Just diagnosed with OA - unable to take anti-inflammatories

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Red_34
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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all :-)   I have a quick question.  I just found out that I have OA in two of my fingers of my right hand.  I am unable to take anti-inflammatories due to my Ulcerative Colitis.  Is there another form of relief I can use?  I just got back from the doc and she had me do a wax dip and it sort of helped but I can't walk around all day with my hand in a vat of wax!  Do the otc creams really work for OA pain - such as Aspercream or BlueEmu?  I've tried the BlueEmu and it helps a bit but it's very short lasting.  Is there any other cream on the market that lasts longer?
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated since my right hand is my dominant hand and it makes doing things quite the challenge.
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   Posted 11/6/2008 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Sherry! I recently got some cream from Walgreens that is called Australian Dream.. It is about $30.00 for a tub of it, but it works really well for me.. Since you can't take any NSAIDs, your hands are kind of tied.. have you tried the thermacare heat wraps? I find those pretty handy (no pun intended) as well.. Let us know how you are doing!
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/6/2008 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ducky :) Yes, I've tried the Thermacare hand wraps but it's been a while so I may give that a go again. How long does the Australian Dream cream last? I am thinking about going out and buy the wax dip at Bed, Bath and Beyond to help with the morning pain and stiffness. It seems the mornings and the evenings are the worse time for me. So I may give that a go too.
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   Posted 11/6/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one of the paraffin wax machines (I got it at Wal-Mart $39.95) :).. It feels so good.. the hand cream lasts for a few hours.. I put it on about 3 times a day.. You could use the cream in between paraffin dips! :)You'll have the softest hands ever!
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/6/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I went out tonight and got the Australian Dream and you were right Ducky :) It does seem to work better then the BlueEmu. Plus for some reason, it is keeping my hands warm which is not only good for the ole joints but my Raynauds as well. I also hoping that when I get the wax dipper that it will help alleviate some of this horrible cuticle dryness I get!
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   Posted 11/7/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh that's great! I'm so glad it worked for you! I hope it continues to keep working!
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