I pretty much have the same problem Ele. Between the arthritis and fibro in my hands and wrist I can not do any tedious work with my hands. opening the mail and paying bills puts me in a world of pain. I can't take the celebrex or any of those. I use lidoderm patches on my hands, I cut them in two and put half on each hand but you can't get them wet.
My rheumy gave me samples of a new rub the other day Voltaren Gel. I have not used it on my hands yet cause we have a new puppy that thinks she has to chew on your fingers everytime you pick her up. I'm going to get some cotton gloves, it says you can cover it after 10 minutes and you can wash your hands after an hour, so she doesn't get it in her mouth. I will let you know if it helps.
I know that magnet feeling, never thought of it like that though. My brain has so many great ideas if I could just get the body to do them.
luv and hugs
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Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium and Osteoarthritis
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches and Tramadol
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