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Kim12469
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Date: 11/3/08 11:26 AM

My hands are killing me. We unstacked, split and restacked two huge piles of wood the last two weekends. I can barely type, let alone sew or even open the bottle of ibuprofen.

I have some arthritis in my thumb but it's not my thumb that really hurts but my whole hands, mostly my right so I know it's from overuse.

My hands are definitely the first to thing for me to go, I'm 38, and I'm finding it very frustrating since I'm so active and like to do so many things that I use my hands for.

Any good home remedies or other suggestions?

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Date: 11/3/08 12:17 PM

Hey Kimmysue -

You might try Tiger Balm. It an ointment that you can find at the local pharmacy or health food store and helps me when I ache.

Larri

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Date: 11/3/08 12:26 PM

When I would come back from doing 6 hour full on bicycle rides on a fixed gear bike, (100 Miles), I would take 4 advil and that would do the trick. If you don't like taking meds, then some of the topical things for muscle relief will help, but I think the systemic nature of the advil is a good way for me to go. Sometimes with muscle strain, it just takes cold compresses and a warm bath to get you through the first day. Remember time heals all wounds. The only thing time won't cure, is time itself. Age takes it's toll.

John

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Date: 11/3/08 12:33 PM

I did manage to get the Advil bottle open...OUCH...and took 4. It's taken the edge off but they still hurt, especially the right one.

I'll look for Tiger Balm. Age definitely is creeping up on me. I definitely notice things hurting quicker and heeling slower than they used to.

Thanks!

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Date: 11/3/08 1:37 PM

FWIW.................Many years ago Advil used to be a prescription pain reliever ..............................it's strong. You're never to take more than two at a time and the bottle states that + the bottle also states not to exceed 6 tablets in a 24 hour period.

It's going to take time for your hands to heal from overuse. You might want to check out DMSO from your health food store only, but you have to be meticulous in using it as it's a carrier. It will take anything into your body that you have on your hands including bacteria. A DMSO application will probably alleviate all your pain. Do some research on it before purchasing. Click here.

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Date: 11/3/08 1:37 PM

Could you have a herniated disk in your neck? That can make your hands hurt, and it can be a result either of impact or too much weight being lifted. Were you splitting the wood? I'd consider that if your hands don't get a lot better soon. Not suggesting you do this, but if someone presses on the top of your head and it hurts, it could be a neck injury. If they pull on your head and it's relieved somewhat, it could be a neck injury. Again, that might be unsafe to do, so maybe you should call a doctor about this and see what they say.

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Date: 11/3/08 2:00 PM

I spent years on prescription ibuprofen for girl problems and took doses of 800 mg prescribed. When you get the prescription, the strength is much higher than the OTC ones at 200 mg per pill. I don't like to take the high doses if I can avoid it but sometimes it's necessary.

I don't think my hands are due to a back injury. I do think it's just age and overuse. Thanks though.

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Date: 11/3/08 2:37 PM

Yep, I'm aware that docs prescribe ibuprofen in higher doses. Sometimes, people think they can take as much as they want, whenever they want, if they get relief. Since your doc prescribed it in the past, and you didn't seem to have problems, you'll be okay. Personally, I try to stay away from pain relievers as much as I can, but sometimes they *are* necessary.

It was popoagiesmiles who suggested you might have a neck injury that affected your hands, due to all the work you've been doing. Those things happen, but you know your body better than anyone else. If the pain doesn't subside in a few days, then it's something you might want to consider. Good luck...........................hope the pain subsides quickly and permanently!!!!

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Date: 11/3/08 2:38 PM

I have RA in my hands and find that a parafin wax treatment helps the ache. You can get one at most nail salons or purchase your own for about $30 from Drugstore.com
Wendy in NM

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Date: 11/3/08 2:41 PM

I've got a similar problem in my hands as well. for me weather is a key factor. I use quilting gloves to keep my hands insulated while doing anything. I wear them constantly and they've been great in helping take some of the coldness out of my hands.

Have yours responded to heat? keeping them warm can help releive some of the inflimation (for me it really helps).

I'm not sure if you've tryed it or not but sometimes the 'tens' machine really helps stimulate them again and take the achiness out of them. They're common in chiropractors offices.

Different things work for different people, but mainly you gotta let them rest and recover. It'll most likely drive you nutty but taking far to many painkillers masks the pain you're in and its allows you to still use them. The problem with that is that you're not healing when you need to be. Tiger balm, white flower, A535 are all herbal pain remidies and can be really soothing. Some people dont; like how strong they smell though.

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