing seems to help.

So I'm looking for some advice on this... just don't come at me with crystals or copper... K?

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:22 PM

You need surgery for carpal tunnel. 

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Posted by 195X on Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:39 PM

midnightprowler

You need surgery for carpal tunnel. 

 

Oh I know that. But they insist on shoving these damn braces at me and telling me "Just take it easy for a couple days." Angry 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by mini man on Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:55 PM

I have arthritis in te lower spine and neck,plus  strokes.Some days it is ok...but other days ....enough said.

 

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, July 13, 2018 5:53 AM

I worry about arthritis as the likely culprit to end my model building some day. I'm only 52, but a life of millwright work has been abusive to my hands (and other parts), and the arthritis has been creeping in for a few years now. Some days it's not too bad, but there are others in which working with very tiny bits is nearly impossible. I've been powering through so far, but will have to take action eventually. I have no suggestions for you, but I certainly do sympathise. Likely many of us are in the same boat, and I fear for the rate at which mine is advancing.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, July 13, 2018 8:57 AM

I've found that being a Christian and prayer works the best for me. I'm 75 and when something hits me God is there to help me deal with the pain and my attitude and I've learned to be grateful for all the painful times.

They help humble me and remind me how good the rest of my life is.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Plowboy on Friday, July 13, 2018 9:00 AM

My dad had arthritis in both hands so bad that his fingers were curled. He couldn't straighten them out or make a fist. My brother knew a man where he worked that  had arthritis badly that was still able to work. My brother asked him how he was able to still work with his arthritis. The man told him what he took for it. Every day he took a vitamin D, a garlic pill and a fish oil pill. My brother told my dad about the concoction and he started taking them every day. In no time, Dad was able to straighten his fingers out more and more and make a tighter fist. He even got able to play his guitar again. He took that concoction for the rest of his life.

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Posted by 195X on Friday, July 13, 2018 9:37 AM

Plowboy

My dad had arthritis in both hands so bad that his fingers were curled. He couldn't straighten them out or make a fist. My brother knew a man where he worked that  had arthritis badly that was still able to work. My brother asked him how he was able to still work with his arthritis. The man told him what he took for it. Every day he took a vitamin D, a garlic pill and a fish oil pill. My brother told my dad about the concoction and he started taking them every day. In no time, Dad was able to straighten his fingers out more and more and make a tighter fist. He even got able to play his guitar again. He took that concoction for the rest of his life.

 

I'll look into that, it sounds like the best option. Somebody else mentioned it to me the other day, just not with the fish pills.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by High octane on Friday, July 13, 2018 11:45 AM

I've had arthiritus for many years now and take two Aleve tablets every morning and it seems to curb the arthritus pretty much for me.

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Posted by 195X on Friday, July 13, 2018 11:52 AM

Treehugger Dave

I've found that being a Christian and prayer works the best for me. I'm 75 and when something hits me God is there to help me deal with the pain and my attitude and I've learned to be grateful for all the painful times.

They help humble me and remind me how good the rest of my life is.

 

Please keep religion out of the discussion. This is not the place for that. Thank you.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Friday, July 13, 2018 11:57 AM

High octane

I've had arthiritus for many years now and take two Aleve tablets every morning and it seems to curb the arthritus pretty much for me.

 

I've tried the generic version Equate. Might have just been a weak version or a low dose. More than one person has suggested Aleve. I think I'll look into it next time I'm out, along with the other suggestion about garlic and fish pills.

If I can't work on models I don't know what I'll do. Probably go further out of my mind!

My right pinky has already decided it wants to point that way, while the rest of them are still straight.

Keep them coming guys, I'm not to the point of trying just anything, but I'll probably try everything!

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, July 14, 2018 9:42 PM

Many year's ago, I developed "Repetitive motion syndrome" because I used the same hand arm motion while assembling heavy steel part's in a factory. It eventually morphed into Carpl tunnel syndrome. I went to an Accupunture clinic and after two , ... yes that's right, only two session's it worked ! ( This was in 1985 )  In 2016 it came back and the only thing that help's me now is Aleve ... and it dont help much.

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage.

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:15 PM

Sounds like you need to see a bone doctor otherwise known as an orthopeadic surgeon. They not only do knee and hip replacements, but also can give you some relief for other ailments like a pulled bicep, tennis elbow, rotator cuff, etc. I had a good one since 1996 and sorry to say that he retired last month, and in the future I'll have to find another one. Sighhh.

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Posted by TonyO on Sunday, July 15, 2018 6:09 AM
According to my doctor, Naproxen Sodium, which is the generic name for Aleve, was once commonly known as Naprosyn. It was widely prescribed for arthritis pain relief but over time it was discovered that it would elevate blood pressure. If you currently take medication for high blood pressure be careful with taking Aleve.
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Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:45 AM

After my military and then playing drums for 30yrs, my arthritis is rampant. To add to that I was a kidney donor 10 years ago. Doctors will not let me take anything other then Tylenol (because of the single kidney and my blood pressure). So, as some of you said, some days are better than others. Living in Ohio, the big weather changes seem to effect it too, as does the extreme cold of winter. 

I am interested to see what you all come up with as the temporary fix....

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Posted by High octane on Sunday, July 15, 2018 11:19 AM

I've been taking Aleve for years and do not have high blood pressure. Of course everyone is different as a friend of mine was taking Aleve and had a bleeding ulcer.

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Posted by 195X on Sunday, July 15, 2018 12:28 PM

Well guys, the Aleve are helping a little. I have an appontment with my GP this wednesday. I'll bring it up with her and see what can be done. Being disabled, they only want to operate when they absolutely have to. This means by the time they do, it won't be worth the effort anyway. :(

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by gloozalot on Sunday, July 15, 2018 8:15 PM
Aleve when I hurt and MSM everyday, 500mg. Even though you might not want to hear it, Treehuggerdave gave you some of the best medicine you will ever get. Now, just let it go.

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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Posted by 195X on Sunday, July 15, 2018 8:22 PM

gloozalot
Aleve when I hurt and MSM everyday, 500mg. Even though you might not want to hear it, Treehuggerdave gave you some of the best medicine you will ever get. Now, just let it go.
 

I HAD let it go. YOU seem to want to keep it up.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Jimmy D. on Sunday, July 15, 2018 9:40 PM

Being a seasoned citizen, it's not surprising that my doctor says I have some osteo arthritis in my hands. That said, it rarely interferes with my model building efforts, except once in a while when I'm using my airbrush. My simple solution to keeping arthritis and maybe carpal tunnel at bay, is to play guitar! Sounds weird, I know, but you've probably heard that old saying: "If you don't use it, you lose it!" I've been playing guitar for a long time and play almost every day. It keeps my fingers and wrists loosened up and in constant motion. After a few run throughs of say "Sultans Of Swing", I'm ready to take my pin vise and No78 drill bit and drill the plug wire holes in that tiny little distributor cap! My advice is to put away those pain killers and have some fun limbering up those fingers. Pick up that guitar and play. I realize this might not work in every situation, but it is something that might be worth a try. Good luck!

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Posted by 195X on Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:11 PM

Okay, that's a new one on me. And welcome by the way. I took guitar lessons way back in high school. It was quickly decided my talents were more suited to the horn section. I believe a kazoo was suggested more than once? Sure, there are very few songs for or even involving the kazoo, but I felt included.

I'm not sure what I could take up to mimic quitar work, but it's obvious I don't keep them limber in the right ways. Of course I'm 53 now so that plays a part too.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, July 16, 2018 10:08 AM

Ah !

 Another family member nailed by uncle Arthur ! ! See , this proves we are all related ! Everyone our age has dealt with this unwanted Uncle for years .

 I was first diagnosed with it when I was 35 . The Spine . Well , when you unintentionally mistreat that baby you've gone and done it ! Who said ? Prognosis : Wheelchair by 50 . Guess what ? The only wheel - chair I have used is the one they make you ride when you are leaving the Hospital !

 I excercise daily . 4 mile walks ( weather permitting ) . all types of surfaces .This makes the whole body work . Hands , Shoulders and Chest . I don't do much since my open heart surgery except deal with what seems to be  the same from my injury in 1977 . Low Level pain in the chest wall . 

 Oh ! it's not the heart , I saw my Cardio Doc last week . he did an E.K.G. and other stuff and she's ticking along just fine . My hands and stuff are the thing .Hand excercises , very warm hot water soaks and just plain Flexing excercise . I do this before I sit down at the bench . Had both hands operated on in 1994 for Not Carpal Tunnel but something similar .

  Doc talked to me .They used locals and just one shot to make me feel good . When she was finished I fell asleep and woke up to the nurse giving me a cup of very hot Coffee with Irish creme in it . I remember The Doc ( by the way , My lady - friend at the time too ) showed me a knot of tissue and said that was the tendons knotted up so bad .

 Don't laugh or dis-believe . There's something to be said for good friends who are also Doctors . I consumed that , and thank goodness , at that time  ,I had one of my Mercury Grand Marquis Brougham vehicles which I threw the options book at . Easy drive home and a full night's sleep . Didn't tell anyone I was driver-less . Told them I was using a Cab !

  Supposed to be off for a week . Guess what ?, Due to an untrained employee trying something because a customer/neighbor begged ,and seriously messing up my Boat Hoist ,  had to go to work , Very next Day !!  Both hands in bandages and wrappings and boy was I P*&&%^ !. 

 Well  , except for a cramp in the index fingers once in a while all is good . I made it to 75 and I refuse to let Uncle " Arthur " have the last laugh ! Morning Mug ? Sometimes I can't let go of the durned thing , unless I pry my numb fingers off of it . I've gotten used to that because there doesn't seem to be any pain when it happens . I just fill it with coffee again .

 So I model on---- O.C.G. 

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Posted by Jimmy D. on Monday, July 16, 2018 10:24 AM

Just thought I'd put the idea out there because it seems to work in my situation. The others had some excellent ideas regarding Aleve, vitamins, etc. TonyO is absolutely correct regarding NSAID pain relievers if you happen to take meds for high blood pressure. I have to take blood pressure meds as well as a blood thinner and my cardiologist told me to steer cleer of NSAIDS as much as possible. Adding B-vitamins, Fish Oil, etc. to your routine can also help along with drinking sufficient amounts of water to aid in flushing any toxins from your system. By the way, I was lousy at playing kazoo and that's why I took up guitar. Big Smile

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Posted by Jimmy D. on Monday, July 16, 2018 10:32 AM

Right on oldcarguy....that exercise thing can't be overstated! Happy modeling! Wink

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Posted by oldnslow on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 7:37 AM

Having the big A for the last 20 years has ben a pain ( I climbed for 25 years in the sign business ) but tummeric ( for the swelling ) and glucosimine / condroitin tablets ( rebuild the ligaments ) have aleviated the pain and discomfort . I usually take them at night before bed with my other meds .

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Posted by NewB71 on Saturday, January 26, 2019 8:40 PM

I have both arthritis and carpal tunnel in both hands. Trying to work on any kind of hobby is a real pain. My doctor told me that if I went back to doing whatever was the probable cause of the carpal tunnel it would came back and it did and it developed in other hand,

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Posted by KT. Sweeney on Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:38 PM

i had carpal tunnel and had the sergury. it took about 6 months to get back to 100%. befor the sergury, i use CBD oils on my hands. beleive it or not, it worked. 3 times a day and i didnt feel the pain as much or often(about 25% of). i used it after the sergury too. i dont drink or smoke, so i was a septic, not now.

good luck brother!

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Posted by cp1963 on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:58 PM

Amen!!  I agree with you, God is the only relief, I have arthritis also,and I pray  alot to get me through my builds.

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Posted by cp1963 on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:59 PM

Treehugger Dave

I've found that being a Christian and prayer works the best for me. I'm 75 and when something hits me God is there to help me deal with the pain and my attitude and I've learned to be grateful for all the painful times.

They help humble me and remind me how good the rest of my life is.

 

Amen!!  I agree with you, God is the only relief, I have arthritis also,and I pray  alot to get me through my builds.

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Posted by 1TOYTRUK on Friday, May 17, 2019 4:11 PM

Hi, Yes they shove the brace supports at you 1st to avoid surgery, that may be ok if it’s only minor, myself tried it, but to no avail, had both wrists done at the same time, helped a lot, then l got the as they call tennis elbow,again had both done at the same time, that helped for awhile, the pain from surgery not very nice but that went away! they were done in the early ‘90’s!

In the last 5 yrs both hands er, fingers full of arthur! nothing can be done?Other than taking Tylenol for Arthritus, not sure if that’s available where you are? It works! l take it when l have to, hot water on the hands in the morning, frees them up a bit, but l like most curse it and just grin and bare it!

Some of it could also come from Back surgery, fused the L4/L5 in 2001, surgeon cut the syatic nerve, l think l was 1 of his 1st few guinea pigs, heard later he didn’t do that surgery anymore?

Hope this might help you? Just take it easy, have a break, theirs always another day!

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